Don't accept a lesser job

The Ticker

October 08, 1990|By Julius Westheimer

Have you been laid off from a high-paying position? Are you now a discouraged job-seeker and, in desperation, thinking of taking a lesser job, like flipping hamburgers? Don't do it, warns, "Why Taking a Lesser Job Can Harm Your Career," in National Business Employment Weekly, Sept. 30.

Excerpts: "Once you've lowered your career sights, it's harder to re-adjust them to prior expectations . . . it's not easy to find a lower-level job that pays a livable income with a good employer . . . consider how working as, say, a used-car salesman will appear in resumes and interviews . . . instead, if you wish to rejoin 'corporate mainstream America,' look at options such as executive-level temporary work, working with a consulting firm, contract work with city governments or local chambers of commerce . . . teaching a non-credit course for a local college or university . . . working for former clients, etc."

CEO CHATS (cont'd): When I asked Robert Goldstein, CEO, Maryland Sound Industries, to share his success principles, he responded, "Briefly, my principles are honesty, attention to detail, customer service, perseverance and making sure my people are well taken care of. I have a motto, 'If it's not right, it's wrong . . .' " When I asked Goldstein why many public address systems fail, he replied, "Unfortunately, sound systems are given low priority, almost an afterthought. Another reason is poor maintenance. For a big event, we send an operator to make sure our systems function perfectly. There's nothing worse than an organization giving months of time and expense to an event, and then nobody hearing it right."

HOUSE ORGAN HUNT: "As bluer skies and cleaner water move higher on the national agenda, more and more U.S. companies -- Westinghouse among them -- are examining their operations with increased sensitivity to the environment. Pretreatment, recycling, waste reduction are more than buzz words of the Earth Day generation; they're now precepts of the industrial ideal, an ideal Westinghouse pursues aggressively." (Westinghouse Circuit, Baltimore Electronic Systems, October) . . . "On average, H&S Bakery, one of BG&E's long-standing customers, uses 8 million cubic feet of natural gas a month. For comparison, BG&E's huge, gray holding tank near the JFX at Cold Spring Lane holds 7 million." (Folks, Fall issue)

HOPEFULLY HELPFUL: "What bosses look for: a subordinate who would make the same decision as the boss when given the same complex problem; someone who thinks like the boss, whom the boss can count on in an emergency to complete an assignment the boss started; someone dependable who is easy to work with." (Survey of 100 Bosses, in Unwritten Rules for Your Career by George Graen, $12.95) . . . "During your next job search or performance review, there's a lot more to be gained from salary negotiations than just salary. New ways to get a raise? Perks, flexible hours, extra vacation, spouse travel, sign-on bonus, etc., are being slashed from corporate budgets, but you can still get them into your compensation package." (Working Woman, August)

AUTUMN LEAVES: "About half of discharged managers change industries when they change jobs." (CNN News) . . . Respondents to a recent survey in Working Woman magazine believe that the greatest incidence of unethical behavior occurs, in order, in government, sales, law, media, finance, medicine, banking, manufacturing . . . "This would be a wonderful world if everyone was as nice as the person trying to sell you something." (Bits & Pieces)

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