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Caption contest #15 – sharks in the water

FIRST PLACE

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<a href="http://diversityjobs.com/c/caption-contest-15/" target="_blank"><img src="https://diversityjobs.com/c/wp-content/uploads/sharks-have-a-paddle.jpg" alt="business sharks cartoon - I have a paddle" border="0"></a><br>For more HR cartoons: <a href="http://diversityjobs.com/c/cartoon-caption-contest">http://diversityjobs.com/c/cartoon-caption-contest</a>

A few words with contest winner Michael VanDervort of Lakeland Florida:

What do you do for a living?  Human Resources Strategist at Publix Super Markets

Has your sense of humor ever helped you on the job? Sense of humor has always been a plus in doing HR work.  It helps relieve stress for people in anxious situations like a training session if you can drop a quick joke or funny remark without being snarky.

Ever used humor in a job search? I like to share stories in a job interview. Sometimes finding the humor in a common problem situation helps make a connection with the interviewer.

What’s your best advice for jobseekers?   Stay focused. Don’t be self deprecating, but don’t be arrogant either.

What do you find funny and not funny about job search? I find the lack of follow-up by HR on the status of a job to be not funny at all.  The humor in this is that it doesn’t take much more than a personal acknowledgement to make candidates think you are on the leading edge of candidate experience.

SECOND PLACE

<a href="http://diversityjobs.com/c/caption-contest-15/" target="_blank"><img src="https://diversityjobs.com/c/wp-content/uploads/sharks-walk-in-the-park.jpg" alt="business sharks cartoon - not a walk in the park" border="0"></a><br>For more employment cartoons: <a href="http://diversityjobs.com/c/cartoon-caption-contest">http://diversityjobs.com/c/cartoon-caption-contest</a>

THIRD PLACE

<a href="http://diversityjobs.com/c/caption-contest-15/" target="_blank"><img src="https://diversityjobs.com/c/wp-content/uploads/sharks-married.jpg" alt="business sharks cartoon - married" border="0"></a><br>For more business cartoons: <a href="http://diversityjobs.com/c/cartoon-caption-contest">http://diversityjobs.com/c/cartoon-caption-contest</a>

 FOURTH PLACE

<a href="http://diversityjobs.com/c/caption-contest-15/" target="_blank"><img src="https://diversityjobs.com/c/wp-content/uploads/sharks-asking-for-raise.jpg" alt="business sharks cartoon - just asked for a raise" border="0"></a><br>For more HR cartoons: <a href="http://diversityjobs.com/c/cartoon-caption-contest">http://diversityjobs.com/c/cartoon-caption-contest</a>

Eric Shannon

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