The Preemptive Rejection

I have been job hunting for a while now, and have had some interesting encounters. ...more

Sock Puppet

Why I Hate Job Interviews

Admit it—we all hate going on job interviews. They can make even the most secure person feel awkward. There’s that feeling of being judged, scrutinized for any flaw. Worse, it makes us judge ourselves, always wondering, “Am I good enough?”We make sure we’re professionally dressed, our teeth, hair and makeup perfect. We try to be prepared by scouring countless articles on how to do interviews, what kinds of questions to expect, what kinds of questions we should ask.Two-Way Door...more

Ask Me A Question

I am a firm believer that if you are putting yourself out there on the internet along with all the other zeros and ones you own it. It being whatever you are putting out there.Take for instance I did a drawing for awesome stuff a few years ago and you know what someone WON It ! I was so happy to be validated that someone actually one) read my blog two) sent me a comment to let me know I am validated while giving away prizes:) ...more

Not Going to Panic! AM NOT!

The last couple of months have been pretty uhm shall we say stressful - and why did I allow it to become so stressful?  Because i am made of flesh.  No excuses here - i should have stood firm on this from the very beginning.  But I allowed the evil one to creep in and tell me that I am going down again.   But I am not going down.  Let me back up a minute and fill you in on the details.   ...more

Don'ts When Interviewing for a Job from a Receptionist

    By night I blog but by day I am an office manager. I started as a receptionist and by a stroke of great luck I was promoted to administrative assistant which lead me to office manager.  Despite the title, I am still a receptionist.  My desk is in the lobby, I greet people, schedule rooms, and let vendors in. Well, all that plus more but for a good portion of the day I am a receptionist. I happen to love my job but like any great jobs there are certain aspects that are not my favorite.  Greeting people coming for an interview is one of those things.  Don't get me wrong, I work with some fantastic people who once came for an interview but there is a fairly large percentage of would be employees who don't make the cut and I can usually tell their outcome based on how they treat me. ...more

Understanding Your Employment Ad

As an unemployed job hunter, one of the skills I have had to acquire is how to read between the lines of employment advertisements.  While the want ads hardly qualify as great literature, having been a college English major has turned out to be an asset in interpreting what can often seem like a foreign language.  The wording of many ads contains much in the way of subtext and subtlety, simile and symbolism, all of which lends itself to the same style of explication de texte as is a work of poetry....more

Fighting for the Perfect Job

If you can't say anything nice ... Momble!...more

Spooky Style

Dear blogging world, I find myself on the brink of a new career. After many moons of being a jobless statistic, I have a job starting tonight in a few hours. I am going to be a spook girl for about two weeks. This should allow me enough money to put gas in my car, to pay part of the rent and maybe, if I'm lucky, buy some fresh produce. This is a new, semi-local, haunted ride for both children and adults. I will post further thoughts on this after tonight's dry run (literally). I get paid to run and scream that is my job description. We'll see how it goes....more

The price of unemployment paralysis

I've been unemployed for three and a half years.  In that time, only ONE two month temp job -- at the US Census -- has come my way.  I've been on less than 10 interviews total and seriously broke the big toe on my left foot trying to go to one when the security door to the office ran over it.I've moved three times as a result of my unemployment.  First to a tiny studio in Midwood Brooklyn, then to stay with a friend in Cresson, Pennyslvania, and finally to my current apartment in Oakhurst Johnstown, Pennsylvania....more