Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Boo to the business world! You are working for the joy of giving.

Hello blogosphere! Guess what! I no longer have to pray that this blog makes it to the big time or put terrible ads on it so I can support my various habits and (totally legal) addictions! Why you may ask? 
Since that glorious moment last Friday at noon I have renamed myself "Job Guru" and I am now ready to share my knowledge with cyberspace.
Okay not really seeing as I searched for a job for about two years and I only ever had one interview.
But like all things I've learned something about life and seeing as that is the purpose of this blog I might as well write it down here.
Out there in the big wide world we are constantly being appraised. For instance today I saw a poster for a really terrible looking movie whose tag line is "What happens when a 5 goes out with a 10?"
Yeah I'm rushing to the theatre to see that one.
My point though is that life is like one giant antiques road show. Especially the whole process of applying for a job thing. You go in there put all your best references and try your best to make yourself look like a puppy hugging starving family feeding rabbit hutch building for unemployed fluffy bunnies model citizen. Sometimes they believe you and you're like that guy with the six million dollar blanket that he bought at a garage sale for two bucks and other times you're that guy who comes in with a bugle from the civil war only to find out that it was made in Taiwan in the 80s. 
What I'm trying to get at is that getting a job requires a lot of luck. People don't like to admit that because it's makes them the employed and the overall better smarter person. So maybe the interviewer likes your shoes or they have a thing for the courier font so they remember you. 
This means that especially in these economic times jobs are going to be hard to come by whether your sixteen or forty six and that sucks. Especially if you are at the older range and I really don't have much advice for you yet. But if you are young take this as a blessing. You'll be working for the rest of you're life and maybe pushing that back a while could be a good thing.

Friday, March 12, 2010

We're so helpless, we're slaves to our own forces.

Last night I preformed at my school's coffeehouse. I also helped to run it but that seemed secondary to the iron fist of nerves which was holding my stomach in a death grip. But you know what? I was ready and like all things I learned something.
Fear is something that we let define us, at least partially. Our fears (my fears) help to define us.
A fear of preforming, a fear of germs all of these things stop us from living our lives.
We might not even realize that we want to do these things but there comes a night when we are sleep deprived and anxious and make an angst ridden conclusion such as....oh I don't know
"I hate my life and everything about it and I'm so boring so let's do something totally out of character"
But you know what?
Despite all my freaking out it was okay.
I don't feel any different and maybe that's not the point of it all.
A Modern Family episode talked about how maybe we can only change ourselves about 15% and that makes sense to me. But even if we can only change 15% there is so much out there that we can experiment with. So out of 100 attempts at change we get 15 right and 85 other learning experiences.
Sounds pretty good to me.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tony makes 60 K, invests in IRA’s, But I’m busy making paper airplanes out of resumes

Here's what I've learned. Like the mediocre song says breaking up is hard to do. One would assume that it's even harder when you are not in a romantic relationship. But either this is something that everyone goes through or I'm just some psycho. I like option one best.
It's not you it's me, We've both changed though, I need space. All lines from the book of George Costanza, lines I never thought I would be saying them but last week that's all I could say. You know clichés are underrated. Kafka and Shakespeare loved a good cliché and sometimes they are the best way to express something. I've learned that sometimes things need to be said. It's best to pick the timing well and to phrase it well but sometimes that doesn't work out. Sometimes we say things like oh I don't know.... "You need to get your head out of your butt and realize there is a whole world outside your petty drama" (Man that looks terrible when typed). But it leads to better things. I've talked about friendships fading and also the terrible massive fight end to a friendship but I've never had a real "mutual break up". I think that part of growing up is re-evaluating relationships. Seeing what is healthy and what's not. Codependency, building resentment and secrets are not healthy and they aren't real friendships and sometimes it's better to step back versus try to work something out that maybe isn't worth working out. It's been a while since this all went down and I have to say I'm feeling pretty damn good about it. There's a whole world out there and it's waiting to be rediscovered. This post is pretty doom and gloom so I'll end on a happier note 1. Employment is looking up for me and if can get a job anyone can. 2. Spring is almost sprung! Weather is gorgeous go for a bike,ride,walk see some flowers takes some pictures and smile.
Everything is alive it's time you were too.