Welcome to Tales by Tom -
This collection is a group of 24 stories under the title of Nobody
Likes a Proofreader and Other Lessons I Have Learned During and
After a Life in Retail.
This epsode includes stories # 15 and #16.
Story # 15: News from Tokyo about the Irish in me. All kinds
of unexpected things happen when you travel. Ask my son --- he
knows, but in this story I meet a very attractive lady as we are
flying from Tokyo to San Francisco. After a martini, the
conversation turns to ancestry, and this lady hands me--- puts it
right in my outstretched hands --- the key to a mystery that has
plagued me for 40 years. Her husband works for dadada and that used
to be called dadada and that’s who my long-lost and long-dead Irish
relative worked for in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s. Why was she
there and why was I there just then? Who knows but it’s a good
Story # 16: We have all filled out resumes over the years. Did any
of them work? None did for me --- until I found out the secret: You
have to define yourself in terms of what the prospective employer
wants to hear. It’s the only way they’ll listen (and retain) to a
word you say. Sound complicated? It isn’t. Just tell them what you
can do for them --- not a half dozen meaningful things, but two or
three (at the max) that you know they need and you can provide and
have before. Yes, they’ll want examples. Less is more here ---and
the bigger the better. . You know the famous line that Cuba
Gooding’s character told Jerry Maguire in the movie of the same
name. Well, show it to them.
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