The art of stating the bleeding obvious

Is it just me or has there been a growth of online and magazine articles recently devoted to the ancient art of saying the bleeding obvious?

I was struck by this today reading the job seeker blog on what to say and what to not say to your boss.

So, for instance, if your boss explains how you can improve you shouldn't respond. “You give the worst feedback. Ever.”

You don't say.

Other comments you shouldn't make to your boss include "I want your job" and  "This will never work," apparently.

Maybe you also shouldn't tell your boss he or she "generally sucks" as this is potentially career limiting.

I'm not sure where The CareerBuilder gets this from. The Wal-Mart training manual, perhaps.

Talking of stores I recently saw a magazine article at the supermarket check-out on nasty and nice celebrities that contained the shocking revelation that while Tom Hanks is an all round nice guy Charlie Sheen isn't.

This would be the same Charlie Sheen who assaulted his wife and went crazy in a hotel room where a woman was locked in the bathroom?

Prepare for the latest shocking revelations. Snow, it seems, is cold and the sun can be rather warm.


  1. Hi David :-)

    Happy New Year from Southern California. No snow here but a lot of rain storms and mud slides!

    I hope you and your family had a Wonderful Christmas Celebration.

    God Bless You, ~Ron

  2. If you have read the book "Generation X" then you will understand why Career Builder feels the need to state the obvious.

    Charlie Sheen a bad guy? Surely you jest!

  3. I was researching some career advice sources recently for a job and two things I found mentioned numerous times - to my amazement - were:

    1)"Don't answer your cell phone during an interview."

    2) Shower before your interview.

    Really? There are people who need to be told this?! Geez!

  4. Thanks Ron. Hope you are yours had a wonderful one too. I haven't read Generation X Lidia, I presume it concludes kids are like my former students. That's so funny Vally Writer, and try not to walk around during the interview or to fiddle with the interviewer's family photos I guess too.

  5. I'm guilty of writing that kind of info! and it's fascinating to hear your points of view.

    I'm in the process of editing a job hunt booklet for graduated International Students and have included some of the gems you've mentioned. What to us is basic common sense is definitely needed (but possibly not read by those who could do with it!).

    I've had to open the door to get fresh air, had clients who've taken calls then wandered out of the room to continue chatting, and others who've given weird and inappropriate answers to interview questions, then been astounded that they haven't got the job.

    As someone said "common sense isn't common".

  6. I'm beginning to understand why I've been unemployed for so many stints. Honesty gets you every time.

  7. Ha Sue - from what you are saying it sounds like you are right. Yeah Robyn, you may want to wait until you ger out of the interview before remarking on the interviewer's unfortunate hair style

  8. I don't know what was funnier...your take or that of your commenters...I think, here, a lot of the guys are to likely advised to comb their hair normally(no mafia/spike/punk styles) and shave....


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