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  1. Why Weren’t We Prepared for the Student Loans Crisis?

    June 5, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    If you haven’t heard, we are in a student loan crisis. As I monitor my bank account closely for my automatic payment to go through for my own student loans, I wonder – how they hell did this become a crisis?

    On Yahoo, they have had people share their stories about student loans. You have all types of stories featured here – the overwhelmed graduate who can’t afford their loan to the students who are well able to take on the burden of their debt. You can tell by just reading the comments the story we all would rather hear.

    Call me naïve, but why weren’t any of us more prepared? How the hell did this become a crisis?

    Here’s how I think this happened – in my 101 economics minded brain.

    1) The competition and pressure for the elite colleges (and the lack of respect for attending community college at the university level).

    Now, I will preface by saying that not everyone feels the pressure or need to attend the elite college. Not everyone has a lack of respect for attending community college either.

    However.

    When I was in high school, during my senior year, the school newspaper published which college you were going to and my senior year teachers all bragged about students who went to four year schools. I even heard a teacher laugh about a student who went to community college. Many of my classmates who were going to community college felt slighted (me included).

    Now, jump me ahead several years and I’ve transferred to a university from a community college and I’m mentoring students. Among my fellow mentors – those who were maintaining a heavy and impressive work loads with high GPAs – often looked down on the community college students.

    To sum it up in one sentence, up until recently of course, there isn’t a lot of pressure to save money on college.

    2) There is little preparation for the “career” part of your degree.

    I’ve blogged about this before, although I wasn’t exactly meaning to relate this to the student debt crisis. But I have no shame in admitting the career part of college – the part where you are supposed to figure out what the hell you want to do (and how) – doesn’t actually exist. For my university, the career center was a joke. I got more out of my trips to Starbucks then that place.

    I even remember a professor telling me that no one should go to college with the expectation of getting a career (rather use it for learning, opening up your mind, obtaining new points of view, etc.). And tragically, I felt “on my own” (with the support of my mom, of course) in terms of how to build up my career. I’m lucky in that I’m a self-driven, resourceful person, and at 26, two years out of college, I can say that I’m pretty proud where I’m at in my career.

    As for everyone else? Well, if you believe what you read in those stories I have been reading on Yahoo, not everyone can make their career happen (whether it’s personal or economical reasons).

    3) The pressure to pursue a higher degree.

    When I was in my last year of college, I received a lot of pressure about going for my master’s degree. I was encouraged to apply for programs to increase my chances of going for my PhD. I even heard mentors I worked with encourage their first year students to prepare for masters programs.

    I resisted the pressure and instead found a job in the field I was interested in and I’m gaining the experience I need to work in the jobs that pay the better salary.

    I want to emphasize that some careers do need you to go for a higher degree and do require additional certificates to obtain certain jobs. It really depends on the field you want to work in, of course. But it shouldn’t be the answer for everyone.

    When the master’s degree isn’t your answer, it means you need to have patience or tenacity. If you don’t have experience in a field, you will probably get an entry level job (and more than likely, you will get paid low). I’m in those set of circumstances and many jobs that don’t require a degree (and need a specific skill set or experience) are paying more than what I’m making now.  On the other hand, it isn’t too bad of a place to be in if you are entrepreneurial. If you have tenacity, you may just have the skillset and mind frame to make that better paying job happen for yourself.

    4) We can’t afford our student loan payments.

    I’m lucky in that I can afford my student loan payment. Yet, I read a lot of stories that say that students aren’t able to make these payments. I pay about $250 each month in loans and I am only less than $20,000 in student loan debt. I can’t imagine how others are doing with an even higher amount to pay back.

    And here in lies the “crisis” of the student loan crisis.

    Well, see point # 3 above – low paying jobs out of college. We aren’t getting jobs that pay us enough to make our bills. Then see point # 1, the colleges we do end up in are charging a huge amount for us to attend. Then point # 2, there isn’t enough preparation to get the career that can pay us well enough to pay the loans.

    This sick and tragic cycle is why we are here today.  The problem isn’t that the government needs to offer some type of break to students on their loans – and I don’t agree that should happen.

    We need to prepare students for what comes after college and prepare students more to figure out the jobs they want, what major is right for that job, and help them get that job. Internships, on-the-job learning programs, mentoring from those in that field, and ongoing communication with students on they really want to do and really enjoy doing should be part of the curriculum. Help students become entrepreneurs (and that shouldn’t be left for the business majors). Help students be creative and inventive with their careers.

