Wednesday, July 1, 2015

&^#*(@*$!!!!!!

If you didn't get the title of this post, that's me swearing yet again over my job search.  Let me tell you most of these job search websites just regurgitate job postings from months ago.  I keep seeing jobs that I applied for one or more months ago come up in my saved search results, and they are listed as new.  BIG lie.  Then I have found that Careerbuilder has found the best way to deflate my optimism over jobs I apply for on their site, they actually let you know how many people have applied to the job you are applying for.  It's like when you actually read the back of your lottery ticket and see your odds of winning.  Let's be realistic, you know that more people have actually applied for the job than what they are saying.  The job has probably been listed on all the major job search websites and the company's own website.  So, if 300 people have applied on Careerbuilder I can probably assume the total number that have applied is closer to 1500, conservatively, and that number will continue to grow because the job is still listed.

I am really considering using some of the wording from the cover letter post on my real cover letter.  I want to be brutally honest with these people in charge of hiring.  I am the best candidate, regardless of my years of experience or lack of, because I have the drive, the spirit, the heart, the tenacity, the will, the desire, and I am motivated by money.  Cut and dry, I like to win and be the best.

To any of you that are currently searching for a job or may have just gotten a new job, what are/did you  do to land the job?  Is it the job you wanted or did you settle?  I don't want to settle, but I may have to in the interim and apply/accept something I really am not excited about and keep searching and applying to the jobs I would really want.  You have to do what you need to to stay afloat.

I WILL NOT GIVE UP, DAMN IT!  I'll say it again, to the companies that are overlooking me, another company will hire me, maybe your direct competition, and I will be your biggest threat.  You may never know what you passed up, but I will and that will be good enough for me.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Must Read

My friend Stef answered her Liebster Award questions. Go check it out. She also nominated another blog that I frequent.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Search Goes On, and On, and On

Yes, I am still searching for a job.  I never thought it would take this long.  It's frustrating.  I'm checking a million job postings a week.  I'm applying for every job I'm even remotely qualified for and then some.  This post is for all of you out there that feel my pain and are in the same situation.

This is my open letter to every hiring manager out there.

Dear Hiring Manager,

I recently applied for the position you posted for a ______ sales representative.  I may not have years and years of sales experience, but I have the tenacity and intelligence to actually do the job and believe it or not, be very successful at it.  Unlike other applicants with the required "experience," I'm not a jaded sales representative, I haven't developed the bad habits that those applicants possess. I'm sure you are aware of these habits, and if you are not, I'd be happy to fill you in.

I'm highly intelligent.  I won't bore you with SAT or ACT scores, but I am quite capable of learning product knowledge, systems, and whatever else you'd like to throw my way and I can learn these things quickly.  My lack of "experience" drives me to work harder to prove to you, you made the right decision by offering the job to me and giving me the opportunity to prove to you that less experience isn't a bad thing.

As you can see from my resume I worked in retail for years.  I know how to deal with people.  I know how to build rapport.  I can hear "no" but still ask for the sale again, and smile while doing it.  Don't you want a person that can do all that?

Pardon the cliche, but I work hard, so I can play hard.  I like nice things.  I want to take a nice vacation.  I want to drive a nice car.  I want to live in a nice house.  I want to be a contributor to the household.  I want a nice retirement fund and I want some money in the bank.  Basically, I am money driven and that is the kind of person you need as a sales representative.

Let me prove to you that giving a chance to someone that doesn't have your company's required years of experience will be the best hiring decision you've made in a long time.  You will not be disappointed.

I hope you have read this in its entirety.  If you did, thank you for your time and consideration.  If you didn't, you are missing out.  Someone will hire me even if you don't.  I will be working for your competition and for you that will be an unfortunate turn of events.

