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Old 30 September 2013, 08:11 PM
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Cheer Woman quits via interpretive dance

Problem: You hate your job. It's not that the work itself is particularly awful. But the boss — oh, sheesh — the boss doesn't get it.

Solution: You could give two weeks' notice and promise to stay in touch. OR. Or you could do what this woman did — create a video in which you dance around the empty office to Kanye West's "Gone" while subtitles explain your decision to leave the world of the gainfully employed. Then, let the Web take care of the rest.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow...162232152.html
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Old 30 September 2013, 08:15 PM
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She's good. Either at dancing, or editing video, or both.
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Old 30 September 2013, 08:36 PM
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Yeah. that's called burning bridges. I'm not sure how her prospective employers would feel about her airing dirty laundry about her current boss on Youtube
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Old 30 September 2013, 10:17 PM
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What makes this interpretive dance? It looks like she was dancing exactly like anyone at a club would dance to this tune.
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Old 30 September 2013, 11:20 PM
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She doesn't specifically name him so that may count in her favour. Also I may be wrong but it seemed to me given where her career interests lie that resigning in the way she did might actually open doors rather than close them.
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Old 01 October 2013, 12:07 AM
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Also, that's not interpretive dance. That's just dancing. Stop misusing dance terminology, Yahoo!
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Old 01 October 2013, 12:30 AM
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I don't consider this burning bridges at all. She didn't name any names or say anything offensive or slanderous, and the reason she gave for leaving seems perfectly reasonable to me. Also, she used the opportunity to put herself out there and show the creative skills which are relevant to her career.
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Old 01 October 2013, 11:21 AM
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Well, it's not hard to find who her current employer is because she has her résumé right in her website, which is linked to that news article. Searching her on linked in brings up her public profile with her employment history. Both show that she's been shimmying in and out of jobs almost every year for the past 4 years.

I'm afraid this young woman is not really building a good employment history. She is certainly creative and bold. I would probably hire her if I have a 6 month gig. But, if I have to hire her for long term, I would definitely pass her for another equally qualified candidate.
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Old 01 October 2013, 12:21 PM
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Also, that's not interpretive dance.
Fortunately.
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Old 01 October 2013, 01:38 PM
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She is certainly creative and bold.
Is she, though? I mean, the dancing is adequate, the filming and editing is workmanlike, but the captioning is not witty or clever, and the video is overall pretty "meh".

I'm honestly having a hard time seeing why this has gone viral.
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Old 01 October 2013, 01:46 PM
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She made at least one proofreading error in the caption.
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Old 01 October 2013, 02:08 PM
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She made at least one proofreading error in the caption.
In all fairness, it WAS 4:30 AM. While there's no proof that she actually made the video AT 4:30 AM, the fact that she made it at all suggests that she may have been anxious to finish the thing and get out of there before the nice men in suits showed up to escort her out. I doubt that thorough proofreading was at the top of her priority list.
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Old 01 October 2013, 02:20 PM
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All true, but I thought it was funny since she criticized her boss for not caring about quality. :-)
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Old 01 October 2013, 02:24 PM
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A more apropriate song would have been "Take this job and shove it, I ain't work here no more!".

That's the song I'll perform, should I ever win the lottery, find oil in the garden or happen to find a bag of unmarked bank notes.
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Also, that's not interpretive dance.
But if they interpret it to be interpretive...
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If I had a bucket list it would include the desire to burn just one bridge in a spectacular way, just one.
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Old 01 October 2013, 05:31 PM
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What proofreading error did you spot, Lainie?

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"So I figured... I'd make ONE video of my own. To focus on the content instead of worry about the views."
Is it "worry" rather than "worrying", there? It's slightly clumsy but is it actually a mistake?