    The university may have started out being an institution of learning and knowledge, but that has changed and evolved. It is also an institution for us to obtain a higher form of existence.  When we learn how to apply the reasons students go to college into the university itself, then we might see our way out of this crisis.


  2. Freelance Writing – And How to Get Started

    May 22, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    writing in the journal

    I preface this by saying I am by no means an expert on freelance writing. It is a part time job to give me extra income and I’m still learning and making my way through the world of freelance writing. Between you, me, and the cup of coffee beside me, I have a lot to learn. But someone told me recently – and a comment here and there has proved it – that I can use my blog to help others. I want to do just that.

    So…how did I get started? Well, since my blog is fairly anonymous, I have the comfort of full disclosure and I will try to tell you as much as you can about the pay received taking each venue and how long I lasted doing this.

    1) Volunteer Work.

    One of my first tastes of freelance work was when I found a volunteer gig with a non-profit dealing with pets. I went to a meeting or two and I started out by doing research and helping generate content for the newsletter. I don’t think I did much article writing, though. Mostly, this was on the research side, but it was a start.

    If you are trying to break out into freelance writing, this may be a good place to start. You are basically getting real world experience that you can present when you are applying to paying gigs and you may just seem like an expert in the long run because of that experience.. Plus, this gives you a reference to use  (if you need one for freelance work; so far, I haven’t needed one). Not to mention, this helps you get a few writing samples under your belt and this does matter in the long run.

    Where to find volunteer work: Visit sites like VolunteerMatch.org and Idealist.org. You can also seek out opportunities that doesn’t require you to leave the comfort of your home. Use search terms like “virtual” or “remote”  when looking for writing gigs. 

    2) Content Mills.

    If you aren’t familiar with “content mills,” it’s basically sites that you write for where you get money based on people who click on ads placed on the site. The one I used was called HubPages, which is the only one I have used so far. I liked it because it had a good community of people and a clean interface that was easy to use.

    One benefit of this is another way for you to get a few writing samples, which do matter in terms of getting better paying writing jobs. I have also heard that many writers get a decent income from writing for these sites.

    3) Blogging.

    I don’t mean having your own blog (that’s a post for another day). I mean blogging for someone else. I have two experiences with this – one paid, one unpaid. The one paid opportunity gave me $5.00 a post and I wrote 3 to 5 times a week for them. I had my own little author biography in the post and a link to my personal blog. I blogged for this opportunity for about 7 or 8 months.

    The benefit is the extra income. $5 per post isn’t much, but it was a great start for me. I found this opportunity through oDesk.com. After I started getting more familiar with blogging opportunities and where to find them, I realized there were sites like BloggingPro and FreelanceWritingGigs.com that revealed better paying opportunities for me. It also improved my writing skills and my ease and ability creating content for someone else. It also looked good on my resume.

    4) Where I’m At Now

    Here’s where I’m at now – I am writing for an SEO Company and I make about $25.00/post. This may not be much, but it’s better than what I made writing for a content mill and definitely better than $5/post. I’m getting to the point though where I want to do less work for more money and I’m venturing out and trying different things (more on that in a different post).  The downside? It’s ghostwriting and I don’t get credit for the posts that do go live. There was a long journey of acceptance to get to this point and I still have mixed feelings about it.

    But how did I find the current gig?

    Well, somewhere in between using those sites I linked up before (see BloggingPro and FreelanceWritingGigs) as well as using another site called Business2Blogger.com. The link I just gave you is more geared towards people who run their own blog and looking for either sponsored posts or products to review. I do see the occasional job on there and that is how I found my present opportunity.

    Now…how about where I’m at now?  I’m experiencing the new learning phase of pitching to a company and asking if they need help with social networking or building their blog back up. This is another learning experience for me and so far, I haven’t received any response.  I have also started making a little extra money with my own blog (not this one). But these avenues are posts for another day.

    Anyways, if you are trying to get started with freelance writing, this is just how it is working for me. Some people have different stories to tell on how they broke out into the field and I can’t say that my avenue is the best. Considering I work full time and it isn’t exactly the right time for me to get my byline in a local newspaper (not a conversation I want to have with my current employer), I would say this works pretty good for me right now.

    Can I answer any questions you may have? If you are in the freelance writing field, how did you get started?

     


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    May 3, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

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  4. Like the Time Uncle Leo Opened Jerry’s Package

    April 28, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    The look on the guy’s face when I stuck my foot in my mouth

    So, I have dark humor. Gallow’s humor, so to speak. To give a background of it, I think I developed that edge during the worst of my brother’s mental illness. While there have been some pretty alarming and sad moments, there have also been times when my family and I have laughed – even in the darkest of moments.

