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March, 2013

  1. Working From Home – The Good, The Bad, the Doubtful

    March 6, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    The latest upset in career news is Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer has brought all of the remote employees out of the house and back in the office.

    I promise not to just repeat what a million other bloggers and news reports have said.

    To me, I don’t like bringing my day job home with me. I work on a lot of my own stuff – blogging and writing jobs – at night and on the weekends. The last thing I want is for my day job to bleed into the night.

    But what about everyone else? I may feel that way now, but I know when I have kids it will be a benefit I will appreciate.

    I’m a part of Phi Kappa Phi and read an article about women having it all – family and career. One of the ways this is possible is through working from home. It’s the little opening in the universe of family and career women have been looking for. I know a few women (and even men) at my job who have kids and have benefited from working remotely on some days.

    There is good that can come from this and I worry that Yahoo’s CEO may be missing that.

    On the other hand…

    I can’t say I blame her entirely. I have had my suspicions at times that some of my coworkers may take advantage of this little perk. Not everyone, but some.

    But is that suspicion enough to revoke all work at home opportunities for everybody? With this new policy, and despite the open criticism of this decision, will other companies follow? Will women be taking a slide backwards in our attempt to “have it all”?

  2. Monday Rant – Come Bitch and Complain With Me

    March 4, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    Alright, I’m already dreading this day. First of all, I’m feeling a lot of unsaid pressure to work more overtime and the truth of the matter is I just don’t want to. I’m too unhappy there to look to put more time into my job.

    I am actively looking for work though and I’ve even reached out to a few placement agencies over the weekend. I am hoping I hear from someone this week. Not to mention, I feel like if I find luck with a placement agency, I may convince my older brother to use one. He’s been out of work for over a year now and I worry about that.

    Anyways, I know I’m not the only one having a bad day, so tell me your Monday woes – do you have a burden ahead of you today that you would willingly trade for something else? Has your boss yelled at you bright and early this morning? Did a neighbor give you a hard time? Did a client try to cheat you out of money?

    Tell me all about it and we will gripe together.

    What’s your rant today? 

  3. Companies I Wish Existed

    March 3, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    The Halloween Spirit


    There are a few companies I’ve googled for that I am certain do not exist. However, I wish they did exist.

    If you happen to decide to launch any of these companies, let me know and I’ll support you any way that I know how.

    1)  Job placement agencies for people out of state.

    I mean this – job placement agencies exclusive for people who want to move out of state. I have searched for this and I’ve had experience with contacting placement agencies who aren’t in the state I’m in and most say, “Please contact us once you have found residence here.” I know it’s a reasonable thing to say – how do they know this out of state person will be available for an interview on Wednesday?  I don’t know exactly, but this is what I want to exist.

    2) Trade your life with someone else.

    What I imagine for this is a multiple location office across the United States where people register their lives – list their occupation, their housing arrangement, their annual income, etc. and eventually get matched up with someone who has similar lifestyle characteristics. When a match is made, they switch lives. Each take the other person’s job, their home is swapped, all of it. And the switch is permanent if both agree after 30 days.

    3) Adult Day Camp.

    This is actually a business I’ve wished I could start myself. Yet I have neither the money nor the resources. Anyways, I believe that as adults we have neglected our creative selves. Most adults do not actively interact with their inner creative spirit. Somewhere between finger painting and required art classes in college we got lost along the way. I’m a creative writer and I’m not published yet, but I have no shame in admitting I hope to get published one day. This is further ahead than a lot of grownups I know. Most can’t even imagine doodling for fun.  I want to share my creative energy with my fellow grownups and I can imagine having a blast with this.  If there happens to be this type of business out there, let me know, because I want to apply for a job.

    4)  Deliver anything – one hour or less.

    Literally anything. Holy crap – I need tampons. Or I don’t have coffee for the morning! Or damn it – I need some beer. I want a delivery service I can call that will deliver anything to me in an hour. Or heck, even two hours would be okay. Yes, this appeals to my inner lazy person, but I’m okay with that. Some days I just don’t want to leave the house and services like this would make me happy.

    Okay, I know it’s terrible to leave a list with only four points, but these are four businesses I wish would exist.

    Are there any businesses that you wish existed? What are they? 

  4. What the Hell is the Point of LinkedIn?

    March 2, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    Lately, I’ve made an active effort to reach out to my LinkedIn connections. For several reasons, first to find a new job for myself. Also, to find a job for my older brother who has been out of work over a year now.

    I’ve come to one conclusion – LinkedIn is worthless to me.

    Alright, so blunt cynicism aside, I’ve not found very many benefits from the site. It seems like you connect with people who barely know you and in turn, barely want to help. The most I’ve received is, “I’ll keep my eye out for you.” This is the same type of help I can get from a stranger sitting next to me on the bus.

    Maybe I’m not doing this right, but I don’t see the point in LinkedIn. I think it’s the most oversold networking site for professionals I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen more offers to help from actually. Nothing has come out of it just yet. But I find it sad that I’d get more effort to help from a total stranger.

    Have you ever had success with LinkedIn? How did you make it work for you? Do you have any tips you can share?