Getting Noticed

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On Monday, we had a staff meeting at the place we don’t about. During the staff meetings, our general manager reads out the nominees for employee of the month, then announces the winner. Although I didn’t win, someone nominated me. I’ve worked here for over three years and this is the second time I’ve been nominated. I’ve never won, but it’s still nice to know that someone noticed how hard I work!

I also received another accolade recently (wait, go back and re-read that with a slightly sarcastic tone). A couple of weeks ago, I got a letter from Jennifer A. Gonzales, Editor in Chief of Cambridge Who’s Who. The letter read:

Dear Thomas J Brown,

It is my pleasure to inform you that you are being considered for inclusion in the 2007/2008 Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals “Honors Edition” of the Registry.

The 2007/2008 edition of the Registry will include biographies of our country’s most accomplished professionals. Recognition of this kind is an honor shared by thousands of executives and professionals throughout America each year. Inclusion is considered by many as the single highest mark of achievement.

Upon final confirmation, you will be listed among thousands of accomplished professionals in the Cambridge Who’s Who Registry.

For accuracy and publication deadlines, please complete your application form and return it to us within five business days. For your convenience, an online form is also available at There is no cost to be included in the Registry.

On behalf of the Managing Director, we wish you continued success.


Jennifer A. Gonzales

Editor in Chief

Wow, the single highest mark of achievement? I’ve only recently started my business, so I must be doing something right!

The line about it being the highest mark of achievement sent giant red flags up, but what cemented it for me was, “There is no cost to be included in the Registry.” I read that to say, “There is a cost to be included in the Registry, and it’s huge.” Why would anyone include that line unless it weren’t true? For the same reason that guilty people are so obvious to spot: they’re overcompensating.

So it sounds like a scam, right? Well, two minutes worth of research confirmed it.

Looks like I’m 0 for 2. I guess I’ll just have to keep waiting for my recognition.

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  1. No longer a bridesmaid (or something)

    Remember how I was nominated for Employee of the Month last month, but didn’t win? Well, I was nominated again this month, and this time around I won! Hooray for me! Everyone keeps asking what I get for being Employee…

  2. Margaret Clark

    This is a great honor to be even considered for the Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women. Working with the talented people I have encountered in the music business, has added enrichment into my life. I believe that if you put loyalty first, and ensure the happiness of the artist you work with, (such as the Jerry Mcqiure story), I will change the outlook of todays musical professionals.

  3. What the hell is that? Cambridge Who’s Who spam? Is it some bot that’s looking for blog entries that decry the Cambridge Who’s Who and spamming them with positive mentions in an attempt to create some sort of weird positive-feedback Google Bomb?

  4. Tami-Sue

    Yep, got one too! Thought it funny that someone like me would be “appointed as a biographical candidate to represent Science Hill, KY…” I am a Medical Laboratory Technician who basically can’t hold a job! I’m no one; and I’ve done nothing…but I looked for the application anyway…lol.

  5. My wife is a lab tech and she just got one in the mail the other day. I wonder if they choose a specific profession and then target those people all at once.

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