Just in case any of you think that you’re too “out there” for the corporate world consider this oddity. A few posts below you’ll see a call for a writer by a company called Strategic Insight. You can read it and see what they do. I can tell you that they have their own brand of “insight” and apply at your own risk.
Since I have strung words together for a variety of business entities and I used to sell variable annuities and mutual funds, I thought I’d be a good match. After I sent them my writing samples, resume` and let them know that I knew the market and mechanics of variable annuities they thought so too. Then I was asked to fax a handwriting sample. I thought, well, this is odd, but what the heck. Since they’re going to spend money to have it analyzed I counted it as a good sign. I didn’t hear from them for a week so I called Tomiko Toland (her of fine literary genes) and asked of my status.
“They passed on you,” she said.
“Oh. Okay. May I ask why?”
“Loved the samples, loved your knowledge of the product, but...”
No interview. No references. Apparently my handwriting alone revealed a less-than-stellar character. What insight! It’s funny how the legal authorities in the state of Connecticut and the countries of America and China didn’t catch these flaws when I applied to adopt a baby girl from China. Neither did the voters of my town when they reelected me to take care of their budget; the students of WCSU that I taught and tutored had no idea they were dealing with a flawed individual; neither does my wife, Mary Ann (check out Mary Ann Lamb’s pics, by the way on Playbill.com search The Visitat the Signature Theater) or my children, or the senior citizens and school kids that I do volunteer service for, and I’m certainly glad I got my MFA before they found out about my handwriting!!!
Google handwriting analysis and you’ll see it placed on par with astrology and tarot cards. But don’t tell that to Strategic Insight. And I saw their material. It’s poorly written and abuses the rules of English – but as a friend said, “I bet they all have neat handwriting.”
This is a longwinded venting to warn you to tread carefully if you are answering any ads for employment from this company. For what it’s worth, the young lady that I dealt with, Tomiko, seemed pleasant and fair. I plan to submit an article to the Wall Street Journal on my experience – typed, of course: I wouldn’t want them finding about me too.