Thursday, August 31, 2006

Laughter is the best medicine

The Applicant

The insurance firm put a sign in the window saying "HELP WANTED. You must
be a good typist and have good computer skills. Successful applicant must
be bilingual. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer."

A short time later a lovely golden retriever dog trotted up to the window,
saw the sign and went inside. He looked at the receptionist and wagged his
tail, then walked over to the sign, looked at it, whined and pawed the

The receptionist called the office manager. He was surprised, to say the
least, to see a canine applicant. However, the dog looked determined so he
led him into the office. Inside, the dog jumped up on a chair and stared
at the manager expectantly.

The manager said, "I can't hire you. The sign says you must be able to

The dog jumped down, went to the typewriter and proceeded to quickly type
a perfect business letter. He took out the page with his mouth and trotted
over to the manager, gave it to him, then jumped back up on the chair
wagging his tail.

The manager was stunned, but told the dog, "That was fantastic, but I'm
sorry. The sign clearly says that whomever I hire must have computer
skills." The dog jumped down again, went to the computer and proceeded to
demonstrate his expertise with various programs. He produced a sample
Excel spreadsheet, a sample Power Point presentation, retouched a picture
with Photo shop, and then printed all of them for the manager.

The manager was dumbfounded. He said to the dog, "Listen, I realize that
you are a very intelligent applicant and have fantastic talent, but you're
a dog! There's no way I can hire you!"

The dog jumped down and went to the sign in the window and pointed his paw
at the words, "Equal Opportunity Employer."

The exasperated manager said, "Yes, I know what the sign says. But the
sign also says you have to be bilingual."

The dog looked him straight in the

and said, "Meow."

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