Organising a wedding – especially when you only have ten weeks – requires so much attention to detail that it’s difficult to keep on top of everything else you should be doing at the same time. While I was configuring seating plans and ordering flowers I was (with my work hat on) looking for a new assistant. I picked the wrong one.
She started the week after the wedding and I think we both suspected from the start it was a mistake. I felt pretty sure when I asked her to find me the Times splash and then discovered she'd been keying those exact words into a Google search. No doubt she felt pretty sure when she discovered she had a grumpy old woman as her boss.
Anyway, she’s gone and I’ve started the process all over again.
Under less pressure now, I have time to despair at the applications. Or laugh. Here is a selection (from today’s 2:1 graduates):
*I knew from an early age that I wanted to get into journalism but instead opted to do French.
*The job will be the perfect platform to give you the boost you need to start a career. Therefore many people and me will be applying for this position.
An ambitious graduate journalist …
*I have been writing since childhood and have developed my own distinctive style without losing the ability to be fluid and can write using a style guide and to a brief on time whilst under pressure.
After a while I lost track of the number of misplaced apostrophes, misspelt driving licenses and other basic errors.
I learned to hate the phrase ‘field of journalism’ – why limit yourself to a field? Why not a meadow or a prairie?
I identified ‘third eye syndrome’, a condition where the first three paragraphs of a covering letter (possibly more) all start with the word I.
I never want to have to read another statement that talks about people skills ever, ever again. (See, it’s contagious).
Interviews start next week.