05/28/2010 #FF — @interview_ed!

Papers on desk in preparation for job interview

Here is part two of my interview with Ed Finley (@interview_ed). You can read part one here.

TJQ: What would be your dream job, Ed?

Ed: Well, I’d love to get a job over at Google. Those guys always seem to be having a great time at work everyday, but I’ll tell ya, the interview is tough. Last time I went to an interview, they asked me questions like, “How many smarties does it take to fill a bus?” They got a lot of smart people over there. Just think … there are several thousand employees over at Google and all of them got that question right. It’s just amazing.

I’d also love to get a job over at Oracle. I’ve written Larry Ellison personally on several occasions to tell him about my idea to install his database tool in fridges. You know how everyone always opens the door to their fridge and says, “Hey, there’s nothing to eat?” Well, if Oracle had their database tool installed, then it could always remind people ahead of time to go to the store to buy something. Great idea, right? Well, I haven’t heard back from Larry yet, but I still keep applying for jobs there. So one of these days …

TJQ: You’re right about never giving up when looking for a job. Switching gears a little here — how would you define your personal brand?

Ed: I know, ‘personal brand’ is this new-fangled buzz word that career advisers are using these days … Isn’t it something to do with how you are supposed to be the fresh face and stand out in the crowd? I get it. Jeez, if you would have told people about personal branding back when I was young, they’d be all booking appointments at the blacksmith’s and tattooing themselves with branding irons …

But I’m not too sure about my ‘personal brand’. It all sounds too fancy and too new … Its like putting a fresh coat of paint on a Lovell washing machine. Yeah, you spruced it up to look a lot nicer, but damn, its still old …

TJQ: Well, then, how would you characterize your reputation? What do you want to be known for?

Ed: Well, I …

(Ed’s phone rings)

Hello? … yeah, this is Ed ….

What do you mean ‘never’? As in, ‘never apply more than 15 times a day’ or just ‘never?’

I see, well, if you ever need …

(Ed checks his phone)

Hmm, dropped call. Anyway, reputation? Yeah, I think recruiters have found me easy to talk to and, you know, making time to have a good honest and open dialog with them really helps with building a good reputation … in most cases.

As for the second part of your question – its kind of a toss-up. I’d like to be known as someone who never quits. I mean, its a tough situation out there for millions of people trying to find a job and there is lots of rejection out there, so you can’t quit. And even if there are a few companies that go out of their way to issue restraining orders, it’s all in good fun. After all, they’re not permanent or anything. That reminds me, I can start sending resumes to Oracle again tomorrow …

On the other hand, I’d like to be known as someone who is helping others with their career search. That’s part of what I’m doing with the Twitter thing. You know, come to think of it, it’s amazing how my followers are from around the world. Must be a tough job market all over. In fact, I’m helping a former diamond mine executive from Nigeria transfer some money over here. That’s me, just here to help …

Anyway, I need to go. I have that appointment over at the fire department. Thanks again for the interview.

With it being Friday, I decided to have Ed be my #FollowFriday recommendation. Job loss is one of the top 10 stressors that can be experienced in life, and humor is an effective way to manage stress. You can turn to Ed for a good dose of humor that may give you a good tip or two in the process. Follow @interview_ed today!

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