Whether you are BP or a Bodyguard, be careful of far-reaching consequences

My heart sank when I saw the article in the Belfast Telegraph; “Oil from BP spill may reach Ireland”.

Many Irish fishermen feed their familes throughout the year by harvesting the dangerous waters of the Atlantic Ocean during the lucrative fishing season. In remote areas such as Northern Donegal, in the province of Ulster, there is no other way for them to survive.

Generations turn to the Ocean for their livelihood. What will happen now if the shores of Ireland become polluted as the Gulf has? Will BP step up to the plate with a multi-Billlion dollar rescue package? I think not. BP is managed by smart executives who know how to fatten a “bottom line” (but not necessarily how to plug a leak). Each year they receive $2 Billion dollars in Govt. contracts from the Pentagon.

Who would have thought that a gushing crude oil well off the Gulf States could weeks later threaten the livelihood of European fishermen? We all need to be careful what we do today, since it could have far-reaching consequences.

An E.P. colleague recently spoke about an assignment that he was sure he was going to get. He had all the right qualifications and was on the “short list”. He was quite shocked and bitterly disappointed to discover he did not make the cut. He later heard through the grapevine that he was not included because his credit had taken some hits over the past couple of years and his credit score had plummetted as a result.

Even in these tough times it pays to pull out all the stops to protect your “marketability”. Just because the economy is poor, doesn’t mean that a prospective employer will understand unpaid bills and over extended credit.

Similarly, burning bridges at any time is a risky practice – in these lean times it could be disasterous. If you are looking for a job – put your best foot forward and if you have a poor credit score, it might be wise to mention it at an interview if you have a decent excuse why it became so.

The number of applicants in the job pool is ever increasing and employers can afford to hire the most highly qualified and stable. If you have a job, protect it with dear life. Survival of the fittest is the name of the game.