--"I KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH STRESSFUL
SITUATIONS:" I'm usually on Prozac. When I'm not, I take lots of cigarette and coffee breaks.
--"I SEEK A JOB THAT WILL DRAW UPON MY STRONG COMMUNICATION & ORGANIZATIONAL
SKILLS:" I talk too much and like to tell other people what to do.
--"I'M EXTREMELY ADEPT AT ALL MANNER OF OFFICE
ORGANIZATION:" I've used Microsoft Office.
--"I'M HONEST, HARD-WORKING AND
DEPENDABLE:" I pilfer office supplies.
--"MY PERTINENT WORK EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:" I hope you don't ask me about all the McJobs I've had.
--"I TAKE PRIDE IN MY WORK:" I blame others for my mistakes.
--"I'M BALANCED AND CENTERED:" I'll keep crystals at my desk and do Tai Chi in the lunch room.
--"I HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR:" I know a lot of corny, old jokes and I tell them badly.
--"I'M PERSONABLE:" I give lots of unsolicited personal advice to co-workers.
--"I'M WILLING TO RELOCATE:" As I
have recently left San Quentin, anywhere's better.
--"I'M EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL:" I carry a Day-Timer.
--"MY BACKGROUND AND SKILLS MATCH YOUR
REQUIREMENTS:" You're probably looking for someone more experienced.
--"I AM ADAPTABLE:" I've changed jobs a lot.
--"I AM ON THE GO:" I'm never at my desk.
--"I'M HIGHLY MOTIVATED TO SUCCEED:" The minute I find a better job, I'm outta there.
--"I HAVE FORMAL TRAINING:" I'm a college drop-out.
--"I INTERACT WELL WITH CO-WORKERS:" I've been accused of sexual harassment.
--"THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND
CONSIDERATION:" Wait! Don't throw me away!
--"I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU
SOON:" Like, I'm gonna hold my breath waiting for your stupid form letter thanking me "for my interest and wishing me luck in my future career."
~ U N I Q U E D I V E R
S I T Y I N I T I A T I V E ~
Put employees into a room with only a table and two chairs. Leave them without any instruction and check back on them in two hours.
- If they have taken the table apart...
assign them to engineering.
- If they are counting butts in the ashtray...
put them in finance.
- If they are talking to the chairs...
assign them to personnel.
- If they are sleeping...
they are management material.
- If they do not notice when you walk in...
place them in security.
- And if they have left early...
put them in sales.
Own a replica of the
famous Rosetta Stone
Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources person asked a young engineer fresh out of MIT, “And what starting salary were you looking for?”
The Engineer said, “In the neighborhood of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.”
The interviewer said, “Well, what would you say to a package of five-weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50 percent of salary, and a company car leased every two years, say, a red Corvette?”
The Engineer sat up straight and said, “Wow! Are you kidding?”
And the interviewer replied, “Yeah, but you started it.”
QUOTES FOR HR
I have one nerve left and you’re getting on it.
To get where you're going, you must know where they're coming from!
Of course I don’t do anything, I’m an idea man.
God put me on earth to accomplish a certain number of things, right now I am so far behind I will never die.
Are pay raises automatic here or do you have to work for them?
Personnel Director to job applicant: "Retirement Plan? I wouldn't worry about that, you'd be out of your mind to work here that long."
You can name your own salary here . . . I call mine "Fred"!
We're in one of those great historical periods that occur every 200 to 300 years when people don't understand the world anymore, when the past is not sufficient to explain the future.
-- Peter Drucker
Of course I have "past experience." What other kind is there?
If you think communication is all talk, you have not been listening.
Laughter is the shock absorber that eases the blows of life.
A boss is someone who arrives at the office early whenever you are late, and is late when you are early
At every crossroads on the path that leads to the future, tradition has placed 10,000 men to guard the past.
I'm an equal opportunity employer, that's why I'm giving other employers your services.
Around here I have a responsible position . . . every time something goes wrong, I'm responsible.
The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out an employment application.
-- Stanley J. Randall
You can’t talk your way out of a problem you behaved your way into.
Words were given to man to enable him to conceal his true feelings. -- Voltaire
The things that are hardest for us to change are the things that have contributed to our present success.
Temper is what gets most of us in trouble. Pride is what keeps us there.
PLEASE STAND BY…this presentation is being adjusted to match the experience level of the audience.
I’ll agree to discuss it, if you’ll agree to keep your mouth shut!!
I see your point of view, I just don’t want to see it again.
I kept six honest serving men. They taught me all I knew. Their names are What and Why and When, and Where and How and Who.
-- Rudyard Kipling
For things to change, first I must change.
At no time is self-control more difficult than in time of success.
I was qualified to be able to answer promptly – I said “I don’t know.”
Character doesn’t build character – it exposes it.
If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
Real Resume Quotes
These are taken from real resumes and cover letters and were printed in the July 21, 1997 issue of Fortune Magazine.
"Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year."
"Wholly responsible for two (2) failed financial institutions."
"Failed bar exam with relatively high grades."
"It's best for employer that I not work with people."
"Let's meet, so you can 'ooh' and 'aah' over my experience."
"You will want me to be Head Honcho in no time."
"Am a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forget details."
"I was working for my mom until she decided to move."
"Marital status: Single. Unmarried. Unengaged. Uninvolved. No commitments."
"I have an excellent track record, although I am not a horse."
"I am loyal to my employer at all costs. Please feel free to respond to my resume on my office voicemail."
"I have become completely paranoid, trusting completely no one and absolutely nothing."
"Personal interest: Donating blood -- fourteen gallons so far."
"Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain store."
"Note: Please don’t' misconstrue my 14 jobs as 'job-hopping'. I have never quit a job."
"Reason for leaving last job: They insisted that all employees get to work by 8:45 am every morning. I couldn’t work under those conditions."
"The company made me a scapegoat, just like my three previous employers."
"References: none. I've left a path of destruction behind me."