Farewell, Clue Wagon

cluewagon.pngKerry Sandberg Scott has put in her two weeks’ notice.

After just a year working on Clue Wagon, the job-seeker-tips blog that also contains hilarious “Tales of the Cluefree,” she’s done.

“I don’t have too much more to say,” she explains. “My overall philosophy around job hunting is this: Don’t be an idiot. Don’t be a jerk. Use some common sense. If you do those things, somebody will eventually hire you.”

We’ve linked to Sandberg Scott’s posts many a time in the past because they’re always smart and full of good tips. She will be missed.

And to make this post less of a eulogy and more, y’know, useful, here’s her latest post: Smart people use umbrellas when it rains.

In short: if you’ve been out of work for a while and you’ve been offered a not-quite-perfect job, should you take it or will it mess up your resume?

When you’re caught in a downpour, and someone offers you an umbrella, you take it. You don’t lament the fact that it’s not a designer umbrella, or it doesn’t match your shoes, or it’s a color you hate. You take it, and you open it, and the rain stays off of you. Then, when you get home and out of the rain, you get your own (better) umbrella…or, maybe, you find out that you actually really like that umbrella they gave you after all. It happens.

Now, nobody likes a jobhopper, so you really shouldn’t “take your own umbrella” three months after you start work, but as Sandberg Scott says, “Does having money suck more or less than not having money?”