The proposal was for a trade high school in the city of Hampton, Virginia. Proponents argued that such a school would decrease the dropout rate in Hampton, where 73 percent of students graduate.1 It was January 2007. The mayor felt one way; the young people present felt another way. The pressure was intense.
After careful questioning it became clear that the trade school, however compelling a proposal in its own right, would not actually solve the problem it was intended to solve. Young people were dropping out for reasons that could not be addressed by the presence of a trade school. Therefore, a trade school was not a viable solution. The answer was no.
No to the mayor, that is.
You see, in Hampton, things are a bit reversed. When Mayor Ross A. Kearney II came up with the idea of starting a trade high school, in October 2006, he knew that the endorsement of the Hampton Youth Commission would be critical to its chances of becoming reality, so he went to them with his proposal. These twenty-four young people were drawn from a community whose school-age population is 63 percent African-American, 31 percent White, 3 percent Hispanic, and 2 percent Asian.2 They didn’t prepare for the meeting by rehearsing compelling speeches or preparing in-depth PowerPoint presentations. Instead, they learned how to ask questions. They learned the direct relationship between asking questions and having the power to improve their communities. And they learned all of this using their local democracy as their textbook.174
You made it! You prepared, practiced, and performed your way brilliantly (or at least passably) through the interview. Good for you! Now, you wait for the results. But unlike the old-time dad pacing the hospital corridor waiting for his baby to be born, you don’t need to be (and shouldn’t be!) passive. There are many practical steps you can take to boost your chances of receiving an offer and improve your chances of success with other interviews in the future.
Risk It or Run From It?
• Risk Rating: In the middle—not too high, not too low. You can definitely handle it.
• Payoff Potential: Whopping. Effective follow-up can prompt a job offer.
• Time to Complete: A few minutes to an hour or so.
• Bailout Strategy: Don’t follow up at all. Just cringe in the corner and pray for an offer. Maybe it will come.
• The “20 Percent Extra” Edge: The vast majority of job searchers don’t follow up after an interview. Those who do follow up create more successes simply by pursuing opportunities in an organized way.
To get the most out of CSS, your HTML code needs to provide a
solid, well-built foundation. This chapter shows you how to write
better, more CSS-friendly HTML. The good news is that when you use CSS
throughout your site, HTML actually becomes easier
to write. You no longer need to worry about trying to turn HTML into the
design maven it was never intended to be. Instead, CSS offers most of
the graphic design touches youll likely ever want, and HTML pages
written to work with CSS are easier to create since they require less
code and less typing. Theyll also download fastera welcome bonus your
sites visitors will appreciate (see Figure1-1).
As discussed in the Introduction, HTML provides the foundation
for every page you encounter on the World Wide Web. When you add CSS
into the mix, the way you use HTML changes. Say goodbye to repurposing
awkward HTML tags merely to achieve certain visual effects. Some HTML
tags and attributeslike the old <font> tagyou can forget