28.12.09

A TRENCHANT OBSERVATION FOR THE DAY. I made a trip to Titletown, where the Seattle Seahawks, who had surrendered 56 points in their previous two outings, allowed the Packers to score 48 and secure a spot in the playoffs (although their opponent is yet to be determined) with a little help from the [North] Carolina Panthers. Hidden among the copious football coverage in the Green Bay Press-Gazette (more coverage than the Seattle secondary offered) is an instructive column by jobs guru Andrea Kay.

It's up to you to explain the kind of work you do or want, skills you've honed and how that helps someone.

The notion that getting it done is good enough: I was talking to a college junior about how the paper she was writing for a particular class had gone. When I last saw her, it was due the next day. "I got it done. That was good enough," she told me.

Is this what Robert Capps of Wired magazine meant when he talked about "The Good Enough Revolution" in which for a new generation of consumers, things don't have to be of the highest quality, but just good enough?

Competition for good jobs is steep. Just sending out e-mails and asking for a job isn't good enough. If you're trying to hold on to your job, just getting through your daily to-do list won't cut it.

Your competition is going to cream you. Their philosophy: I'm going to go beyond your wildest dreams. Anticipate problems and take the initiative to fix them and make you see you can't live without me.

Since employers can be choosy, kiss goodbye the notion that getting it done is good enough. It's not. It's also a terribly unrewarding way to run a career.

Per corollary, since professors can also be choosy, kiss goodbye the notion that getting it done is good enough. It's not. And I don't give grades, I just report the news.

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