Providing joy, pleasure, relief and entertainment through Human Resource related situations that will bring smile and laughter and wash away all the tension.
CLARIFICATION OF CORPORATE LINGO
HERE IS WHAT HUMAN RESOURCES REALLY MEANS;
“COMPETITIVE SALARY:” We remain competitive by paying less than our competitors.
“JOIN OUR FAST-PACED COMPANY:” We have no time to train you.
“CASUAL WORK ATMOSPHERE:” We don’t pay enough to expect that you’ll dress up; well, a couple of the real daring guys wear earrings.
“MUST BE DEADLINE ORIENTED:” You’ll be six months behind schedule on your first day.
“SOME OVERTIME REQUIRED:” Some time each night and some time each weekend.
“DUTIES WILL VARY:” Anyone in the office can boss you around.
“MUST HAVE AN EYE FOR DETAIL:” We have no quality control.
“CAREER-MINDED:” Female Applicants must be childless (and remain that way).
“APPLY IN PERSON:” If you’re old, fat, or ugly, you’ll be told the position has been filled.
“NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE:” We’ve filled the job; our call for resumes is just a legal formality.
“SEEKING CANDIDATES WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF EXPERIENCE:” You’ll need it to replace three people who just left.
“PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS A MUST:” You’re walking into a company in perpetual chaos.
“REQUIRES TEAM LEADERSHIP SKILLS:” You’ll have the responsibilities of a manager, without the pay or respect.
“GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS:” Management communicates, you listen, figure out what they want, and do it.
BUILDING A RESUME
Below are the typical areas of a resume and my priceless secrets for dealing with them. These tips will help crush the competition, get you in the door and put you behind a desk making 50 big ones, plus bonuses.
THE NAME: Use the name to your advantage. Spice it up a little bit. Steve Smith goes nowhere fast. But Sir Stephen Smith — now that might turn a few heads. Nicknames also help. Mark “Keyboards” O’Malley is good. Mark “Keg sucker” O’Malley is bad.
THE ADDRESS: Forget your real address. Make a statement instead! Saying you’re from the Bronx suggests you’re tough as nails. Anyplace in Japan implies you believe in an 18-hour-a-day work ethic!
THE PHONE NUMBER: Skip it. What are the odds they’ll call — 1,000 to 1. If they do, they’ll probably just catch your roommate somewhere in the middle of his second six-pack. My advice is never put your phone number on a resume unless you want to try some interesting 900 number which might wake up a recruiter or two.
THE AMBITION STATEMENT: Forget the ambition statement. You know what I mean: “Seeking a challenging IS position using state-of-the-art technology in a high-growth, future-oriented corporation that is doing neat things for the environment.” A better idea is to tell them what you’re NOT seeking. “Not seeking a job where I’m paying my dues for eight years, maintaining ancient
Cobol code that crashes every other night. Not slaving for some horrible boss and groveling in the smallest cubicle in the world until I finally claw my way into a lower management position, only to have the company lay off 40% of its work force so that I wind up in some non-critical, low-paying, dead-end, back-office position.”
EDUCATION: Send in an application to MIT, then truthfully state: “Current doctoral candidate, Nuclear Computer Simulation Modeling Program, MIT.”
EXPERIENCE: Even fresh out of school, you’ve got to have experience. But don’t mention that you’ve invested in your own relational database or coded an object-oriented commodity trading system…. Everybody’s done that stuff. I’m talking about hands-on experience: high-level management, microchip design, hostile takeovers, etc. So if you’re a little light in the experience area, don’t tell lies. Instead, simply try creative wording of the experience you do have. For example, if you worked as a cashier at Food Lion, make it, “Monitored and troubleshot retail point-of-sale bar-code inventory scanning system.” Also, “Conducted usability testing for graphical user interface” sounds a lot better than “played too much Nintendo.” But don’t try “Evaluated remote-accessed continuous-availability multimedia environment.” Most employers can pick that one off as watching too much MTV.
THE CLOSE: “References furnished upon request?” What kind of power-close is that? Close with impact. Close with a line they’ll remember, like “Please, please give me a job. And by the way, I know where you live.”
3M and Goodyear merge to become MMMGood.
3M, J.C. Penney and the Canadian Opera Company will merge and become 3 Penney Opera.
Denison Mines, and Alliance and Metal Mining merge to become Mine All Mine.
Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers will merge and become Fairwell Honeychild.
Federal Express and UPS merge to become FED UP.
Grey Poupon & Dockers Pants will merge and become Poupon Pants.
Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush, and W.R. Grace. Company merge to become Hale Mary Fuller Grace.
Honeywell, Imasco, and Home Oil merge to become Honey I’m Home.
John Deere and Abitibi-Price merge to become Deere Abi.
Knott’s Berry Farm & National Organization of Women will merge and become Knott NOW.
Polygram Records, Warner Brothers, and Keebler Crackers merge to become Polly-Warner-Cracker.
Xerox and Wurlitzer will merge and begin manufacturing reproductive organs.
Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco, and Dakota Mining merge to become Zip Audi Do Da.
REASONS WHY I HAVE QUIT VARIOUS JOBS
My first job was working in an orange juice factory, but I got canned because I couldn’t concentrate.
Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack, but I just couldn’t hack it, so they gave me the axe.
After that I tried to be a tailor, but I just wasn’t suited for it; mainly because it was a so-so job.
Next I tried working in a muffler factory but that was exhausting.
For a while I was a spokesman for a bicycle company, but I quit because the business kept going around in cycles.
I tried being a barber, but I just couldn’t cut it.
Then I tried to be a chef. I figured it would add a little spice to my life but I just didn’t have the thyme.
I also attempted to be a deli worker, but any way I sliced it, I couldn’t cut the mustard.
My best job was being a musician, but eventually I found I wasn’t noteworthy.
I studied a long time to become a doctor, but I didn’t have any patients.
I became a professional fisherman, but discovered that I couldn’t live on my net income.
I worked for a while in a donut shop. I enjoyed making the dough, but I got tired of the hole business.
I thought about becoming a witch, so I tried that for a spell.
I managed to get a good job working for a pool maintenance company, but the work was just too draining.
I worked for a while as an elevator operator, but there were too many ups and downs in the business.
I got a job at a zoo feeding giraffes but I was fired because I wasn’t up to it.
I then got a job at a health spa, but they said I wasn’t fit for the job.
After many years of trying to find steady work I finally got a job as a historian, until I realized there was no future in it.
My last job was working at Starbucks, but I had to quit because it was always
NEW RULES FOR EMPLOYMENT
SICKNESS AND RELATED LEAVE: We will no longer accept a doctor statement as proof of sickness. If you are able to go to the doctor, you are able to come to work.
SURGERY: Operations are now banned. As long as you are an employee here, you need all your organs. You should not consider removing anything. We hired you intact. To have something removed constitutes a breach of employment.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE: This is no excuse for missing work. There is nothing you can do for dead friends, Relatives or coworkers. Every effort should be made to have non-employees attend to the arrangements. In rare cases, where employee involvement is necessary, the funeral should be scheduled in the late afternoon. We will be glad to allow you to work through your lunch hour and subsequently leave one hour early, provided your share of the work is done enough.
YOUR OWN DEATH: This will be accepted as an excuse. However, we require at least two weeks notice as it is your duty to train your own replacement.
RESTROOM USE: Entirely too much time is being spent in the restroom. In the future, we will follow the practice of going in alphabetical order. For instance, all employees whose names begin with ‘A’ will go from 8:00 to 8:10, employees whose names begin with ‘B’ will go from 8:10 to 8:20 and so on. If you’re unable to go at your allotted time, it will be necessary to wait until the next day when your turn comes again. In extreme emergencies employees may swap their time with a coworker. Both employees’ supervisors in writing must approve this exchange. In addition, there is now a strict 3-minute time limit in the stalls. At the end of three minutes, an alarm will sound, the toilet paper roll will retract, and the stall door will open.