    This also means that I make can comments or jokes at the worst times possible – or just make the worst joke in general, no matter what the situation.

    When I was picking up a package at my apartment this afternoon, I came across that very situation.

    I came in and the guy at the front desk was someone who I have joked with before. So, when he was busy in this closet area looking for my delivery, I spotted a couple of large boxes, which looked something like this –

    Yes, they looked something like this.

    I made a joke along the lines of, “Wow, that looks like something out of that Seinfeld episode where Uncle Leo’s eyebrows get burnt off.”

    That, of course, is the PG version of what I said. I probably wouldn’t repeat what I said on my blog as I’m certain I’d end up on some kind of watch list.

    Well, insert horrified expression here.

    I laugh it off and explain myself, but still –

    With that said, I promptly took my own delivery and left the front office.

    There’s a good chance they won’t be renewing my lease.

    Next time I’ll just keep my mouth shut.


  5. How to Kill Time During a (Long, Boring) Meeting

    April 26, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    Double Time

    Aside from clock watching, what do you do during meetings?

    My company is notorious for long meetings. Like, one to two hour long meetings.

    This is horrifying to me as I find them all extremely dull. I’m also not allowed to play with my cell phone during these meetings (I know this, because I got in trouble a few weeks ago for doing so), so that means I’m extremely bored.

    But what do you do during meetings to kill time?

    I figured out things that you can do during meetings that will stimulate the brain and keep you from falling asleep. One idea will actually make you look like you’re paying attention.

    1) Make a to do list.

    I find lists my saving grace in keeping myself organized. So, when I’m in a meeting that I know doesn’t require my full 100% attention, I start making my to do list for the day/night/week/month.

    It puts me ahead of my own schedule and it makes me feel on top of things.

    2) Work on that novel you’ve been meaning to start.

    You know that book you’ve been wanting to write? Well, long, boring meetings are the time to do it. I’ve actually done this and writing your novel during meetings is a great way to make yourself look busy. Also, you will look important. I even had my difficult coworker get jealous and competitive and she started taking notes in the meeting once she saw me writing (oh, how little did she know).

    3) Play games…with yourself.

    Hey, get your head out of the gutter. I mean, really, play games with yourself. Here’s a few I’ve made up (with the help of this list of road trip games I found) –

    Meeting I Spy – so you have a meeting scheduled at 11 am? And it’s supposed to last until 12:30? Well, make a list of 10 to 20 objects  before the meeting, and start play I Spy with yourself. See how many you get. If you get them all, give yourself a prize during your next break (like a treat at the coffee shop or something).

    Where’s the Alphabet – From A to Z, spot all the items in the room that follow the alphabet. Even better if you can memorize the items you’ve discovered.

    Counting game – Start counting all the watches in the room. Next, count the blue pens. Or count the people who scratch their nose during the meeting.

    4) Fantasize.

    Sexual fantasies during a meeting may not be a good idea. But, I often times like to play out ‘what if’ scenarios and imagine what would happen if one of my fantasies happened in the middle of a meeting. If you do this, I do warn that you may get a creepy smile on your face while you fantasize.

    5) Doodle.

    Okay, I’m not much of an artist. I mean, there are only so many large eyed cats I can draw. But actually I’ve heard before that if you doodle, you tend to listen better. So maybe doodling will actually help you in your (long, boring) meeting.

    What do you do during (long, boring) meetings?


  6. Are You An Effective Worrier?

    April 12, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

     
    No Worries

     I am a worrier. I have been told one too many times that I worry too much. In my opinion, and my perception, I worry with basis. Now, that basis for my worry, may be unfounded to others. I’ve often been told, “I think you’re exaggerating this a bit” or “I don’t think it’s meant like that; you worry too much.”

    I recently found a couple of articles online that tell me – people who are pessimists – including those of us who are worriers – live longer than the optimist. I never thought of myself as a pessimist, but maybe I am.

    The bigger question is though – are you an effective worrier?

    The last thing I need is to worry about worrying, but here’s how I try to be effective at worrying.

    1) Do something about it.

    A few of months ago, I worried that a mole under my right arm, may have something wrong with it. I’ve had it my whole life, but it was on a weird spot on my body, because clothes constantly would scrape against it, and I was beginning to pay attention to it too much.

