Seth Godin Quote Week Continues

Seth, who I am quoting way too often this week, has three great posts on finding a job. [here and here and here]
I am one of these people. I have a degree in History. I work in high-tech. I can write code when I want to. I can limp around linux, Windows and pretty much and Unix-like environment. I know a fair amount about HTTP, TCP, SSL, Apache, databases, MySQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL, QA, Customer Service, Marketing, Sales and a few other things I can’t remember now.
Macs don’t scare me.
So, what does the work world do with a polymath generalist? Employers hate people like me, because we don’t fit a mold, a niche. I hate structured job roles. I want to achieve excellence, not mediocrity.
I got my last job by sending an e-mail to all of the executives at the company and saying ‘Look, you need me. You will not get better without me. Hire me now.’ Two months later I was leaving the Bay Area for Massachusetts, much to the chagrin of my former employer, to join a company that created a position for me.
I want to work for companies that do that. Companies that build themselves around key people, amazing talent, a desire for excellence.
The growth trend of more small companies appeals to me. Hey, even a company of one can be huge.
Thanks for the great read.

2 Replies to “Seth Godin Quote Week Continues”

  1. Purple Cow Looking for Job…1) Know what you’re great at and prove.
    2) Be creative identifying roles you might be able to fill for whom.
    3) Be assertive, and don’t give up. Who gives a steaming pile of crap if they don’t know you yet or know they need you, because you’re …

  2. Purple Cow Looking for Job…1) Know what you’re great at and prove.2) Be creative identifying roles you might be able to fill for whom.3) Be assertive, and don’t give up. Who gives a steaming pile of crap if they don’t know you yet or know they need you, because you’re …

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