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Sensible Kitty Job Hunting Post #3 : Wear shoes!

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wear shoes. and bathe.

wear shoes. and bathe.

Okay Asheville, listen up. This is really important.

What you wear to your place of prospective employment is a big deal. I know I know – it’s Asheville and everything here is laid back. But seriously – this is the one time where you do need to dress up. You’re not trying to get on Asheville Street Style – you’re trying to get a job. You don’t have to spend a fortune on a new professional wardrobe or look like a corporate tool. I’d suggest simple black attire spiced up with colorful jewerly or a nice tie. Also, check out Goodwill if you’re on a budget – I find the best stuff there.
Here are some tips:

1. Wear clean, professional looking clothes. Ladies this means a nice skirt and blouse. Gentlemen, break out that tie and belt along with a button-up shirt.

2. Shoes – Don’t wear flip-flops or sandals. No crocs either, I’d say. Borrow some nice, professional shoes if necessary.

3. Bathing – Ugh. Asheville. Yes, you need to take a bath before your job interview. Brush your hair. Don’t wear intense cologne or perfume. Make sure your nails are clean, too. I know this seems like common sense, but it kind of isn’t based on what I’ve seen around town lately.

Okay – this post is almost a joke it is so obvious. But, all too often I hear from my Asheville friends that they showed up at their interview in a tank top and crocs. Or no shoes at all sometimes. Be prepared even if you’re just dropping off a resume – you want to make a great impression. You want to be hired, right? Put some effort into it! 🙂

Good luck!!!


Free DIY Artist Promotion Classes with Handmade in America

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Exciting news! Elijah Wyman and yours truly will be teaching a series of free DIY artist promotion classes in Asheville. We’ll be talking about DIY marketing, Etsy, how to wholesale.. and a lot of other grand things.

We’d love to have you come!

To sign up for the classes email mwilliams at

Here’s information on our first 3 classes:


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July 22, 2009 at 2:19 am

Sensible Kitty Job Hunting Post #2: Where to look

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I’m on day 2 of looking for a job.

So – where do people in Asheville go to look for jobs? Here’s a starter list of places:

1.) Your Network: This is the best place to look for a job – your friends, former coworkers, etc. They can keep you in mind when they come across or hear about job postings. My Twitter network was especially helpful in getting out the word that I’m looking for a job.

2.) Places you want to work – Contact companies or businesses that you respect, see if they have any openings, ask them to keep you in mind for future positions.

3.) Colleges – In Asheville, we have several local colleges. These colleges have career postings for their students AND job postings for the colleges, too.

4.) Mountain Xpress

5.) Craigslist – Occasionally you can find legitimate offers on CraigsList. Beware scams, though. Also, everyone checks CraigsList first when looking for a job and that means you will have a lot of competition.

6.) Indeed: If you use Emurse to post your resume, it matches up your keywords with keywords in job postings! Brilllliant.

Happy Hunting!

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July 15, 2009 at 1:09 am

Sensible Kitty Job Hunting series: I need a job.

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As promised a while back, I’m going to write a Sensible Kitty job hunting series.

There’s a twist, now though:

I’m actually looking for and applying to jobs.

Hire me!

Hire me!

Starting August 1, I become part-time at Sensible City. That means I need to find work and fast. (By the way – send all job leads to So, for this first post I thought I’d just announce that I’m looking for a part-time job. I’ll tweet about it, too and hopefully that will generate some leads. Looking for a job in Asheville is no piece of cake. I’ve got my fingers crossed (but I also want to put my fingers in my ears to avoid the sound of that clock ticking…)

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July 14, 2009 at 1:40 am