First job duties: find chestnuts and open fire

For all the job-hunters out there this holiday season, here's a story from Robyn Johnson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin to keep your spirits bright!
Thanks Robyn!
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a candidate was stirring, not even a mouse.
The resumes were sent to each business with care,
With hopes that an interview soon would be there.
A cup of eggnog a chance to unwind,
While visions of benefits danced in my mind.
I toyed with ideas of where I would call,
From the heart of downtown to out by the mall.
When out from the phone there arose such a clatter!
I sprang from the couch to give it an answer.
Away to the company I flew like a flash,
Got past the receptionist-who batted a lash.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a personnel man-but I didn't fear.
With an application five pages long,
I knew in a moment I'd write none of it wrong.
More rapid than eagles his questions they flew!
But I had rehearsed and knew just what to do.
I program! I manage! I type and I file!
With experience and training-I'll do it with style!
From the receptionist to the guy down the hall,
I really did tell them-I told them all.
With pride in my talents, a confident air-
I'd researched the company-I was prepared.
Up to the challenge-my answers I knew,
With a full range of skills and good attitude too.
And then in a twinkling a sound reached my ear.
The clacking of footsteps getting quite near.
As I nodded my head and was turning around,
Down the hallway THE BOSS came with a bound.
He dressed all in blue from his head to his toe,
A conservative style, but pleasantly so.
With all of the perks in his leather briefcase,
He could offer to me...I'd be back in the race!
He offered the job with insurance and more-
With a salary of quite a bit more than before.
While outside I pondered, I appeared to consider,
My insides were jumping! My nerves all a jitter!
Stay calm, stay cool, don't blow it yet.
Should I try and see how much more I can get?
No if it's good and it's fair, go ahead, take it!
The recession has made it much harder to make it.
I accepted with grace and will start in 10 days.
I'll give it my all to learn some new ways.
With a wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
The interview ended, my tension was gone.
He closed his briefcase, it was time to move on.
We shook hands firmly, he smiled and rose,
and giving a nod-down the hallway he strode.
He entered his limo, to his driver he whistled,
and away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight,
"Merry Christmas to all! And to all a good night!"

Joan Lloyd is a Milwaukee based executive coach and organizational & leadership development strategist. She is known for her ability to help leaders and their teams achieve measurable, lasting improvements. Joan Lloyd & Associates, specializes in leadership development, organizational change and teambuilding, providing: executive coaching, CEO coaching & leader team coaching, 360-degree feedback processes, retreat facilitation and presentation skill coaching and small group labs. Contact Joan Lloyd & Associates at (414) 573-1616,, or 
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