Happy Anniversary!

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WordPress was nice enough to send me a notification of my registration one year ago. Thanks for the shout-out WP! In that year I have written, at most, 12 posts. Even in those 12, the tone, frustration and outright anger has subsided considerably. Is that what experts call progress?

But not to worry; there is no risk of having to change the title any time soon, as there is still much that annoys. No end of that, is there?

I’ve started blog star Mark Manson‘s ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck.’ The cover of his book has the ‘u’ in Fuck replaced with an asterisk. There is no censorship here, so F*ck becomes fuck. There, doesn’t that look and feel better?

All three of the above paragraphs end with questions marks – mind blown! So I’ve started Mark’s book and I have added more virtual bookmarks to it than any other book I’ve ever read. It’s a quick read, there is little bullshit, and, for those who hate self-help books, it’s working. And he says ‘fuck’ a lot. So refreshing!

The past few weeks have brought a number of very good and exciting job opportunities that will be applied for collectively by thousands of people. Every out of work journalist, editor, public relations professional and marketing and communications person will be clamouring to snag one of these gigs like a moth to a light. That reminds of me Norm Macdonald’s awesome moth joke. Don’t know it, you say? Here’s the link.

Three of these jobs are postings for journalists; actual reporters for newspapers, an industry decimated by layoffs, closures and the fake online news stories. These three jobs all became available within one week of each other in three communities within a half-hour drive from my home. That has to be unprecedented given the sorry state of journalism. I applied for all three.

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I also applied for a job through a major temp agency for a proofreader. Now, I’ve been doing this writing/editing thing for a long time, and I sort of know what I am doing, you know? I’m guessing they are not looking for someone with a lot of skill or experience as the posting said the successful candidate only needed a high school diploma or GED. That’s it. Yeah, get me one of those and these documents will be pristine with perfect spelling, grammar and language, right? My proof that they aren’t looking for top notch work? This came right from the job posting. And I quote: “Proof reading skills needed to proofreacd the contacts to ensure that the items read properly. Accuracy is key.”

Not only is it a poorly worded sentence, it actually said that accuracy is key. Is key a cipher for the proper spelling? Maybe that ‘c’ is a code for the proper spelling and the actually job is not proofreading but deciphering the message like some World War II code breaker. So as a writer and editor with some mad skillz and also some shit disturber tendencies, I responded to the job. I applied for the position with the usual boring resume and LinkedIn profile, then I added a postscript at the end. I said, “I don’t know if this spelling error was placed here intentionally to get the applicant to find the error or not, but either way it’s sloppy writing.” That’s right, I called it sloppy. And I went on to say that, “It’s clear that this company does need help, and if I was in the position this would not have happened.”

With that response I more than likely reduced my chances of getting the job to less than zero. This is that I’m up against when the posting itself contains a spelling error. It’s OK though; I didn’t really want the job anyway.

 

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