Friday, April 3, 2009

It's Not What You Know...It's What they THINK You Know!

Those of you who know me, know I have never hidden the fact that I am somewhat computer illiterate.
I am by no means a techy girl.

I was asked about my computer skills in my interview. I was honest, letting them know I was not a techy, what I used my computer for at home and that I had used computers in my banking career; but that everything has changed since then. I also let them know that I was confident that I could be taught the programs that I would need to use in my new job.

It seems I am very convincing, as yesterday the VP that happens to be our computer whiz guy as well, came to show me a few new programs he was developing.
He was explaining why the system was set up the way that it is for those not very comfortable with computers, but was going to show me some other ways to do things because I "seemed to be VERY comfortable with computers and really knew my way around".

I have to say, I kept my poise and only giggled a little and said I did not feel very knowledgeable.

When he left, I busted up though, and immediately text ed my hubby to give him a good laugh.

I will let you in on a little secret...but you have to promise not to let this get back to my employers, who are oh so impressed at the moment.

Come on, promise me!

On my first day of work, I was finishing up and had a huge panic.

I thought and thought, I knew I could go across the hall and have my question answered, but there was NO WAY I was going to let them in on just how blond I could really be. I did the only thing I could,  called my hubby up and in very hushed tones asked him..
" How do I shut down the PC?"

Seriously! I did!
I have a MAC Notebook, no modem...oh never mind, there is really no way to make this sound like a justifiable question.
He's already had a good laugh more than once over my first day, but NOW, he is totally blackmailing me.

So the moral of the story ladies is, it really is not how smart you are. Here are some simple pointers:  carry around a notebook and write EVERYTHING down, 
 have a good friend or hubby on speed dial,
 keep your poise and smile knowledgeably 
and you'll even fool the smart ones!!!!


Shaun and Holly said...

Ba ha ha ha!!!!!!! Oh, I had a great laugh reading that!!! :)

You make me smile!

Rhonda said...

Wow! Too funny. You really do have them fooled. You must have been inwardly shocked when the VP said those words to you. :)

Roxanne said...

Oh, I can totally relate! In first semester I was an EA in a computer THAT is funny!! I learned a lot from the students!!

The Hippie Moose said...

It's too bad he didn't find our piece of land before us... move in grow-op!! Complete with police raid welcome wagon! It's great he is thinking about sustainability, I think it will be a huge field in the future. St. Lawrence already offers courses in sustainable energy, maybe you could steer him that way?? Sounds like someone Dave would love to have coffee with!

Tamatha said...

haha...I call Tom for tech support now and then too!