What? She's alive? - The Void: Mind Wanderings of a Lost Soul
What? She's alive?
I was going to make a phone post the other day, but it got noisy at the end so I didn't :).

Had an interview the other day, which was derived from a company calling me (even though I never applied for the job). That should have been my first clue. I went anyway because at this point I'm getting a little bit desperate. The job was with an insurance company, and of course they want me to be an agent. To be an agent, however, I would have to fork over $300 to get my license in this state. #1: I'm sooooooo not a seller. #2: No $300. So that sucked. But since I was already in BG, I went ahead and put in an application for my old job (which is where I met Jason 4 years ago) as a "customer care consultant" at a local outsourcing job. It's better money than it used to be by a couple of dollars, and the job is better now (working as an OnStar person instead of for Verizon Wireless Prepaid Service *shudder*). But that just shows you how desperate I actually am.

And speaking of Jason, the 4th was out 4th anniversary. I made the joke all day that some consider that a day of mourning heheh. We did nothing that day, he basically ignored me all day interspersed with moments of yelling. He was pissed at me for something, I'm not sure what. Apparently being the sole breadwinner in a household can make him cranky. Imagine that. lol

But he tried to make up for it yesterday. Didn't do that good of job though. We have had Austin this weekend, which always makes things weird as that kid is out of control on the annoyance factor. I assume all 8 year olds are though. They seem to get great pleasure out of making super annoying noises with their mouth, which is something I could never take.

Mom took us grocery shopping yesterday after we came down to fix Dad's computer. It makes me feel like such a loser but I'm grateful that they could help out. The only thing I'm really worried about right now is paying my student loan payment in the middle of this month. I can't afford to go into default. I suppose I could apply at Walmart for seasonal work, though I think I'd rather shoot myself in the head than have to deal with that place at Christmas.

Still playing too much Second Life, but trying to limit those hours to late at night. All that means is that I spend more time alone as most of my online friends are sleeping peacefully at that point. Anywho, off to eat. Stomach is actually hungry today.

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devvie From: devvie Date: November 6th, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay!!!! I was worried when I saw the news this morning about the tornado in Kentucky... *breaths a sign of relief her pal is okie dokie* :D Hugs

You mentioned the job interview, but what other jobs are you going after that you really want? Are you going to companies in person and asking to see their human resource manager? Go for what you want first before you settle for what you don't. I know it isn't easy sweetie pie.
funfairiegirl From: funfairiegirl Date: November 6th, 2005 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
here's the ting about going to a place in person and asking to see the HR person...from the HR persons point of view...we hate that. A lot. it puts us on the spot. thing is, we probably really like whoever comes in, but it still puts us on the spot to find you something. Just a thought from an HR person. Unless they say in an ad to come on in...calling to inquire is sufficient.
devvie From: devvie Date: November 6th, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, I got some bad advice from two HR people in NYC...unless they like to be put on the spot...and now I understand all the sighing and rolling of the eyes when I showed up! :D What advice would you give someone who is looking for a job? You are the perfect person to ask. If a person didn't think they were qualified for a job should they apply anyway? What do HR people look for in a candidate?
funfairiegirl From: funfairiegirl Date: November 6th, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
before I was in HR, I used to hear it was best to just apply even if you weren't qualified. here's the thing. If you don't have the minimum qualifications, not the desired stuff, but the minimum stuff, we don't even look at you. if it says you need a degree, chances are, we aren't going to take a non-degreed person unless you have like 30 years of experience. Also, we really do look at things like grammar and spelling on your resume and cover letter. we mock you if they are bad. We look for manners. if you treat your recruiter like crap, chances are you will treat your co-workers that way. Above all else, make contacts. half the people we hire know someone who knows someone. they don't get pref treatment per se, but they know when a job comes available. Let me know if you have specifics you would like answered or if I can help with anything else, but yeah, you got some bad advice. I don't know where they work, but most people (not just HR people) get a little annoyed if someone walks into their office without an appointment and wants something. The thing is, we are all REALLY busy. HR people, managers, workers and already have a million meetings. So that is probably why you got the sighs and eye rolls.
devvie From: devvie Date: November 6th, 2005 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well one of the people who gave me the advice was my Mom. She was in HR for about 20 years and became the Vice President of a major steamship company. I have mentioned to her that the world isn't the same as it was when she started out in HR and that things have changed. Now I have proof they indeed have. She saw it as initiative. Now it's just annoying. :D Thank you for the heads up. Luckily I am now employed...by my MOM! :D
devvie From: devvie Date: November 6th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
P.S. did you know you spelled "thing" wrong in your first reply? Would this illicit mockery from your co-workers? <--kidding :P
funfairiegirl From: funfairiegirl Date: November 6th, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I realized it after I posted it. I mocked myself for it, don't worry. I reply via email rather than going into LJ, so I frequently miss spellcheck :( and I am not the best at proofing my own work, apparently. But this is a little less critical than say, a resume.

and things really have changed a lot in the work place in the last 20 years. A lot. They have in the last 10 since I have been in offices, I know that.
funfairiegirl From: funfairiegirl Date: November 6th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
you can apply for a deferment on your student loans for 6 months based on hardship. just call and talk to them about it.
kaidysoft From: kaidysoft Date: November 8th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
*HUGS* and good luck!!!
From: barefootatkheb Date: November 9th, 2005 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
best of luck :))
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