PAYCHECK GUIDE: The following helpful guide has been prepared to help our employees better understand their paychecks: Item Amount Gross pay $1,222.02 Income tax $244.40 Outgo tax $45.21 State tax $11.61 Interstate tax $61.10 County tax $6.11 City tax $12.22 Rural tax $4.44 Back tax $1.11 Front tax $1.16 Side tax $1.61 Up tax $1.08 Down tax $1.14 Tic-Tacs $1.98 Thumbtacks $3.93 Carpet tacks $0.98 Stadium tax $0.69 Flat tax $8.32 Surtax $2.23 Ma’am tax $1.23 Corporate tax $2.60 Parking fee $5.00 F.I.C.A. $81.88 T.G.I.F. Fund $9.95 Life insurance $5.85 Health insurance $16.23 Dental insurance $4.50 Mental insurance $4.33 Disability $2.50 Ability $0.25 Liability $3.41 Coffee $6.85 Coffee Cups $66.51 Floor rental $16.85 Chair rental $0.32 Desk rental $4.32 Union dues $5.85 Union don’ts $3.77 Cash advance $0.69 Cash retreats $121.35 Overtime $1.26 Undertime $54.83 Eastern time $9.00 Central time $8.00 Mountain time $7.00 Pacific time $6.00 Time Out $12.21 Oxygen $10.02 Water $16.54 Heat $51.42 Cool air $26.83 Hot air $20.00 Miscellaneous $113.29 Various $8.01 Sundry $12.09 ——- Net Take Home Pay $0.02
Thank you for your loyalty to our company. We are here to provide a positive employment experience. Therefore, all questions, comments, concerns, complaints, frustrations, irritations, aggravations, insinuations, allegations, accusations, contemplations, consternations, or input should be directed elsewhere. Have a nice week.
A survey of top personnel executives of 100 major American corporations asking for stories of unusual behavior by job applicants revealed the following low-lights:
1. ”… stretched out on the floor to fill out the job application.”
2. ”She wore a Walkman and said she could listen to me and the music at the same time.”
3. ”A balding candidate abruptly excused himself. Returned to office a few minutes later, wearing a hairpiece.”
4. ”… asked to see interviewer’s resume to see if the personnel executive was qualified to judge the candidate.”
5. ”… announced she hadn’t had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and french fries in the interviewer’s office – wiping the ketchup on her sleeve”
6. ”Stated that, if he were hired, he would demonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm.”
7. ”Interrupted to phone his therapist for advice on answering specific interview questions.”
8. ”When I asked him about his hobbies, he stood up and started tap dancing around my office.”
9 . ”At the end of the interview, while I stood there dumbstruck, went through his briefcase, took out a brush, brushed his hair, and left.”
10. ”… pulled out a Polaroid camera and snapped a flash picture of me. Said he collected photos of everyone who interviewed him.”
11. ”Said he wasn’t interested because the position paid too much.”
12. ”While I was on a long-distance phone call, the applicant took out a copy of Penthouse, and looked through the photos only, stopping longest at the centerfold.”
13. ”During the interview, an alarm clock went off from the candidate’s brief case. He took it out, shut it off, apologized and said he had to leave for another interview.”
14. ”A telephone call came in for the job applicant. It was from his wife. His side of the conversation went like this: ”’Which company? When do I start? What’s the salary?’ I said, ‘I assume you’re not interested in conducting the interview any further.’ He promptly responded, ‘I am as long as you’ll pay me more.’ I didn’t hire him, but later found out there was no other job offer. It was a scam to get a higher offer.”
15. ”His attache [case] opened when he picked it up and the contents spilled, revealing ladies’ undergarments and assorted makeup and perfume.”
16. ”Candidate said he really didn’t want to get a job, but the unemployment office needed proof that he was looking for one.”
17. ”… asked who the lovely babe was, pointing to the picture on my desk. When I said it was my wife, he asked if she was home now and wanted my phone number. I called security.”
18. ”Pointing to a black case he carried into my office, he said that if he was not hired, the bomb would go off. Disbelieving, I began to state why he would never be hired and that I was going to call the police. He then reached down to the case, flipped a switch and ran. No one was injured, but I did need to get a new desk.’
This is an actual job application someone submitted to McDonald’s. They hired him.
NAME – Greg Bulmash
DESIRED POSITION – Reclining. Ha ha. But seriously, whatever’s available. If I was in a position to be picky, I wouldn’t be applying here in the first place.
DESIRED SALARY – $185,000 a year plus stock options and a Michael Ovitz style severance package. If that’s not possible, make an offer and we can haggle.
EDUCATION – Yes.
LAST POSITION HELD – Target for middle management hostility.
SALARY – Less than I’m worth.
MOST NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT – My incredible collection of stolen pens and post-it notes.
REASON FOR LEAVING – It sucked.
HOURS AVAILABLE TO WORK – Any.
