Lesson of the Week – I Need More Mental Health Days.

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I tend to not take many mental health days. This year I think I’ve taken maybe one or two. But in reality, as I learned the hard way yesterday, they are necessary part of adult working life. At least, that’s what I think.

So, not to overshare, but I am going through the process of taking care of my financial situation. I’ll divulge more another time, but it’s stressing me out significantly and I spent the good majority of my past weekend dealing with it. It didn’t help yesterday I ran across an extremely rude person who is supposed to be helpful in this whole process and she just crumpled me yesterday emotionally as a result. Sad to say I was dealing with this at work.

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Can You Always Trust Glassdoor Reviews?

I tend to monitor my company’s glassdoor page. Mostly because it shows the evolving personality of the company and how happy my coworkers really are. From my point of view, I can spot right away the people who were fired and left a negative review. I can also spot the people who are management’s favorites and would never say a bad thing about the company. Some people do see things honestly, but for the most part, I feel like the reviews are split between people who left on bad terms and people who were asked by management to leave a good review.

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5 Signs Your Employer Isn’t Doing As Well As They Think They Are


Lay offs are in the air again at my company. Not to mention, things have slowed down significantly in my own job duties. I’m stagnating in my department and I’m no longer getting work from the creative department. Right now everything is screaming at me that it’s time for me to leave. It doesn’t feel right yet – and no, that isn’t the fear of change talking – but that’s another conversation for another day.

Anyway, despite the smiles and encouraging meetings saying how WELL the company is doing and how STRONG we are, I am noticing small inconsistencies with these statements.

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Are Layoffs Bad for Business?

A couple of months ago, my company did layoffs and about 10 to 12 people were let go. Luckily I did survive, but about two months later I still sense things aren’t right.

It left me wondering what the true impact of layoffs and whether if can hurt more than help. Two months later after these layoffs, two people have left the company I hadn’t thought would leave any time soon. For me, I am trying to transfer departments, but if nothing happens my reasoning staying will be gone.

Meanwhile, I’m hearing conversations about business not doing well from coworkers alongside talk of renovations and remodeling getting done. I think the problem here is just bad management. But the tragic thing is that work loads are higher and people are getting behind on things.

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My Five Work and Career Goals for 2015

2015 is around the corner and that means all of us are lining up our resolutions and goals to inspire us into the new year. For me, for the first time since I’ve had this blog (I think), I want to put together a list of career related goals for myself. I’m hoping this will keep me on track and help build better habits too.

1) Stop eating out of my boss’ candy jar.

Okay there are only so many mini-snickers you can eat before you realize how crappy they are for your body. So my number one goal is to completely eliminate this habit. And no more left-over-sprinkle-kitchen-hunting either. If I have yogurt for breakfast, I just have yogurt. I don’t need to toss in crap to an otherwise healthy start of my day.

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Lessons Learned in the Business World – Knowing How to Say Someone’s Wrong

Today I had a major lesson in knowing how to be tactful when working on a project with a senior-level person. So, to give you some background details, I am finally FINALLY getting work from the creative department at work and one of the senior copywriters will bring me in on projects.

This is one of the second ones I’ve worked on with them and I was somewhat familiar with the details of the project (it was based on web searches, and SEO stuff which I’ve gotten familiar with thanks to blogging). Well, once I got the directive from this copywriter on this, I immediately knew they had misunderstood the directions.

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The Job Applicant Hierarchy – Who Really Gets the Job? [by Marc Shaeffer]

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Overall, the job market is getting better.   Slowly getting better, that is.  Personally, I’ve been having more job interviews in the last 6 months than anytime time period since I was let go from my full-time job in 2010.   Last Friday, there were signs that more discouraged workers that were once sitting on the sidelines were now re-entering the workforce.   The competition for jobs, however, is still a concern.   As of May, there is still an average of more than 2 unemployed people per 1 open position.   If you factor in people with jobs, career fields and regional markets, that number is actually higher.   With more people entering the workforce, that ratio may not fluctuate much in the coming months.

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5 Reasons Why Employers Repost the Same Job

employers repost This past week my mom and older brother, who are both out of work, responded to job postings that later got reposted. In fact, after the second round of interviews, my mom found out that the job she was interviewing for was reposted!  How cruel is this?

I find this baffling, rude, and pointless. Pointless, because I wonder who this employer thinks they will get with this new listing. The odds are that the majority of applicants from the first round might reapply to that same job again.

Yet, aside from assuming employers are asshats and do this to be jerks, I decided to search online for an answer.

I found 5 reasons employers repost that makes the most sense to me.

1) There are multiple openings for the same position.

I think this is reasonable. The company I work for regularly hires for this entry level position and over the last 6 months, they’ve had a lot of people leave, and so that means they’ve hired multiple people to replace the ones who left. The job gets reposted, because there are multiple positions (the fact that one person left inside of two months is an entirely different story).

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Company Goals & When You Don’t Have an Answer

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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.

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The Reality of Being Unemployed at 58 – An Anonymous Unemployment Story

 I was so glad for the opportunity to publish this article about being unemployed at 58 years old. This is not only a post about the struggles, but an inspiring post about not letting the situation get you down for too long.

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In 2011 I changed jobs. I left a very stressful, low paying job to better myself and reduce stress. Even though the new job was stressful during the training period, I knew in time the stress would subside. After the first year the stress level did subside and I was enjoying the new challenges. I was doing a good job and my boss was very pleased with my performance. I was given several raises and had worked up to $21.25 an hour within a short time.

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