    So yes, I was worried. Did it look like a cancerous mole? Probably not.

    Would an optimist tell me not to worry about it? Not sure, maybe, maybe not.

    But what I did was get an appointment with a doctor and got my mole removed. No, it wasn’t cancerous, but to me? You can’t be too safe with things like that.

    2) Plan for it.

    No, I don’t mean to build an underground bunker for whenever the sun collides with the earth. Nor do I mean for you to go out and buy 1,000 cans of baked beans in preparation for when the zombie apocalypse happens.

    I think we all can have long term worries that can impact our day to day happiness and peacefulness.

    While I know we all need to “let that stuff go,” I do think that you can ease your own worries by planning ahead.

    Worry about retirement? Start saving. Worry you’ll never make it to college/grad school/certificate program? Start researching how you COULD make it happen and start planning.

    For me, I try to make an effort to save just a little money each paycheck for those just in case moments. Like when I overspend at the mall and I start to worry about overdrafts. Things like that.

    Other situations too…like knowing where the nearest hospital is with the 24 hour emergency room. Buying cold and flu medicine before you get sick. Knowing where a nearby food bank is. Writing down all of your credit card information and your bank’s contact information in case your cards ever get stolen.

    Learn how to use your worry to your benefit. And no, I still don’t think you need that underground bunker.

    3) Imagine yourself handling it.

    I’m not the type that will ever tell a friend to stop worrying. Or to tell someone, “Wow, you need to do yoga/get laid/go on vacation/take a chill pill.” Sure, those things may need to happen, but downplaying someone’s fears just pisses them off.

    I think a huge part of a worrier’s life is the fact that they fear not being able to handle the worst. Sometimes I think that is where I come from.

    If you worry too much, or you know someone who does, walk through their (or your) fears. So, what happens if you lose your job? What if you do get in trouble? What if you get sick? What if someone you love does get hurt? What if you do become homeless?

    Talk this out with yourself and imagine that you have handled these situations. That you have actually handled your worst fear.

    Maybe what optimists worry about is that those of us who worry too much will let the worry dominate our lives. It can actually, because that’s where disorders come in and other issues where our own mental health is affected.

    Try not too worry too much about worrying. If you are a worrier like me, and you haven’t yet gone overboard with it, try to become an effective worrier. I think if you manage the things you worry about well enough, your worries may rise and fall a lot quicker.

    And no, you still shouldn’t build that underground bunker.

    Do you worry too much? Or are you the “don’t worry so much” type? Have you ever used your worry to your benefit?


  7. Top 8 Ways to Maximize LinkedIn and Gain More Exposure

    April 10, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    You may recall my post a few weeks ago about why I thought LinkedIn didn’t work. Well, someone called me out on that and let me know that LinkedIn did work! And I invited her to write a post for me about that – and I love being proved wrong. Thank you Kesha for the amazing advice!

    After 7500+ connections, having been on the first page in the Search Results for my keyword, and receiving calls out of the blue from people wanting to do business with me, I have to say LinkedIn is worth its weight in gold! 

    I remember when I first learned of LinkedIn. I didn’t put too much stock in it because I thought it was just for people looking for a job. 

    After a bit of searching around and learning more – even attending webinars and reading books about LinkedIn, I quickly found it to be an awesome resource for cultivating a career.

    So I’d like to provide my 2, 3, heck even 10 cents on how I’ve benefited from THE largest professional network online today! 

    What’s Your Goal?

    LinkedIn can be used in a number of ways so the very first thing you want to do is understand your goals for using the network in the first place. Looking for a job? Looking to boost your business presence? Simply looking for connections?

     Your goals will determine how you use the many elements and features of the service.

     Note: I’ve used it to maximize my web design business presence so my experience is from that perspective.

    Maximizing Your LinkedIn Presence

    I don’t claim to know the algorithm LinkedIn uses but the following elements can surely help you gain more connections, more leads, and more opportunities.

    1. Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

     First and foremost, you need to capture attention. Your headline is the first thing people see so you may as well make it good. In addition, a good headline can help give you a better position in the LinkedIn search engine and gain the attention of visitors to your profile.

     Tracy Gold advises to not just put your job title by itself in your headline. “If you’re a job seeker, use ‘Talented [Your Profession] Seeking New Opportunity’ not ‘Unemployed.’ Students, use ‘Aspiring [Your Profession] Seeking Internship’ not ‘Student at [Your University],” Tracy shares.

     Ultimately, just make sure it’s concise and says what you want to portray. Remember, this is your first impression! 

