It should come as no surprise that many people who are unemployed are angry, bitter, and generally discouraged. At the beginning of each seminar, everyone is given the opportunity to introduce themselves in an AA fashion..."My name is X and I'm unemployed. I've been unemployed for X months and...." These introductions quickly turn into sob stories about how the X industry has been hit the hardest. While some of these people are so negative and obnoxious, I am attempting to refrain from judging them because I have no idea what it is like to be unemployed and supporting a family.
I have met some
Next, we meet a woman who is adamant about listing her hobby of collecting antiques on her resume while simultaneously refusing to join LinkedIn. She insists that being an antique collector demonstrates a skill set of using the Internet and networking at collector shows. The instructor politely reminds the woman that only things relevant to the job you are applying for should be included on a resume...and if she thinks that collecting antiques is a relevant skill for environmental work then she should go ahead and include it.
Finally, we meet my favorite lady of them all. She told the class that her name was Dora and the instructor asked her what she did. At this point I had to put my hand over my mouth to contain a giggle because I immediately wondered if she was an explorer. Dora was tall and blond and in fact, not an explorer, but even a week later this still makes me laugh out loud.