Don’t Transfer Your Soul
(or Your Talent)
For April Fool’s Day in 2010, the online retailer
Gamestation changed its terms and conditions
to include an “immortal soul clause.” It read, By
placing an order via this Web site on the first
day of the fourth month of the year 2010 anno
Domini, you agree to grant us a non-transferable
option to claim, for now and forever more, your
culture, values and vision don’t align with your
personality, values and goals.
That second mismatch is not as easy to
recognize from the outside, so many of us end
up going to work for just such a devil. And,
when we do, we set ourselves up for both serial
unemployment and serious unhappiness.
As you might have suspected, 88 percent of
those who made a purchase that day, blithely
clicked the “I read it box” and got on with their
purchase. They were sold on the product, but
ended up soulless.
What’s that prove for job seekers? The devil is
in the details.
It’s no secret that job seekers are in a rush.
No one wants to extend their job search one
second longer than they have to. But failing
to check the details about an employer can
have consequences, and all too often, those
consequences can hurt for a very long time.
When you’re working for the wrong employer,
you can’t do your best work. And, in these dog-eat-dog times, substandard work makes you
vulnerable for a pink slip. The next time your
employer decides to cut staff, you’re likely to be
at the top of the list.
Choosing Your Devil
A job search is often a choice between devils.
You have to select between the devil you know
and the ones you don’t.
While you’re slaving away for the wrong
employer, you aren’t looking for the right one.
And, it’s only when you’re employed by the right
organization that you can excel on-the-job and
thereby increase both the paycheck and the
satisfaction you bring home from your work.
Now, most job seekers assume that any devil is
better than the one they endure in transition.
What could be worse than the frustration, the
despair, the anxiety of being unemployed? Even
a lousy job provides a paycheck.
So, let’s be clear about what I mean by the
devil you don’t know. It includes two kinds of
So, protect yourself. Take the time and make the
effort to research the culture, leadership style,
HR policies and practices and reputation of any
organization you’re considering as an employer.
As a minimum, visit each organization’s Web-
site to see what it says about its vision and
values and do a browser search of what others
are saying about the organization. Those factors
represent the terms and conditions of the work
experience it offers. And, if they prevent you
from excelling at your work, they are in effect
taking away your immortal soul.
The first are mismanaged and abusive
employers. They are generally easy to spot and
avoided by just about everyone.
The second are employers that make you
feel uncomfortable or out-of-place. Their
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