In the second half of this chapter Godin writes about what is needed today to find a rewarding job. He says you need more than a resume: "Great jobs, world-class jobs, jobs people kill for - those jobs don't get filled by people emailing in resumes." Nowadays you need "to show, not tell. Projects are the new resumes ... You are not your resume, you are your work". Reflecting on this I'm thinking about how teachers today who are looking to work in great schools often need a professional blog or a class blog - a sort of ePortfolio of what he or she has achieved and of what he or she is thinking as a teacher. I'm thinking that a traditional resume, or a half hour interview probably don't give a very good idea of someone's 21st century skills - or how that teacher is developing those skills in his or her students.
I was really interested to read the survey of 20,000 creative professionals who were asked what motivates them. The top 5 answers were:
- challenge and responsibility
- a stable work environment
- professional development
Clearly the environment you work in and the values that people bring to their work are what motivates them to do well. Money, as I've written about before after reading Daniel Pink's book Drive, is an extrinsic motivator and often doesn't lead to better work. Most people would be happy to work for less money in an atmosphere that was more positive, challenging and where they were respected. The final paragraph of this chapter sums this all up nicely:
If you need to conceal your true nature to get in the door, understand that you'll probably have to conceal your true nature to keep that job. This is the one and only decision you get to make. You get to choose. You can work for a company that wants indispensable people, or you can work for a company that works to avoid them.
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