Lessons in Awesomeness for job hunters

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This recent Oregonian headline made me laugh out loud:

It seems like something from The Onion, or maybe a Portlandia episode, but no. This is real life. The Kyle Awesome debacle is the shame of my slice of suburbia (as if we didn’t have enough on our plate already, with such a redundant name).

If you haven’t heard, the gist is that Banks, population 1,700, hired Kyle Awesome as city manager in 2012. He was an impressive, candidate… perhaps conspicuously so. His resume boasted high-level work with the White House and a stint as executive vice president of a publishing company, all on top of a doctorate earned in 2010 from Georgetown University and master’s in 2006.

Awesome (born Franklin Kyle Hayes) passed a background check and was hired in September. But after my hometown newspaper questioned his background, he suddenly resigned less than two months later, taking off for…

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