Panelist Profile: Jacques Aboaf of

We are thrilled to announce that the panel for our next Meetup, BECOME AN INTERVIEW NINJA, is made up of five amazingly intelligent creative professionals. RSVP HERE.

In the days leading up to the event we will be profiling the panelists here. We hope that reading just a bit about their backgrounds will get you nice and fired up to see them in person on March 23rd.

This week we’d like to introduce you to JACQUES ABOAF.

What is your current position?
VP Strategic Development,

What are the last three companies you’ve worked with or for?
Juma Technology Corp.
DGA Security Systems, Inc.

What are your favorite websites/blogs to read?

What was most exciting to you about the chance to participate in our panel, Become an Interview Ninja?
It’s a fun forum to share and sharpen skills that once learned will always be valuable.

What is your funniest interview story?
I had one interviewee who misspelled his name on his resume. Hard to believe but true.
The candidate’s name was Jonatan (notice the ‘h’ is missing). I asked him if pronouncing it “Jona-ton” was right. He answered: “No, it’s Jona-than,” looking at me as if I couldn’t read.
I looked at the  resume, and said, “Hmm, the spelling without the ‘h’ threw me off.”
He said: “Let me see that,” so I showed him the resume.
To which he replied with a straight face: “Oh my wife wrote my resume, it’s completely her fault. I’m going to talk with her about that.” Yes, you do that. He can’t spell his own name AND even worse, he threw his wife under the bus.

Marny Smith is the Community Manager for NY Creative Interns. You can find her on Tumblr, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Marny Smith was the VP and Director of Community of FindSpark for 2.5 years. She is a FindSpark Advisor, Certified Professional Resume Writer, Diversity Advocate, and Employment Specialist connecting young adults with developmental disabilities with supportive employers. Interested in learning more about hiring individuals with disabilities? Feel free to reach out:

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