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August, 2013

  1. “How Many Camels for Her?” (And the Guy from Turkey Who Hit On Me)

    August 24, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    A couple of nights ago, I was out to dinner with my mom and we were walking through the mall afterwards. Well, at the mall they have these squishy stick balls that they’re selling. Every time I walk past, I’m dying to use them to juggle (yes, I do know how).

    Finally this carnival barker sales guy calls out to us as we were walking past and my mom stops and says to me, “Do it! You’ve been wanting to try!”

    So we stop and we go up to the carnival barker sales guy and I explain that I want to try to juggle with the toys they’re selling (I’ll preface this by saying I had a Long Island Iced Tea just a moment ago).

    Well he gives me this big huge goofy smile and gives me three to use.

    Then off I go! I actually juggled pretty good, you know, all things considered.

    When I give it back to him, he’s really giddy acting and tells my mom, “She’s sweet!”

    Then the same ol’ charmer statement, “Are you both sisters?”

    “No, mother and daughter,” my mom says.

    “She’s sweet!” he says again. “How many camels for her?” We both laugh. “I am from Turkey! How many camels for her?”

    And as we parted ways, my mom replies, “1,000!”

    While he wasn’t exactly my type, I was charmed by the guy from Turkey. And you know what?

    I’ll never look at this commercial the same way again –


  2. Help Me Improve LadyUnemployed.com by Taking This Survey

    August 22, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

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  3. A Job Search Idea (Where I’m Certain I’d End Up Arrested)

    August 8, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    This morning as I was getting ready for work I watched a Dr. Phil rerun, which happened to be about job hunting.

    Well I heard some advice that I couldn’t help but think of as being outdated.

    Here’s what this expert on Dr. Phil said (in so many words) (he had bad looking teeth by the way):

    “Only 5% of jobs are found on the internet. Most jobs are found by walking into a place of potential employment and telling them you are looking for a job.”

    Okay, really?

    This may work in some fields, but I can only imagine the reaction I would get and I’m certain security would be called on me. I think I would terrify a people if I did that.

    This attempt at finding a job reminds me of this scene from a movie. You remember this from Kramer vs. Kramer? Dustin Hoffman’s character shows up at an office Christmas party and refuses to leave without a job. Has this ever worked for anyone?

    This is a situation where I think I would end up arrested.

    So my question is –

    Have you ever walked into a company to ask for a job? Did it work?

     


  4. “I Don’t Believe in Sales or Marketing” (And My Thoughts on Bad Business People)

    August 7, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    In my interview yesterday, I found myself walking into an office that seemed barely afloat and a man who ran the business that may be better off in a university.

    How did I reach this assumption?

    First, he claims he always thought sales and marketing people were shallow with their own agenda. Then he realized the need to hire these types of people.

    Then I find out that up until three years ago no one had titles for their job.

    He also claims to value integrity and honesty (not why I think he is a bad business person). However, while he values these things, he also dropped the offered salary significantly.

    The job ad said one figure. When he talked about the job to me, he dropped it down to a low figure where, had I known this before, I wouldn’t have even considered the job in the first place.

    I felt a little…duped. He didn’t offer much explanation for the drop except that I didn’t have enough experience to be offered so high a salary. Oh, I wish he would have said this before I made the trip.

    He also said he had no interest in making money either. Prior to this he was a Dean of a university with a degree in theology and religion.

    It seems like to me he isn’t the type of person who should own a business. And from the looks of the office and the conversation I had with him, he didn’t seem to enjoy it much either.

    Not to mention, he isn’t one for conducting interviews either as I spent a lot of the interview watching him and others around me stare and smile at the ground. Lost in thought, I can only hope. I can’t even tell you a single question I was asked because I’m not sure they asked me any.

    This was officially the most pointless and weirdest interview I’ve ever been on.

     


  5. “Why Don’t I Call Back When You’re More Prepared?” – An Interview Rant

    August 5, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    Right before I left for the job interview I have this afternoon, I heard from a former coworker who told me her company was hiring. She said to pass along my resume and she would forward it to the human resources person. I did and didn’t think anything of it. While I would love the job I am interviewing for today, nothing is a sure thing and it would soften the blow of not getting the job, if I had a back up plan.

    Well this morning, I get a call and I pick it up and its the human resources manager from the company my coworker is employed.

    He asks what type of job I’m looking for and asks details about the job I’m currently at. All of this is very spontaneous as I had no idea he wanted to speak with me at all.

    Well, we get to the questions, “What do you know about our company? What do you know about this job? Have you read the job description?”

    First of all, I had no idea there was a job posting at all. My coworker just said for me to send over my resume and that’s that. And I knew a little bit about the company, but when asked on the spot – I was unprepared as I was not forewarned for this spontaneous phone interview – I blanked and took a stab at what I thought they did (I did get close, but close only counts in horseshoes…or something).

    It didn’t take long for the interview to die on the vine. I got the comment, “Why don’t I call back when you’re more prepared?” As if I should have been more prepared for this spontaneous call. Wouldn’t it have been better to send an email to me this morning saying, “You’re coworker sent me your resume. Why don’t you take a look at the job description and see if this would be a good fit? I’d love to set up a time to speak with you.”

    I guess that wouldn’t have been a good idea. I mean, why try to make things easier on my part?

    I will try to spit out the cynical venom I can still taste on the tip of my tongue before my interview today, but it’s rough. Maybe I’ll win the lottery tonight.


  6. I Have a Job Interview Today!

    August 5, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    HOPE

    Ladies and gentleman…

    I have a job interview today! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but I am proud to announce that I have a job interview this afternoon for a social networking job. This job is perfect for me and I have supposedly already impressed the CEO with my writing samples. It’s out of state too, which is awesome because I don’t like where I live.

    It’s been a stressful weekend, though, I’ve messed up three pots of coffee this morning, broke one hotel coffee pot already and finally after an hour of attempting, I finally have one cup of decent coffee in me.

    I’m extremely nervous and I’m really hoping I get this job.

    Cross your fingers everyone!