CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 7, 2011

Memorable Job Interviews

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

MEMORABLE JOB INTERVIEWS

The WordPress.com postaday prompt was: Describe a memorable job interview. I immediately thought of two jobs I successfully applied for, one as a photo/journalism freelancer, the other with a youth shelter.

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     How many articles will you give me a week?

     The interview question startled me. I was new to the community and not yet ready to jump into a full schedule. However, I was about to attend a workshop on youth violence, and had called the editor of the local paper about the possibility of writing it up for a feature story.

     In my previous community I’d worn many hats. I headed a child abuse prevention project on a Children’s Trust Fund grant; I wrote for the local newspaper, and I was a pastor’s spouse. The time and energy crunch emanating from these stressful “hats” often had me multi-tasking. If I attended a human service workshop, church program, or oversaw a program within the Family Support Program, I’d write up a news story—which would also prove that I’d attended continuing education events.

     When I called the newspaper, I spoke with Paul Heyworth, who asked me to come for an interview with some clips of previous newspaper articles with my byline.

     I sat across the desk from Paul while he reviewed at the articles. It only took a minute.

     “I speed read,” he informed me. “And I don’t care what your educational qualifications are. All I want to know is can you write?”

     Then he looked at me hard.

     “How many articles can you give me a week? Two? Three?”

     I was taken aback. All I wanted to know was could I cover the meeting for the paper, which he ultimately agreed I could do.

     “But I want you to bring your work in and sit with an editor during the editing process,” said Paul as the interview ended, to be substituted by a very positive working relationship that lasted until Paul’s retirement.

     I don’t know what Paul saw in me or what he saw in my writing, but what he offered me was not only a job but (more…)

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April 10, 2010

I Hate My Job!

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

I HATE MY JOB! 

A Devotion

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 46:10    Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
Related Scripture:  Isaiah 2:11, 17

REFLECTION: Bill hates his job as grocery store check-out clerk. Not only is it a job he does not want, but you should see the people, he says. They are nasty! I hate this job! I just ring the groceries and bag them, don’t even speak to the people unless they speak first!

     Rebecca, a Christian, tries to tell Bill, also a Christian, that each person going through the line is a child of God. They have their personal problems and pains to deal with, and Bill has an opportunity to (more…)

February 2, 2009

HOW TO HARVEST & STORE ICE (Ice Harvesting)

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

HOW TO HARVEST AND STORE ICE (ICE FARMING)

To read the background of harvesting ice, read the post ICE HARVESTING: BIG BUSINESS IN EARLY AMERICA (at www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com , filed in the FEATURE ARTICLES folder). This post is a how-to on ice harvesting and storage.

There is a terrific sense of urgency in harvesting ice, which must be about a foot thick to support the weight of horses and teams of men. It requires the surface of a pond, lake, river, or stream to be completely (more…)

January 22, 2009

HOW TO HARVEST AND STORE ICE (ICE FARMING)

To read this post, click on  HOW TO HARVEST & STORE ICE (Ice Harvesting) . For some reason, this particular post site refuses to be corrected, and is very difficult to read the way it is setting itself up. I’m sorry for the inconvenience! I hope you enjoy this article.  Carolyn

September 19, 2008

THE WOES OF A DIFFICULT DAY’S WORK

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CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

THE WOES OF A DIFFICULT DAY’S WORK

It’s Friday evening. Following a ferocious Friday day. This is a day that makes our vacation not a vacation, and our work day a real strain.

We spent the day in the Ellsworth, Maine, courthouse, researching deeds and attempting to figure out plots of land. I worked hard, finding important deeds and photographing them. At the end of the day, I set up my laptop to download my pictures, so that i could check what pictures needed to be redone. When I opened my digital camera to take the disc out, I discovered that (more…)

June 5, 2008

THE LEGACY FROM MY EDITORS

The editor’s words stick in my memory.

“I don’t care (more…)

May 19, 2008

WOMEN IN BUSINESS

Most women consider starting a business at some time or other. When my husband opted for early retirement from teaching to become a pastor, we moved to Atlanta, Georgia. He became a student instead of the professor, and I seriously considered starting a business.

Owning a business requires certain personal characteristics, prime among these is self-discipline. There is no boss directing you. However, you should realize that being a homemaker requires this same self-starting mechanism.

You will need to have the ability to multitask. Again, being a (more…)

April 23, 2008

CHILDISH IMMATURITY

The piece below was composed for a writing competition. The topic was “childhood experience.”
 
“Hemoglobin!”
 
It hit me like a giant wave crashing against the shore. The research I’d worked on all summer involved the common blood component, hemoglobin, not a mysterious substance called (more…)

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