Mind Your Business: How to Never Get That Job
Here's what I love. We're talking Pixar and this person admits to never having worked in the effects industry. He says he's terrible in interviews. He's also terrible online.
"I'm an effective communicator but I hate answering questions." Do you see any problem with that statement? Why is Pixar being so picky? Really? They are PIXAR.
Pixar, way TO go.
A friend of mine, Dave Sylvester, sent me another classic example of online anger and idiocy. Following are two emails sent to a software company three hours apart, copied exactly as they were received:
I downloaded the mascot version of "logocreator" software and attempted to build mine religious, political, business, science & technology organization logo. But it didn't enable me make it maybe because it is not the full version.
I have four-five pictures I should incorporate them into a logo, along with 3-4 lines of text information about. It is what should be displayed at my organization websites' index page. If I buy the software, will it enable me incorporate all of the pictures as well as the text information?
Craft is mine,
Four hours later, he sent the follow up:
I had requested product information some hours ago. But I don't want it anymore! Where in the hell I wrote you a letter you said you have got my letter? You are a swindler book of demonology yalucifer who blasphemed Elohim along with your Communist, anti-Israeli, Satanic conspirator blacks, lady witch solia ( the young, the old) whom I have banned you from my Hebraist Bet Elohim, forevermore! I don't buy anything from you ever! bye forevermore!
Say that 10 times fast! One thing most angry online communications have in common is the total lack of understanding of the English language, even though it seems to be their native tongue.
One final story: Years ago, when my wife and I and Dr. James Irvine wrote a book called Your Resume Sucks, we started marketing it on the web and via email. One person who got an email about our book wrote back a short and harsh response:
"My resume doesn't suck. YOU DO!"
Come on. It's the title of a book, not a personal attack. However, if I was to take a wild guess as to the quality of that person's resume …
We actually thought his note was so funny we framed it.
Don't worry. I will still try to respond to most artists who send me their work, time allowing. Just remember, when you ask someone to review your work, they may actually be honest. Deal with it.
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