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Another Job Search Lesson from “The Godfather” (VIDEO)

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers another pearl of wisdom from “The Godfather” to teach you about loyalty to your employer.


This is a quote from the 1st movie where the oldest son, Santino, talks to Michael is about to enter the military.  I think this is the scene where he gives in a noogy.  This is the quote: 

"Your country aint your blood.  Remember that."  It is not in typical James Caan fashion.

The lesson here is going to pertain to job search.  It isn't about your country. It's about the company you work for.  

A lot of the way you've been trained to think about employers is propaganda from the employer's perspective.  The training you to be loyal.  It's about working hard for the organization and rising up through the ranks.

"Don't change jobs too often.  After all…" Lots of cautionary tales that basically tell you to keep your mouth shut and go to work.

The lesson here is really what do employers do on their side?  They do whatever is necessary to stay afloat.  Most firms will do that ethically; on occasion, there are some firms that will do it unethically and sometimes, illegally.  With regard to how they deal with employees, frankly, employees are disposable.  They use you as long as they can. If they don't need you, you are gone.  If economic circumstances change, your gone.

You need to conduct your career in much the same way, too.  You can't just sit there waiting patiently for some of the tapping on the shoulder and say, "I think you're ready for that promotion to program her grade level II."  (I just use that as an example of 1 of those stupid institutional titles that employers sometimes use)

Instead, think in terms of what is going to advance your career.  What is going to help you get ahead?  That can be internally or externally.  As I've said many times, the person who gets ahead isn't always the smartest or work the hardest (although those are great qualities to have).  The people who get ahead are the ones who are alert to opportunity.  Sometimes those are internal to their current organization. But, more often than not, they are external to it.

When you're tapped on the shoulder for an internal opportunity, is normally as a result of the patient, slow ascent up through the ranks.  When you're tapped on the shoulder externally, it is because someone sees something in you that they want.  They believe they need.  They think you have it.  

That is a halo that allows you to leverage that situation much more aggressively.

Isn't that really what is about?

It isn't about rising through the ranks slowly because the think you're ever going to get to the point where the 65 years old and retiring from these firms? Of course not. They will get rid of you way before then, or make the conditions untenable for you way before that.

You need to think of your career as being a series of steps, up through the ranks. Sometimes, you will make mistakes. You want to be in a position where you are in charge of your life, not your employer.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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