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My daughter, age 16, pointed out this evening that my blog is filled with “exciting this, exciting that. Why,” she asked, “don’t you write about the daily grind and grouchy people?”

Today, the “grouchy people” was Rachel herself, who is working for us as a marketing and IT intern. She’s 16 and thinks there should be lessons in business etiquette. “If I’m confused, should I cover it up?” “No,” I said, “but you shouldn’t sulk either.”

Berkshire is a family business, in feel and in reality too. Our 19 year old son Tom is about to leave after working here for over a year, off first to Shanghai where he has an internship and then as a transfer student to Grinnell College in Iowa. Rachel will be with us for most of the next year, having got her AA degree from Simon’s Rock College and wanting to get some work experience before deciding where to go next.

Like many employers, we sometimes find ourselves shocked by what prospective employees do and say. Oddly enough, it isn’t those new to the workforce that provide the most comedy. It’s those who email or call to make sure a newly posted job is still available–so they won’t be put to the trouble of writing an application unless we’re holding the job for them. And because the Berkshires is a place people retire or retreat to, I also get a regular dose of applicants whose credentials look quite good but who make it clear from the beginning that I’m lucky that they even deigned to apply. Is it a surprise that these self-absorbed former professionals always seem to have soft spots in their resumes?

We are recruiting, though, and are dying to hear from ambitious, creative, globally-minded people like those on our staff! Visit us at ALA in Chicago to meet two of them: editor Marcy Ross and marketing assistant Margaux Rossouw.

By | 2005-06-14T20:09:40+00:00 June 14th, 2005|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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Karen Christensen is the CEO of Berkshire Publishing.

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