Archive | March, 2009

The White House is Open for Questions

25 Mar
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See Below:
“We invite you to participate in our community-moderated online town hall. Submit your own question about the economy and vote on submissions from others. We also encourage you to include a link to a video of yourself asking your question (ideally 30 seconds or less), but text submissions are all you need. Come back on Thursday to watch the President answer some of the most popular submissions live at WhiteHouse.gov.”
You are asked to pick a topic from the following and ask a question:
Budget
Jobs
Health Care Reform
Education
Home Ownership
Veterans
Auto Industry
Financial Stability
Green Jobs and Energy
Retirement Security
Small Business
Now is your chance to ask what is most important to you!
The open question window ends on March 26th.

Do We Take Technology For Granted?

21 Mar

Found this on Andy Drish’s blog and couldn’t resist sharing:

What I’ve Learned Lately about Job Searching…

18 Mar

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First thing I’ve learned? It sucks.  I always dreamt of what I’d do on days off and how wonderful it would be- I’d go to a coffee shop, for a walk around the city, shopping, and maybe to a museum. Little did I know that when I actually had all the time off in the world I’d want nothing more than to be at my desk with a million coffee cups around me and papers piled to the ceiling. Every time someone says they’re jealous of all my free time I cringe a little inside, but then I realize I was once that person that held a day off in the same light as a chocolate milk fountain. Overall, job searching is a full time job that requires complete devotion and sacrifices. And just like with a job, you make some mistakes and learn valuable lessons along the way.

Here’s some valuable lessons I’ve learned recently about the job search that are worth sharing:

Make Monetary sacrifices: It can be very tempting to buy the Vegas ticket with your best friends, or go out for drinks and appetizers on a Saturday, but remind yourself that these are luxuries that  come with a paycheck.  It may upset you at first to miss out on some of these things, but remind yourself that your situation is temporary, and that saving the money for rent, utilities and groceries is much more important.

Be honest with your friends and family: Acting a little more frazzled than usual? Missing some gatherings you used to attend? If you let people know your situation, your good friends and family will understand and want to help you during this time. Not telling them and keeping your stress to yourself will cause strain in your relationships. And letting them know you are on the job search may turn up some exciting job opportunities!

Be patient: When I first started applying to jobs, my roommates looked at my like I was crazy when I asked them why I hadn’t heard back from anyone in a couple days- and rightfully so! With the overwhelming amount of people applying, it might take the employers longer than usual to get back to you. Stay patient and keep applying to other jobs that you are interested in.

Keep a record of the places you apply: You have to be ready at anytime for the employers to call you and ask you some questions about yourself. If you have a list of the places you apply, along with the version of the resume/cover letter you sent as well, you will be more than prepared when this happens. I recommend keeping a spreadsheet and appropriately labeling your documents to refer to later.

Keep your old routine: Applying to jobs is a 9-5 job. But along with a 9-5 job (if you are lucky) comes a lunch break and end point when you go home and relax with your friends and family. Make sure to take a break, walk around a bit, eat lunch and do the same routine you had when you were employed (exercise, read, write, and play). I have a rule with myself now that I don’t bring my computer into my room at night. If I do- I fall into the trap of job searching until the wee hours of the morning. Set a limit for yourself on the working, and keep doing the things you enjoy.

Don’t apply to anything and everything: When you first get laid off or quit, it can be tempting to apply to every job you see on job boards. However, doing this will only lead you to a job that you aren’t completely happy with and waste your time better spent applying to a job that you love. Take time to think what you really want to do and read the job description carefully to make sure you are are qualified and really interested in it.

Live By Example…

12 Mar

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“In bathrooms, boardrooms, buses, bagel shops, and everywhere else, we all need to imagine a little girl following us around, repeating everything we say and everything we do. Think about all of the things you want for yourself and your daughters, granddaughters, and girls everywhere- and teach them by living it yourself.”- Nell Merlino, In Stepping Out of the Line: Lessons for Women who Want it their way in life, love and work.