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July, 2014

  1. Have you ever felt stuck in life?

    July 28, 2014 by Lady Unemployed

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    photo credit: Felipe Morin via photopin cc

    This may be a brief post, but I am not blogging as much as I would like these days.¬†Although I don’t think I’m alone in feeling like that, as a blogger.

    Anyways, the main reason for this post is that I feel stuck.

    Just stuck. Like I’m on pause, in my own life.

    I’m not moving forward at work. I’m not able to find a new job. My mom and brother aren’t finding jobs. I’m not having a sudden influx of cash from an unknown resource.

    Have you ever felt stuck in your own life? Just this feeling that are you aren’t moving forward? I often feel as if it is for a reason. Like something bigger is waiting for me and I just need to get in the right place for it. That all I need to do is to keep knocking on doors and pursuing opportunities and the right choice will finally reveal itself to me.

    Tell me about a time you have felt stuck in life. How did you get un-stuck?

  2. Company Goals & When You Don’t Have an Answer

    July 22, 2014 by Lady Unemployed



    Next week is my “company goals” meeting with my department VP (a non-intimidating passive lady who barely speaks to anyone at the entry level status) and my department supervisor (who seems to hate the idea of actually supervising).

    This is an ongoing, quarterly concern for me as I’m not really sure what I should say, especially in this past year when I’ve revealed to them that I don’t have an interest in advancing in this particular department. I’ve taken on one – and only one – project with the department of my interest (the elusive creative department) but I haven’t sat down and talked with the director since my last project. He’s supposed to be back this week and I’ve walked past his office a few times and so far don’t see him.

    My plan of attack is this –

    1) By Thursday, if I haven’t seen the director of creative return, I will send an email to the associate director and ask him if he’s willing to sit down with me about my possible future in the department.

    Depending on the status levels in the company, at least from what I know about my own department, “associate” directors tend to be more involved in the day-to-day muck then the “directors.”

    I’m hoping by someone else aside from the director of creative knowing my interest, it increases the likelihood that I may get more work and attention.

    2) By Monday, after this conversation, I will send an email to my “supervising-hating” supervisor and ask her if I could work with her on setting goals.

    Maybe it’s time I’m honest. I may not want to advance in the department, but it isn’t like I want to do data entry anymore. This part of my job drives me crazy and just doesn’t give me the challenge I am looking for in a job.

    3) And lastly, say my prayers that a job I’ve applied to contacts me.

    This week and early next week would be a wonderful time to set up a job interview, I’ll be less worried about these meetings.

    Overall though, in all honesty, I seriously think these are a waste of time. After talking with a few low-level cohorts like me, I’m not sure any of us really see the point in this. I think this an HR attempt at advancing careers and it just doesn’t have any follow through.

    Does your company make you set goals? How have you approached these types of meetings?

  3. Do People Use Charisma to Manipulate?

    July 8, 2014 by Lady Unemployed

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    It’s been a while since I’ve posted and a lot has happened over the last few weeks (and a lot has stayed the same). But recently, my company has hired a new guy – one of the only guys in my female dominated department. He’s very outgoing, flamboyant, and friendly.

    And inside of two weeks, this guy has won over every person in my department. Even (and most especially) the bitches.

    At first, I thought of him as naturally charismatic, a quality that I’m sure made him a success in his previous sales role. This initial impression blended in with surprise that he is just naturally able to make friends with people and treat them like he’s known them for years.

    I’ll preface this by saying that I think this quality is a gift. I do. And I’ll also preface the next half of this post by saying I have a pretty healthy sized lack of trust (and general discomfort) with people, especially when I feel I’ve been won over almost immediately by someone.

    Soon after he started, I overheard a remark said by one of the ladies in my department (who has been at the company for a while) – “You sure have a way with the ladies!”

    She meant this in a nice way of course, but in a very observant way. It made me take a step back a bit of course and take a look a little closer at what I was seeing.

    Then just this morning, after I noticed a department lunch had been scheduled for this guy’s birthday (the first birthday that’s been made a big deal of in about a year and a half), I overheard yet another lady comment, “What’s with this guy? He’s like the Pied Piper!”

    And I noticed that he was walking around the department handing out donuts to people.

    I was the one of the only people excluded and I didn’t so much as take offense as I paid attention to the manipulation tactics that played out right underneath my nose. A part of me wanted to see why I hadn’t won his approval. To be overly friendly with him to see why I’m not in good graces.

    Alongside all of this is this is a budding ‘we’ve-been-friends-forever-OMG’ friendship with the head bitch in my department (call me a snarky female, but office politics are what they are and I call it as I see it). It’s the same head bitch who made my first year at this place absolute hell. She’s been in the control seat again for a while, although I’m not as affected because of how long I’ve been here and my resistence to be that connected to this place anymore.

    But I’ve been wondering why he’s built that particular friendship, except I realized when you are manipulative, you know how to play the game and you play well. So he knows that the key to really taking control of this whole office situation here is swoon her. And he has. I can see it.

    With all of this said, it made me wonder how good charisma really is in all situations? I’ve come across only a small handful of people in my life that has it to an extent that this guy does and each time I find myself liking the person and being drawn in, but that the relationship is highly uneven and I share much more of myself than they share of themselves (and when they do, it’s a very small amount only dispensed to keep me talking).

    So I have to ask – are you naturally charismatic? Have you ever used your powers for “evil”? And if you have ever been around charismatic people, do you always see good going on or do you see charisma being used as a manipulation tactic? In other words, do people use charisma to manipulate?

    On a side note, and this may become a part two post as a result, but I also wonder if charisma can be confused with narcissism. I found this article on PsychologyToday that may help you if you are also struggling to figure out the two.