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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
A WORD TO THE WISE Susan Harris
I could ace this. I was
The cheery interviewer
directed me to a little room with a computer desk and chair. I was about to
complete the final step of the interviewing process.
"Your English is
excellent," she had complimented me earlier. "I don't foresee a
problem with a placement if you pass this test."
I was at an employment
agency in Toronto, being screened for my first official job in Canada, and I
was ecstatic to go back to work in the professional world. The University of Toronto
had assessed my degree as being comparable to one earned from a Canadian
university, and my application to teach was being processed by the Ontario
Teacher's College. In the interim, I wanted something to do.
I listened to the
interviewer's instructions carefully and noted the time given. Then came the
question of application: Word Perfect 6 or Word 7?
The higher number
sounded smarter and my answer came easy. "Word 7."
I had never worked on
Word 7 but it couldn't be so different from Word 6, could it? I had used Word 6
but that was not an option at the employment office.
Don't try to impress or show off at an important first time event. Be
especially mindful of time and place.
I clicked the START
button. All was well until the warning came up that I was to use another method
and not the shortcut menu I had used for the previous two answers. Pointing to
the toolbar, I picked the corresponding option from the Home menu. Two
questions later I was requested to use yet another method.
Whatever happened to knowing one method and sticking with it?
Default to a particular way of doing things if no alternative is asked for.
This will allow you to save time or use other resources more productively.
I did not know the
keyboard shortcuts. I was not familiar with some of the new elements of Word 7
that formed the majority of the test.
There's a very short distance between brilliance and stupidity and it takes a
nanosecond to plummet to the stupid end.
My palms were sweaty
and I hated the computer at that moment, but more than that, I loathed the
creator of the new version of the software. I could not figure out the new
changes to the menu as the clock ticked. Cruel slave driver! Time ran out
before I could finish the typing test…
ABOUT: Susan Harris
is a speaker and former teacher, and the author of Remarkably Ordinary: 20
Reflections on Living Intentionally Right Where You Are, Golden Apples in
Silver Settings, Little Copper Pennies and Little Copper Pennies for
Kids. Her first submission to Chicken Soup for the Soul is published in Chicken
Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What? edition as Smokey's Lockout, and was released August 19, 2014. Remarkably
Ordinary was released in print on November 1, 2014. Her new picture book, Alphabet
on The Farm was released on December 1, 2014. Susan was born in exotic
Trinidad but now lives on the Saskatchewan prairies with her husband, daughter
and the unpredictable cats.