Archive for August 25th, 2012

Cult of Careerism

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

I was reading one of those ambitious-minded msn.careerbuilder.com articles yesterday which proved to be typically annoying as far as career advice crap tends to be. Annoying because most of the stuff you read on “Cult Of Career” websites, such as careerbuilder and say, Monster or Linkedin, is sophomoric drivel perpetrated upon legions of up-and-coming soul-trading aspiring robots who simply believe that the key to happiness and fulfillment in this life is measured in annual income, random “investment” debts and retirement packages. These are people who begin emulating the Cult Of Careerism quickly and hurriedly don the habits and appearance of the typical modern consumerist cog in the capitalist wheel. The Cult of Careerism has created a rabidly conformist and self-absorbed mindset that values self-advancement to insane levels of compulsion. Some of the crap you read on these sites sounds like HR-spewed scripts. People who clutter the corporate byways of modern America love to recite all the trite trendy phrases which seem to spread across the workforce like a vapid wildfire of mimicry. I decry the loss of individualism and unique boldness in such herd-like behavior. The Cult of Careerism erects an edifice of artificiality that becomes the paradigm and value system which those who wish to join and partake begin to assume as their elemental character which seeps into all aspects of their life.

The article I read was “You don’t have to be a CEO to act like one” and it represented the normal pile of career-advancing and striving refuse that celebrates formulaic corporatist thinking and goal-oriented worship. The “CEO” mentality draws such aspirants like moths to light. Anything laced with the “CEO” moniker is worshiped with a religious fervor. The “CEO” is what these people want to be, how they wish to think and live. It’s a masquerade they seek to earn the privilege of wearing.

The first paragraph and first bullet point in how to “think like a CEO” was some pedantic Kool-Aid-style mindless rote.

Hire to your culture, and be hired by a culture you respect

Each company has its own ideas and values that promote the company’s vision. Successfully joining a work culture means better working relationships, increased productivity and a more enjoyable work experience. “Our culture is based on ethics, value creation and innovation,” says Robert L. Johnson, founding CEO of the Black Entertainment Network. “Culture is fundamental. People have to know how culture functions, what is OK, [what is] good and what is not done, or tolerated, in this company.”

When a company finds people who share their ideals, they create a strong cultural force that can push ideas forward. Whether you’re a part of a company or looking to join one, study that company’s culture and determine if you’re a good fit.

Who the hell talks like this?

Every stupid company in this land will recite the same boast. Perhaps the adjectives change slightly, but it’s always the same whitewashed, Stepford Wives banality that guides its presentation.

“Ethics, value creation and innovation.” Wow. Impressive. Still, show me one company that does not outwardly pride itself on similar values. This is stupid. These are empty rah-rah cheers and sentiments that mean nothing. People, especially workers, don’t give a shit about such company-wide proclamations. They just want their paycheck and to enjoy a pleasant enough work environment. Especially in today’s employment climate, more often than not most people are happy simply to have a job. Screw the flowery “company culture.” Worrying about the “company culture” is hardly a pressing factor if you’ve been unemployed for 2 months. “Company culture” is a hollow First World problem that is nice to think about but grueling to uphold as some kind of meaningful principle.

The CEO types and Career Cultists need to get their heads out of their collective ass and actually talk and think like real workers. But you see, this is all thinly disguised elitism which exists in abundance within the corporate ranks as witnessed by the inconsistent standards of accountability that permeate all levels of the normal corporate vertical structure.