WORRYWART AS JEWISH MOTHER TO A STRANGER

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In a previous post 10 Days in New York: Lessons Learned, Worries Amassed, I mentioned seeing a flier that said simply “Sarah Needs a Job .com.” I was so intrigued by this that I went

sarah needs a job

to Sarah’s Website. Sarah Feldman is around the age of my daughters, and I thought I could help, so I wrote her the below email.

On Sun, Mar 27, 2011 at 5:03 PM, Susan Orlins wrote:

Hi Sarah. I saw your flier and loved it. Went back to photograph it for my blog www.confessionsofaworrywart.com. But someone had taken down the ones I’d seen on W. 14th St. I was intrigued, because I thought your fliers showed great initiative and imagination.

I also like your Website, though as a mother of 3 girls in their 20′s, I wanted to make a couple of motherly suggestions.

sarah needs a job sit here

I apologize in advance for being presumptuous.

One, I would clean up anything you can, because I think it won’t appeal to employers. I would remove the f-word, even from comments and I would rename the page of NEWYORKSHITTY.

I love how your enthusiasm comes through and I would be inspired to interview you, but also I would be a bit put off by the angry tone that shows up…naturally you feel that way. Maybe there’s a humorous or other way to express it.

Anyway, all that said, I’d like to mention you on my blog and maybe at some point do a separate post about you.

Oh, one more thing. I couldn’t tell what you do? I think from a comment that you are an artist and went to Pratt. It would be nice to know that. I adore the graphic on the Site that’s under construction and your earrings too!!

sarah needs a job fruit market

Good luck and I hope to hear from you and I hope you take my suggestions as from a well-meaning (overbearing Jewish) mother.

On Mar 27, 2011, at 6:35 PM, labohemianartist wrote:

newyorkshitty.com isn’t my website…

On Mar 27, 2011, at 8:34 PM, Susan Orlins wrote:

Now that you point it out, I looked more carefully and I see that.

The following day . . . Unable to leave it at that, I posted on her blog where she mentions a job interview:

Good luck with your interview! See my shout out to sarahneedsajob.com on my blog http://tinyurl.com/tyspf.

I’m mulling over whether I’ll show her this post that you are now reading.

sarah needs a job and glam poster

Please tell me you too have a story of being an unwelcome buttinsky!

Should I let Sarah know about this post? Please vote!

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