@Flora Poste My boss has encouraged me to add more people on LinkedIn, and as far as I know she doesn’t want me to find a new job…
@Wilgrims I was contacted out of the blue by an Apple recruiter in September 2009, asking if I was interested in learning more about a specific position. The recruiter wasn’t a contact of mine or a friend of a friend, just someone keywording specific backgrounds, I think.
Best thing that’s ever happened to me career-wise…
I once had shit on my shoe during an interview. Literally, a big schmear of dog shit on my shoe. Naturally I had no idea. It was conducted in one of those terrible cloth-sided cubicles in a cavernous windowless interior. The interview lady kept curling her upper lip and looking at me like I was revolting. I was trying to be polite, maybe even a little sorry for her and irritated, thinking “Why is she being such a bitch? Oh well, she can’t help looking like that when there’s a nasty smell in this room. I bet she hates working here.” Actually I don’t remember what I was thinking, because as soon as I left, I realized that atrocious smell was still around. I checked myself all over and discovered the offending shoe. It was pretty gnarly. Took fifteen minutes in a patch of grass to get it off me, and even then that shoe was never the same. I don’t remember ever wearing those shoes after that. Of course, no job for me. It makes me laugh today, like I was cast in some kind of instruction video on interview etiquette for dummies. But I compulsively check my feet before walking into a building where I will be interviewed.
I estimated $75. I was not close. SSO and I decided to combine places this weekend, and so… we did.
Friday: Star Trek (Iron Man was sold out wtf wtf wtf) = $25
Saturday: Brunch ($19) + DonorsChoose autodeduction ($10) + choir concert ($15)
Sunday: Panera ($16.08) + Uhaul ($41.96) and gas ($7.32) + post-moving Domino’s ($18.76)
So… $75 x 2, basically.
@Harper Alexander@facebook But were you contacted without any solicitation by a recruiter, through a mutual contact who was not aware of your being contacted? I feel like that is the only value-added possible. But I would love to be wrong!
@Wilgrims What I don’t get is, OK, you’re on LinkedIn, linked up to all your colleagues and other work contacts, etc. You decide to look for a new job, and start updating your profile, making new connections and whatever else you can do (I’m no expert). How is not completely obvious that you’re looking to leave your current position?
But what if the people at your current job see that you’ve said you’re looking for a new job? That would be… not great for lots of people.
Counterpoint – I got my current job (at Apple) via LinkedIn. Convinced?
Here’s my profile – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/harper-alexander/4/905/211/
Yeah, if you want a bag in SF (I think plastic bags are banned but still see them from time to time), it’ll cost you 10 cents. As a result I am fresh out of bags (plastic or paper) at my apartment and am now wondering where to put my trash. Must buy more 10 cent paper bags the next time I go to Whole Foods.
This still hasn’t convinced me that anyone has ever gotten a job from LinkedIn. It is an easy way to show a resume. That’s it.
Are there any stay-at-home parents who can share their thoughts on this family’s hiring a personal chef even though the mother stays at home? Is this something you would do if you could afford it? I don’t have children and both my parents have always worked, so I don’t have a good perspective on this — but I’m having a hard time imagining why cooking is so stressful for her.
I read the Powrball results. One ticket for the jackpot put 22 people won the second largest prize 1 million dollars. Over one thousand people won the 10k prize.
@SarcasticFringehead what you said!
@chic noir I have dreams about the things I would do with the money from a large win like… Go to a Wallmart during Xmas season and pay off the layaway of 100 people. Go to a college or University, invite 200 liberal arts students to a “meeting” and tell them Oprah style that i’m paying off their student loans. Have a couple of scholarships set up in my name. A wing of a hospital with my name on it. Free bus/metro passes for a year for working and missing class workers. Donate to a free clinic in a poor neighborhood. donate to doctor’s without borders. Pay off all of my closest friends student loans and mortgages.
I purchase two tickets for Megamillions and Powerball most weeks. I rather spend the money on a chance of winning millions vs another latte, a shirt that falls apart after one wear from H&M, booze , apps for my phone, bottled water etc…
@terrific – i don’t really play scratch offs. I occasionally buy them to add to Bday cards. Well about a month ago I was on the bus and heard a voice in my head telling me to get off and go get a few scratch offs. So I got off the bus, where I stood between two liquor stores. Decided to go to the liquor store that has winning tickets posted. Brought ten dollars worth of tickets and what do you know… I got a winner. $500 for me :)
I was a little disappointed that I didn’t win one of the 20k prizes but something is better than nothing.
