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I’m looking for a way to enhance my ability to interview employers for positions that they are seeking to be filled.  Yes, I’m interviewing employers.  Most employer think that they are interviewing me but really it is the other way around.  I’ve come to this conclusion after being in the work force both as an employee and an employer since 1977.  So realize that this is not my first rodeo – I know what bucks and how to create a buck.

Blind-date employment

Blind dates are for people that are desperate to create a relationship because they have expended all of their known resources.  Employers act the same way these days.  Having a position that needs filled, they go out into the vast arena of eligible people and try to find “the One.”  Most blind dates are typically set up by friends or relative that have an ample supply of eligible friends.  In business terms these are head hunting firms or staffing companies.  They sift through the junk-mail types and recommend their “best” to an employer.  A more daring blind date is conducted through personal ads which takes the risk of a bad hook-up off of a relative but squarely places the burden of any bad results on the participants.  In business terms these are classified ads which do provide a level of anonymity to the business through PO Box rendezvous spots.  It’s a cattle call when an ad goes out in this manner as a multitude of resumes flood the HR departments (if a business is able to have one) and overwhelm the staff responsible for selecting “the One.”  No matter what process a business selects “the One” by, it is the interview that truly makes this a blind date scenario.

I’m going to take this to the next extreme: on-line dating services.  No one has time to sift through candidate applications “sight unseen” and make a valid selection based on a textual match to stale, outdated job description.  So I’m going to break all protocol to HR practices and submit video interviews for consideration.  That is what this portion of this site is for.  How can I do this?  Simple.

Most HR Departments have trained their people to interview candidate with a series of questions that will screen the applicant based upon their behavior when placed under certain conditions.  While they aren’t permitted to place you into “life-threatening” conditions they can as an example ask you how you dealt with a pissed-off customer staring you down.  There are number of resources for these questions out on the web all you have to do is Google “STAR Approach”.  These questions are readily available to even the “general public” so that you can be prepared for your next “blind-date” interview.  To see how I’m taking this next step, go over here to see what I’ve done so far.

Checking pride and arrogance at the door.

I may say things that come off as prideful and/or arrogant to some people.  That is not my intent.  Knowledge, as it says in the Bible, puffs up a person.  If you don’t know something, while I do, communicating about it on a level playing field is extremely difficult.  You either have to come up to speed with what I know, or I have to “dummy-down” to where you’re at.  The middle ground compromises each of our roles and requires me to teach you the basic means of communicating with me.  The process of teaching you can often appear as pride or arrogance on my part simply from ignorance about the matter on yours.  Consider this too: The opposite dynamic occurs when you must teach me.

Understanding this simple little fact, brings me to this law in life: Nobody knows everything, so quit acting like you do.

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  • Mike’s Charis Notes

    • The deity of Charis

      In this study of charis you can’t get to the heart of the matter until you understand how the ancient Greeks viewed the fundamental nature of charis.  The best way to uncover this is to look at their perceptions on a “theological” basis.  Yet everyone knows that the Greeks, as well as every other ancient civilization, had many deities that they worshiped and it makes some people squeamish when you start speaking about deities.  I don’t know if it’s because their own faith is weak or they fear that the “bogey man” is going to overtake them.  My personal take on the matter is quite simple: I know my God and there isn’t anyone higher or more worthy of praise and worship, so anything else is a piker not deserving any attention.

      Why Deify Charis?

      In the book of Acts we encounter an instance when the Apostle Paul is in Athens preparing to address the thinkers of the day at Mars Hill.  Paul notes that in his wanderings throughout the city he noticed many of the statues that had been erected for the various gods that they all worshiped, including one for whom they recognized as the “unknown god.”  This was the God that Paul subsequently referred to in his preaching of the gospel.  While Paul did not make a specific reference to seeing any statue to Charis it is most certain that it was present and it has some rather interesting aspects to it.

      The god of charis first off was not a single god.  It was always depicted as three young females called the Charites. In most of the writings the three graces, Euphrosyne, Aglaia, and Thaleia are most frequently named but there appears to have been many more depending upon the occasion as well as the location of where you were in Greece.  Primary they were the personification of charm, grace and beauty and their realm was in social discourse, manners and culture.  Even today we often speak about someone’s social graces and ability to project an air of grace and beauty.  Yet there were other areas in life that they presided over including mirth, festivity, joy and favor, dance and song, praise and glory, play, amusement, banqueting, floral decoration, happiness, rest and relaxation.

      “They are mostly described as being in the service or attendance of other divinities, as real joy exists only in circles where the individual gives up his own self and makes it his main object to afford pleasure to others. The less beauty is ambitious to rule, the greater is its victory; and the less homage it demands, the more freely is it paid. These seen to be the ideas embodied in the Charites. They lend their grace and beauty to everything that delights and elevates gods and men.

      One of the first areas of influence that the Charites shared was as goddesses of fertility and life.  Since this area of life was concerned with joyous celebration about matters that mankind could not explain it seems natural that the Greeks would create a deity to pay homage too.  They became patrons of youth, marriage and healing as their sphere of influence developed.  Their youth was an important characteristic because they eventually presided over the social gathering whereby, “good deeds, ever recalled and renewed, never grow old.

      In the Charites we see a joyful, robust, exuberance to life that the Greeks not only recognized but practiced with their entire being as a tribute to the goddesses.  This is the influence that charis had on their lives.  To speak of charis to the Greeks meant that you were drawing on a vital component which was the very essence that defines humanity.  To a Greek, charis is life.  That is what Paul, Luke and the other gospel writers recognized and how the gospel message was the ultimate charis event for all humanity – an event that only God could supply.

      Charis and Shalom to you