You know what blows my mind though? How hard people study for the SAT, but don't retain any of that skills further on in life. I can't even count how many times my work day has turned in to a big emergency because of someone's lack of planning / inability to read an email with very clear concise important information in it. Reading Comprehension is seriously a life skill people.
Here's what I would do if it were me and it's definitely too late to follow up: add your contacts at that organization to your 'email list' and if you don't have one of those now is a great time to start one! That way they will be privy to more passive forms of communication from you, like the mass bcc's to let all your friends know about the great infographic you made that was picked up by kottke.org or to let them know you've updated your portfolio page with some schnazzy new freelance projects. If you really missed the boat on the job then at least give them relevant reasons to stay in touch with you and continue to be looped in on how your work is growing.
Now's a good time to talk about Balance Sheet Recessions: http://bit.ly/1cxgrbe
I find myself saying 'no' to my boss a lot, as in: 'no, I can't write a brief for you about digital marketing for year out.' My title at the nonprofit would imply that I'm in a support position, but I'm often put in a position of having to act as a strategic planning person. I don't get paid to do that! These files are not going to file themselves! I can barely keep up with all the administrative stuff I never get to. Am I a bad employee? I'm just always so close to my breaking point in terms of my workload. ETA: I've been pushing for a title change for over a year now and it didn't happen during the last review period. I know it's supposed to be great to take on extra responsibility but that's how THEY GET YOU. You just take on extra stuff and extra stuff and extra stuff for forever, it's utterly sisyphean.
@Meaghano Just make a baked potato it's not like that takes up soooo much time :D :) XD
I don't know what my Valentines' day plans are yet my gentleman caller has a basketball game but I like any kind of cake. I do know that he thinks being in a relationship saves him a lot of money. When he told me that I laughed in his face and said that it's because he comes over and eats all my food, but probably also because I mock him for ordering sandwiches off Seamless for the days when he is home doing freelance projects. I bet not ordering seamless for fear of being mocked by a significant other saves lots of money.
@samburger Regardless, the company is still being more cost efficient by promoting staff rather than laying off and hiring from the outside. It saves time in the search, and also will require less training. We don't have any information on this persons salary history but they're being offered 20k or 30k raises, what is the percentage increase over the former salary?
Well yeah if I return all those registry gifts for cash then that will definitely boost my bottom line!
@polka dots vs stripes I have this one: http://www.amazon.com/Lightphoria-000LUX-Energy-Light-Lamp/dp/B004JF3G08/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1391178023&sr=8-2&keywords=sad+lamp It was lingering on my Amazon Wishlist and I forgot to take all the shameful things off it before sending it to my mom pre-chanukah but it worked out in my favor because lo! She gifted it to me. I have a hard time remembering to use it in the morning but I've been making a better effort to, and it's also useful in the evening. I've been leaving it in my kitchen so basically if I go in to my kitchen for any stretch of time I turn it on and leave it on. There's still nothing as energizing as putting shoes on and actually leaving the house during daylight hours though :)
NEW YORKERS: If you ever need to see a dr ever, Bellevue Ambulatory Care is GREAT. You can walk in or make an appointment over the phone, m-f during regular business hours. Bring bank statements or other proof of address and finances, if you qualify for sliding scale care any kind of visit is only $15. Labs are handled in house. It's a huge, amazing efficient clinic and I've recommended it to so many people, you can see everyone from a dermatologist to an ob-gyn, the only catch is they're not open on the weekend, and if you are planning to go without an appointment get there early or plan to wait. These services are provided by the city/state, and are available to everyone who needs medical care, regardless of your income or personal status. Don't be afraid of sliding scale clinics. The more people use the public services that are available to them, the better these services become in the long run. It benefits the entire community to use community services to the fullest extent. :gets off community services empowerment soapbox: http://www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/bellevue/html/services/adult-services.shtml#pcc