Two days later, decided to try my luck without the “voice” ,brought four one dollar tickets in 7-11 and won 50.
Have been on scratch off “chill” ever since.
@jessjess Thank you! It’s a small thing, but I felt accomplished all weekend.
Whoops. I was woefully optimistic in estimating $117 and wound up spending significantly more than that – $195.75, roughly $160 of which was groceries. But I did stock up on a lot of pantry staples, so that’s something, I guess?
Zach Galifianakis’ uncle is an attorney in the same building that houses the company at which my spousal elect used to be employed. I went to a party hosted by that company, and they’d invited all the tenants in the building. Uncle Galifianakis (his name is Nick I believe) is an older gentleman who was also a congressman at one point and he was 100% charming and I talked with him for a long time. He told me all about Zach and how down to earth he is, and also bragged about some of his other children (evidently the Galifianakis family is a super family that has produced congressman, presidents of the red cross, and actors, just one of those things). So, from what Uncle Galifianakis told me about Zach, this is not surprising. Nice people.
I bring my totes to the grocery store but every now and then I do stock up on plastic bags because I use them to hold my cat litter when I am scooping the boxes. The litter boxes are far away from the garbage can, and just dumping the loose litter into the garbage is icky (and makes it smell bad), so while I am dumping my plastic bags i am at least re-using them first.
As you can tell I still feel guilty about this, but I don’t know of any other ways to dispose of cat litter in my current living situation.
@rorow Trust me, I’ve tried! The problem is that I only like the Doritos-esque flavors which are pretty much impossible to make unless you have a dehydrator. I guess I could just try eating Doritos.
I have a wonderful tote bag made of plastic bags…some smart person collected plastic grocery bags, made them into a rope, and crocheted the greatest, strongest reusable bag ever.
@Mae They’re banned here in Long Beach as well, and I second this completely. I frequently forget my reusable bags, so end up with quite a few ten-cent paper bags, which then get used for my trash or recycling (so…no complaints about that part either!). There were a lot of complaints when it was first enacted, but after a month or two it seems everyone got on board.
@Leila@twitter Yes! We haven’t done it for a while but this weekend we made up for lost time by going to a LEGO ADVENTURE NIGHT at the children’s museum, which was really, really excellent.
My city banned shopping bags a few years ago, so I started shopping in another city because I’m not a monster who buys garbage bags.
I want to start using reusable bags but then I don’t know what I’ll put my trash in. I mean, I could buy garbage bags but I don’t see the point of paying for them when stores give me them for free, especially since they aren’t any better for the environment than the free one’s. Unless there are reusable garbage bags? How would that even work?
@acid burn Ah! Siblings Night Out is probably my favourite night out :)
Worked. Had lunch with coworkers. Worked. Picked up a car. Got ready and looked fabulous, probs because it took 2 hours to get ready :(
Henna party! Open bar!* Dancing! Belly dancers!
Bought gas $37, split between myself and my bro
*Other people drank, but I was driving.
Yoga, laundry, work, resting. Watched Mulan while folding a mountain of clothes.
Dinner with the family: we all just brought over food to my cousin’s place and cooked and drank together instead of spending mad money on restaurants and drinks.
McFlurry: $3.50 split between myself and my bro.
Worked, cancelled my lunch plans :(, damaged my hair with too much heat styling. More laundry.
Wedding! Open bar! Excellent band! Shots on the dance floor! Stayed out way too late!
Holiday out here, but I was in the office to hand in some work to an American client. Bought lunch because I forgot mine in my zombie state this morning. $3.50
Total: $23.75 which is way under the $90 or so I thought I would spend mostly on Saturday night. Yay!
@Michelle LeBlanc@twitter Yes! Me, too! In fact, sometimes I need to sneak a few extras from the grocery store so that I have enough.
I can’t believe this isn’t tagged “a bloodless war!” Logan! Make my dreams come truuuuuueeeee!