Word Problems

Whew!

So I’m attempting to apply for a seasonal job at Anthropologie.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to work there?  I can only imagine that the discount is amazing, and getting a chance at their clothes and merch for cheaper sounds like a win.  Unless I end up spending my entire paycheck and giving it back to the store… But I digress from my blog topic.

Word problems.  I thought I left stuff like that behind in grade school.  Nothing more confusing than when you got a math test and it asked:

If Jack has a three gallon pail of water, and Jill has a two gallon pail of water, how fast will they fall down the hill if the water buckets are half full?

But man, I just took the little intro quiz thing these companies make you do to try and weed out the thieves, stoners, and lazy people, and it was tough.  It wasn’t easy like when I applied to Taco Bell years ago and the questions were “Is it okay to steal?”  I mean, that one is pretty straight forward.  Urban Outfitters ups their game and has you answer from 1 – 10 on an Agree/Disagree scale.

I felt like I was going through a subtle psyc eval the entire time I was taking the quiz.  I’m really curious how the results pop out.  Is there a ratio for giving strong agrees/disagrees vs giving weak responses?  I think I failed some of them, but the questions are a bit tricky.  Most of the questions are two parters– so it’s hard to say if you’re answering for the right part. For instance;

I used to always show up late, but don’t anymore.

If you agree, then you are saying you show up late.  No one wants an employee who rolls in late all the time. So do you say you don’t show up late?  If you disagree too strongly, does it look suspicious?  I’m very anti stealing, and have very strong opinions on it, but is being too disagreeable seem like I’m overcompensating?

It’s very interesting.  I would love to know if anyone out there gets to look at results from “opinion surveys” like this.  Is it like a mini psyc eval? Can you tell a lot about a person by what the answers are?  Or does the computer just spit out a yes or no based on the results?  Can it tell what sort of issues an employer is going to have with an employee?

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A Little Bird Told Me…

Welcome to the first Work Wednesday!

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Today I want to look at Twitter. First, I want to say how much I love that twitter uses a little bird as its logo. I really enjoy when companies think through their logo, and twitter really captures the “a little bird told me” sentiment perfectly.

I feel it is imperative in today’s work market to have a twitter handle and to learn to use it. I am @LadyGriswold and while I have yet to match my twitter followers to my Facebook friends, the more I tweet, the better focused my tweets are, and the more consistent they are, the more my followers grow.

As a writer twitter is also a great way to showcase your abilities. If you can’t sum up what you have to say in a sentence or two, re-think how you phrase things. It’s great for letting the world get to know your humor and see tiny slices of your daily life.

Some advice I got from a Cosmo article on how to get started:

Tweet smarter Break through by being colorful and confident and sticking to what you know.

Do a date list What makes you irresistible? Are you witty? Intellectual? Narrow a list to five qualities.

Do a job list Are you the go-to gal for sex tips or sci-fi movies? List your to five areas of expertise?

Learn the drill Get the hashtags, handles, and lingo for your job list so you connect with like-minded people. Otherwise, you’re just a voice in the wilderness.

Build your profile For one month, talk about the things on your job list, and show the qualities from your date list.

Have fun with it Once you’re tweeting confidently, people will be interested in what you have to say.

Some other advice I’ve seen:

Time of day Most people tweet in the morning, so if you want more exposure tweet at night, when most people get online.

Consistency Post regularly. More people will see it and people who already follow you will be more likely to share if they are familiar with you.

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