Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Potential disaster averted by actual disaster.

I have a feeling that, no matter how I spin this one, everyone who reads the following post will decide that I am a horrible, horrible person.

The other day, at the height of my madness, I asked Megan if she thought using my father's cancer as a potential ploy for getting a job was unethical. Specifically, I thought about calling a sort-of family friend in Chicago, mention that I was looking for a job, and then, when he inevitably asked how everything was back home, say, "Oh, well, actually..." I mean, it would be much more tactful should the phone call actually take place, but even I wouldn't sink to that level. The conversation was simply a Laughter Through Tears kind of scenario. Even though I asked two other people what they thought, and they both disagreed with Megan's assertion that it was absolutely fine because "that's how you network." (I figured it might not be appropriate for a Lunchtime Poll topic.)

Anyway, I talked to my mom last night and she told me that our sort-of family friend's mother was taken to the hospital this week because she had a stroke.

It's probably not the best time to network.

5 comments:

Ben said...

I once interviewed someone who tried using his mom's cancer as leverage for getting a job. It was utterly transparent. Wouldn't recommend...

gutenmegan said...

I love that my advice was contrary to what two other people told you. Go me! Minority rules!

Ben said...

contrary to three people thus far =)

Anonymous said...

The title of this post totally reminds me of a headline from The Onion.

Well done.

Lobstar said...

Minus the recent stroke, I'd have gone for it. I'm desperate as hell myself right now.