Plus: Job Applications that Stand Out, Unusual Reasons for Quitting and a Rube Goldberg Machine of Rube Goldberg Machines.
Unusual Reasons for Quitting
There are many reasons for parting ways with an employer. Of course, some are more understandable than others.
A recent OfficeTeam survey revealed the strangest reasons job-seekers have given for quitting.
According to the staffing service firm’s findings, some employees left to pursue their true calling, whether that calling was to join the circus, participate in a reality TV show; become an apple farmer; climb Mount Everest; play the trombone; or live off a trust fund.
Others wanted to focus more on their loved ones by staying home “to feed his dog” or “to watch a movie with his girlfriend during work hours.”
Still other employees left due to the quality of the workplace, claiming:
- He didn’t like how the office smelled;
- He or she didn’t enjoy the cafeteria food;
- He or she didn’t like the sound of file cabinets being slammed;
- He hated the carpet;
- He or she didn’t like the colors of the walls;
- The office building was unattractive;
- She hated the lighting in the building; and
- “The lobby area was too small.”
And while it’s many disgruntled workers’ dream to stage a big, Jerry McGuire-like scene when leaving their job, the other side of that coin is simply walking out without a peep and disappearing, as one mysterious employee did.
“We have no idea why he left, and we were not able to contact him,” a senior manager told OfficeTeam.
Rube Goldberg Machine: “Rubes Revisited”
Earlier this year, a team from the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) won the 30th annual Purdue Regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest – a competition that rewards ideas that combine creativity with inefficiency and complexity – with a machine that essentially traced the competition’s entire history.
In the video below, the PSPE/SHPE team shows a complete run of “Rubes revisited,” a machine that takes every task set forth by the competition in the past 25 years, and solves them all in 300 linear steps, a Guinness World Record.
The 14 team members spent 5,000 combined hours building the machine.
Job Applications that Stand Out (for the Wrong Reasons)
Based on a survey of nearly 2,300 hiring managers nationwide, CareerBuilder.com recently published real-life examples of résumés that stood out for both the right and wrong reasons.
When asked to share the most memorable and unusual applications that came across their desk, hiring managers gave the following examples:
- Candidate’s cover letter talked about her family being in the mob;
- Candidate applying for a management job listed “gator hunting” as a skill;
- Candidate said her résumé was set up to be sung to The Brady Brunch theme;
- Candidate highlighted the fact that he was “Homecoming Prom Prince” in 1984;
- Candidate’s cover letter contained “LOL”;
- Candidate’s résumé was decorated with pink rabbits;
- Candidate listed “to make dough” as the objective on the résumé;
- Candidate claimed to be able to speak “Antartican” when applying for a job located in Antarctica;
- Candidate applying for an accounting job said he was “deetail-oriented” and spelled the company’s name incorrectly; and
- Candidate’s résumé had a photo of the applicant reclining in a hammock under the headline, “Hi, I’m _____ and I’m looking for a job.”
A 20-year-old Canadian recently became “Internet famous” for applying for an administrative assistant position by accidentally sending her prospective employer a crazy-eyed photo of actor Nicolas Cage instead of her résumé and cover letter. Although the Nic Cage photo emailer has actually received some job offers since the goof, the incident – as well as CareerBuilder’s findings – illustrates an important lesson for job-searchers: In today’s tough job market, you want to stand out to potential employers for the right reason.
What the Colors You Wear Tell People about You
Although comfort and professionalism remain the primary factors for most of us when choosing what to wear to work each day, color should also be considered. Practical needs aside, the color of your clothes can immediately shape a person’s perception of you.
For example, black is generally perceived as “classic” while red often says “aggressive.”
The following infographic, by the website starfashion.fe, illustrates what people supposedly think of you based on what color you wear.