I love stupid movies…especially comedies. While I catch a lot of grief for this on the home front, it does occasionally come in handy for blogging purposes. Even more so on the last Friday of the year!
One of my favorite characters is Ron Burgundy — he of the “Anchorman” (and now “Anchorman 2“) fame. Politically incorrect and a walking sexual harassment claim, he’d be a nightmare for any HR professional in real life.
At the same time, it made me think about how Ron might react to all of the cultural and technological changes that have occurred since the 1970’s. You have to remember that he was a product of the 1970’s — things like smartphones, laptops, fax machines and the Internet weren’t even contemplated at that time. So, in his honor, below are the top five tips for job seekers in 2014 as seen through the eyes of Ron Burgundy:
#1 – Buy a new suit
When Ron and his friends suffered from an “existential funk,” their therapy was purchasing new suits. Since all interviews are done in person (no video interviewing or Skype existed in his time), it’s important to look your best.
#2 – Have a glass of scotch
Ron loves “poetry and a good glass of scotch.” When interviewing in person, having a couple of drinks to help calm your nerves is a good thing. Order the way he would — “I’ll have three fingers of Glenlivet, with a little bit of pepper… and some cheese.”
#3 – Make friends with the HR lady
Being as sexist as he is, Ron assumes all human resource professionals are female. In addition, he sees himself as “kind of a big deal.” Thus, from his standpoint, hitting on the person conducting the hiring process makes all the sense in the world. The only saving grace is that there was no Facebook or Instagram in his day — he likely would have been guilty of postings along the lines of Anthony Wiener.
#4 – Act like you know everything
Remember that Ron didn’t have Google. Even if he had, he probably wouldn’t have taken the time to use it. Instead, he preferred to make random guesses as to the meaning for things he didn’t understand. One great example is his definition of diversity — “an old, old wooden ship that was used in the Civil War era.” Another is his inability to recall how San Diego got it’s name — “I’ll be honest, I don’t think anyone knows what it means anymore. Scholars maintain that the translation was lost hundreds of years ago.”
#5 – Don’t bother with an employment application
Applications are for common people. Take it from Ron, they take too much time and can only keep you from getting that dream job. Instead, focus on communicating your strengths face to face. Like Ron in his initial meeting with Veronica Corningstone — “People know me.” “I’m very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.”
I hope you’ve enjoyed these tongue-in-cheek recommendations for job applicants. May the end of the year go smoothly for you and best wishes for a happy & prosperous 2014. Oh, and one more thing…
“You stay classy, San Diego!”