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  1. Would You ­ Could You ­ Work From Home?

    November 1, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    I am in the state of decision making. You know, that thing you have to do as a grown up that can change the course of things for you. The little decisions that can become big decisions. The big decisions that can turn into even bigger decisions.

    Okay, I’m rambling.

    I am considering a job that allows me to work from home. In fact, everyone who works for this particular company, works from home. It is a permanent, full time job with benefits. The pay is about the same (a little more, in fact) than what I’m making now, too.

    The big thing is ­ do I want to work from home?

    To be honest, I’m not sure.

    I wrote out the positives and negatives. The negative is the isolation and the potential for stir crazy. Not to mention, I’d get sick of my apartment.

    The positives? Well, no commute. I commute right now about an hour and forty five minutes to work all total each day. I’d be giving myself….nearly 9 to 10 hours more of my life back.

    Also, no office politics. I deal with the regular back­biting, snarky, misunderstandings that go on
    in the office day in and day out. Some days it makes me want to tear my hair out, other days I enjoy the comaradarie. This, by the way, inspires a lot of this blog’s content.

    Other benefits? Creative energy. Working from home will alow me to relax a little bit and not feel the pressure of not doing enough for my job (right now I get a lot of pressure to work overtime and a lot of my coworkers work up to 45 to 50 hours a week). I can’t say I will ever be willing to devote that many hours to a company, because my real dream and goal is to write and be published. In terms of my career, that will come first. If I can get some of my creative energy back that I lost after taking my current job, I will be much happier.

    Another downside that I forgot to mention ­ less exposure to potential guys to date. But here’s the thing, I’ve never dated someone from work. I got close once, but it sort of fell apart, and I really wanted to leave the company soon after. My lack of a dating life though may or may not be extremely affected by working from home because aside from going to work, I’m not really a social butterfly type of girl.

    Oh, and another downside is lack of a reason to go shopping. The thing is though I don’t go shopping now because my credit sucks and I’m in debt. So, no real love lost there. The thing is though I may feel silly getting dressy to go sit in my bedroom.

    Another downside is that the person I’m assisting right now at work has finally gotten comfortable with me and happy with my work for the first time since I started. She has struggled getting an assistant (went through four before me) and knows she can work with me. If I take this new job, I’ll be disappointing her. I know I shouldn’t make a decision based on whether or not I will make someone feel bad, but that is a factor I’m weighing here.

    Another positive? Moveability. I’m a restless spirit and I hate the idea of staying in one place for any lengthy period. If I do have a work at home job, this will allow me to consider moving out of the state or city I’m in, without the worry of needing a job first.

    To throw in one final positive, I think I’d like what I’d be doing there more than what I’m doing now. I’d be doing a job involving talking with customers throughout the day and I like that type of work. No, it isn’t the flashy title I have now, but I do love customer service related jobs and I’m good at it too.

    With all of that swirling around in my head, I want to get feedback from you guys. Do you work from home or know someone who does? I’d love feedback and insight into this decision.


  2. 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!


  3. I May Be Lady EMployed After All!

    July 31, 2012 by Lady Unemployed

    Happy 042I’m totally happy! Just like this![/caption]

    I have some pretty exciting news!

    In case you didn’t hear, I had an interview last Wednesday. The interview went great and actually went better than any interview I’ve had so far. It’s for a fantastic job that I can’t believe I might get (entry level marketing…EXACTLY what I’ve been hoping for).

    And guess what??

    I received an email from them yesterday asking for my references!! I’m so excited!!

    So we’ll see where this goes. I’m pretty sure it’s in the bag unless one of my references says something really awful. Here’s hoping THAT won’t happen.

    On another note I received another blog award! It’s from the blog Big A little a and it’s called the Sunshine Award! I am so excited! Happiness all around everyone!


    Here are the rules:

    1) Include this award logo in either your acceptance post or somewhere in your acceptance. CHECK

    2) Answer 10 questions about yourself. CHECK:

    1. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?

    Probably somewhere along the coast. If I could, by the beach. I don’t care if it’s a big or small town. If I am by the ocean, I’m a happy girl.

    2.) If you could vacation anywhere, where would you go?

    Ummm, see above.

    3.) What’s your favorite part of blogging?

    Being able to share my experiences and read about the experiences of others. It is BEYOND rewarding.

    4.) Coffee or hot chocolate?

    Coffee!!! Love it day or night.

    5.) What kind of coffee do you drink? What do you put in it?

    I love dark roast coffee and I always add cream and sugar.

    6.) What do you do to relax?

    Relax? Huh? What’s that? Hee Hee, kidding, sort of! Heh heh. Watching television helps me wind down.

    7.) How do you keep calm in a very stressful situation?

    Talking it through with people close to me! I’ve also been known to talk the ear off of the Baristas at Starbucks.

    8.) Beautiful skies or clear skies with stars?

    Clear skies with stars – it’s cooler at night! And I’m a night owl, so that works for me.

    9.) Dogs, cats or fish?

    I love dogs! I don’t own one but I would love to one day. I just don’t get the appeal of fish as pets.

    10.) Be honest, which last name do you like more, maiden or married?

