Would you marry someone who said, “You are great,
but only until someone better comes along?”
But that’s exactly what prospective employers hear
when you utter the phrase of death in any job interview.
I’ll never forget the first time this happened to me as a hiring manager.
I was trying to quickly add editors to the business magazine I was running,
and there was one incredibly talented candidate on my radar.
最后 我把她请进我的办公室 滔滔不绝地描述这份工作的前景
Finally, I got her in my office, and sell sell sell I did.
She seemed eager enough,
so I thought I might wrap it up with that classic question,
“Where do you see yourself in 3 years?”
“Probably in communications for a bank.” She replied politely.
“I’d love to transition to industry,
which is what makes this job such an excellent stepping stone.”
“Thank you. Next.”
Now, don’t get me wrong,
I actually admire people who think strategically about their careers.
After 7 years as a crime reporter,
我自己也意识到 我需要读个MBA 再做几年咨询工作
I myself knew I needed an MBA and a few years of consulting
before I could legitimately cover business.
And I’ve advised my own kids to work in certain companies
just to gain skills.
Not every job is a life-time commitment.
But you also cannot be using employers for your own ends.
First of all, it usually backfires.
Even if you don’t reveal yourself by using the phrase “stepping stone”,
soon enough you’ll be sussed out as a soldier of fortune.
此外 也是更重要的一点 就是
On top of that and more important,
it’s just no way to live treating every job as a means to an end.
That’s beyond strategic. It’s beyond ambition.
It’s just kind of mercenary.
So look, I am not only saying,
“don’t allow the words ‘stepping stone’ in an interview,”
I’m saying “don’t even think them.”
Even if you know a job isn’t forever,
但只要他们还在给你发薪 就职业而言 那就是你的家
it’s your professional home while they are paying you.
Go in and give it your all.
That’s the only way to make true friends with your colleagues,
earn a reputation as a team player,
and hopefully do something every day that’s bigger than you.
Maybe you’ll leave someday, maybe you won’t.
But if you do in time, it would be with integrity.
And that’s a step worth taking.