What Won’t You Do To Get A Job?

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A recent Wall Street Journal article, by Joann S. Lublin, raised the question: “What won’t you do for a Job?”  Which got me thinking about what are those things I wouldn’t do for a job.  First, I had to set some parameters around the question:

1. Not just any job (I can get any job) but a really good job.  You know the one: your careerAnchorman1 Camelot – great pay, benefits, work, boss, co-workers – plus you’re out by 4pm everyday!

2. Also, I can’t go to prison for what I would do – I’m short and soft – meaning, I’m fairly certain I would end up someone’s wife in prison.

With the parameters set the question really set me free to think about what I wouldn’t do for the “perfect” career opportunity.  So, I’ll give you the short list:


  1. I won’t kill anyone in my immediate family (wife and 3 sons) – everyone else is open season.
  2. (probably goes back to the prison thing – I’m soft, plus my grandma would hate it).
  3. I won’t eat bugs or cauliflower (yes, I consider them the same food group).
  4. I won’t work for free – everyone has a price and mine is above “Free”
  5. I won’t stay past 5pm (or any other arbitrary time) just because my boss stays past 5pm because he doesn’t have a life and thinks everyone should stay past 5 or their not dedicated or hard working.
  6. I won’t allow my opinions to be squelched by the man! (oh wait, yes I will, but it will cost them!)


7.  I won’t allow myself to be chased around my desk and sexually harassed by my attractive, much  younger, opposite sex, boss (ok, I might, but only if my benefits pay for divorce).

So, what won’t you do for a job? Send me a comment and let me know…

Tim Sackett

If you Google “Tim Sackett” you’ll find our Tim, and a truck driver chaplain. Our Tim is NOT the truck driver chaplain, although how awesome would that be if he was!? He is a prolific writer in the HR and TA space who just happens to also run an Engineering and IT contract staffing agency (HRU Technical Resources) out of Michigan. He also writes every day at his own blog, the Tim Sackett Project. Weirdly, he’s known as an expert in workplace hugging, which was kind of cool years ago, but now seems painfully creepy, but we still love him and he’s fairly harmless. Tim is also on the board of the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (ATAP), lifetime Michigan State Spartan fan, husband to a Hall of Fame wife, 3 sons, and his best friend Scout. He also wrote a book with SHRM called The Talent Fix, you can find it on Amazon.