4 Reasons to Say ‘Goodbye’ to the 9-5

Are you considering working from home, but aren’t sure if you would be able to remain productive?Many people incorrectly assume working from home means lounging around in pajamas, watching Netflix, and munching on pizza all day. Freelancers often receive comments like, “Oh, you’re so lucky you get to sit at home all day!” and “I wish I could just sit in bed all day, too!”...more

7 Ways to Successfully Cope with a Stressful Work Environment

My last job environment was stressful... really stressful. The work itself was fine; it was the same work I had been doing for over a year, and for the most part, I genuinely enjoyed it. The stress had less to do with the work itself, and everything to do with the environment created by my employer. Simply put, it was awful....more
In the last few months before quitting my job, I did reach out more to my peers. Since they ...more

How I Turned My Side-Hustle into a Full Time Job

Somehow along the way it’s become standard operating procedure to have a side hustle on top of your full-time gig. As if you aren’t tired enough after your 40+ hour a week job, you’re generally expected to have something else to stand out. Perhaps it’s a natural progression for adults that grew up as super-charged kids who had countless extracurriculars from the time you were five. We’re used to being booked all hours of the day and night, so is it any wonder we’re taking on extra after hours work?...more

Yesterday

Went grocery shopping yesterday. Tried to look around at businesses during the drive to see if they had any "now hiring" signs. The only ones I think I saw with those signs were McDonald's and Burger King. I'm not against working at either one of those places, but it's frustrating to know that I've actually applied to both places in the past and neither one of them have called me back yet. I guess I'll just keep crossing my fingers that they simply haven't reached my application yet. I feel relief and dread when my dad goes to work....more

If it's Friday . . .

 Readers of this blog know that I was laid off from my tech job at the end of July and have no chance of being hired into another tech job because of my age.  Despite my experience and skills, no manager will hire the equivalent of his or her grandmother.  I will rant about age discrimination in the tech industry another time.  Today I want to talk about job hunting as an older woman....more

Doin' it old school

I love technology.  I was a technology worker until I was laid off yesterday.  I love nothing better than yanking a server out of the rack, opening it up and messing with its guts.  Or taking a printer apart with my favorite screw driver to see if I can fix it rather than having to wait for an appointment for a tech to fix it.  New version of my favorite backup software?  Bring it on!  Can’t wait to see if they fixed all the bugs in the old version....more

The Last Day

 The loud cheering that you heard today was yours truly as I left the office for the last time. I have been laid off from my job. It is both exhilarating and terrifying. Exhilarating, because I was working in a toxic environment where I was harassed, humiliated, mocked and on a good day, ignored. I was excluded from meetings and conference calls. I was given poor performance reviews because of my supposed lack of skills but denied any training or mentorship to improve my skills. Yes, I complained to HR....more

Dream Job: Good or Bad?

Few days ago we went for drinks with our friends, and along with the topics of dogs, stupid people, dreams, travels and so on, we discussed dream job. And mostly there were two question: Does it exist? and Is it good?...more

Your boss asks you to do more than agreed upon: What do you do?

Whenever I post here, it's usually to share information with others. Today, however, I would love to hear your thoughts about what an employee should do when asked to do more than he should.My friend, also a fresh grad like I am, just got accepted as a social media manager. We were so happy for him because he thrives on the internet. To him, getting paid to manage Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram was like getting paid to breathe!...more

Interview Tips from a Job Developer

As a Job Developer for Goodwill Industries of New Mexico, I am often asked about the best ways to find a job, interview for a job and also to give insight into Employment Literacy as a whole.  Finding a job today is not what it used to be.  Gone are the days of walking into a business and handing a resume to the boss, or even interviewing on the spot.  Today, job searching and interviewing can be daunting with things like online applications and key word search engines....more
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