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January, 2014

  1. What Your Office Plant Can Teach You About Work

    January 21, 2014 by Lady Unemployed

    Aren’t we all just rats in cages at work?

    You know the one, it’s the plant you buy with every intention of seeing it grow and bring life back to office life. If you pay close attention, that office plant sitting in the corner over there can tell you a lot about work.

    1) You will not thrive in an unhealthy work environment.

    If you’ve ever ignored your plant for a while, it won’t be long before the plant starts to die. Well, when you are in an unhealthy work environment, there will be a part of you that is impacted just a little bit as each day goes on. Maybe it’s your energy level, maybe it’s your creative spirit, maybe it’s your desire to go out and try new things and meet new people.

    Toxic environments are unhealthy. The plant proves it.

    2) Being ignored will not help you grow.

    Ignore a plant for a while and it will indeed die. While humans are more self-sufficient creatures for the most part, I notice that being ignored at work does help you grow into the work environment. Also, some jobs just don’t encourage that type of closeness at work and they should.

    3) There’s only so much you can do under fluorescent lamps.

    I did have a plant at my desk, but I had to move it. I had to move it to the window where there was a natural light coming in. I know, it’s just a plant. But this tells me that there is only so much we can do under the faux office lighting. Maybe we all just need a window to remind us there is more to life than the cubicle walls that surround us.

    I think we all need to make like the plants and find a park, a forest, a stream, a garden – and get the hell out of here.


  2. What You Can Gain from an Entry-Level Job

    January 18, 2014 by Lady Unemployed

    I’ve been at my current job for about a year and a half now and I’ve realized there is something to be gained in an entry-level job like this.And I think every college graduate can learn something from their right-out-of-college type of role. When we graduate, we all expect to enter a company or organization at the top of our game, just as we feel we left college. We do start at the bottom and it sucks.

    But what can you gain from this type of entry level job?

    1) Learning how to speak up.

    Maybe everyone has this ability by high school. But based on what I’ve seen so far, since I started working out of high school, I don’t think everyone does. It wasn’t until this company in particular that I started gaining more confidence in myself to speak up, voice my opinion and start drawing boundaries on what is expected of me and what I can actually give.

    It wasn’t really because I was so inspired by some “mentor” who “guided” me in this company. It was because I wanted my voice heard and the speaking up started to happen. It isn’t like I didn’t do it before, but I am beginning to do it with much more ease now and it is starting to come much more naturally than it ever has before.

    2) Your opinions and ideas matter. But you need to own them.

    You know that moment where you have a brilliant idea, but you are too nervous to share it with the department, so you share it with a coworker? Who then ends up sharing your idea with the department and taking all the credit?

    Yup, I’ve been there and I’m still trying to figure out who is safe to share my ideas and opinions with. I’ve learned though that the best person to share ideas with is your supervisor, but best of all, share them in a department meeting. It takes a lot of guts to speak up in a meeting, but I’ve learned how to do this, too. And I don’t even have a loud voice. You may think it’s better off not to speak up or it’s too nerve-wracking too, but I can promise you at least one other person in the room will appreciate it.

    3) You get to know what you want.

    One of the things I’ve gained from my current position is knowing the type of career I want and staying focused on that career path. It may seem like you are taking a job that moves you away from what you want to do, but sometimes it’s the side roads that get you closer to where you want to be.

    What have you gained from entry level work? What advice can you give about what you learned?

     


  3. Need a Vacation [A Giveaway]

    January 14, 2014 by Lady Unemployed

     

    3 days/2 nights of accommodations for 2 in FLORIDA! 
     Location Choices:
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    New Smyrna, Orlando, Palm Beach, St. Augustine or St. Petersburg.
     Must be at least 21 years old. 

     

    I wanted to bring this giveaway to you because I know if you have come to my site, you need a vacation, whether you are job hunting, working in a bad job, or just in need of a break. I invite you to enter this incredible giveaway. It will give you a much needed break and time to relax!
     I’ve teamed up with Lauren Paints | a beautiful life & AliceonVacation.com  to giveaway an awesome Florida Vacation, this giveaway will provide one lucky winner with 3 days and 2 nights worth of accommodations in Florida.

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    Where would you like to visit?
    What kind of fun do you enjoy having on the beach?

    Imagine parasailing or maybe visiting Disney…
    Picture your feet in the sand and days full of tanning…
    Maybe you’ll play a game of volleyball
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    Paradise is waiting…

    Disclosure:  Lady Unemployed is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. Please contact Alice Kingsleigh
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  4. In 150 characters or fewer, tell us what makes you unique. [The Nightmare Resume Question]

    January 12, 2014 by Lady Unemployed

    In 150 characters or fewer, tell us what makes you unique. Try to be creative and say something that will catch our eye!

    Has anyone else gotten this question on online resumes?

    150 characters or less gets me in the Twitter frame of mind and that is never good. “Try to be creative” and “say something that will catch our eye” makes my brain start to bleed out my nose.

    I have no clue on what to say and neither does anyone else, because when I google this question, no one else knows what to say either.

    So, let’s use my last few tweets to see if that helps anyone –

    I don’t stand a chance, do I?

    What would you say in 150 characters or less?

    Edit:

    After realizing how many people are searching for this, I decided to do a little digging and ask a few HR professionals about this question. Excluding the one who told me, “I have no idea!” I found a couple of answers that may help:

    1) “Depends on what the company culture is, for us, something fun and random. For other companies, maybe something professional and goal orientated. Sorry, I know “it depends” is not a great answer!”

    2) “Elevator pitch!

    Do you have a concise mission statement?

    For example,
    ‘I help people in transition. They begin by understanding their true nature and creating a personal brand.'”

    I hope this helps people who have stumbled upon this blog post for an answer! If I find out more tips, I’ll post them!


  5. You Didn’t Get the Job (But I Won’t Tell, Nah-Nah-Nah-Nah-Nah)

    January 9, 2014 by Lady Unemployed

    Recently my mom interviewed at a job and you know what? They never told her whether or not they hired anyone. This has happened to me in the past and once I didn’t hear until two months later.  I remember I had to email the human resources woman a total of five times (this was well after the interview and I assumed that if a month has gone by without word that I didn’t get it; that doesn’t mean, I didn’t want to know for sure).

    Weirdest yet, the same exact thing happened to my brother recently.

    What is wrong with companies lately that they just won’t tell you the results?

    While none of us actually like getting that rejection email, why is the practice of letting applicants know either way going out of style? What are these potential employers trying to avoid?


  6. Is the Workplace Becoming a Hostile Environment?

    January 8, 2014 by Lady Unemployed

    This week my mom started her new job. It was a relief at first especially considering unemployment benefits had come to an end for her, but her first few days at work have been hard. She’s been criticized and at day three, they are expecting her to have the same speed as the people who have been there for years. It isn’t fair at all.

    Yet all of this feels so familiar, doesn’t it? Not so long ago, I was having these same issues. It’s like the same cast of characters that appeared at my job – has appeared at hers. You have the nonexistant boss, the bully coworker, and the passive go-between.

    It makes me wonder something – is the workplace in general becoming hostile? Should we all be expecting a critical unsupportive environment when we walk into work? How do you handle these types of environments?