Last Friday brought the rather entertaining news that a drunk woman who claimed she was a pirate hijacked a ferry while shouting “I’m Jack Sparrow!”.
Alison Whelan, 51, stole the 100-seater passenger ferry after a two-day bender spent drinking Lambrini and eating deadly nightshade.
Consequent hallucinations inspired her to unmoor the 45 ft Dart Princess Passenger Ferry from the Kingswear Pontoon and set sail up the River Dart, shouting “I’m Jack Sparrow!” and “I’m a pirate!” on her travels.
While commandeering a ferry in Devon isn’t too wise – especially if you don’t want to end up in prison for 112 days – bearing Jack Sparrow in mind while job hunting could keep the process ticking along nicely.
Make sure employers know your name
Ship captain: “You’re just about the worst pirate I’ve ever heard of.”
Jack Sparrow: “Ah, but you have heard of me.”
This is not to say you should be the worst candidate ever just to get your name known – rather, get your CV to as many potential employers as possible in your field of interest. Even if you do not end up getting the job, they may keep your details on file and could offer you a job in the future.
“I've heard of one, supposed to be very fast, nigh uncatchable: The Black Pearl.”
Jack Sparrow is quite frankly obsessed with becoming captain of his beloved Black Pearl. You should aim to be just as persistent in your quest to find a job (but perhaps forgo the cheating, stints in jail and spontaneous conflict with anyone who threatens to get in your way).
Keep your eye on the prize
You know, for having such a bleak outlook on pirates you are well on your way to becoming one: [...] you're completely obsessed with treasure.”
Jack Sparrow always has gold and plunder at the back of his mind – even when he’s caught up in cannon-fire amid a battle at sea. You should do the same and seek out jobs worth their weight in gold, which, depending on your personal preferences could be a job that will make you happy, graduate jobs
where you can make a difference, a job that pays well...