Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men. (Proverbs 22:29)
The first impression of this proverb says that if you are skilled you are automatically rise up.
But another look at this proverb makes me think differently. When we are skilled we should look for "kings" (the best firms) to serve. We should in fact, ignore obscure companies.
Look for the best companies that will appreciate your work. Don't work for low quality companies, or companies that will not succeed. This doesn't mean we are stuck up or think we are too good for them. Rather, we choose people that will appreciate our work the best.
In today's global job market, we have to sell ourselves. Know the level of skill that you are at and find the best company for you. Don't short sell yourself. "He will not serve before obscure men."