Sincerely your next selling star or your biggest competitor

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Get Over Yourself

Hey fellow bloggers,

If I use a photo of yours, I link back to you. To certain bloggers, I'm sorry you feel like you are so important that you can't appreciate someone is directing traffic to your site because they like something you posted and you prohibit me from using said photo.
I'll be sure to take you off my reading list, because quite frankly I now think you suck.
Also, if any person reading this blog would like to use any photos I have posted, feel free. I only ask that you give me the credit for the photo and link back to me. If you want to use the photo for monetary gain, that's a big fat NO. Pretty simple.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I Freaking Won An Award!!!!!

I have received my first blogging award and I feel like Sally Field accepting her second Oscar, "you like me, you really like me!" I can't even express how happy I am that Amy Byrnes chose me for a Liebster Award!  I love Amy's blog.  Her writing seems so effortless.  Some of her posts feel like I'm sitting down watching an episode one of my favorite TV shows.  Once you read #3 on her list, you'll totally understand.  If we lived nearby, I'm sure we'd hang out and have adult beverages, share laughs, and just be friends.  But I'll settle for blogging friends who may or may not have a cocktail while reading the other's posts.

Now, before you all start bragging that you are friends with an "award winning blogger," let me explain this award.  There are lots of bloggers that receive this award, in fact it's an ongoing, pay it forward type of award.  It's the pat on the back for bloggers like me that confirms there are other people, besides my Facebook friends, that are reading and appreciate my blog.  THANK YOU AMY! You really made my day!

I would now like to pass on this very prestigious award to Stefanie at It's A Long Story.  Stefanie writes posts I enjoy reading.  She's a real person.

1.   Why did you start your blog?

I actually started blogging years ago, maybe 12 years.  I had been surfing the Internet and found a blog I fell in love with, ljcfyi.  At that time I wanted to be Jenny, cool job, cool life, super crafty, and a very cool blog.  When I started my first blog, the templates weren't like they were now.  I spent hours perfecting the colors and fonts and cared less about the content.

Tomorrow is the 2 year anniversary of this blog.  I started this blog to write, to blow off steam, as a diary of sorts.  I think I just wanted total strangers to read it and know that there are other people out there that aren't living the perfect little Facebook life.  Even if no one read another post, I would still write.  It's therapeutic.

2.   What is your favorite movie?

Of course I have many favorites, who could pick just one?   My most recent favorites are The Watch and The Other Woman.  I love comedies.  The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet is my go to Christmas movie.  I will watch The Goonies, The Sandlot, Vacation, Sweet Home Alabama, and any of the Indiana Jones movies when they are on.  Julia Roberts is a favorite of mine, so her movies are on the top of the list too.  That includes Eat Pray Love, which makes me happy and sad at the same time.

3.   Where was your last, best vacation?

It's been so long since I went on a true vacation and God knows I need one.  Looking back I would say the trip I took to Spain with my high school Spanish class was amazing.  I wish I would have experienced that trip a little later in life so I could appreciate the experience more.  At 17 the culture, the art, the architecture, the food, everything except for the fact I could order a cerveza at McDonald's isn't truly experienced the way it should be.

4.   Who is your favorite author and why?

I'd love to say Hemingway or Fitzgerald, but I've always enjoyed Stephen King books.  I like suspense, horror, and supernatural books.  I think he is a genius.

5.   What is your most prized possession?

This one was hard for me.  I racked my brain to come up with a tangible thing that I loved, that I would be lost without, and couldn't really think of one, thank God.  There are many people I would be lost without, my parents, my best friend "Carol," my Sweet Babboo, and my two sweet dogs, but I don't consider them possessions, so I would have to say I am glad to have my humor.  It has gotten me through some tough times.  It's really true, laughter is the best medicine.

6.   Cat or Dog?

Anyone that knows me can answer this. DOG!  I grew up with dogs as pets.  Yes we had a cat here and there, but the dogs were my friends.  I was an only child, so they were my playmates, my confidants.  Now as an adult, my dogs, Jameson and Morgan are my furry kids.  I love them.

7.   What is the most delicious food you have ever eaten?

The list is long and my ass shows it, but I love pasta and seafood, so I will choose a seafood linguine with a touch of truffle oil drizzled on top.

