Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Frozen at Snowbird

On Saturday we went to Snowbird for Bob's company family party....it was freezing! Utah had this painful cold snap - don't believe me? It was 48 Degrees in AUGUST!!! (It was a little warmer in the valley.) We still wanted to take advantage of free rides, so braved the cold chair lift and had some fun.

Occasionally, we would run into the Snowbird center to warm up....Kristen was, as always sporting fabulous fashion. She once told me, "Mom, face it...I will always be the girl who is okay with buying a $50 tank top." Which I guess is fine - as long as it's her money.

I tried to take a self-portrait of me and Bob - but my fingers were so numb that I didn't even feel that I was pressing the zoom. Bob and I both agreed it was the best picture we've ever taken....Look for it in your Christmas card this year!

Nicole on the alpine slide....the look on her face speaks for itself.

Bob and Nicole flying down the zip line! I just love the body language...

Bob on the alpine slide - I was so glad he didn't fall off this year!

A few job applicant updates:
A woman I interviewed went on and on about how annoying she found the customers at her other job. Gee, can I please hire her?
A cover letter from another job candidate mentioned that she had "a killer somersault." I love that!
I just received an email from a woman looking for a summer job? What?! It's August 11th...She is available until the 31st. Anyone else hiring?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Job Applicant

I am currently trying to hire a part-time morning person for the gym. It never ceases to amaze me what people send (via email) to apply for a job - I guess a lot of people aren't worried about first impressions. In the ad I specifically stated that it was for a morning position (8:30am - 12:30 pm) and that I wanted them to email me a cover letter, as well as their resume. A few favorite quotes thus far:

"I am available everyday after 2:00pm."

"I seen your job and want employee with you." (employee with you...yikes! It sounds indecent!)

"You'll find that children stick to me like glue because I am young and vibrant." (I almost want to see how vibrant she is...)

On resume: "OBJECTIVE: Seeking an innovative position with a challenge." (What?! You only want one challenge?)

"i have lots of experience. parents really trust me with there children." (Okay - the no cap thing is annoying and "there children" not "here children"?)

So, a few bits of unsolicited advice, all of which have been inspired by actual applications:

1. Portraits of yourself are unnecessary and easy to make fun of when attached to a resume. Particularly senior pictures (lying in the lawn, on stomach, head resting in hands), bodybuilding pictures of you in a speedo, a series of thumbnail shots of your "guns" (arms).

2. Please, please, please have several people read both your resume and your cover letter - at the very least consider spell check.

3. When interviewing for a job working with young children, keep in mind that push ups is not an effective form of discipline.

4. Don't tell the interviewer that you're really hoping to get a different - job but came to this interview... just in case.

5. Don't tell the interviewer that you think all the girls that work for her are "hot."

6. Don't list your elementary and junior high schools. I assume if you graduated from high school you probably attended those as well.

7. If your GPA is 2.5 don't list it on your resume.

8. If you only type 30 words per minute don't go bragging it up.

9. Don't list someone who fired you as a reference. Listing the job is one thing...but having it as a referral for potential employers to call?

10. And the following is just creepy (from a few years ago):

Me: Tell me about your experience teaching grade school dance at BYU?

Man: (Rapidly rubbing thighs while answering) I loved it. I could tell the little girls really liked me. I mean kids that age are just so expressive. (awkward giggle)

Me: (completely creeped out) Did you have much opportunity to build a relationship with the parents?

Man: (Still rubbing thighs, but no leaning towards me on the edge of his chair) It was weird. The parents would never leave...they aren't supposed to stay in the class, but they insisted.)

By the time he left, I felt like I should call the police...I just wasn't sure why. So, don't be creepy! Anyone want to apply?