March 23, 2010
When you’re applying for jobs the pressure is on to be passionate. First, you have to be really passionate about the idea of having a job in the first place, otherwise you cold never bear to fill out so many forms. And such long ones! Second, you must, for however long it takes to discover that you haven’t got the job, be very passionate indeed about the company you are applying to, about their mission statement and everything they do. A friend who helps young people in the East End get into the job market says she works with people who are applying for fifty jobs before they get one. That’s a lot of passion.
And that’s before you get your foot in the door! Once in, of course, passion is out and ruthless efficiency is in. As with any other relationship.