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A few words with winning author Ana Boyadzhyan:
What do you do for a living?
I recently graduated from UCLA and have just began working as a writer/assistant at a law firm. I’m also launching an online business that caters to eco-conscious shoppers on a budget at ecothrifty.com.
Has your sense of humor ever helped you on the job?
I can’t recall a specific situation but I tend to be quirky and light-hearted when interacting with co-workers, although I take my job very seriously.
Ever used humor in a job search?
I’m usually too nervous to use humor effectively in a job search. But it always help to just smile and be friendly. However, when I was interviewing for the law firm position I’m currently in, the hiring manager made a comment about the chaos in her room, which was filled with stacks of heavy files. I told her that I was a little strange because I love paperwork and that this was my type of place. It definitely didn’t hurt my chances of landing the job.
What’s your best advice for jobseekers?
I’ve learned, from experience, that a great cover letter is key to getting a response from employers. You should create a cover letter that is tailored specifically for the position and requirements of each job. Make sure that the qualifications you list in your cover letter are relevant to the position you are applying for. Lastly, proofread your cover letter and resume at least two times to ensure there aren’t any errors. I have accidentally sent cover letters to the wrong employers on a few occasions. Needless to say, I wasn’t expecting a call back anytime soon.
What do you find funny and not funny about job search?
I don’t really find the job search particularly hilarious. It’s just something that we all need to go through to feed and clothe ourselves.