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I advertised for an admin assistant
2005-08-15, 3:51 p.m.

I advertised for an admin assistant a couple of Sundays ago. It was a simple ad, one that I copied from another admin assistant ad that I had read in the paper and thought was good: I thought that I would like to answer that ad, so I ran one almost just like it, tailored to our needs.

This ad ran for just one Sunday. And I have received over 100 resumes in response.

I am going to set up interviews with about 15 of these people. As an experienced interviewer, I know that probably 3 or 4 of them will flake, or will have already found other jobs, but Im still looking at 11 or 12 interviews.

And the really scary thing about our job market here is that NOBODY is not qualified for this job. Every single resume I have received is from somebody either qualified or over-qualified (whatever that is) for the privilege of running the wildly-careening-out-of-control administrative part of this bidness here.

What is over-qualified, anyway? Well, neighbor, Im glad you asked. To me, over-qualified is a person who has been a paralegal for 20 years applying for a general admin assistant position. Not that I have let that exclude anybody. People need a break. People long for a different, simpler job.

But Ill tell ya it gives me paws (Im kidding it gives me PAUSE) to think that decent admin jobs are so scarce in this town that over 100 people are vying for a position that they dont really know anything about yet.

I feel like I have gone on a trip to the pet store. No, the pound. I just want to pack them all up and bring them home with me. If I had been to the pet store, I would want to rescue them and set them all free, like in Peewees Big Adventure. I'll give you a few moments to dredge that memory up, and relish it for a minute or two.

(instrumental rendition of "Light My Fire" playing in the background for your reminiscing pleasure)(doo doo doo doo do do doooooo)

Best (yet scary!) spam today: Drug rehab is just around the corner

My response: Oh no, not again!

Im short today because, well, Im always short, frankly. Im less than 52. But the reason behind my other shortness is that I have a to-do list as long as my rap sheet (remember, drug rehab is just around the corner) and a day as short as my attention span.

Yall be safe out there.

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