by John Fitzgerald, managing partner, OI Partners Ireland
Recently on a trip from Ireland to the OI Partners Conference in Las Vegas, I learned some key rules from the card tables that could prove useful if you are currently job seeking.
Learn how to play the game.
I first visited Vegas with very little knowledge how to play the tables. Like anyone setting out in search of a job, I felt nervous that I didn't have all the insider knowledge or fully know the rules. The first thing I did was to observe and spent most of the first evening standing behind players learning how the game was played.
Find the game that best suits you.
I eventually decided that Blackjack was the game that suited me. What I didn't know was when to stick and hold and when to ask the dealer to hit. The first hands I played, I felt and looked like a novice and knew I was leaving myself exposed. Job seekers often feel this way when they don’t have all the skills and knowledge required to compete in the jobs market. Yet as I continued to play, bit by bit, I learned more.
Find a mentor to guide you.
I noticed one particular dealer who seemed to converse a lot with the players. He was, in fact, teaching the new players the rules of the game. His game was more fun and held more hope for me. As the games progressed, I asked more and more questions of my new card dealer mentor, Larry. He gave me great advice and looked out for me more than others.
Just one mentor is not enough.
The rules of the game are that the dealer moves on after about 30 minutes and a new dealer is introduced. This ...