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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 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

Green Per Diem : Free Jewelry from Figs & Ginger

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Check out for the full details!

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April 14, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Green Cities Media Interviews

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Sensible City has been working on a series of interviews with presenters from the Green Cities conference. The interviews are available both in podcast form and text form.

The next few posts will be Green Cities interviews – Let me know what you think.

Special thanks to the Sensible City crew (Andrew, Ian, Amy, Christina, Lorelle, Ben, Derek, Ashley Sue) for working so awesomely hard to get this up and going. I’m proud to be a part of it!

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February 27, 2009 at 3:37 pm

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Green Per Diem: Revision Dallas

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Senior members of the Sensible City staff are in Dallas where a charrette (look it up) is happening right now.

They just received the endorsement of the Mayor Tom Leppert. HERE IS A VIDEO

From the Dallas Observer :

This morning at City Hall, some three dozen urban planners, architects and city officials gathered on the fourth floor to begin discussing precisely how to turn a dollar-a-spot parking lot behind City Hall into a self-sustaining community. (That’s the site above.) Meaning: How, precisely, can you turn an barren spot on the outskirts of downtown into a “community” where “people of all incomes” can live, work, shop, eat and play together, in the words of John Greenan of Central Dallas Community Development Corporation, one of the linchpins behind the RE:Vision Dallas project and competition about which we wrote earlier this week.
For the rest of the afternoon, the assembled will gather in various groups — branded “community,” “transportation,” “construction,” “economic/policy” and “natural resources” — to brainstorm ways in which to transform the parking lot into “something we can actually build” that’s “way cool, so cool we can get people from all over the city to live there,” Greenan told the group, shortly after Mayor Tom Leppert introduced the site.

The site :

Dallas Site

Dallas Site

And another video about Urban Re:Vision.

I’ll be posting regularly from Ecobuild America next week in DC. stay tuned!

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December 5, 2008 at 9:59 pm

DIY & Green Per Diem: Don’t Let it All Unravel

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Watch this terrific short film by Sarah Cox. Then go do something good for the Earth and for yourself.

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November 25, 2008 at 3:47 pm