PREFERRED HOURS – 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL SKILLS? Yes, but they’re better suited to a more intimate environment.
MAY WE CONTACT YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYER? If I had one, would I be here?
DO YOU HAVE ANY PHYSICAL CONDITIONS THAT WOULD PROHIBIT YOU FROM LIFTING UP TO 50 LBS? Of what?
DO YOU HAVE A CAR? I think the more appropriate question here would be, ”Do you have a car that runs?”
HAVE YOU RECEIVED ANY SPECIAL AWARDS OR RECOGNITION? I may already be a winner of the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes.
DO YOU SMOKE? Only when set on fire.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE DOING IN FIVE YEARS? Living in the Bahamas with a fabulously wealthy supermodel who thinks I’m the greatest thing since sliced bread. Actually, I’d like to be doing that now.
DO YOU CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE IS TRUE AND COMPLETE TO THE BEST OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE? No, but I dare you to prove otherwise.
SIGN HERE: Scorpio with Libra rising.
Attention: Human Resources
Joe Smith, my assistant programmer, can always be found
hard at work in his cubicle. Joe works independently, without
wasting company time talking to colleagues. Joe never
thinks twice about assisting fellow employees, and he always
finishes given assignments on time. Often Joe takes extended
measures to complete his work, sometimes skipping
coffee breaks. Joe is an individual who has absolutely no
vanity in spite of his high accomplishments and profound
knowledge in his field. I firmly believe that Joe can be
classed as a high-calibre employee, the type which cannot be
dispensed with. Consequently, I duly recommend that Joe be
promoted to executive management, and a proposal will be
executed as soon as possible.
Attention: Human Resources
Joe Smith was reading over my shoulder while I wrote the report sent to you earlier today. Kindly read only the odd numbered lines [1, 3, 5, etc.] for my true assessment of his ability.
Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources person asked a young applicant fresh out of Business School, “And what starting salary are you looking for?”
The applicant 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 5-weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years – say, a red Corvette?”
The applicant sat up straight and said, “Wow! Are you kidding?”
And the interviewer replied, “Yeah, but you started it.”
When you hire people that are smarter than you are, you prove you are smarter than they are.
HR Manager to job candidate: “I see you’ve had no computer training. Although that qualifies you for upper management, it means you’re under-qualified for our entry level positions.”
Several weeks after a young man had been hired, he was called into the personnel manager’s office.
“What is the meaning of this?” the manager asked. “When you applied for the job, you told us you had 5 years’ experience. Now we discover this is the first job you’ve ever had.”
“Well,” the young man said, “in your ad you said you wanted somebody with imagination.”
New Job Interview Technique
Take the prospective employee and put him in a room with only a table and two chairs. Leave him alone for two hours, without any instruction. At the end of that time, go back and see what he is doing.
If he has taken the table apart, put him in Engineering.
If he is counting the butts in the ashtray, assign him to Finance.
If he is waving his arms and talking out loud, send him to Consulting.
If he is talking to the chairs, Personnel is a good spot for him.
If he is sleeping, he is Management material.
If he is writing up the experience, send him to the Technical Documentation team.
If he doesn’t even look up when you enter the room, assign him to Security.
If he tries to tell you it’s not as bad as it looks, put him into Marketing.
If he is wearing green sunglasses and need a haircut, Software is his niche.
If he mentions what a good price we got for the table and chairs, send him to Purchasing.
If he mentions that hardwood furniture does not come from rainforests, Public Relations will suit him well.
Experience is directly proportional to the amount of equipment ruined.
Experience is something you do not get until just after you need it.
Experience is what causes a person to make new mistakes instead of old ones.
Experience is what you get when you were expecting something else.
Experience is knowledge acquired when it’s too late.
Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again.
Laws of Work
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
No one is listening until you make a mistake.
When you don’t know what to do, walk fast and look worried.
Following the rules will not get the job done.
Everything can be filed under “miscellaneous.”
Important letters that contain no errors will develop errors in the mail.
He who hesitates is probably right.
You are always doing something marginal when the boss drops by your desk.
People who go to conferences are the ones who shouldn’t.
No matter how much you do, you never do enough.
The last person that was fired will be held responsible for everything that goes wrong.
When the bosses talk about improving productivity, they are never talking about themselves.
Work is accomplished by those employees who are still striving to reach their level of incompetence