Thursday, May 12, 2005

This pair of socks could take a while.

I cast on for one of the projects I got at MDS&W... it's the fish pouch sweater. I decided that a plain stockinette square would be ideal for the TV watching I plan to be doing lately. I got a huge chunk of the back done during the awesome 2-hour season finale of the Amazing Race (can't even imagine how that will screw up my gauge)... and then finished the back tonight during the not-finale of Apprentice. (The picture was taken earlier this afternoon)

However, the sock has not gone completely ignored. Sam napped in the car for about an hour-- I finished the gusset, and am now into the foot of sock #1. Slow and steady progress-- these aren't really summer socks anyway.

Work is nuts, as always. Carl's tenure as our office manager was short-lived... and so the search continues once again.

Note to anyone seeking a job:

1. Change your cover letter to suit the job you are applying for. "Dear Sir or Madam: I am seeking a position in your banking firm" does not do it for me.

2. Proofread your cover letter and your resume. Then have someone with a better grasp of the English language proofread it for you. "I think I am well suited to take on this roll in your office" does not get you a callback. "Desired salary: $54,000 anally" got me a good laugh... it will not get you a job. "Desired salary: $14.00 anually" is more reasonable-- do you think someone will really work for that? "Your" and "You're" are two different words. "A lot" is also two words. If you really work at a company called "VIP Optical Labratories" then we have bigger problems than whether you're going to work for us.

3. If you are going to list your skills, make them real skills. "Making copies" is not that impressive. "Making black and white, as well as color copies" is oddly less so. My least favorite skill listed? "Browsing the Internet" I have enough trouble with my current staff (myself included!) browsing the internet when they're supposed to be working... I hardly think I'm going to hire another.

4. Please create a professional-sounding (or at least cryptic) e-mail address, and use this account to send out resumes. "HotItalianHunnie@whatever.com" is not an e-mail address that really inspires me to reply with a job offer.

5. If you live in Iowa, or Texas, or Michigan, and are not willing to relocate, I would suggest that you not apply for positions in New Jersey.

Oh, I could go on... but it is getting late, so I will stop. Perhaps tomorrow I will rant about the sad state of affairs that leads college graduates to request salaries of $22,000.


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