2013-08-01

Surprise Me

Just put out a mini jobseeker ad. Nothing urgent, but I figure I should periodically consider my options. What options do I expect? None.
Hi! If you know anyone looking for generalist / management / turnaround candidates, at the USD 80-120k/year range, please send them my way. Current project potentially wrapping up in 3-6 months. I'm immediately ready for deployment after that. I am available for relocation, and offer practically unlimited commitment if the project and price are right. I also take rejection very well, so feel free to meet up for a chat if you're looking for someone of this calibre. Cheerio.
Antiquated thinking.
Candidates should never sell themselves based on what they've received in the past. They should sell themselves

a) at the maximum price the market would value their skills at
b) at the minimum price they would be willing to consider an arbitrary job offer

I can ask any price I think is fair. The market will validate, or invalidate it. As I said, I take rejection very easily. You need to know what costs you nothing. Asking questions, costs you nothing, except a reputation as someone who asks questions.
Someone used the term "1% of the 1%," to refer to folks who worked in top consulting firms.
1% * 1% - Yes in terms of global luck, but not really in terms of aptitude and ready skills. A lot of getting "elite" jobs is about networking and who(m?) you know.

I can tell you for a fact (though I can't disclose my sources) that a resume which is rejected for a job/internship application at certain MBB offices may subsequently be admitted for an interview with the difference of but a single phone call from the right person, to another right person.

I think we need to acknowledge that the best information about characters is typically regarded to come from personally trusted sources. So whether it's referred to as "nepotism" or not, as a matter of fact, a non-trivial fraction of large/important deals in business happen as a result of personal recommendations.

For example, if you think that there are special* technical skills required to work in operations like the MBBs, then you're probably mistaken. You need superior human (personal/professional) networks to close sales, maintain relationships with clients who are paying top-dollar to have you around to do miscellaneous tasks, and yes... they're paying for your networks too.

* Special - ok lah, nothing you can't learn in a decent university. Sad to say, not many decent ones in this country. Huhuhu.
Last GitHub commit in early May. 3-4 months of evading brain rot. Stay focused on fitness. Play more DoTA.
If you trust Wikipedia numbers then at this time, there are 15-20,000 consultants in the MBB. This is a tad pedantic, but 1%-of-the-1% is too broad. You have to be in the 3%-of-the-1%-of-the-1%... on a dimension specific to this category.

But what would I know about the real qualifying criteria anway... ;)

About two thirds of a day after the initial posting... boy was I surprised.
8:52pm
ForumUser
Hi.

8:53pm
me:
What's up?

8:53pm
ForumUser
Would u mind sending me a copy of ur cv?

8:53pm
me:
I have an old one you can use.

8:53pm
ForumUser
If u are looking for a new job/ freelance gig I can see what I can find.
But no promises

8:53pm
me:
Well, you've seen the parameters
about.me/jerng look for CV
Nothing special.

8:54pm
ForumUser
An up to date one would be better unless the experience left out since the old one is not critical

8:54pm
me:
Well, like I said, I'd be more interested to know who's looking.
So if someone's looking, let me know who it is, and I'll send a special CV.

8:55pm
ForumUser
Why don't u interview for MBB? Honestly, that's the closest u are going to get to that bracket here.

8:55pm
me:
Those are the easy answers.
I try to avoid easy answers.
Because work there is expected to be fairly predictable.

8:56pm
ForumUser
What does that mean, easy answers??

8:56pm
me:
But who knows, I might not even qualify.
Oh, I already know what MBB pays.
I don't know if anyone else is hiring at the stated payscale. So if you do know someone,let me know. I'd be interested to know who.

8:57pm
ForumUser
Yes, I do know which positions that pay scale fit, at least in Malaysia
But you don't meet the requirements for those positions, and usually ppl work their way up in an org to those positions.

8:58pm
me:
I think we're on the same page.
Cheers.

8:58pm
ForumUser
To be very honest, if u are looking for tech, Rocket pays the most at that level... But to qualify for that MD level u must be ex-MBB, so bit hard here.

8:59pm
me:
I'm also aware of that, rough correlation.
And I've met the ex-Bain kids, and some of them were really dumb. It's ok - I can do without the money. LOL
Working with stupid people is far harder.

8:59pm
ForumUser
Anyways, I like that u have the balls to say what u really want.

9:00pm
me:
We're on the same page then.
BTW, I'm helping some folks to set up a coffee shop, and I hope to settle there as a barista. If you like coffee, come check it out in a month.

9:01pm
ForumUser
A bit of humility will get u further, just remember that for the future. Those Bain kids go further than most of the 1% of 1% of qualifying population

9:01pm
me:
Well, I don't think I could be happier. I just like to play the game.
Those of you who are dissatisfied in your current roles, should be happy to ignore me.

9:02pm
ForumUser
Lol, no need to be defensive

9:03pm
me:
You did propose a possible improvement in my trajectory? I'm not sure that's possible.

9:03pm
ForumUser
And I'm quite happy where I am.
No, I was simply replying to you enquire to improve you wage level. That is after all what you initially posted for?

9:04pm
me:
Not at all.

9:04pm
ForumUser
*your

9:04pm
me:
That's simply the wage at which I would consider a job other than my own - for now.
Not that I really need another job.
But it would be rational to consider it, if such a hypothetical position existed.
One should not limit oneself in knowledge.

9:05pm
ForumUser
Sorry dude. But I think that's full of shit
Mind my French.

9:06pm
me:
Ok. Thanks!
What else do you know about me, that I don't?

9:06pm
ForumUser
If u were truly happy where u were u wouldn't be posting such a thing. And no need to try to sound smart abt it all

9:06pm
me:
You may believe what you like...
I won't stop you.

9:07pm
ForumUser
It's alright. Initially I respected the fact that u wanted to reach a certain goal, now I realise that u don't even want to be helped.

9:07pm
me:
We have different objectives, I think. Perhaps you have misconstrued my own.

9:09pm
ForumUser
No, thanks. I like to help people but I don't need to get schooled with amateur mind fucking.

9:09pm
me:
Ok.
As you wish. Feel free to unfriend me if you do not find this conversation entertaining.
I have been happy to entertain your questions.

9:10pm
ForumUser
And Bates isn't top 25, it's not ivy. It might be top 25 liberal arts but u know u misrepresented.

9:11pm
me:
Why don't you put this in the public thread ? It's more useful if you post it there. I feel like I'm wasting time talking to just one person here.

9:11pm
ForumUser
And I know what it takes to get to 80-120k. I didn't go to actually top 5 schools and bust my ass in McK to have unqualified opinions like your piss on us.

9:12pm
me:
My dear, please enjoy your career, and leave me to enjoy mine, whatever you feel about it.

9:12pm
ForumUser
Whatever. Good luck, Barista.

9:12pm
me:
:)

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