Job Search Fun!

Great news!  There's a new job open in the lab!

Great news! There’s a new job open in the lab!

Lots of people are out of work.  Or they’re in work, and they hate it.  So they’re looking for a job they hate slightly less.  Who do they go to for help?

Luckily for these peeps, I have a vast amount of experience in applying and interviewing for jobs, since I’ve applied and interviewed for TONS of jobs that I have never gotten.  So I’m an expert.  For all you poor saps who are also looking for a job, I thought I might provide some tips.

First off, if you’re applying for anything higher in status than your local McDonald’s you are going to need a resume.  What am I saying?  Probably McD requires them too – how else will you get into Burger University? (seriously, there is one!)

For the job applicant that just doesn't give a crap.

For the job applicant that just doesn’t give a crap.

But what’s a resume, you ask?  A resume is a way to “sell yourself” without actually taking off your clothes.  (Unless you’re applying for a prostitute position, though they usually aren’t quite so formal.)  You have to list your skills, education, and work experience.  You want this to look impressive, so be sure to leave out all those Fs you got in basket weaving, or the time you got fired for mooning your coworkers at Wal-Mart, or that pesky criminal record.  Here is an example:

I.P. Freely

Frank’s van

Butt Crack, Mississippi  111011!

Objective (this sounds important, but is just stating the obvious): To get a job so I can move out of     Frank’s van and hopefully Mississippi.

 Skills (Stuff you can do.  Use bullets – no, the kind on your keyboard, stupid)

  • Experience with multi-tasking (example: drinking while driving)
  • Ability to run really fast (especially when chased)
  • Expert license plate manufacturer and potato peeler

  Work Experience (places you showed up to at least once)

  Bob’s Bait Shop

Responsibilities: Reading comic books and playing with fish hooks.

  Monica’s Massage Parlor

Responsibilities: Massaging clients.  No – uh – just massage, that’s it, really.

  Fast Eddie’s Car Lot

Responsibilities: Repossessing cars from unknowing clients.

  Education (School – the place with all the desks)

Butt Crack High School and Juvenile Detention Center

Buford’s Burger Academy

Here's where you can get creative. The camera doodle is a nice touch.

Here’s where you can get creative. The camera doodle is a nice touch.

Okay, then, the next thing you’re going to need is references.  This requires you knowing important people, or at least pretending you do.  Considering how pathetic your resume is, you’d better come up with something good.  Here are some good examples:

Mother Teresa

–    Email:

Sure she’s technically dead, but can you GET a better recommendation?

Oprah Winfrey

–     Email:

Everybody loves her.  Can’t go wrong.  She might even buy you a car.

Queen Elizabeth II

–     Email:

She’s old and rich and lives in a castle.  ‘Nuff said.

Okay, you’ve got your resume and your references.  Now what?  Let’s say they are really impressed (or very desperate) and they call you for an interview.  What do you do?  Stay tuned for my next segment.  The interview: try not to blow this one.

23 responses

  1. That’s super great, I would copy you resume (including the address, who cares). I think I still have the reference of mother theresa, she said all people are good – that’s like a recommendation :o)

    1. If Mother Teresa can’t get you in the door, that office has NO HEART I tell ya.

  2. “sell yourself” without actually taking off your clothes.

    I’ve never tried it that way. How does it work?

    1. You just talk about how awesomesauce you are – it’s like having a blog, basically.

  3. You forgot the contact email. Hotmomof8 at whatever is one I have seen as part of my job. Seriously.

  4. Oprah sucks, yeah she has money, but she has never, not once, answered one of my tweets.

  5. I want to live in a castle.

    1. Me too. And be a fairy princess.

  6. ‘Expert license plate manufacturer and potato peeler’ See I totally would hire that guy. You just never know when those things come in handy right?

    1. Exactly. “Tunnels through walls” is a handy skill as well.

  7. Lofty references, indeed. Especially for someone who went to Butt Crack High School. 😉

    1. I.P. may be a hick, but he knows his people, yee haw.

  8. QLiz2 is actually a address as she wants to hide her German roots.

  9. I never saw the point of references aside from maybe confirming that the applicant actually exists. Has anyone ever left a reference that wasn’t going to say good things>?

    1. Actually, sometimes they are that stupid. The guy in the job before me was a really horrible employee, but he still listed my boss as a reference. She was like -really?

  10. How did you get hold of my resume?

    1. Did I mention my side profession was hacker?

  11. I have over 20 years of potato-peeling experience, and I’m looking to change careers into turnip-peeling, ever since I accidentally peeled my boss Mr. Potato Head. Is it a good idea to put it on the resume that I’m really good with knives, or is this something I better demonstrate at an interview?

    1. I don’t see why you can’t do both.

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