Happy Halloween

October 31, 2011 at 10:33 am | Posted in Economy, Opinions, unemployed | 1 Comment
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Since everyday is scary for people who are unemployed I’m glad to find out that Occupy Wall Street is becoming Occupy Halloween today.

Here’s hoping that the 1% stop being zombies and wake up and become real human beings again.

Good luck to all you job hunters out there. Try to keep in mind that it’s all a numbers game and you’ll get a job.  Each day is closer and closer to that day.

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Potential Employers-Update

October 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Posted in Interviewing, Job Search, Positive | Leave a comment
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  This post updates the one below

I am still being kept busy interviewing and testing.

The job that required one of the tests moved to a phone interview and then a face to face interview for a “behavioral assessment”.  I did that this Monday.  It consisted of only six questions that when I answered full notes were made.  They included, ‘What would your last boss say is your greatest weakness’, ‘Give me an example of how you dealt with a difficult co-worker’, ‘Give me an example of a policy that didn’t agree with and how did you handle it’, ‘Give an example of how you handle frustration at work’.  The last question was a work scenario and I was asked how I’d handle it. It involved being on the phone while a client needed you and at the same time the manager dropping work on my desk and telling me it needs to be done in one hour.  The reason for these questions is pretty obvious and I’m sure common.  I think everyone looking for a job has gotten some version of these questions.  It gives the chance to showcase many of your skills including interpersonal/co-worker relationships, prioritization, personal insight, and problem solving.  I was called the next day and told that I was “successful” and they wanted to do an interview with the director of the department I’d work for on Friday.  This will be my fourth interview/test.

That interview was in the morning, a few hours later I had a second interview about 30 miles away.  I already had a phone interview with this company and I was brought in for a face to face panel interview, and Word and Excel test.  I felt it went well. They wanted to make a decision within about two days because the person being replaced was leaving at the end of the month and they wanted to be able to do some cross-training.

I have another interview tomorrow with a non-profit organization.

Now, for the first time, I’m actually presented with a new situation. What if I get more than one offer?  What if one company makes a decision faster than another?  The company making the choice within the next 48 hours has great benefits, in fact the best I’ve seen, but the commute is long. The place I’m going to for my fourth interview is known for taking their time in the hiring process, but it’s my first choice, it’s where I want to work the most.  The interview I have tomorrow is still a wild card. I’ve been out of work for over seven months now and the bills are getting tougher to keep up with.  I suppose I have to take the first offer.  I’m assuming that I’ll get any offer at all!  That’s what I call remaining confident.

My next update will be next Monday, if not before.

Potential Employers Are Keeping Me Busy

October 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Posted in Interviewing, Job Search | Leave a comment
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Keeping busy is helping me keep up my confidence:

I had an assessment test last week that included MS Word proficiency, applied math, general math, reading, and vocabulary.  Today I have a phone interview with them and I think after that I will have a face to face one. They are the largest employer in Baltimore.

I signed up with a staffing agency last week and I took a typing test, vocabulary, and spelling test.  The person I interviewed with told me to call back Wednesday or Thursday. I remain hopeful.

Tomorrow I have several tests, lasting 3 1/2 hours for one position that will include MS Word proficiency, typing, math (I can bring a calculator), multiple choice exam, situational exam, and letter writing.

Thursday I have a phone interview with a large company in my area.

Next week I have a face to face interview with an organization I had a phone interview with last week.

I have been unemployed for just over 7 months now and this is largest number of interviews I’ve ever had.  My guess is the beginning of the new fiscal year is allowing for hiring.  I believe that my experience and education level will be an advantage during these tests and I remain confident about them all.  I like the chance to be in business environments when I can, the ‘dressing for the part’ idea always helps me, not to mention the chance to speak with other business people.  These things make me feel as though I’m remaining in the loop.

Websites For The Week of October 9th

October 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Posted in Mental Health, Weekly Readings | Leave a comment
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Previous weekly website lists can be found here.

As the weather gets cooler and the holidays draw closer I wanted to have a theme on making your home cozy and free from the worries of the outside world while unemployed.
My home is very important to me as I’m sure it is to everyone.  I pride myself in creating a sanctuary for my husband and myself.  It’s important to have a place that’s welcoming to friends and family all the time and especially during holidays and bad weather.
The theme for this week’s post will hopefully help you in maintaining all this and make for one less thing to worry about.

  • Actually budgeting plans and worksheet are always helpful, there are several to choose from at this site.
  • Decorate the household with almost no money and have fun with the kids at the same time.
  • Another nice gift that doesn’t cost anything but love and time are coupons for chores etc.  Get free printable ones here.
  • To explore aroma, flavor, texture, and sound in your cozy home on a budget
    To do quick,easy, and spruce ups all under $75
  • The worry about money is always stressful, especially during the holiday, which are already stressful enough.  Check out some ideas to de-stress during the holidays at either of these sites. . 1: Real Simple   2: Urban Balance

That’s it for this week. See what you like here. I’d love to hear from you about it. This week’s list is on a subject that I really think people can contribute to. Remember you can submit a website for the Sunday Readings on my How-To/Forum page.

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