     I decided to just add a few titles in the headline field. 

     

    In addition, I added a tagline after my name with a keyword. This helps me stand out a bit further in the search results as can be seen here. 

     

    LI search results

    2. Say Cheese

     Did you know that adding a profile picture makes your profile 7 times more likely to be found in searches?

    If your headline is your first impression, your photo is a close second. People connect with people and this is true on any of the online networks, including Facebook and Twitter. 

    You want to have a professional headshot (or something close to it). The goal is for people to be able to clearly see your shining smile and lovable face. Don’t use your company logo or a picture of your beloved cat. Mr. Bigglesworth may be cute and all but he probably won’t help land you the job or opportunity you’re looking for. J

     3. Long story, well, long…

    Next, fill out your summary until you can’t fill it out anymore. Okay, you don’t have to go that far. However, you do have ample space to write a very rich one. Show your true awesomeness here and describe how you help people, what you’ve done to enrich others in your field, how you’ve helped your last employer land a million dollar contract, how you leapt tall buildings in a single bound, etc.

    Even further, describe your personality, talk about the types of people you help, and much more. You can pretty much do anything in your summary to hopefully keep visitors to your profile wanting to read more.

     4. The More The Merrier

    I’m sure you understand the value of a large network, both professionally and personally. Well, it’s no different on LinkedIn. Connect with as many people as you can. I know some people keep their profiles private or only connect with people they know. However, that limits your ability to really expand your presence and connect with new people, which is one of the main purposes of using the service.

     More connections equals more eyeballs on your profile, which in turn could lead to more opportunities for you in the long run.

     5. The SEO Game

     Whether you’ve heard of SEO – Search Engine Optimization –or not, let me tell you that it will do you a world of good to learn more about it and use it to your advantage.

     One of the ways I’ve “SEO’d” my profile is to take a handful of keywords that pertain to my business AND those which I think people would type into a search engine to find me and made sure I sprinkled them throughout my profile. Now, pay attention – I said sprinkle, not drench.

    Some LinkedIn “experts” will tell you to litter your profile with keywords so much so that your profile looks like a bunch of garbage. This is usually called stuffing, which could negatively impact your visibility and perceived value.

    Here is an example of what I mean:

    LI keyword stuffing

    Really? Please don’t do this! Use your keywords in such a way that your profile is readable and clear by your visitors but still packs a punch with your chosen keywords. 

    6. We’re Better In Groups 

    LinkedIn Groups feature is great! Not only can you find like minded people to connect with but you can also share your expertise in these groups by answering questions, helping others, and posting some of your great content from your website or blog when relevant. As you bring value to the group’s community, more people will want to know who you are and/or connect with you further. 

    There are thousands of groups on LinkedIn so just do some digging around. I have no doubt you’ll find a group that matches your interests.

    Can’t find the exact group you’re looking for? Hey, you can even start your own group and create your own rules!

     7. Get a A+! 

    Who doesn’t want an A? Well, on LinkedIn, it’s pretty simple. All you have to do is complete your profile 100%.  Now, they’ve changed the criteria for a 100% complete profile since I started but here’s what I’ve found.

    LinkedIn itself has shared that users with complete profiles are 40 times more likely to receive opportunities through their network. 

    Big deal? Heck yeah! 

    So to get to 100% (at the time of this writing):

    • Add your skills – you need at least 5 but you can add up to 50. Go for the gamut here! Whatever you think you are skilled at, add it.
    • Add at least 50 connections  – the quickest way is to find people you know using the Search feature or import your contacts from your email account.
    • Add your current and previous positions and give thorough descriptions of your roles –  Unemployed? Well, you won’t have a current position but here is a post with tips on what you can do instead. Add a picture
    • Add your Industry and postal code
    • Add your education

    Basically, don’t leave empty fields!

    8. Endorsements 

    Now, I will tell you that I’m still pretty much new on the Endorsements feature. It’s one of the newer features on LinkedIn supposedly to give credit to your connections and, likewise, they to you. 

    You can pretty much think of it as a “Like” for a connection’s skills. However, it’s been crazy because it’s way too easy to endorse someone which means you get all types of people who don’t even know you endorsing you for skills. 

    At this point, if it’s a skill I want to be ranked for, I’ll accept the endorsement and have it added to my profile. 

    In turn, LinkedIn provides you the opportunity to endorse your connections. 

    LI endorsements

    As you can see, it’s very easy to simply click Endorse all when I don’t know them well enough to do so. How do I know that Raven is great at Copywriting??? 

