today i had the opportunity to observe a job club* that was facilitated by a colleague that works at rectangle, inc. in melrose, mass. since today's curriculum focused on perfecting the art of the follow-up call it was unsurprising that my colleague opened the lesson with the following lead: "today we are going to talk about what you should say when you follow-up on a lead, so i thought it would be fun if we began this teaching by discussing what we should not say when placing a follow up call."
in response to the facilitator's rather clumsy cajoling the surprisingly diverse group of job seekers responded** in the following manner:
a) "you got my job?!"
b) "um, hi?"
c) "what's up, my nigga?"
needless to say, the latter comment precipitated a five minute break.
* did you know that in comparison with an individual job seeker job club members are 23% less likely to quit their job search within the first month and 33% more likely to locate a job within three months? did you really give a damn? i didn't think so.
** i shit you not.