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I saw an ad today on Craigslist that said :

Subject: Miserable Desk Job

You'll deal with patients
You'll deal with angry parents
You'll deal with angry co-workers
You'll have to contend with an absence of adequate training
You have to get along with the angry co-workers
You have to have super mutant computing proficiency (point and click faster than a speeding bullet)
If you speak Spanish: good
If you have medical/healthcare experience, expertise, interests: fine
You must have a Bachelors degree in something—anything!
Interviewing will involve a systems test, aptitude test, co-worker-get-along-test; reference checks; etc
Check your ego at the door


So OF COURSE I had to apply. How could I not?

I wrote back :

Subject: I can do miserable!

I've been doing drone-like office work for the corporate monster for seven years now! The same monster, sadly, that chewed me up and spit me out when the line on the bar chart dipped below the dotted projection line. Next time, I want a monster that has a sense of humor. Perhaps you are that monster.

I don't have a BA (though I do have an AA and plan to go farther), and I don't speak Spanish. But I'm pretty good with computers and I can put up with a lot of drudgery. And I do mean a LOT.

My resume is attached.

-Katherine


I'm taking a huge risk here, but this time I want to see if I can't do this the right way - the honest way. I could care less about this one particular job listing, I'm sure they'll ignore me. But it's a start.

I will definitely say that the Manjam experiment has made me worry a lot less about how I phrase these things. Why should I try so hard to not be myself? All that's gotten me is a lot of unpleasant situations. Something about this posting caught my eye, and you know what it was? Honesty. And somehow I'm seriously doubting that this job is as miserable as they say, but still, I can't help but be curious.

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harkalark
Oct. 2nd, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
Hmm. That's interesting. It's cool that they're being honest, and it's also cool that you can be just as honest in your reply. I've found that a sense of humor (or lack of one) is a deciding factor when I'm scoping out potential employers. If the person who interviews me has the personality of a wet paper towel, I'm pretty sure I won't want to work for them.

On the other hand, still be careful. They're up front about the misery, which is all cool and dandy, but remember that that's going to be part of it. If it looks like it's going to be too miserable and they're going to say "but we told you so! Now suck it." then run far, far way.
yoopie
Oct. 2nd, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
I like your approach but then again, I am not necessarily very conventional myself...but there IS something very liberating about taking the approach that you are taking...may it prove to be super fruitful!!!!!
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yoopie
Oct. 2nd, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
http://yoopie.livejournal.com/140282.html#cutid1

that icon is one of the pictures I took of that event

for those who cannot view the post..I posted how I was craving a bowl of just lucky charms marshmallows...well my bf saw that post and 2 days later he woke me up and adorned me with a FULL bowl of JUST Lucky Charms marshmallow bits....he picked through the cereal just for me LoL
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yoopie
Oct. 2nd, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
I do not recall that movie, though I may not have seen it plus I am terrible at remembering movies anyway.

Yes, what Tim did was awesome...he still does stuff like that for me today...like the whole mac and cheese thing I posted about a week ago. He totally is a keeper...and yes lucky charms marshmallows and mac and cheese trump pricey gifts anyday....there is just so much more thought put into those things in my opinion =)
meisterdorf
Oct. 2nd, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
I like your reply. good luck
flippingmonkey
Oct. 2nd, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
HA! That's a great reply I hope it works
stateparks
Oct. 2nd, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
Good luck! I got my first ever high school job by saying on my application that I needed the money. The guy who hired me said that line was what made him hire me ...
(Anonymous)
Oct. 3rd, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
Bravo!
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