Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Suit To A Tee

Job hunting again for the first time in over 5 years – almost 6. Last time I interviewed for a job was December 1999. Back then (shades of my grandfather), online job hunting was not the norm. One sat through newspapers and weekly rags in order to find a job. Reliable sources were the big main papers like The “Post”, The “Tribune” or even The “Times”. Sometimes you went to a headhunter, but it was mostly all DIY.

Now it is craigslist.com, monster.com, careerbuilder.com and even idealist.org. You rarely fax or mail anything anymore, it’s all done by email. The one thing that has not changed is that most of the time you don’t know to what agency you are applying. Not sure why it has to be kept such a secret until the last minute – like some major reveal on a makeover show. But that is the drill. I sometimes think that I might be applying for the same job at the same place a multitude of times. It takes less than a minute to email a form cover letter and resume, but it’s still the principle of the thing. If I did that five times with one organization, that’s about 2.5 minutes that I could be doing something else constructive like…. um …..

To my last interview in ’99, I wore a suit. These days, I am clueless. So many offices are now business casual, classy casual, or completely casual. Wearing a suit used to be the norm. Now it’s mostly for salesmen and board rooms. Office workers are showing up in tee shirts and flip flops (okay, slight exaggeration there although an intern at my last job came to work in a Victoria's Secret camisole).

I have plenty of dressy/casual things, but I only own one suit. And its not a classic suit either, its kind of blue from Claiborne that I bought on sale in Boston about 3 years ago (see above picture). So far in my professional career I have not needed a suit. And on the rare annual occasion when I do, the one I own has worked out just fine. In my career I have always been mostly a “behind-the-scenes second banana type”. My work was judged, not my appearance. But as I age and become the Director/Manager/Administrator, I guess I am going to need to make a trip to the
Men’s Warehouse (after all, they say I will like the way I look. And they guarantee it).

Problem is, I don’t look good in a suit. Strike that. Actually I DO look good in a suit, however I look more like Security than a professional. Suits make me look more like “Guido the Bodyguard” than Vice President of Operations. I made the mistake of wearing my blue suit with a black mock turtle neck to a wedding once. I looked like a cast member of
The Sopranos. If David Chase had been at this wedding, perhaps I would have beaten James Gandolfini out for the lead (interestingly enough, someone once told me that I was a cross between Gandolfini and Vin Diesel. I don’t know about you, but that seems like a pretty wide chasm to cross!).

But I digress.

So the resumes are going out, and to with I have met with two headhunters who are just so excited by me that I am sure they have to change their panties after I leave. Time will tell how long my unemployment will last. To date, with the health issues and all, I have not worked since August 14th. But I am using my time wisely: I am healing and going to my doctor appointments, I am getting settled in my new home, I am going back to the gym, I am sending out resumes and I am cultivating
a social life in a new city.

Oh yeah, and I work on my blog from time to time.


  1. Good luck! Job hunting is the worst experience of my life thus far.

    You can never go wrong with your basic black, three-button suit.

  2. i love that you linked to men's warehouse. they giving you a kick-back?

  3. Glad to hear you doing well, Dop. But I'd splurge a little and step it up by going to Brooks Brothers. ;)

  4. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Dop -

    Per parting words of the past, hope your job search is short and painless. Don't want to see you walking the streets of Chicago when I am out there in April 2006.

    Try a dark grey suit to really impress and if you want to ADD or stay in touch with that Gandolfini look, just purchase one with some thin,tight pinstriping (ha! ha!). A one person 'social life'...hmmmmm.