The Weird Workplace

Worst resumé ever?; What's really in that coffee?; Best resumé ever?; Lost luggage, cruel words; 'Hey boss, lean to be on time'
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/20/2014

Best resumé ever?

CHICAGO — A 20-year-old university student hoping to land an internship at an advertising agency has come up with a creative resumé — she made a LEGO version of herself. “I wanted a fun way to stand out to agencies and get my resumé out of the trash can,” said “Leah” in a post on Reddit. She designed a miniature version of herself in her interview suit and created custom instructions that highlight her skills. Then, she put it in a box she created — customizing the boxes using the colours of the two agencies she wants to intern at — and sent it off. “While this LEGO kit is a fun way to (hopefully) get a call back from a recruiter or HR employee, the interview is where you get the job,” she wrote.

Worst resumé ever?

DALLAS — Resumés come with a lot of different attachments. Samples of work are common; so too are headshots. But Texas Workforce Solutions, a state-run employment agency, recently got a very unwelcome attachment accompanying a job application — a picture of the jobseeker’s genitals. The employee who received the email promptly called police, who ticketed the man for “obscene display or distribution,” according to the Dallas Observer. Demarquis Black, a spokesperson for the Dallas police, said from what he can tell from the police report, the applicant remains unemployed — “I think I know why he can’t find a job,” he said.

What’s really in that coffee?

VANCOUVER — Tim Hortons is fighting a request to hand over thousands of internal documents, including recipes, in a British Columbia human rights complaint, according to the Globe and Mail. The case involves four Mexican workers who came to Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and have alleged discrimination. A human rights tribunal ordered the restaurant to hand over its operating manual, which includes information on training, signage and making coffee — along with hundreds of recipes. But a lawyer for the restaurant said he is confident an agreement can be reached where the relevant documents are shared but the recipes themselves are kept secret.

Lost luggage, cruel words

HOUSTON — A couple fresh back from a Hawaiian vacation got a very unwelcome note attached to their luggage that was lost by American Airlines. Attached was a receipt with instructions on how to reach them: “Please text. Deaf and dumb,” it read. The passengers, Angela Huckaby and James Moehle, are both deaf. The airline apologized, saying, “It was clearly a poor choice of words. We’re confident there was no ill will but we’ll be looking into this further and will be following up with our team members.” Kay Moehle, James’ mother, said: “It was just outrageous and cruel and unnecessary… the dumb one is the one who wrote the note.”

‘Hey boss, learn to be on time’

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A British Petrol (BP) gas station worker in Michigan, fed up with his boss not showing up on time, taped a note to the door, locked up and went home. Joe Blumm made the decision to leave after his boss was more than an hour late for her shift. “Hey boss, learn to be on time or at least communicate when you are going to be late,” the note read. “+1 hour with no phone call is unacceptable. As you can see, the doors are locked. I went home. Fire me if you must but realize I walked out due to YOUR negligence.” In an interview with WXMI television, Blumm said: “I had it. I had enough of that unprofessional atmosphere and having to deal with that tardiness and have it come down on me. I know that I’ve struck a chord with a lot of disgruntled, low-paid employees who get the short end of the stick.” Blumm was fired. The manager told FOX 17 television she was running late because she didn’t hear her alarm clock go off.

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