Some of you are weirdos.
Don’t get me wrong—I totally value your diversity and stuff. I embrace your weirdo-ness. It’s just that I’ve been getting a lot more reader email in the past month or two, and some of you have some interesting questions. In the interest of cleaning out my email box, I’m going to answer some of these in one post.
- Are you male or female? Female.
- Did anyone ever tell you that you look like Mary Ingalls? Yes. Pretty much everyone I went to grade school with. The other one I got a lot was the girl in this commercial that aired in California in the early eighties where they sing a song that says “Oh please, oh please, say cheese, say cheese.” The girl finally smiles, and you see she has a mouth full of braces. She was a total dork. The ad was to promote California cheeses. Ironically, when I grew up I moved to Wisconsin and married a cheesehead. Eat Wisconsin cheese!
- I Googled you, and I saw you in a bikini. No, you didn’t. There’s someone else with the same name as me. She lives in Florida, and she has brown hair, and her Facebook profile picture is one of her in a bikini and braids. You can tell it’s not me, because I’m blonde, and don’t wear bikinis on the internet, and I don’t wear braids anywhere, and I hate Florida.
- I looked at your LinkedIn profile, and it seems like you’ve had a lot of jobs. Yes. I tend to be weirdly attracted to employers who are in transition. That means that once the mess is cleaned up (or the company has succumbed to the mess), I end up moving on. There are people who can do one thing for 40 years, but I’m not one of them.
- What do you think about staffing companies? I think some of them suck, and others don’t. I’ve had lots of bad experiences, both as a candidate as an employer. I’ve also had just enough good ones to make me think they’re not all hopeless. I also know some good HR people who started out in staffing companies, so they can’t be all bad. But you really have to manage your expectations, and remember that they work for the employer, not for you. You also have to be willing to keep trying different ones until you find one you don’t hate.
- What’s your MBTI type? INTJ. I’m also a Cancer, and the life line on my palm is really long.
- What do you think about the kinds of things HR students are taught in college? I don’t really know what they’re taught. I majored in Political Science. I’m well qualified to scream at the TV on Sunday mornings, but that’s it. I hope they’re being taught to help run the business instead of being cops or social workers, but I really couldn’t say for sure.
- Who pays you to write this blog? Ha. I wish.
- Why are you so crabby lately? What do you mean, “lately?” I’m pretty much always like this. In fact, when I did this warm and fuzzy post, a friend emailed me and asked what the hell happened to me. I think he thought I’d been hacked.
- Aren’t you worried that potential employers will read your blog? Not really. This blog pretty much exactly reflects my actual thoughts, and also the way I actually talk. If you don’t like it, you probably wouldn’t like me. In that case, please save us both some grief and don’t hire me. Obviously, I’m a little more polished at work than here…but if you can’t stand to ever hear the word “suck,” we aren’t going to work well together.
- Why are you a Minnesota Twins fan? I thought you said you were from California. I’m originally from Minneapolis. We moved to California when I was in first grade, and I grew up in and around San Diego. We moved to Idaho in the middle of my junior year in high school (a period I refer to as The Longest 17 Months of My Life), so I graduated there. Then I lived in LA (actually Torrance), then Milwaukee, then Washington DC (actually Alexandria), then Milwaukee again. I’ve only recently overcome the habit of evaluating each new furniture purchase based on how hard it’s going to be to get that thing into a U-Haul truck someday.
- I love your blog. Can I send you some bacon? Sadly, I’m a vegetarian. Send ice cream instead.
Photo by 1Happysnapper
As always, thanks to Anna at ABDPBT, who started the Fighting Listlessness on Mondays trend in blogging. Anna’s blog isn’t about job hunting; it’s about other, way more interesting things. I highly recommend it.