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Postscript on Three Things Job Hunters Can Learn From Jon Gosselin

Wow–lots of comments and feedback for this one! Thanks for chiming in everyone–love the discussion. 🙂

Some of you have said that Jon’s not the bad guy, it’s Kate. Or vice-versa. The post was not a comment on who the bad guy is in this situation. It’s to warn job seekers of some things they could be doing to sabotage 1) the job they have or 2) the job they want.

Whether or not Jon’s a bad person (and I doubt he is), he’s displaying certain behaviors that cause the public (his audience) to jump to conclusions or create perceptions in their minds that he’s a loser.

Unfortunately, life’s not fair, a picture’s worth a thousand words and you don’t often get a second chance to make a first impression (<cough> pardon the cliches), so be conscious of the reputation you’re putting out there.

That’s all I’m sayin’.

Three Things Job Hunters Can Learn From Jon Gosselin

jongosselin_edhardyIt was only a matter of time before TLC axed father-of-eight and douchebag du jour Jon Gosselin from its hit “Jon & Kate Plus 8”. The writing was on the wall, and still, I think the Ed Hardy-clad cad was shocked.

What can you learn from this debacle? A lot.

  1. If you’re trying to keep the job you have, make yourself indispensible. That means not abandoning your responsibilities. In fact, you should be doing your job better than ever before. If not, you’re rendering yourself useless. You’re no loss…you’re a liability. Jon Gosselin should be chauffeuring that passenger van, coaching Little League, making brownies for Girl Scouts and braiding pigtails outside his Pennsylvania home…all with a big, whitened-tooth grin on his face. He should be shooting for Father of the Year honors.
  2. If you get let go, go gracefully. If you don’t, that’s what people will remember most about you. For goodness sake, don’t bad-mouth your former employer, either. Making the national talk show circuit with your lawyer in tow isn’t going to do much for your reputation except make you look like a crybaby who lost a third grade kickball game. See also  Melissa Rivers on “Celebrity Apprentice”.
  3. If you’re looking for a new job, put your best face forward. The best face you’ve ever put forth in your life. If, like Jon, you’re partying with jailbait, busting the budget and spending your time courting sleazy tabloids, your reputation is going to stink like bad cologne I imagine Jon is wearing. People will avoid you like the plague.

What else can we learn from Jon Gosselin? When will TLC finally give Kate the boot? When will the kids launch an internal revolution and overthrow their captors…er parents?