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A few words with winning author Sara DeAnne Zavorka of Lake Hills, TX:
What do you do for a living?
Full-time college student working towards a degree in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education. Currently, I am also a Community Assistant at my college. This job entails building a sense of community in my dorm, as well as assuring that the residents have a safe and fun time throughout their stay at their “home away from home.”
Has your sense of humor ever helped you on the job? any examples?
When I was a Cartoonist for my local newspaper, humor was a must. In anything I do, actually I at least try to have a good time with it. I’ve never been the comedian sort, but through my overly clumsy and sometimes naïve nature, it gets those around me laughing, and that alone is an ice breaker and ease-maker. Maintaining a humorous yet business-like status in any job is a difficult paradox, but those who master it can handle anything.
Ever used humor in a job search?
Humor drives living. Without it, everything would be dull and lacking of motivation.
My job searches consist of looking for a job in which I may exhibit some sense of humor, just to be able to have a good time with it.
What’s your best advice for jobseekers?
My favorite quote, by writer Douglas Noel Adams, says “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” I relate those words to nearly everything in life. For jobs, it is a reassurance that I will find the job I most need to be doing, when the time is right. It takes off some pressure amid the hectic searching.
What do you find funny and not funny about job search?
Being a younger adult, still emerging into the chaotic world that is having an occupation, I find it both funny and not so much how nearly every single job requires some work experience, but one cannot acquire that work experience if they cannot first get a job. Got to love irony…
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