Sunday, December 16, 2012

Unspeakable Horror

Two days ago, on December 14, 2012 a young man burst into an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut and shot 20 children and 6 adults.  How does one wrap their head around that?

In the last 48 hours I have prayed and fretted over this.  I have been furious and railed against the gun lobby and humans at large.  I have cursed the politicians who have done nothing about keeping assault weapons off the streets.  I have more quietly been angry at God because this confuses me.

The truth is, that at the end of the day, this day or any other day, I have no understanding of this at all.  It's impossible to even comprehend how it could happen.  I will, out of respect to the babies then, be quiet and try to remember to be grateful for what life has given me.  It had to be mentioned though, if for no other reason that one day I may look back on this event and remember that I am truly powerless over the world and that every day is a gift.  Every single one of us is on borrowed time.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

A Photo Tribute to Chris Rock's Uncle

sorry... I had nothing really to say today...

Friday, December 07, 2012

Interview Tips 1

There are times when navigating a job interview becomes merely an exercise in recognizing the red flags when they wave.  Here is an example:

Interviewer:  Dress for the interview will be casual.  Some of the staff gets nervous when they see someone come in...

This one is not at all uncommon and it doesn't exactly evoke trust, does it?  Why should you trust this person now when they've just admitted that their employees don't trust them?  Or at the very least that there is no open communication in this workplace. 

Whose job is in jeopardy?  What restructuring is going on that might be seem threatening to their current employees? 

Do you want to work in a place with secrets?

Do you want to enter a new position where your co-workers may already harbor suspicion or resentment fostered by the secrecy? 

It's not unreasonable for you as a potential employee to ask questions.  Be diplomatic, but do ask questions.  Is this a new position?  Is not, is the person currently in this position advancing?  These questions can be asked within the context of inquiring about your own growth potential in this role, but ask these questions. 

I'm leaving for an interview today, and I'm already suspicious about the potential employer.  Granted, we've established recently that my tolerance for dishonesty is desperately low, but this isn't paranoia.  This person as much as confessed that something is going on. 

And my own confession, again, is that my tolerance is painfully low, and my sense of smell is...

Very acute.