‘Downton Abbey’ recap: Downton, you’re breaking my heart

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Note: This post contains information about the latest episode of Downton Abbey, which has started airing its final season in the UK. American viewers can watch the final season starting Jan. 3 on PBS.

I keep thinking about the first season of Downton, and the giddy joy it made me feel — from the set, the characters, the bubbling subplots that threatened to explode and form new sources of tension.

I remember laughing out loud with friends at the thinly veiled gibes, gasping when something horrific happened (inevitably to someone kind) and feeling elated when crisis was averted.

We also laughed at the Very British Silliness of it –- it was uniting in the same way that X-Factor was uniting. You could laugh both with and at it. Ultimately, Downton Abbey was bloody good fun, and I had bloody good fun watching it Read more…

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What to Do When You’re Overqualified for a Job

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You’ve been a dutiful job seeker for a while, and finally, you’ve found a position … that you could do blindfolded. But after you’re called in for an interview, the hiring manager utters the dreaded “o” word — overqualified. Still, you really want this position. Here’s what you need to do when you’re overqualified for a job.

Be Honest

It will be immediately obvious to your interviewer that you are overqualified for the position, and there’s nothing wrong in saying so. After all, if you don’t bring it up, the hiring manager surely will. So, have a game plan ready for when the question comes up. There are many reasons for someone to take a position that is considered below them. Maybe the job offers you the option to telecommute, which is what you need at this stage of your career. Or maybe it’s a fifteen-minute commute door to door, or a job with a company that you’ve always wanted to work for. Whatever the case, you should be honest about your intentions. Read more…

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