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basquiat’s funny & expensive resume



a 20-year-old jean-michel basquiat did what many people do at that age: made a resume.  however given that he was more financially well-off/indifferent than most of his peers at the time, his CV was more of an artistic/recreational pursuit.  highlights:

  • writing “nil” in the education section after misspelling education in the line before
  • experience section lightly crossed out while employment is heavily crossed out
  • a reference section featuring the likes of andy warhol, johnny carson, tennessee williams & dick tracy

i wouldn’t imagine anybody getting a regular job with this on merit (though the references might do wonders).  still, sotheby’s listed it for a solid working salary ($50,000).  first spotted at black contemporary art.

related: life doesn’t frighten me | video: basquiat documentary


the minimum wage machine



as explained by its creator blake fall-conroy:

The minimum wage machine allows anybody to work for minimum wage. Turning the crank will yield one penny every 4.97 seconds, for $7.25 an hour (NY state minimum wage). If the participant stops turning the crank, they stop receiving money. The machine’s mechanism and electronics are powered by the hand crank, and pennies are stored in a plexiglass box.

this is a cool representation of how little the minimum wage really is.  even though the money is easy to make, i’d imagine people would stop pretty fast since you’re not making enough to really make your time & effort worthwhile.  on top of that, the work itself, which isn’t stimulating and doesn’t add anything to the world, isn’t worth your time and talents either.

does your current job remind you of this machine in any way?  if so, will you just keep “turning the crank” or will you make a change?

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Standard questions. Prepared answers. If job interviews are all the same, how to find the right talent among 1734 applicants?

thinking about this problem, heineken decided to use a different approach to hire its next intern.  in the video above called the candidate, the beer company put applicants through a series of tests not found in a normal interview.  while some of these tests might seem weird for the setting (and maybe just weird in general), seeing how the potential employees handle unique situations could show more about their true character & abilities than a prescribed q&a would (not to mention, it might be more exciting/fun for both parties involved).

after watching the video, which interview style would you prefer?  the typical q&a or something more creative like the candidate?  answer in the poll below.  also, share any of your interesting interview experiences in the comments.

is this the best or worst job interview ever?

02/28/13 3 Comments

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