Group interviews are a special brand of terrible. There is no great way to distinguish yourself without sounding like a complete asshole. Everyone is clearly in competition with each other and it’s all the worst parts of any reality competition. Forget empty collegial chatter, no one is here to make friends.
How we get by and make do, in or outside of the home.
Professionalism and Oppression
Early in the life of my blog, I was trying to focus on being “adultish” — which included some fashion and lifestyle tips and musings that reflected on acting more mature and professional. But lately, I’ve been wondering, what does that even mean?
A Step Back in Time and Down Memory Lane
I went to the Oregon Renaissance Festival this weekend! I saw some shows, had my hair braided, and ate delicious baklava. I didn’t eat any turkey legs, though, and we left before the joust. But the best part was thinking back to my time as a Safety and Security Officer at the Bristol Renaissance Faire.
…the customer/client stares back into you.
Since I’ve put in a considerable amount of effort into looking for a job the last few months, I’ve been on a few interviews. Most were your standard job interview where I was required to list my strengths, weaknesses and where I saw myself in five years.
A Model Student
I was a pretty shy kid. I decided in high school that: 1. I wanted to be more outgoing and 2. I didn’t care if I looked foolish if it meant other people could learn from me. I was successful for the most part, but I continued pushing myself in college. One fine fall day […]
I work in a college-based office that hasn’t really been cleaned in a while. It’s packed with books and teaching prep materials, a product of a decade of hoarding.
Following My Heart
I have long viewed work as something one does in order to afford to do what one enjoys. A job is a job, and it is a rare few who are able to be paid to do what they are passionate about.
Precarious Labor: Traffic Control
This is a repost from my personal blog Only20something about the construction industry and the workers that are on the lower end of the food chain in most companies, in keeping with my theme of last week’s post on forgotten populations. Student jobs and seasonal work often go unnoticed because the labour is cheap and has […]
In Defense of the Office Manager
Being an office manager is a tough job, folks. I know, I know, that sentence just made a substantial number of you roll your eyes so far into the back of your heads that you can see your brain. Trust me, I know. After 11 years of running the same office, I still deal with […]
I love Say Yes to the Dress. It is tacky, lovely, and occasionally very sweet. It is the perfect I-cannot-brain-today material. And I believe it is a must-watch for anyone wanting to know how to conduct themselves in a professional manner.
Etiquette: Professional Dress
“I’m a non-conformist. I don’t have to play by their rules. I’m going to wear what makes me happy.” If I had a dollar for every time I heard those words, I wouldn’t be looking for a job because I could probably just retire to a beach somewhere and call it quits.
I’m all about pursuing your passions. I mean, one of my passions is the idea that doing what you’re passionate about is possible! But with all the talk about doing what you love, it’s easy to get really caught up in figuring out a way to pursue your passion as a career. People worry that […]
How to Be the Best New Employee Ever
It’s your first week on a new job. You are the new kid in the cafeteria, the one unfamiliar with the lingo and the customs of this environment. You will be awkward. You will be a little too formal on Monday and a little too casual on Wednesday when you overcorrect. People will forget your […]
Nonprofit Seeking Self Sustainablility
My program, like many nonprofits, has to continually seek funding sources in order to serve the homeless youth in our community each year. Our community has a high number of homeless teens; last year’s numbers were 322 homeless students, 60 of which were unaccompanied homeless teens. That number seems high for a small town of […]