Time to Shake Things Up


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Sometimes, I’m a little dense.  A little thick-headed.  A little dumb.  But eventually, I learn.  And I have finally learned something.  What was it?  That what I’m doing to solve my current situational problem isn’t working.

Well, now I think it’s high time I recognized continuing to do things the same way is going to lead to the same results, and y’all, that ain’t good.

So, I can’t promise I’ll be as active online for a little while as I try to straighten out my resume.  I’m going to try for a new format and a few variations on it, to see if applying for positions with something more specialized helps.  In time.

I’ve been putting this off for a long time because I hate the idea of struggling to come up with buzz words (and not knowing that they should be!), and fighting to make correlations between my actual skills and things being sought in the marketplace.  No more.  I can’t run the machine the same way anymore.  Just can’t.

So, despite my procrastinated desire to work on my manuscript, I have to put that off and look at doing something drastic to my resume and see if I can land the elusive job in the land of 8% unemployment.  Since this is priority one, I’ll have to put off other writing things I want to do, too.

Wish me luck, and if any of you have specific buzz words you can offer me from today’s employment market, please feel free to do so.

See ya when I can!
-JDT-

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9 thoughts on “Time to Shake Things Up

  1. Drive-by encouragement, going with Maggie’s class for a field trip. Just wanted to say hey. 🙂

    Thanks and hey back. 🙂

  2. Hey good luck. Just stay positive…that is what we are doing….Hubby is out of a job too, but I know it will all work out in the end, no matter how hard it is right now! Hang in there!

    We’re doing our best. Thanks, and good luck to you guys. I’m sure having a Harvard degree won’t hurt your husband’s chances of finding work. 😉

  3. Hang tough and stay positive…things will rebound and I know you will be 1st inline for a great new job…Zman sends

    We’re doing all we can. Thanks, appreciate the encouragement.

  4. Shoo can doo eet! Lemme know if you want me to review it for technical content – I’d be more than happy to.

    -k

    Yeah, I might take you up on that. I’m actually trying to format it as a Functional Resume, and see if I can pare the danged thing down a page. Thanks!

  5. Just remember don’t do any of the things in your interview mentioned here;

    http://jobsatthewindmill.blogspot.com/2008/03/job-interview-blunders.html

    A job applicant challenged the interviewer to an arm wrestle.
    Interviewee wore a Walkman, explaining that she could listen to the interviewer and the music at the same time.
    Candidate fell and broke arm during interview.
    Candidate announced she hadn’t had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and french fries in the interviewers office.
    Candidate explained that her long-term goals was to replace the interviewer.
    Candidate said he never finished high school because he was kidnapped and kept in a closet in Mexico.
    Balding Candidate excused himself and returned to the office a few minutes later wearing a headpiece.
    Applicant said if he was hired he would demonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm.
    Applicant interrupted interview to phone her therapist for advice on how to answer specific interview questions.
    Candidate brought large dog to interview.
    Applicant refused to sit down and insisted on being interviewed standing up.
    Candidate dozed off during interview.

    The employers were also asked to list the “most unusual” questions that have been asked by job candidates.
    “What is it that you people do at this company?”
    “What is the company motto?”
    “Why aren’t you in a more interesting business?”
    “What are the zodiac signs of all the board members?”
    “Why do you want references?”
    “Do I have to dress for the next interview?”
    “I know this is off the subject, but will you marry me?”
    “Will the company move my rock collection from California to Maryland?”
    “Will the company pay to relocate my horse?”
    “Does your health insurance cover pets?”
    “Does your company have a policy regarding concealed weapons?”

    Um … check. Got it. Will. Not. Do. Thanks, Al! ‘Course, it’s all moot unless I GET an interview ….

  6. Dense, thick-headed and a little dumb? We’re all like that but yes, we learn. Good luck on finding the job, I’m sure you’ll find something for you and we’ll live happily ever after LOL. Easier said than done but it is possible!

    Hope springs eternal! Thank you!

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