Word of Advice

Job Interviewee – Take a shower, groom yourself for Pete’s sake. Put on professional clothes and shine your shoes, lose the gum and brush your teeth. It really IS true, you never have a second chance to make a good first impression. Learn how to shake hands. Do you have any idea how many people I’ve shaken hands with that don’t know how? If you aren’t sure, then you probably don’t. Go ask someone you know that is a confident business person to evaluate yours and help you improve because a limp handshake is horrible. Look people in the eye. Drive the route to the interview BEFORE you need to do it so that you know how long it takes. Don’t be late. If you’re going to be late, call. Send a handwritten, yes, I said handwritten thank you note, and if your handwriting is illegible (you know who you are) then print. Email thank you’s are just tacky, unless you have no other option (but if you went for a face to face interview, logic tells me you have an address, yes?)

Craig’s List Buyers – Have you ever sold anything on Craig’s List? If you have, then you know what an adventure it can be, but it can just as easily be a pointless exercise in futility. We’ve been cleaning out our crawl space, trying to get rid of a few things, make a little money, you know the drill. I’ve learned a few phrases that are rather helpful. “Cash is king” and “cash talks, bullshit walks” are my two favorites that my husband is continually beating into my brain. Now I started out being a softie…”oh, you need a day or two, sure, get back to me, I’ll hold it for you…”, or negotiating simultaneously with one buyer who then couldn’t deliver on time, going with a second who could then feeling bad when the first wanted more time because “I promised him he could buy the item, even though he didn’t have the money right then” or feeling like I needed to answer every email, and telling people that I had other buyers and what the conditions were. However, after being taken advantage of a few times, I’ve changed, become a radical hardliner. Gavel down, BAM! “SOLD to the first one at the neutral (and safe) meeting place with paper money that passes the counterfeit test wins the prize.”  For all you potential buyers out there, here are some helpful tips.

1.Don’t email me to tell me “I’m interested.” I’m tempted to reply “that’s nice, so what?” Because I don’t care if you’re merely interested, I only really care if you want to BUY IT.  So if you really want to buy my item, tell me you want to buy it and when you want to meet, otherwise stop wasting my time.

2. Read the damn ad AND look at the pictures. I took the time to take photos, at different angles, to show you lots of information. I also said in the ad that the item a) works, b) does or does not have scratches c) is new or is used, etc. Now if you want more information about it that I didn’t put in the ad, that’s a different story, please go ahead and ask for it.  But don’t waste my time asking about what’s already there.

3. Don’t contact me unless you’re interested and plan to follow through. This week I’ve had three different people send emails asking if an item was available. I’ve replied yes to all three, and never heard another word from any of them.  What putzes. Did you want it or not? Stop wasting my time for the love of…(are you seeing the theme?)

4. If you ask me to ship you the item because you’ve decided you don’t want to drive to me, realize it’s an inconvenience for me, act accordingly. Don’t dictate terms of this to me, I’ll choose my shipping agent, thanks.

5. And here is the kicker. If you ask me to accept money through PayPal, then you pay the fees to transfer! You came to me knobhead. I’m not taking a loss in my profit as a convenience to you.

Grocery shoppers – it’s just like driving (assuming you’re in a country that drives on the right side of the road). Carts on the right please, although I’d love to know if it’s opposite across the pond, where they drive on the wrong side of the road 🙂 Do they move grocery carts on the left side of the aisles as well? But how hard is it really, to get your cart out of the middle of the aisle. When you stop to get something off the shelf, just move to the side. Don’t stop in the middle. Look around. The aisles aren’t 3 carts wide. If you’re in the middle, ain’t nobody getting around. My parents brought me up to be polite, Minnesota nice, to say a gentle “please”, and “thank you”, and “excuse me”, and to cover my mouth when I burped in public. I am SO over that in the grocery store now (The Minnesota nice part. I’ll still cover my mouth when I burp in public, I promise Mom.), it’s a firm and vocal “Excuse Me” that’s a whole lot closer to East Coast than the Midwest.

Anyone under the age of 35 – chronologically or mentally. Remove the phrase “I deserve” from your vocabulary, along with the word “entitled”. You don’t, you aren’t. Period. The world owes you NOTHING, you have to earn it. When you act like they do, you not only show your immaturity, but you also alienate everyone around you. Personally I want to swat you off my shoulder like a gnat. Scat, go away!

Just sayin’.

 

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7 thoughts on “Word of Advice

  1. Hehehe! You tell ’em, Beth! 😀
    We don’t have any order in our supermarkets – we just go where we want to, whatever way we need to, and if we need to chat to someone we park our trolleys at such an angle we practically block the aisle – and tut loudly when someone needs to get by. I say ‘we’, but not I… obviously! 😉

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  2. I’ve never used Craig’s List, but I can relate to the others. Even introverts like me need to learn the importance of first impressions. That means good eye contact, a welcoming presence, and a firm handshake. Not easy for introverts to do, but something they need to buck up and do anyway.

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  3. Very true. My hubby is one of the most introverted people I have ever met (and how he ended up with an extrovert like me defies imagination!) but even he says there are few things worse than shaking hands with someone whose grip is like a dead fish!

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