By Uncle Elmer
“Employment Game” means using counter-intuitive strategies to scratch up work in a feminized economy. Counter-intuition is required because there are many popular delusions about finding work, and worse there is a lot of idiotic disinformation on the web about how to conduct work search and prospect interviewing. This disinformation is cloaked as advice on how to be a compliant and obedient employee in a female dominated workforce; or in Game parlance, a Beta. If you are an older man trying to put food on the table, following this advice is guaranteed to get you subjected to a lot of demeaning treatment at the hands of women and their beta allies who are temporarily enjoying their day in the corporate sun. This essay could also be titled How to Find Work for Men Over 35 Volume I, by R. Don Steele (http://steelballs.com/), subtext: Providing Tactics and Techniques that Younger Men Can Also Profit From.
Times have certainly changed thanks to broad mandates (heh heh) for promoting female employment. Companies are required to demonstrate adherence to female hiring quotas and promotion if they want to do business with the government. But the cold fact remains that women are competing for jobs but are not creating them. Other than providing a mass market for their vanity products, they are not forging new industries or technologies. Government efforts to promote women are marginalizing that small percentage of men who passionately innovate, destroy, and create ideas and take the risks to drive them to actualization
Though men shank me and insult me, only men provide me with opportunity. Women can only insult me and deprive me of opportunity. Only men, and only a small fraction of them, take the risks that create industry and opportunity. These men are job “sources”, whereas almost all women are job “sinks”. Virtually no female is a job source. Women can only serve as mere functionaries in man-created structures. When such an organization becomes feminized, priority shifts from efficient and profitable production of goods and services to development of labarynthine rules for the comfort and security of women. It morphs from capitalist enterprise to attempted socialist utopia. Ossification and organizational death are inevitable.
What few women there are that truly create work are doing so outside of government-mandated feminization initiatives. They would probably agree with what I am saying here. Recently I met a lady running an auto repair shop. She was knowledgable, professional, had great customer skills, and competitive pricing. She also had a crew of men working in the back. Problem is that there are so few women doing this compared to the vast tide of brainwashed idiots that you are wasting your marketing efforts in approaching them.
I want to avoid a gender rant but am saying these things to describe the situation facing a lot of men and provide you with tool links to work around it. Many men have a vague sense of this but need concurrence from other guys to become fully aware. The frustration in looking for work and encountering this phenomena and trying to make sense of it can truly make a man feel unhinged. It doesn’t help that popular media is constantly crowing that it is your just deserts for being a older, white male (http://www.newsweek.com/2011/04/17/dead-suit-walking.html) or that you are a bitter, angry or immature man who can’t compete with today’s falsely empowered woman (http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/07/the-end-of-men/8135/). I don’t want to argue with feminists about the fairness my viewpoint; it’s just the facts on the ground that a man has to deal with, and considerations for enabling my competitors to support a gender-equal workforce are frankly not in my interests.
This is a huge topic, it’s impossible in the space of this blog page to provide you with a winning formula for your particular skills and market. Chick Game enthusiasts avidly discuss all permutations and interpretations of female psychology towards scoring with babes. So it is with Employment Game, and I’m looking to some of the more experienced fellows (read : geezers) on this site to fill in details. I won’t be too specific to my industry because I don’t want to unleash an army of slick-haired amateurs right into my own turf. The methods will work no matter your marketable skill.
There are also a lot of resources already available that I will provide some pointers to. I didn’t invent this stuff, but had to educate myself in the face of my experiences. I looked for answers amidst a deluge of useless information. One guy who has codified it, though not specifically regarding men’s issues, is Ask the Headhunter; check out his site : http://asktheheadhunter.com/. You can probably pick up his book used on Amazon for the price of shipping, along with many other good, readable sales books. Go to your local library as well as it probably has quite a few of these.
A couple of caveats. I am no major success story but these methods are paying off. I am eating and getting some measure of personal satisfaction from finding work and more importantly, that what I am doing is providing work for others. My many personal failures have given me the experience to provide this advice.
Secondly, it is imperative that you understand the entrepreneur’s view. Almost always it is a man who mortgages his house to start a business or pursue a grand idea. When he does he faces a tidal wave of prospective employees who want a steady paycheck, benefits, and assignments to process, not to mention consideration of personal issues that have nothing to do with running the business. On top of that, he encounters no small amount of competitors, grifters, and thieves. Most people don’t have a clue about the difficulties and risks facing a business man but are quick to start crowing about their “rights” and compensation when they latch onto a job. What are you doing to bring in money or help a man grow his business? What justifies your paycheck? When you start to adopt this mental attitude you are shifting from a mindless sponge to an opportunity driver. It will make you less secure in the short term job situation but will open up a wealth of long-term opportunty. Futher, attempting any business activity on your own, though it will likely fail, gives you the perspective and language for working with these guys. You are transforming from prospective-employee to business multiplier.
In writing this essay I came up with so much material that I had to break it into two parts. Part II will provide specific tools for developing your sales persona, marketing process, and attitude for circumventing the corporate façade that is designed to exclude you. It will be less rant and more practical information. This will take about a week, as right now I actually do have work that I picked up using the techniques I will describe. Over the next few days I need to produce a lot of drawings and plans to prepare for a technical conference. I have been asked to attend two full days of the conference and will face my usual struggle of trying not to make an idiot of myself. Initially I balked at attending but that’s what the customer wants, so I better stop tweaking about my Spearhead essay and concentrate on the work that’s actually bringing in some nickels.