"Rather than worry about the views" (or "instead of worrying about the views") would be better though.
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Old 01 October 2013, 05:41 PM
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I burned a bridge badly in my first job. This was in the last year of college, I was worried about getting a job. My father knew this guy who ran a software development company. So, he got into an internship there. First 6 months I bombed spectaculary, but then I recovered, and in the next 6 months I became like the key person on one project. So, my boss's whole operating model was "get people for free to do work". He had one client for whom he provided hardware and software services. He would get no-experience-fresh-grads, plus employees of the client whom they wanted to "train". So, basically he didn;t have to pay none of us, got the work done in name of "training", and got paid from the client. The client figured that out, and was slowly recalling their own employees back. Really, in the end I was the only reason they couldn't cut off from him. He saw the writing on the wall, and decided to go into training and certification. Basically, he opened a school and wanted me to train the students. I was barely out of college myself! and I was sick of academics. I wanted to build things, not just learn or teach

So, I found a job, put in my resignation, said bye bye. My boss didn't tell the parent company, and he told me not to tell them. I said fine. The day I went to this new job, the client found out I'm not there anymore. It was like "Hey btw, Jay doesn't work here anymore. I need you to send someone here I can train" They said "WTF? Give us the source code". Actually they owned the rights to the source code, and one of their employees had already taken the source code when she went back. So, I went to this job for one day, in the evening they called me with a job offer. I got all excited, because it was with people I knew, in the technology I was comfortable with. Plus, I knew they were having offshore consulting gigs, so it was my chance to go out of India. I hadn't signed any sort of NDA with him, or any kind of agreement that talked about working with client/competitors. He was dragging his feet on the source code, and they had an older version. In 1 month, I just redid the changes I had done in the past 3 months

So, I joined the parent company. Now, they told me, "Don't tell your ex-boss. We will tell him". I agreed because a) I was stupid and b) I was scared of him. After 3 months, they call him to terminate the relationship. My boss was in that meeting, and he told me all this. The management was pointing out all the reasons they want to terminate the relationship, and I come up. They say "Why didn't you tell us Jay was leaving? We could have tried to retain him, or train a replacement" He tells them "Jay didn't give me a notice. Also, he got an offer from America. How could you have stopped him from going to America?". The VP looks at him and says "Jay is not in America. He is in the next room. GTFO"

He was angry at my me, my dad, everyone. Till this day my dad tells me how I cost him a good friend
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Old 01 October 2013, 06:02 PM
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I wouldn't count that as "burning bridges". It doesn't sound like you did anything much wrong. It's not your fault your old boss was a chancer and an idiot.

I once took three months "unpaid" leave to travel. I completely hated my job at the time, to the point of dreading going in every day, and was being totally unproductive to the point that my employee ratings had gone from "star" (the second highest, and the highest one that people actually got unless something exceptional had happened) to "concern" (one above being put on probation). I was hoping that a few months off would make the job look more appealing, and that some of the stuff I was hating would either go away or move on during that time. Apparently there was opposition to my going at all, but somebody argued for a favour because they knew I was unhappy and wanted to retain me. (Not enough to move me to a different department with a less horrible job, but still. I guess nobody else could do what I was supposed to be doing.)

So anyway, when I got back I rapidly realised I still hated the job, and because of that and a couple of other reasons, two months later I came in over the weekend and left resignation letters in the relevant people's in trays to say that I was resigning with immediate effect and wanted Monday to be my last day. (We were supposed to give a month's notice.) I came in on Monday and it was my last day, and I left about two hours later after the relevant meetings.

I think that burned a few bridges...

(I put "unpaid" in inverted commas because I had stock options at the time, which vested gradually over time, and apparently there was no legal way that the company could stop them from vesting over the period I was absent. So from a certain management perspective, it wasn't "unpaid". The vested stock options could be reliably expected to bring a profit when exercised - hooray for the days before the dot com bubble collapsed! Because of this I had already compromised by going for three months when I wanted four - the people higher up didn't want to grant unpaid leave at all, apparently. I think they stopped doing so after this.)
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Is it "worry" rather than "worrying", there? It's slightly clumsy but is it actually a mistake?

"Rather than worry about the views" (or "instead of worrying about the views") would be better though.
I guess it's not technically a mistake, but I found it very jarring.
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