It used to be that you couldn't get a job in Israel without proteksia. Even today, proteksia can still work wonders for you. So what the heck is it?
One of the most popular programs on Israeli television these days is a sketch-comedy show called Ketzarim, “Shorts”.
This clip for a job interview at Proteksia LLC (Hebrew) explains it best:
Hiring Manager: Hello, please be seated. I understand that you are interested in joining us at Proteksia LLC.
Candidate: Very much. Here's my CV (hands it over).
Hiring Manager: Wow. I see that you had fantastic results in your exams.
Candidate: Yes, my uncle was the proctor and my brother is the Faculty Coordinator.
Hiring Manager: Ah. I see that you also have exceptional recommendations.
Candidate: Yes, that's from my mother. She owns 60% of that company's stock.
Hiring Manager: (pointing) Well, this isn't anything special…
Candidate: That's not…(sighs) a relative wrote it for me.
Hiring Manager: Good. So tell me why you'd like to work for us at Proteksia LLC.
Candidate: Ok. First of all, I'd like to be able to help out my friends. I really want to make sure that my interests and my family's interests are taken care of and most importantly, I want to hinder people who'd like to get ahead through talent and hard work.
Hiring Manager: Good…and what do you think you'll be able to bring to the company?
Candidate: (with a ‘trust me' hand motion) …9 cousins.
Hiring Manager: And where do you see yourself today in 5 years' time?
Candidate: (with determination) I see myself in your seat.
Hiring Manager: Nice…You get the job.
Candidate: Thanks, Dad.
Candidate: (walking out) Mother…