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Caption contest #8 – piñata in the conference room!

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FIRST PLACE

your job offer is not in the piñata

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<a href="https://www.latpro.com/c/cartoon-8/" target="_blank"><img src="https://www.latpro.com/c/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/pinata-conference-color-kidding.png" alt="diversity cartoon - job offer" border="0"></a>More diversity comics here:<a href="https://www.latpro.com/c/cartoon-contest/" target="_blank">learn.latpro.com/cartoon-contest</a>.

A few words with contest winner Jeri Hird Dutcher of East Grand Forks, MN:

What do you do for a living?
I help creatives and techies find and land new jobs by writing resumes and coaching them through the job search process to achieve their goals.

Has your sense of humor ever helped you on the job? Every single day! By the time they get to me, many jobseekers are so stressed out, they don’t know which way to turn. A little lighthearted conversation goes a long way to cut the tension so we can get to where they need to be.

Ever used humor in a job search? Definitely, but I don’t recommend it for an interview until you’ve gauged the atmosphere in the room. Use your sense of humor to keep up your spirits, laugh at the funny ways companies recruit, and the goofy questions asked at some interviews. A retail manager was asked what kind of tree she would be and why. An IT specialist was asked what color M&M he would be … and why. (Want more? Here’s a list along with a stab at the reason for the question and suggestions for answers.)

What do you find funny and not funny about job search? A job search is often an intense time, breeding both comic and tragic experiences, occasionally in the same breath. A single mom leaves a job she loves because her boss has temper tantrums worse than her 2-year-old’s. Picturing her boss pounding his hands and feet on the floor is hilarious. A single parent starting a job search because of some idiot’s infantile behavior is as serious as it gets.

What’s your best advice for jobseekers? Decide what you want; make your plan; work your plan. If you get stuck, call me.

SECOND PLACE

<a href="https://www.latpro.com/c/cartoon-8/" target="_blank"><img src="https://www.latpro.com/c/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/pinata-conference-color-cultural-diversity.png" alt="diversity cartoon - paid good money for cultural diversity" border="0"></a>More diversity comics at:<a href="https://www.latpro.com/c/cartoon-contest/" target="_blank">learn.latpro.com/cartoon-contest</a>.
THIRD PLACE

<a href="https://www.latpro.com/c/cartoon-8/" target="_blank"><img src="https://www.latpro.com/c/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/pinata-conference-color-tequila.png" alt="diversity cartoon - bring tequila from Mexico" border="0"></a>More diversity comics at:<a href="https://www.latpro.com/c/cartoon-contest/" target="_blank">learn.latpro.com/cartoon-contest</a>.
FOURTH PLACE

<a href="https://www.latpro.com/c/cartoon-8/" target="_blank"><img src="https://www.latpro.com/c/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/pinata-conference-color-more-diversity.png" alt="diversity cartoon - more diversity" border="0"></a>More diversity comics at:<a href="https://www.latpro.com/c/cartoon-contest/" target="_blank">learn.latpro.com/cartoon-contest</a>.

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