Sunshine Slowdown

I love radio.  All radio, whether via podcasts, live over the air or via the interweb.

So this morning I was listening to a Seattle Washington pop station, and in among the ads and Rhianna songs they give regular traffic reports.  Seattle seems to have epically bad traffic, which I’m happy to avoid.

However, it sounds like there are some Seattle traffic problems that really could be avoided through a little public education.  This morning the biggest issue seemed to be “Sunshine Slowdowns” on various major highways.  This means that  people in Seattle are so startled on those odd occasions that they see the sun that they slow their cars to a crawl, causing region-wide traffic chaos.

It brought back happy memories of a Bill Cosby routine where he talked about Seattle’s weather.  It’s the first part of this clip: 

Is this an emergency?

I admit it.  I don’t always put in my expression of interest for jobs in the most timely manner.  There’s lots of reasons for that…more on that later.

It explains why my email to a local non-profit went out today – on the last day of the posting.

  • Check that letter makes sense and demonstrates that I know they have a new Chair and updated mandate and are looking for someone to rein in the budget while also keeping things moving forward?  Done.
  • Double check resume to highlight non-profit leadership?  Done.
  • Spellcheckspellcheckspellcheck…check spelling?  Done.
  • Talk my self into their “next month” starting date in a city 100 miles away?  Done.

Press “send”.  Get automatically generated response goes went pretty much like this:

” Hi from Lauren’s desk!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Joe and I are embracing the new economy and having a ‘staycation’ close to home, so we’ll be curled up with the dogs and busy in the garden for the next few weeks.  We’ll be thinking of you :).

To all contractors, please submit your invoices as usual and I will process them when I return.  If this is an emergency please contact Emily at emily@emily’semail.com.”

The good news?  My email arrived.  The bad news?  Although I sent it to the address in the posting, and they said they wanted to hire someone to begin next month, clearly Lauren is not going to be reading it any time soon.  Is someone else checking her email to deal with applications?  Should I break the standard “no calls or emails please?” instruction in the posting?

Is this an emergency?

I am pleased to submit my application…

…and yes, I know that is not how you’re supposed to begin a job application.

I bring a record of success and achievement in government, non-profit and private sector enterprises to this first posting on Submit Your Resume Here.

For the last two years I have been working at a senior level in the meta world of job hunting.  I have interviewed directly with CEO’s, Human Resources Directors, and managers from unrelated departments drafted in for the afternoon to fill a place on the panel.  I have developed complex RFP documents, and taken responsibility for submitting the required hard copy and electronic format and number of copies to the security guard at the front desk of the corporate headquarters at the appointed time. I have faxed my personal information to unfamiliar area codes.  I have email alerts arriving on my desktop every day and coffee meetings booked up for next week.

I have some thoughts.