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August 20th, 2009
Dear Job Seekers

Since we put up our “Now Hiring” sign in our window, we get all kinds of people coming in wanting applications. We’re in a mall, so I suppose some of the more interesting people are ones who were shopping and just wander in.

But seriously. People, if you want to apply for a job, please don’t waltz in wearing cut-offs and flip flops! At least try to clean yourself up a little, show me that you are attempting to make a good impression.

Don’t go from store to store clutching a sheaf of applications either. Bring a folder or something to put them in. Absolutely DON’T fold the app into quarters and stuff it in your pocket! Geez.

BRING YOUR OWN PEN! One of my biggest pet peeves is people who come in on a Saturday, when we’re busy, ask for an app, ask to “borrow” my pen, and then proceed to fill out the application on my cashwrap counter. It’s small, there’s only one register, and HELLO! I need to ring people up, dumbass! But really, bring your own damn pen. Come prepared.

Don’t keep coming in every few days to bug me about the status of your app. How many times do I have to say “We’ll call you if we’re interested” before you get the message?

When filling out the application, DON’T put “see resume” in the job section. That means you’re either too lazy to fill it out, or you think you’re special and don’t have to fill it out. Either way, FAIL!

Please don’t list your mom, best friend, boyfriend, fiance, or kindergarten teacher as a reference. I am not interested in talking to these people. Former co-worker is marginally acceptable, but former supervisor will be a WIN! Seriously, if you can’t come up with at least ONE person who supervised you in some capacity then you are in trouble. I’ll take volunteer experience, if the volunteer coordinator can say things like “kept their commitments” and “showed up on time for events” etc. I will accept teachers if you were their student aide. But your kindergarten teacher? Hello? One more thing… please don’t put down dead people. I don’t care that they were your best reference and they just passed away. IF THEY’RE DEAD, I CAN’T CALL THEM, NOW CAN I?!?

Keep track of where you have submitted applications. I called a chick once for a phone screen, said the name of my store, and got HUH? as a response. Look Dumbass, if you can’t even remember where you left applications, why on earth would I hire you??

Oh the joys of hiring.

Posted by Claire at 11:29 AM | Days Go By, Rant | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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July 20th, 2009
From Twitter To Blogging

In the two years since I stopped writing here I started writing almost daily at my cosmetics blog Claire’s Beauty. In the last six months I’ve become a total Twitter-aholic. I blame my phone.

Last October, I bought a T-Mobile G1, the Android phone that does everything except bring me breakfast in bed. It comes with apps. Like… Twitter apps. A real browser. An IM client…

So I started using Twitter regularly and now have to re-learn how to write properly using more than 140 characters. Also, I tend to tweet as my cats more than as myself, so I also have to learn to stop writing in semi-lolspeak. Life is tough, let me tell you.

I used to write here so often, and now the idea of personal blogging has become really foreign to me. I’m used to writing ABOUT something, like cosmetics, not just blathering on about what I’m doing. Do people really care? Is anyone going to read this anyway?

I know the answer, which is a sort of yes. I’ve gotten enough traffic over the years to know that people will read this. If I write something particularly interesting to a lot of people, I even get comments – years later. It’s nuts.

I hope to learn how to do this again. I always enjoyed it, and there is a lot of my own personal history recorded here. Cheers to starting again.

Posted by Claire at 09:34 PM | Days Go By | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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July 19th, 2009

My cats now have a blog! Go visit Theo & Tigsy at www.cat-tummy.com to read all about their adventures!

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August 11th, 2007
A Mind Boggler

I work with a charming young man who recently turned 20. He’s in college, and seems ‘hip’ to the pop culture of today. So you can imagine my shock and awe upon learning he had never seen The Princess Bride. Okay, I realize the film came out the same year he was born. But hasn’t this movie become embedded into American popular culture?? How is this possible? He hadn’t even HEARD of it!! He thought I was talking about some crappy Anne Hathaway movie!

Perhaps our tastes are just too disparate. He thought it a travesty that I hadn’t seen The Fantastic Four, a film I determined to be standard play-to-the-lowest-common-denominator filmmaking and not worth my time. At any rate, in 20 years will anyone care about The Fantastic Four? I doubt it.

So I’m boggled. He does want to see Stardust, a film that is said to be closest to The Princess Bride in genre, so that’s good. I haven’t seen it yet, so I can’t judge, but I’m hoping it will be good.

Is there really such a generation gap in only eight years? I think of all the things my little brother and sister have lived with that I didn’t when I was a kid, and I start to think that maybe my generation (those born in the late 70′s/early 80′s) was at the tail end of one generation, and kids from the late 80′s/early 90′s are the start of another. Microwaves, computers, vcrs (now dvds), cable television (now satellite), the Internet. Cable television just started to be a big deal when I was a kid, seven or eight years old. I can remember when we bought a vcr, a couple years after they came out – wow, we can watch a movie at home! I remember buying the microwave, and we didn’t have a computer until I was 12 or so, and didn’t have one with a GUI and a mouse until late high school. Didn’t have internet until my senior year. I didn’t have a CD player until my senior year either. Cassettes, baby!

Geez, this makes me feel old and curmudgeonly. I guess it only gets worse.

Posted by Claire at 11:45 PM | Days Go By, Watch It | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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May 11th, 2007
I’m Here, Really I am

I’m into week 2 of my new job and still loving it! I’m also coming home totally whupped, since I tend to throw myself into work wholeheartedly. I’m learning to moderate…

I bought some shoes today from Art & Sole, an independent shoe shop on Interstate Ave (right up from the New Seasons). I purchased a pair of Naot sandals, which I am thinking I will love a great deal. I can wear sandals to my new job (provided my toes look nice, anyway), and I am SO excited about this. The service was terrific, and while the selection is small, they had just what I was looking for. Go visit them, and shop local!

In the “not-so-local” files, don’t the clothes at Hippy Chix Shop look great? I am totally digging their plus size options. Must exercise control!!

Anyway, that’s what I’m up to. We put in our (small) garden a few days ago, some tomatoes and zucchini and peppers. DH hung some flower baskets on our porch (pansies and fuschias) which now look so pretty and make our house so nice looking. I’ve been planting summer bulbs and seeding beds with lupines and nasturtiums. We also bought a wisteria for the back porch. I think it’ll be awesome climbing on the porch.

Piccies soon, I promise.

Posted by Claire at 12:21 PM | Days Go By, Portland | Comments (1) | Tweet This Post

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