The unemployable typically go out with a bang

Every now and then someone departs a job at a well known company then blog about all they’ve seen as evil at now former company.  It usually triggers a flurry of commentary. This is just what happened with a former Apple employee blog posting. This is rarely a wise thing to do, but hey, move fast and break things doesn’t mean there would be no consequences.

While such essays might amuse the gallery, gain the author some form of  ephemeral fame, they may also have an influence on such person’s employability. For example, whenever I hired someone, I often took what they said about their former employers to be a template of what they would eventually say about me and my company. In most cases I don’t hire a person that slags their former company off, it’s rarely a good sign.

People might have, legitimate or not, reasons to rant about former employment. In many cases, it says more about the person than the job they’ve just left. Obviously I don’t know if there’s any legitimate reason for this person to have ranted the way he did. I am just commenting on the act, as a cautionary tale for the would-be hipsters that might be tempted to copy-cat at each opportunity.

After all, if/when some reprehensible activity should be going on at a company, whistleblowers might help bring to light such misdemeanours. That could be ultimately beneficial to the society. But, in all likelihood, for every whistleblowing action there’s probably  dozen of frustrated over-reacting actions.

I wouldn’t go out with a bang if I have hope to land another job somewhere else in the future. There are other ways too. It could be much more productive, while still in employment and actually not fearing of getting fired, to internally vent any frustration one might have. It’s also good to check if the reasons for your frustrations are shared by many or not. If nothing helps then leaving with the good memories is often a better attitude. After all, while at an employment one enjoys some of it and are hoping to help build something up.

If I have a few words for the up and coming professionals: Look for reasons to celebrate something, consider any crap to be the part of unavoidable combustible fuel for moving forward.

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