8.   What is your favorite quote and by who?

Again, how can I chose just one, I can't.
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."  -Plato     
"Every man dies, but not every man truly lives."   -William Wallace
"We were together, I forget the rest."  Walt Whitman 
I think the first two ring true for everyone.  I've worked with the public for a lot of years and I think people are so quick to be nasty, and you want to be nasty back.  The thing is I don't know what they are going through in their lives and they don't know what I'm going through.  A little kindness goes a long way and who knows, you could brighten the day of someone that's going through a difficult time.

The Wallace quote is just a reminder that life is short and we all need to find something important and meaningful everyday.  You just don't know what day might be your last.

I love the Whitman quote.  When your with someone you love, it doesn't matter where you are or what you're doing, you're just happy being in their company.

I could have added a million Dave Matthews Band lyrics to this question, but I'll just say I think he is a brilliant song writer and so many of his lyrics are amazing.
9.   If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be?

My dad's dad died when my dad was two.  I would choose him. I wonder what he was like, what his voice sounded like.

10.  What is your favorite post that you've written? (Please provide link!)

I think my most favorite post from this blog is Oh Gina You're So Fine, You're So Fine You Blow My Mind....Part 1.

That's it.  Those are my answers.  Thanks for taking the time to read them and my blog.

Saved By The Dinner Bell

Babboo and I like to cook. Actually I should rephrase that, Babboo does the majority of the cooking and I'm the sous chef/cleaner, AKA kitchen bitch. Can I cook, yes. Does Babboo believe I can cook, no. What he forgets is that I have helped him so much that I could easily replicate any of his barbecue dishes, brisket, ribs, pork shoulder, etc.

Since we both enjoy cooking and eating (our scale will attest to that), we both like to watch the Food Network. Babboo's favorite is Bobby Flay and I love Trisha Yearwood and Ree Drummond. We both like to watch Guy Fieri, not only on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, but also Guy's Big Bite. I really want to be friends with Trisha and I think Guy would be awesome to sit and have cocktails with. If either of you are reading this, call me.

There are a few shows/hosts I'm less than thrilled over, but I'll refrain from listing how this person or that person, bugs the shit out of me.

I'm actually lying in bed watching the Food Network right now and painfully writing this on my phone. I was surprised to see Tiffani Thiessen has a show on the network now. I half assed watched the show while composing this and the jury is still out on whether or not it is Snarky approved.  I like Tiffani's personality and what she cooked looked good, but the premise of the show is that she cooks at home for her friends.  Now, I don't know about you, but when I cook at home I am not in a nice dress, nor do our friends arrive in suit jackets and dresses like they are attending a 5 start restaurant.  Our food may be 5 stars, but our vibe is more laid back.  Hell family dinner is served on paper plates, with paper napkins, solo cups, and plastic utensils.  This wouldn't be my first choice, but it makes the kitchen bitch's clean up a little easier.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

I'm Totally In Shape

Unfortunately my shape is like a very large circle.  Totally disgusted by my "shape" and finally coming to the realization that if I can't control the outcome of this hellacious job search, I decided I should focus on something I actually can control.  So I dusted off the rower and got started.  Let me tell you my first rowing experience, it was short lived.  Although it wasn't a "trip around the lake" distance, I was glad I got started.  Slow and steady wins the race, right?  RIGHT?!
If any of you have ever thought about rowing as your go to exercise, I highly recommend it.  It seriously works your entire body, back, core, legs, arms....  It's also really easy to turn on the television and just get down to business.
Torture Device of Choice (just kidding)
Photo from waterrower.com
I told Babboo I wanted a water rower and he bought me one over a year ago.  This particular rower has a "waterflywheel," which is a large plastic disc-shaped vessel that actually holds water.  This design, "emulates the exact dynamics of a boat moving through the water."  It has a small monitor that tells you distance, time, strokes per/hour, and lots more that I haven't figured out yet.
Hopefully I'll be able to shed the muumuu and put back on a bikini soon.  That's not me by the way.

photo from Rachel Herrick