Posted by: xeper | October 13, 2008

On Writing Your CV and Getting a Job

A recent realization in my Xeper journey for self-development is that some self-development efforts need a steady income. You might find this realization from my side amusing, since it is a widely shared notion. But I must remind you that if I was someone who automatically accepted widely-held beliefs about life, and how to manage one’s life, I wouldnt have been writing Xeper, would I?

Anyway, having partially adopted this widely accepted belief, I have to confess that even this I could not totally accept. I have to highlight two points about the stable-income ideal with which I disagree:

  • I do not share the belief that stable income is necessary for all sorts of self-development; in fact, I think and believe that many (most?) self-development efforts need a financially unstable period of life. In fact, too stable an income, especially for extended periods of time, will almost certainly cause corruption of the mind and ethical fibre, as well as deterioration of knowledge and wisdom, and shared around the population will cause the same symptoms in the whole society
  • I do not share the widely-held notion that a steady income means a job. In fact, I believe that, in the long run, holding a job is for the vast majority of us one of the least stable income-generating methods imaginable. I currently hold a job and might discuss this with you later if you have any questions about it.

This being said, I think we should discuss the self-developmental worth of holding a “steady” job, so here are some pros and cons:

  • While in most cases a job is not the best income-generating option, a job can be directly developmental in many ways, most of which you will not find in 99% (not an exact number) of jobs: (1) if you have a highly developed boss (spiritually and awareness-wise), they will develop you, either on purpose or by simple association; (2) If the job makes you do things you would have done anyway in exactly the same way you would do it if you had no job/no boss; activities where you learn something or get to know people you wish to know and associate with, activities that you really enjoy, and flexible schedules that allow you to work and stop working in the manner that most fits your personal rhythm, etc; (3) If it does not take you hostage; working you more hours than you are productive, stop you from pursuing other opportunities while working for them or after working for them, make you pay for the training they give you, etc; (4) If they give you training on self-development-related topics that more than compensates the deterioration in your metaphysical/spiritual thinking and the stress that will invariably happen on a job
  • However, most jobs will be detrimental to your self-development efforts, if nothing but for the lost amount of time and contemplation (but in fact for many more things we can discuss some other time if you like)
  • For the youth, though, it is an absolute necessity to hold a job for some time; to learn about human society in scarcity conditions and competitive situations inside your own team as well as with the outside world. This is very important
  • For any youthful souls who just cannot understand nor accept that life is not as rosy as it could/should be, they would benefit a lot from holding a job from time to time, to examine humanity’s problems up close; living under a tight budget, facing office politics, understanding the extent of human stupidity and inefficiency (or rather realizing that it has no limits). The office is a place where followers of their own Xeper and self development way will be given a random sample of humans who react differently to different circumstances, and will show you many differences between people and between situations, their motives are especially compelling to study, and the result of their collective actions will show you wonders about human nature and the reality of our human condition (more later about motivation of different people and about the inevitable future of the human race later if you like), thus showing you why the larger society, and even global economy and global politics work. The experiment will take years; at least two years in every place you work, at least three places to work in (they dont have to be consecutive, though). The most important specimen human in this experiment will be yourself: you will need to see how you react to all those pressures too, and what are your motives, and how you can learn from those who are better than you are in the areas you most care about
  • Again, I maintain that many of our societies’ problems is the way we interpret “income” and “work” as both meaning “to have a job” and/or “be a slave”. Compare your job to substance abuse (drug addiction). I do not believe in coercion being developmental except in understanding of power structures and mechanisms. The only difference between suffering a salaried job and suffering substance abuse is one is financial coercion and the other is physical/biological; both built on a strong psychological base

This being said, one’s spiritual journey according to my Xeper experience requires you to undertake a job or more some time in your life, and discuss with others about jobs. And in our society, having a real job will most often need you to write a CV and sit an interview. I will therefore provide a rough guide to writing your CV in the next post.

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