    Since I’m single, I find this question a tad cruel. Ha ha…but I don’t like my (real life) last name, so unless my future husband has a last name that rhymes with anything in the genital area or a name that reminds me of a bodily function, I’m certain I’ll like his better.

    3) Pass the award onto 10-12 deserving bloggers.

    Okay I’m doing the cop out response to this and rewarding my sunshine award to everyone who stops by my blog! Because all my readers give me sunshine and all of you deserve some love today!

    4) Add a link on your post to all the talented winners and comment on their page to let them know they’ve deemed amazing.

    Ummm…check!

    5Thank the brilliant soul that recognized your talent and bestowed this wonderful award on you…and of course link back to them as well!

    Check and check!

    What a great week so far!!

    I will be sure to let you know how everything plays out with this hopeful new job!


  4. One Earring’d Interviewee – An Interview Story

    July 3, 2012 by Lady Unemployed

    Well, I went on my interview Monday and I thought it went pretty good!

    Yup…pretty good.

    Pr-ett-IE goo-Dah.

    I LOST ONE OF MY EARRINGS BEFORE/DURING/AFTER THE INTERVIEW!!!!!

    This can only happen to me.

    Is this happening because I have a blog about it? Is that jinxing me, or something?

    Okay, it went like this.

    I go into the interview and three people are there to interview. Totally fine.  And I can’t help but notice one of the managers (a guy around my age) keeps eyeballing me. Now, I know I look good all stylish, but trust me, this was not a “I’m checking you out” look. This was a “what the hell is wrong with you” look.

    I didn’t think anything of it at the time. I complete the interview. You’ll hear from us blah-blah-blah.

    Two hours later. TWO. HOURS. LATER.

    I am home and I look in the mirror.

    And BOOM.

    My Right Ear Looked Something Like This – Earringless.

    My right earring wasn’t there.

    What the hell happened?

    How could I have not checked?

    Now, I’m certain that an interviewer wouldn’t turn down a candidate because they are sitting there without an earring, but people this is ridiculous. I must have looked like such a total dork sitting there, jabbering all confident with my earring gone.

    I’m not going to obsess.

    And if I happen to get the job, I promise I won’t ask them if I lost my earring during the interview.

    On an entirely different note, there is a worker at my unemployment coffee shop that doesn’t know my name and keeps calling me by the same “wrong” name each time I see him. It’s been like that for weeks. And the uncomfortable thing is – he’s the only one who doesn’t know my real name. The other workers do. What should I do about that situation?

    Anyways, that’s another post for another day.

    Now, I’m off to look for that cursed earring.

    Oh, and Happy 4th of July everyone!


  5. Job Interviews Are Not Funny

    May 31, 2012 by Lady Unemployed

    A funny job interview is a bad idea. Are you still laughing?

    About a month ago I got a phone interview for a position I was extremely excited about. It was in the publishing industry and this is definitely an area I can see myself thriving in. I passed the first interview and a week and a half later I walked into the front doors of their building for my in person interview.

    The first in person interview I had since being out of work, by the way.

    I smile at the receptionist. I am friendly to the lady who reviews my application before I do the sit down interview. I am dressed very professionally having bought a few new items for the big day. Ten minutes later I shake the hand of the hiring manager. I walk into the meeting room and shake the hand of the publication manager.

    Right off the bat the subject of pets come up. The hiring manager explains her dog recently passed away and the conversation turns into animal stories. Do I have any pets, they ask. I don’t, but I express my desire to have one someday soon. We joke about talking about dogs instead of the interview.

    When the interview starts officially, I can tell within seconds that I have a wonderful rapport with these two people. Great feeling right? I’ve made them laugh quite a few times. Yet, with each question coming my way I can’t help realize how negative all the questions were:

    1) What would your last employer say was your biggest weakness?

    2) Talk about a negative coworker situation.

    3) Talk about when you have been treated unfairly.

    4) Tell us about your least favorite job.

    5) Tell us your experience with a software we never put in the job ad, but we will act like you should know it already. Next tell us about how inexperienced you are with that software so you look like a loser who didn’t do her homework. (Kidding on that one. Sort of.)

    In the back of mind in between the laughter and my responses and their questions, I realized I never sold them on my skill. I was selling them on personality, but that wouldn’t give me the job. It doesn’t take a genius to tell me that. I end the interview emphasizing my enthusiasm for this field and for this position. I make them laugh again as I leave (maybe I should be a comedian?). I’m told there will be a second interview and I will hear from them next week.

    Cut ahead a week later, and I get a message from them on my house phone (they never called my cell phone for some reason). I’m excited. I think I must have gotten the next interview, because potential employers never call to reject you.

    Right?

    Wrong.

    I didn’t get the job. They gave it to someone else. Someone internally. They tell me had they gone the normal route of hiring I would have gotten the next interview. How fair is that? Isn’t that like a guy telling me that had he not met someone else he totally wouldn’t have broken up with me?

    And why didn’t they hire that person the first place? Why torment people like this?

    So you know what I learned from all this? The interviewer is not your friend. Job interviews are not funny, so don’t forget that this is a person you are trying to sell yourself to. Put the jokes aside and remember to sell yourself. I will never trust humor in an interview again. Job hunting is not funny. This is serious business here people.

    Meanwhile, I’m off to amateur night at the local comedy club since I’m so damn funny apparently.