Schedule of Events - une femme d'un certain âge

Schedule of Events

Between packing, end of school year festivities and next week’s cruise vacation (where I understand that Internet access is both expensive AND slow, a two-fer!), posting will probably be a bit sporadic for the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, here’s a fluffy LA Times article on how to dress for a job interview. To which une femme can only add, spit your gum out before you enter the building.
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  1. June 17, 2009 / 1:39 pm

    It definitely pays to find out ahead of time, just ask the person who calls to set up the interview. Once I wore a dress to interview, only to have the interviewer (an older man) sneer, “this is a casual company”! Next time (different compnay I wore khaki pants with a jacket & scarf, but the interviewer was dressed in a suit – GAAAHH!

  2. Anonymous
    June 17, 2009 / 10:13 pm

    Oh, I do hope you check out the internet services on-board. I’m doing the same cruise in August so I’m hoping to learn from your experience.

    Have a wonderful time.


  3. WendyB
    June 17, 2009 / 11:07 pm

    Ack! What will I do without you?

  4. Sher
    June 17, 2009 / 11:10 pm

    It cost A LOT to get internet access. You swipe your card and cha ching…. I only used it to print out our boarding passes for our flight.

    I will miss you. You have a wonderful time and share photos when you get back.

  5. June 18, 2009 / 1:37 pm

    Job intereview article: really, if someone cannot figure out what to wear to a job interview, I would not hire him or her. All they have to do is stake out the lobby and watch people come and go; if not in the same city, go to a similar one where you live.

    Rita, I worked for a tech company that was ‘beyond casual’. When someone came to an interview in business dress we would never have sneered. We knew it was a sign of respect and conventional interview attire.

    Pseu, have a wonderful trip amid the majesty and marvels of the Northwest.

  6. June 18, 2009 / 1:52 pm

    Going to stake out the lobby or going to a similar company would only work if you’re interviewing with a large company. But I think just asking when the appointment is set may be the safest thing if you can’t find the information any other way.

  7. Mervat
    June 18, 2009 / 8:31 am

    Enjoy your cruise! Hopefully there won’t be any swine-flu-infected people. Recently, a friend of mine who was on a cruise had to stay on board for a week after the cruise had ended and couldn’t alight at all. She enjoyed the view though (it was in Sydney Harbour after all!) and got double the stay for half the price!

  8. June 18, 2009 / 9:26 pm

    Rita – sounds like a very good indication that *wouldn’t* be a company you’d want to work for! Who wants sneering bosses? Even though we’re a casual office, it generally is a good sign when a candidate shows up in a suit or dress. It tells us they’re serious.

    cg – I’ll probably try it at least once for a few minutes, just to check e-mail. Will let you know!

  9. June 18, 2009 / 9:29 pm

    WendyB – I’m sure you have your hands full with your new blogging empire!

    Sher – thanks, I will take many pictures and post.

    Mervat – Oh my, I hope we don’t have a situation like that either!

  10. June 18, 2009 / 9:33 pm

    Duchesse – thanks! I have to imagine only the most shallow and condescending people would actually chastise someone for wearing a suit to an interview, regardless of the corporate culture. It’s my opinion that when it comes to interviews, it’s best to err on the side of conservative. That doesn’t necessarily mean a suit, but if everyone you see coming in and out of the building is in jeans and a tee shirt, wear some nice trousers and a blouse to the interview.

    Thanks, I’m really looking forward to this trip, especially getting to meet materfamilias on the return!

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