I Don’t Help My Grandmother Because She’s Old

If you’ve been reading this blog for a bit now, you’ll know that I love to tell about my Babcia, partly because I adore her, and partly because she’s hilarious.  (You should know that she’s a strong, independent woman who looks like a cross between the queen of England and Barbara Bush.)

I met her for a recent cardiologist appointment, as I tend to do.  (Don’t be jealous: I also take on  dentist appointments, periodontist appointments and, if my mom isn’t able to join her, any other astonishingly fun medical outings that find their way onto our schedules.  We’re a wild bunch of women.)

When I went to assist her down the steps of her living facility’s shuttle bus, where the amazing Kiko had driven her someplace other than the Dollar Tree, pedicurist and Winn Dixie this week (don’t judge… Kiko is amazing!), she proclaimed, “I don’t need help.  Don’t treat me like I”m old.”

Again, let’s revisit the fact that she’s 91 years old, but admire that she doesn’t FEEL 91 years old, and still dresses with more pizzazz than I do on any given day.

The woman wears Jones New York suits to Publix, folks.

Fast forward to the end of the appointment.

Upon being asked to “hop down” from the exam table (seriously?!), the nurse left the room.  Babcia looked at me, and we both knew there’d be no hopping.  I’m fairly certain all hopping ended years ago.

With that, I helped her as she sat up and she put on her brilliant royal blue jacket.   I carefully helped her off the exam table, her little legs dangling off the edge, and looked her right in the eye.

“I’m not helping you because you’re old,” I said to all 5’2.5″ of her.  “I’m helping you because you’re short.”

And with that, we were both in stitches of laughter.  She’s totally fine with that.  Just don’t call her old.


5 Resume Tips (Obvious or Not!)

A few months ago, when I gave my then-employer notice I would be leaving, they posted my position… and received floods of resumes.  I looked on, noticing obvious, glaring advice I wanted to give those who applied.

What makes a resume stand out?

  • Sending your resume in two formats: a Word document as well as a PDF.  Typefaces and spacing may be different on each computer, throwing off the well-balanced look you worked so hard to achieve.  However, do let your potentially future employer know the copy is the same (preventing them from spending time they don’t have looking for the differences), and you’re doing so to save them time.
  • Attaching your cover letter instead of simply embedding it in the body of an e-mail.  Again, spacing in e-mail is much, much different than in a Word document, causing the letter to print in a funky, funky way.
  • Cutting the clip art.  That cheesy graphic of a pen and paper won’t get you hired.  Neither will the fact that you put your name in WingDings, for that matter.
  • Keeping it short.  As in one page, possibly two if you’ve been in business for more than a dozen years.  Sometimes, less is more.
  • Sending the resume through a personal contact if you have them, or even through LinkedIn if you can detect who the hiring manager is.  Don’t be afraid to use the fact that you know someone who knows someone who knows someone to your advantage!