April 26, 2008
I have lovely hands. For as long as I can remember, people would comment on my hands, wrists, ability to grow my strong well shaped nails. I had a boyfriend who once referenced me as “ET Fingers”.
I have always taken tremendous pride in this naturally beautiful part of me. (Ya see… I have always had bigger legs and a fairly average everything else, so this was my thing.)
When I was in college, I finally contacted “this guy” to see if there was really such a thing as a hand model and find out what it take to become one. I went to an office and some pictures were taken. Shortly after that moment, my hand model dreams we shattered forever.
“You are just the wrong color.” he told me. ” Not dark enough to be ethnic and not light enough to be white. You are coming out kind of gray.” I was spinning. And then… another blow! He tells me to hold up both hands and spread my fingers spread apart. “Notice anything?” he asks. I tell him that I didn’t see a thing. He then says in an annoyed tone, “Look at the middle finger of your left hand! Look at it!! (Obviously, he was disgusted by what he saw.) “The finger is turned and it looks like the knuckle and the nail is turned in the direction of your ring finger. That just isn’t acceptable.”
My hand career over..before it ever began.
I can here you saying, “It’s never too late.” Well my friends… Yes. Yes it is too late for these hands. I am selling an old ring of mine on eBay and took some pictures of the ring on my hand- assuming- it would look fabulous. OMG!!! When did my hands get so old.
I regret not getting a second opinion when I was in college.
April 25, 2008
Desk Set (1957) is a great comedy starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. In the film, Hepburn plays the role of Bunny Watson– the lead researcher for a large media company. Bunny and her small team would take calls from the various company departments (PR, Product Development, Design, etc) with a variety of requests/questions from, “Name Santa’s Reindeer” to “What is the total tonnage of the planet Earth?”
In the mix- Spencer comes on the scene as efficiency expert and brings in… (insert big music here)… A COMPUTER distributing pink slips and bad information to the media company’s staff. (Wow- 1957… not much has changed in 50 years!)
Bunny and her team served as researchers and librarians with fabulous style and charm. They were smart women with resources and confidence. Everything they research not only support the company- but increases their own knowledge as well (ok, some is trivial, but that is really the best stuff.)Just Fabulous!!
This is a great job! Although I fear that in today’s strange word, a person would need a PhD in Library Sciences just to get the interview. Ugggh.
Why is this a dream job for me?
Although I have never had a research job, I love digging for clues and piecing together the answer. I love the research process and tapping into resources and people to find the answers.
I love packaging the results and applying them to improve X, Y and Z.
Oh, and have some excessive trivia and nonsence in my brain.
April 23, 2008
Well, not really continued… more like concluded.
I received a lovely note today from the folks I interviewed with last week. In part, it read:
“While we were impressed with your background and experience, we have
concluded that another candidate’s qualifications more closely match our
requirements. We sincerely regret that we cannot offer you employment withour organization at this time.
You have our best wishes for success in future. We appreciate your interest
and the time you have invested in interviewing with XYZ.”
What I read is:
“While we are obligated to send you this note indicating you did not get this job, we have concluded if you can not manage to find our offices when they are only 1 mile away, we will assume you can’t find your way out of a paperbag.
Regardless of your background and experience, we feel, if you are unable to match your earrings, we need to identify another candidate who can dress him/herself. We sincerely regret you couldn’t get yourself together to meet with us. Good luck in having any success in the future. Too bad you didn’t spend the same amount of time getting to the interview as you did in researching or company.”
April 22, 2008
I had another job interview today. This opportunity not only is an unexpected match to my skills and passions, but the office is less than a mile from my house. As a known “directional illiterate” I gave myself 30 minutes to get to arrive to my destination. I got lost. I simply could not find the street address or building. I contacted one of the interviewer via cell phone (the only number I had) and left several messages, but it wasn’t until I received a call from the company’s founder who guided me in, I was MIA.
When we finally met face-to-face, they were as gracious as I was embarrassed, but I enjoyed our discussion and feel there was a connection. At least a strong enough connection to keep myself in the running for the position.
Following the meeting, I crafted a strong and pithy follow-up email clearly expressing my interest in the company.
Ding. End of Round 1
I changed out of my interview costume only to realize that I had been wearing two very different earrings (and not in an arty, fun way).
I can’t help but think my double fault will knock me down (or off) the candidate list.
What do you think about that candidate we saw on Monday? You mean the one who got lost only a mile away and wore the unfashionable mismatched jewelry? I think she is perfect for the position! Ha-ha-ha.
Did they even notice the earring error? Will there be a round 2?