Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


May 4, 2013

Need a job? Leave the cat at home

The USA Today has printed an article this past week of advice to newly minted college graduates on how to get a job which basically boiled down to “don’t be stupid.”

This is excellent advice for any situation, but particularly that crucial job interview.

They talked to the hiring people who told stories of young people who texted during the interview, wore unprofessional clothing, used slang or overly casual language, and “exhibited other oddball behavior.”

The examples of immaturity and self-centeredness included taking phone calls during interviews; bringing a parent to the interview to negotiate terms on the kid’s behalf; and the young woman who brought her cat, and no, it was not a service cat.

Now, I know what you’re saying to yourself, “those kids these days with their hair and their music,” but that’s the point, right? Every generation is horrified by how dumb the next one is and then we throw up our hands and despair and say “they’re not as good as us.”

What makes this truly hilarious is that the people who are now shaking their heads in disgust are the Baby Boomers, half of whom showed up to their first interview with long, long hair, a peace medallion hanging to their belly buttons, tiny John Lennon glasses and bell bottoms so large that you couldn’t see if they had feet or hooves, talking about how cool Woodstock was. The other half knew better, but envied the first half.

And now, the long hair has fallen out, and the attitude of peace and love and ‘shrooms has been replaced by concerns about retirement accounts and “does that mole look suspicious to you?” And they’re judging the kids who are coming up because those punks are into technology and stuff the Boomers don’t understand as well as they’d like, and why can’t these whippersnappers just grow up and get a haircut?

Admittedly, I’m enjoying this way too much because I can see both sides. I was born in the ‘60s, grew up as a kid in the ‘70s and early ‘80s and have had real jobs now for thirty years because I like working and I like money. I’ve been turned down for jobs half a dozen times, but I always understood that if it was right it would be right for everyone, not just for the bosses or for me, and you have to kiss a lot of frogs, figuratively, to find a prince.

Here’s my advice: Kids, take it seriously. We just came out of a recession and there are a lot of people applying for each job. Practice your interview skills and look the part for the job you want. Hirers, get a grip and remember what it was like when you were young and dumb.

And if someone brings her cat to the interview, call a priest, ‘cause that’s just messed up.


Janet Jacobs is City Editor of the Daily Sun. Her column appears on Saturdays. She may be reached via email at Want to “soundoff” to this article? Email:

Text Only
  • Dick Platt 2014.jpg ‘Spilling doze count’

    My subject is borrowed from a local contributor to the Sarasota Herald Tribune named Bob Parkinson.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Deanna Kirk Water Park woes

    I’ve come to the realization that vacations are not a luxury, they’re a necessity.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dr Don Newbury 2014.jpg Old, new, borrowed, blue

       Dissection of notes found in the pocket of an old suit isn’t easy. Maybe they were scrawled during the lull in a wedding ceremony, or to jog my memory of a joke for later use.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dick Platt 2014.jpg Spam french fries

    I saw a relatively disturbing video and article on Yahoo which touted making Spam French fires to go alongside your big old ground chuck burger. I just can’t imagine a basket full of these deep-fried cholesterol-loaded sticks, but there they were, bigger than Texas.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Janet Jacobs Dumb and dumber in the blotter

    When it comes to dumb criminals, nothing beats the would-be gang of car burglars who tried to break into a car in Tampa, Florida, this past week.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Belcher, Bob.jpg ‘Change’ — old "buzz word" shows up in our town

    If you pay much attention when you’re driving around town lately (and I really hope that you do — pay attention, that is) you can’t help but admit we’ve seen some “change” as of late. And, contrary to the political connotations that word will forever carry with it now, that “change” we’re seeing is good.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bill Tinsley Germany present and past

    Last Sunday evening my wife and I stood on the balcony of our apartment in Nuremberg and watched as fireworks lit up the sky.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dr Don Newbury 2014.jpg Where strawberries are king

    In 1949, when Stilwell, Oklahoma’s “Strawberry Festival” was just one year old, crooners were applauded when they cut loose with Dear Hearts and Gentle People.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dick Platt 2014.jpg My TV is held hostage

    Give me back my TV! The Sunday sports fare today is just pitiful as far as I am concerned. Over the past weeks, my normal sports programs has been rudely preempted by endless hours of Wimbledon tennis, the Tour de France, assorted motor sports, and the nauseating mega-million signing sagas of LeBron James and Carmello Anthony

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Janet Jacobs Thoughts from abroad

    So, with the generosity of Mastercard and warm encouragement of my friends who went with me, I went to Italy on vacation. Not Italy, Texas, the one in Europe.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Featured Ads
Twitter Updates