Today’s blog was supposed to be the first edition of the new (mis)adventures in dating. However, I got an interesting phone call on Sunday, so instead the dating update will come later in the week.
So I was getting ready to take Boogie to Tejada’s place on Sunday when I got a phone call from Lou Savarese.
For those who don’t know Savarese, he was a heavyweight boxer from Houston. He won the New York Golden Gloves Championships twice in his amateur career and went on to have a successful pro boxing career (46-7 record, 38 knockouts).
After his boxing career, Savarese tried a little acting, but decided to get in the fighting promotion business in 2009. This is when Lou and I first met.
One of our local boxers, Eugene Hill was the main event for Savarese’s first show at the Hilton Americas Hotel. We had spoken on the phone a few times leading up to the fight and I got to meet him that night. The dude is 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, so when he gave me a man hug (you know, the handshake that turns into a hug), he nearly killed me.
Lou’s a pretty funny guy. He admits his boxing career has taken a toll on him, and as a result, sometimes you have to really listen to what he is saying. He always loses his phone because, “I’ve been hit in the head too many times,” he says.
Lou and I have become friends over the past two years. We’ve gone out to lunch a couple of times and he always gives me the latest scoops regarding the area’s boxing scene.
He also brought a boxing show to Galveston County for the first time in more than 20 years. He had four shows in Texas City and Galveston, and of course, I always gave it good coverage.
Anyway, I hadn’t spoken to Lou since November. Word of my layoff had apparently reached him, though, so he gave me a call on Sunday.
We talked for a bit about the newspaper business, the rise of social media and some of the other stuff that was going on in my life. A friend of ours who was a boxing manager recently committed suicide, so Lou was definitely glad to hear how positive I was about my whole situation.
He asked me what I was hoping to do in looking for a new career. I told him I was going to pursue something in PR or media relations. He said he wanted to help me out.
Being a big-time boxer from Houston, Lou has a huge network of people that he knows in town. He said he wanted to use that networking to get me a job.
He asked me if I had applied anywhere yet, and I told him about applying at Fulbright and Jaworski.
“Well there you go,” he said. “The first place you mention and I already know a big wig there. I’m going to give him a call tomorrow.”
Lou asked that I sent him my resume. We are also meeting for lunch later this week so we can come up with a “plan” to have him help me get a job somewhere in the city.
Obviously this is potentially a big break for me. As I said yesterday, if I can get an interview, I’m confident I will get the job. Hopefully this leads to something good real soon.
What are my weaknesses?
Whether Lou can help me get an interview somewhere or not, at some point I am going to have one. In preparation, I’ve been going over some of my ideas and pitches in my head to sell a company on my skills.
Now I am a pretty confidant when it comes to my career. I remember getting advice when I was in high school for a successful sports radio guy.
“You don’t just have to think you are the best,” he told me. “You have to know you are the best.”
Ever since, that has been the motto I’ve lived by when it comes to work. It was obvious when I was interviewing to be an RA at Montevallo my sophomore season. They asked me during the interview what my weaknesses were.
“Honestly, I have no weaknesses,” I said matter-of-factly.
Needless to say, they were stunned by that answer. I got the job, though.
Honestly, that question has always stumped me. I’m not going to give some bullshit answer like, “I have a tendency to plan too much,” or “I’m a workaholic.” Way too cliché.
The only real weaknesses I could ever think of is that I’m egotistical or I don’t always take to criticism well. Not sure if those are good or bad things for an interview.
So what should I say when I’m asked what my weakness is during an interview? Any help would be appreciated.
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