Dream jobs are harder to get than ordinary jobs, because there are more people that want them. In other words, the pool of applicants for each available dream job is bigger. Therefore, if you really want to land the job, you’ll have to be smarter than the other applicants. And it really all come down to this: you have to understand what the employer really wants, and present yourself in that manner as the best candidate to fill the position.

Because presentation is synonymous with the job interview, I’ll give you some tips that will help you get that dream job you’re after. But before we do that, let’s back up one step. In this way, you’ll understand the “why” behind the advice I’m going to give you.

The Business Owner Wants “Time.”

As I tried to point out in the last article, the “real” reason that the dream job (the actual position) exists in the first place is because the owner of the company has decided that his time is more important than his money. Therefore he is willing to part with some of his money by paying the wages of the employee. When the employee can do the job, it frees up his own time.

You’ve heard of the phrase “time is money,” right? It is true. The owner wants more ‘free time,’ and is willing to pay money to you to get it. Otherwise, he has to do the work himself. What does he want “time” for? To use in pursuit of his own personal goals. It may be to do more work in another area of the company, to spend more time with his family, or to travel the world. Whatever it is, he has deemed that his desire of getting more time that will move him closer to his personal goals, is worth the money he is going to pay for the wages of the employee.

If you personally disapprove with what the owner will do with his free time, you have absolutely no right to work for him. Why? Your disapproval will lead to a rebellious spirit, and that manifests itself by acts of subtle sabotage. You may not want him to reach his goals, and unconsciously, you might start coming in late, or steal time by surfing the internet while on the job. In other words, if you don’t believe in what he believes in or the goals that he’s is working toward, then you’re not going to give 100% into the job.

There is a lot of envy among employees of the owner, and you can confirm it by the phrases that you hear people use. A popular phrase I hear a lot of politicians use is: “He’s already rich, and other people need the money more than he does.” How would you like that person working for you if you owned a company? Of course not. And those type of people would not give 100% in their job.

And now you know why there is the interview process in hiring for dream jobs. It is a process to find people that have the right attitude. It is the attitude of a “respectful-servant.”

The owner, or manager of the company, is looking for a person that can put aside their own goals during the day, and concentrate on the goals of the business owner. That is the attitude of a true servant.

Finding that type of person with that attitude is tough. Being on this hiring side of the table, I have to sift though a mountain of dirt to find the one tiny nugget of gold. The application, testing, and interview is the process of sifting through the dirt to find the person willing to be a good servant.

Most applicants feel that having the qualifications necessary for the job is enough to land it. That is rarely the case. If a business can find a person with the heart and attitude of a “servant”, they can be trained quickly to perform the actual duties. And once they have mastered those duties, they are usually eager to take on more and more duties, freeing up even more time for the owner. And at the same time, they don’t cause problems with other workers or with the customers of the business. In simple terms, they are “no headache” employees.

The one quality that servant-oriented employees have is a lack of rebelliousness. They are not rebels, and nor do they try to mimic one to gather attention. Why? Because the bible equates “rebellion” with “evil.” It is the outward display of a person whose heart is evil.

An evil man is bent only on rebellion; a merciless official will be sent against him. Proverbs 17:11 (NIV)

Why would a company hire an evil person? Duh!

The purpose of the hiring process, the reason why you have to fill out an application, why you have to take personality tests, and why you have to sit through interviews and answer seemingly silly questions like “What cartoon character do you most admire?” is to dig down into your psyche and find out if you indeed have a rebellious streak in you. If you do, you lose.

Advice For Getting That Dream Job

If you want that dream job, please follow this advice:

First – don’t get tattoos. Tattoos are an outward display of your inner feelings. They are a message from the wearer to outside observers that say: “My feelings are so important to me, that I have to display them openly.” People that wear tattoos are in effect saying that they will not be silenced, and even when they are not talking, they are still projecting a message. That, unfortunately, is a subtle form of rebellion.

Because of that, they are NEVER seen in a positive light by an employer (unless you might want to work at a tattoo studio). The company wants you to project their image and message to their customers and other employees in the business. They don’t want some other message projected, as benign as it might be. A true “servant” would never dare project a message that their master didn’t approve of.

And besides that, the bible tells you not to get tattoos. It rebelliousness to the Lord.

Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:28 (NIV)

Second, if you are asked to fill out paperwork, make sure to cross every “T” and dot every “i.” Do NOT write down anything else on the form that isn’t asked for. Example, “Why do you ask this question?” And do not leave anything blank unless they tell you to. Leaving things blank or adding your comments sends a message to the company that you are a bit rebellious, because your way of doing things is superior to their way of doing things. Your application will find its way into the trash can as soon as you leave the building.

It is important to do everything you can to project an image of yourself as a servant. In the next article, I’ll give you some additional tips on how to project that during the sit-down interview.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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One Response to “Dream Job – Lose the Rebel Attitude”

  1. Ralph Thompson says:

    great post thanks