Archive for October 2011

Your job is waiting. So wait.

I’ve had the luxury of a steady stream of interviews in the past month, with more scheduled for this week and into the following. Just last night, I had a conversation with someone who’s far more qualified in their field than I am in mine, and he hasn’t been able to get a single interview... Read more »

Lemon Scones and Pendulums

This morning, I sipped my coffee and munched on a lemon poppyseed scone while I surfed job listings. Just as I was beginning to notice that listings matching my search terms looked pretty slim, I also noticed that my mug was empty. Normally, this wouldn’t be much of an issue, but I needed something to... Read more »

Avoiding Distraction

Right now, I’m looking at a stack of stamped, sealed envelopes stuffed with checks to cover gas, electricity, sewer and water, and garbage/recycling service. Last Saturday, the checks were signed, the envelopes sealed and stamps applied. Since then, they’ve sat exactly where they are now and I’ve glanced at them at least a dozen times... Read more »
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Goals, Achivement and Clarity

Goal setting has been a perpetual problem for me. That grasp of the long term has always eluded me. Sure, I’ve been more than capable of deciding on a very general goal and chasing after it, but it dawns on me now that a more organized and directed approach could serve better. More thought up... Read more »

Legacy and Dignity

    My mother has an elderly aunt who was just moved into a nursing home. Dementia finally incapacitated her, and she could no longer live on her own. The only reason my mother is involved is because this particular aunt had no children, spent 60 years alienating herself from her family and friends, and... Read more »

Support Systems and Behavior

  I’ve talked about how first thing after losing my job, I arranged to be the official school courier for my girlfriend’s son. That established more than a routine; whether I was aware or not, I had taken the first step in tapping my support system. If I’d been asked what my support system looked... Read more »
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Quality is Job Fun

  I’d like to thank Alltop.com for listing my blog in their careers section (it’s waaaaay at the bottom). I’ve been getting good response to this, and that’s a great feather in my cap on which to end the week. It’s a Saturday, the first Saturday of this series. Saturday is leisure time for me,... Read more »

Odd Jobs Don't Stand Still

  Inevitably, during the course of a job hunt, there will be down time. There will be days, maybe even weeks during which not a single job opening will look right. Today, for instance, I searched through seven different job boards from 8:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m., and came across a total of two jobs... Read more »

Unemployed but Focused

It took less than one week for me to get a job interview. That gave me a head of steam to push through and keep applying for jobs. After that first interview, though, it became a lesson in focused job hunting. CareerBuilder has a tool called “QuickApply” that allows users to submit the same resume... Read more »
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Perspectives from the Event Horizon

In a flagrant disregard for local traffic laws, the first thing I did from my car as I drove home from my last day at the office was call my girlfriend. Not to vent, not be emotional, but to set up a routine of taking her son to school every morning. At that moment, I... Read more »
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