The single most annoying piece of advice that I got whenever I had an interview came from someone who said “I’ve gotten every job I’ve ever interviewed for.” Their advice? Make a good first impression.

Increase your first impression through props! Something that really screams, “I Mean Business!”

She had gotten every job she’d applied for because she’d had three jobs, two of which were part-time server positions and one was an entry-level teaching job she’d started straight after graduating with her degree in education. In a school district, and program, desperate for qualified candidates. I’m not trying to be dismissive, she probably was a better interviewer than I was (though I have…


Yes, this is what rejection looks like according to a free stock photo site I used

It has occured to me today that I’ve only ever seen a handful of articles about dealing with the inevitable, and sometimes devastating, rejection letter on a job search. Thinking about it I realized the reason for so few articles is that there isn’t really anything you can do about getting them. Yet I think I can at least make a few points that might be helpful.

Keep in mind, above all else, that everyone gets rejected at some point. It is a necessary and crappy part of the job hunt. I started my new position almost a month ago…


Building a resume is a skill. A learned skill, one that no one in the history of the world has ever been born with. It is okay if you feel like you suck at making them because everyone sucks at making them. They defy logic in some ways, as we want to make ourselves stand out while making something that is instantly recognizable as a professional-looking document. The good news is that they are fairly easy to make great once you spend some time writing one. …


Visual representation of Talking Pretty on Job Applications

Welcome to Part Three of the Occupational Misadventure series. Today we will be covering how to make your applications sound like they were written by Bill Shakespeare himself (minus the balcony scenes). If you stumbled upon this post looking for some help in how to actually fill out applications online, check out Part Two: Applications of Application Theory. In this part I’ll be going over some of the things that should be included on an application. Including Action Adjectives! and other boring crap like that.

If you have read the other articles in this series you may be wondering “this…


Most of your time ‘on the job market’ is going to be spent performing redundant tasks that usually go nowhere, like Sisyphus pushing that rock up the hill over and over again, you will feel trapped in a purgatory from which escape seems impossible. The difference, of course, being that from time to time you have to let the rock roll back down the hill, put on some nice clothes, and go sit and talk to an interviewer who sees you more as the rock than as the valiant worker struggling to get uphill. …


For the last decade or so I have been on the job hunt about once a year. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree right at the bottom of this massive spike in unemployment in 2007. Within 3 years the effective unemployment rate in my state was 13.5%, but that was not counting people like me who were technically employed, making minimum wage and sometimes tips, and slowly watching their future fall away into a never ending torrent of employees turning us down because our jobs didn’t show we could handle any real responsibility.

So I struggled and fought my way…

Samwell D. Victor, M.P.A.

Master of Public Administration, Regular of Everything Else

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