A recent Pongo Poll revealed that 76% of you consider it more stressful to think about writing your resume and cover letter than writing your will or doing your taxes. To ease a bit of that stress, I think a little comic relief might be in order. Here's the deal: I'll tell you my favorite work-related joke if you'll tell me yours!
Mine is below. And if you're either an engineer or a manager (especially my manager) please remember, it's just a joke!
A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She reduced altitude and spotted a man below. She descended a bit more and shouted, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I'd meet him half an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."
The man below replied, "You are in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You are between 40 and 42 degrees north latitude and between 58 and 60 degrees west longitude."
"You must be an engineer," said the balloonist.
"I am," replied the man, "but how did you know?"
"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what do with your information, and the fact is, I'm still lost!"
"You must be in management," the man responded.
"I am," replied the balloonist, "but how did you know?"
"Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you're going. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep. You expect me to solve your problem. And the fact is, you're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it's my fault!"
Your turn! What's your favorite work-related joke? We could all use a chuckle to get us through the rest of the day. (Please keep it relatively clean.) In need of a little comic relief ourselves, we recently created this Dwight Schrute sample resume!
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