If it cost next to non, it can't be much... 'The Powers of Nothing ... '
So here we go again. In the past I have purchased something direct from China and thought, the price can't be right for such but hey, I'm a sucker for a watch so a few €s and the fun for it.... Let me tell you, those nice, very polite people from China haven't let me down so far and guess what, they defy the man made rule,' If it cost you zero to nun, it can't be much...' So in my spam mail, Yes for these things I have a separate email-box, Wish told me they had an external hard-disk, 8 terabite mind you.... 8! for only € 11,00. I visited the page, looking for the catch. I couldn't find any, that doesn't say I can't be sucker-punched, I am human.
I have purchased nifty looking sunglasses, nice looking watches, for only a few €'s each and if one went broken, well, so be it. Of all the watches all after two years still are working proper. Some of the sunglasses I lost. Either someone seem to love one or I simply forgot where I left it. Thing is, I don't feel hurt a bit. So this opportunity, I won't let pass by. I paid up front, love to do that. I got a nice email yesterday. It is processed, it is shipped, the arrival will be somewhere between March 15 and 30. Fine.... I can wait. It's a little the anticipation of Christmas or my upcoming birthday, for only € 11,00.
I got a phone call. 'Dear René, are you available?' Depends for what, I replied. We are looking for IT professionals to hire for a specific role and we thought you may fit. Great, let's talk. A few days later I had a short interview with a recruiter who explained the situation of his client and thought I could fit. In the information he handed? Immediate I sensed there was much more to it that he understand for not every recruiter has any idea of digital automation nor IT.
A week later I was invited for an interview at the customers office, sitting in opposite of an HR lady and an manager. Briefly they asked me if I was fitting 'their idea' and buzzwords they drawn up and they popped the question.
'René, why you think you're the best candidate for the job?'
'Well, from the information I received prior, and what you are providing, and what I have gathered from 'other sources', the organization has some issues in the IT departments causing quite some frustration, delay, hence quite some extra bills I can imagine. If you want to get rid of these by improving your Digital Automation and IT, than I know I am of added value....'
Both looked to each other and back to me.
'We don't have any problems in the IT department and we didn't provide any information regarding high bills...'
'True, I replied...' Recently they indeed had some security issues that was published. 'Recently you published an incident with quite some impact which makes it clear that you indeed have a problem in your organization and I feel quite comfortable that I can be of added value there. But, having said that, I also am looking for added value...'
'What is it you do at the moment...? The HR lady wanted to know. 'Right now? I have picked up some woodworking and writing and preparing a seminar for non IT professionals so they are much more and better prepared for the problems IT so often may cause in organizations. You see, more IT professionals are quite good in a trick, but less professionals have any idea of digital automation and IT chains anymore.One can expect increasing incidents with same increasing bills they cause.' My reasoning clear was above the comprehension of both so they were looking for the way out.
'Well let's put it this way, if buzzwords are leading above concise IT and digital automation professionalism, I have no added value and no added value, I happily return to what I was doing.... I'm not to stressed out not getting the opportunity. There is more in life.
Next you know I was sitting in a barrista's near by enjoying a great café doppio thinking what next to do. Not even bothered by the predictible reply of the HR lady and the manager. Have a guess yourself, 'not fitting enough/better candidate they found/ Over qualified...' They haven't looked ad my Linkedin page, that's for sure...
Then they would have known that if you aren't willing to invest and simply want to pay next to nun, you indeed get nun. But, if you also don't know where IT is all about, you also will fail to see passing opportunities.
So here's the paradox, the idea and reality that if it 's next to nun, and can't be much, but at the same time you're not willing to invest, will result, 100% guaranteed, in many big bills to pay. Their bills, not mine.
Looking forward in happy anticipation to something I paid for next to nun.... to enjoy.... I am bold and went for the pink one...
Have a tremendous day and do yourself a favor!?! If you don't appreciate you, how can you expect others will?