I realize that I have always divided up job seekers by three categories.
- Beast of Prey
- Zoo Animals
- Petting Zoo Animals
But I was wrong. I missed one.
My friend Manny mentioned this today at lunch. Manny has always found a way to survive no matter what the economy has been like. He looked at me and said, “I am no farm animal.”
So what’s the difference?
Beast of Prey’s are dangerous. They are trained to hunt either by other beasts or it is innate in their character. Do not approach. They will move off unless cornered and then they will let you have it. They find a way to eat. They hunt for their food. Very alpha.
Zoo animals may be caged or in a habitat but they are still dangerous. They will bite their keepers from time to time. Need to be sedated to be approached. Still, they will stay put unless pissed off. Some have been known to jump the fence of the habitat become beats of prey. Some alpha but have been penned up and forced to act beta.
Farm animals are very approachable but you still have to watch out. Now and then they will kick or bite. They tend to want to stay put. Are easily slaughtered for their meat or because they have outlived their usefulness. Wait for feeding. Pure beta.
Petting zoo animals are the most docile. No danger here. These make the best long-term employees. Feed continuously. They have been known to get fat. What’s below beta?
Some of these “animals” may look like people you work with.