    Others have stated that endorsing people is like giving them a compliment but to me they aren’t as credible as the Recommendations feature because you can’t really vouch for every single connection unless you’ve directly worked with them.

    I’m a bit torn on this feature because I’ve heard through the grapevine that using Endorsements helps you rank higher in LinkedIn’s search engine (I’m sure this feature is calculated in LinkedIn’s search algorithm somehow!) and increases the Skills part of your profile so I definitely want to use it more. 

    So I’m looking to understand Endorsements a bit better myself. In the meantime, I thank some of my Endorsers (strategically starting conversations with new people) for the love!

    Your Turn! 

    Regardless of your goals, most of these items will apply. So pop over to LinkedIn and spruce up your profile to expand your presence. You never know who’s watching and how someone could ultimately benefit you in the long run!

    How do you use LinkedIn? 

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     kesha brown photo

    Kesha is a Personal Excellence Adviser and Web Designer who believes we should be a Fruit Loop in a world full of Cheerios and life is more interesting when you dare to be YOU. She also writes, speaks, and can easily be bribed with Oreos. Connect with her over at UncommonChick.com or on Twitter and don’t forget LinkedIn!


  8. Are Cubicle Workers Part of a Dying Trend?

    April 3, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    A few weeks ago I came across an article on Yahoo that talked about quitting your job. And one quote that suck with me was, “If you’re stuck in a cubicle you have a target on your back…the CEO is looking to cut you out…”

    Hmm…so far, I’ve held three jobs that took place in a cubicle. This also isn’t the first time I’ve been told that the standard hourly job will get you nowhere in your career. I’m very aware of this at my last job where I had a good chunk of free time most days.

    All of this made me wonder something…are cubicle workers part of a dying trend?

    If you are a little on the web savvy side, you may have already heard of sites like oDesk and Elance that basically outsources jobs to the virtual worker (who usually works for less money and no benefits). These are our cheaper competitors in the job market. I am fairly certain – without any real proof, of course – that the job that inspired LadyUnemployed, who laid me off back in 2012, used one of these sites to find my replacement. I feel this in part because I do know they outsourced certain positions before I left.

    If my current employer hired a third party and asked them…what ways can we save money in our company? I know if I was that third party, I would look for positions that could be moved to a cheaper worker found on these outsourcing platforms, such as oDesk. Mine would be one of these positions.

    The article I found on Yahoo encouraged you to build up a side business in order to truly launch your own career. I’ve thought about this and I’m doing what I can, of course. With the blog under my real name (not this one), I have found a few leads where I can make some money through offering ad space to even offering my social networking skills. I’m thinking of expanding my own skill set by taking classes, but it’s been a slow start.

    My fear is this – there is safety in not changing things and never taking risks. In that safety, is comfort. And there, we find a strange happiness and contentment, where we may find ourselves on a never ending cycle of things never changing. On bad days, it gets to us and we dip our toe in the pond of risk, hoping we catch a bite.

    Sure, someone stopping by this article can tell me, “Hey, at least you have a job! Quit complaining! Grow up!”

    Okay, I get that. And I am glad I have a job. I don’t need (or want) to get laid off again, though. And neither should anyone else. We’ve come to a point in our society, though, where it’s an employer’s market. The employees who walk in the door are no longer valuable. We are warm bodies in the seat who should just be glad we are there. For that reason, none of us can get comfortable, simply because for today we have a job. Because tomorrow it may not be there and we need to prepare ourselves for that.

    Have you ever escaped the rate race of an hourly position? What was the turning point for you? How did you get started?


  9. 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 Reddit.com 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? 


  10. I’m Completely Restless And Unsettled Lately

    February 1, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    Okay, confession time – I’m horribly restless lately.

    I can’t exactly pinpoint why.

    First of all, things have gotten a lot better at work. I’m getting more advanced job duties, and my coworkers and I are getting along better. But the thing is…I’m restless as hell and don’t know what to do about it.

    For a while I thought maybe getting a new job would make me happier. I’m just not sure anymore. I really don’t think that the standard 8 to 5 job will ever make me happy, no matter what it was I did.

    So where do I go from here? I have to work, without a doubt. I don’t have rich relatives that can fund my restlessness. I have student loans to pay off. I’m not exactly inclined to go to graduate school right now.

    But I’m restless.

    What have you done with periods of restlessness? Is it a sign change is coming around? Of something bigger happening? Or do I just need to wait it out?