Wednesday, July 22, 2015

$25 A Pound for Bologna?!

Photo courtesy Edelweiss Deli
Who, in their right mind, would pay $25 a pound for bologna? This girl, that's who.  Babboo's birthday is today and he wanted to try Schweinebauch from Edelweiss Deli in Portland, Oregon.  Living in the Mitten, I couldn't just jump in the car and pick up a few pounds, so I've been diligently visiting their website to see if it was back in stock for shipping.  Sunday was my lucky day and I submitted my order for the minimum 3 pounds along with a pound of rosemary garlic bologna.  I clicked "checkout," entered in my shipping info and up popped the total with the shipping charges, $109.  Yep, that's not a typo, one-hundred nine dollars.  Babboo told me not to order it when I told him the total with shipping, but he's totally worth it so I did.  The UPS man should be knocking on the door tomorrow with a package of meat, B-O-L-O-G-N-A.  Sing the song you know you want to.  I'll post our review after we sample the deliciousness.  It's wrapped in bacon, how could it possibly be bad?

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