On Want to Temp? Here's Where to Go

I've tried lots of temp agencies and it mostly goes like this: find an interesting posting on CL, call/email about it, set up an interview, show up and interview with 3-4 ppl who all ask the same exact questions, find out the "job" i applied for has magically been filled but are you interested in this receptionist role?, tell them no, call back once a week for a few weeks, never hear from them again. Basically they all have bait and switch postings online and they fill quotas on how many resumes and interviews they can screen. I've found them to be mostly a waste of time.

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 2:16 pm 0

On Traveling Lighter: Results

3rding the love for packing cubes. I ordered the Rick Steves set for a trip to Europe and it saved me. I rolled all of my clothing before putting them in the cubes and I was amazed at how much I could fit in there w/minimal wrinkling.

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 9:40 am 0

On Ask the Grindstone: Job Reference Etiquette

@garli @bgprincipessa I found the clip. He didn't say the last part I mentioned (I remembered incorrectly or it was edited out from this clip?) but here it is! http://www.today.com/money/survey-most-job-references-give-bad-reviews-2D79429091 At the end you can hear him saying "In my case, the guy probably knew... " What?! The guy probably knew you were going to give him a bad reference so he asked you to do it???

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 12:30 pm 0

On Ask the Grindstone: Job Reference Etiquette

@bgprincipessa His defense, iirc, was "Well they didn't ask if it would be a positive reference" but that is IMPLIED, dude. Obviously they wouldn't have asked if they thought you hated them. Jesus.

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:59 am 0

On Ask the Grindstone: Job Reference Etiquette

I saw a segment on the Today show (groan) a while ago about references and Carson Daly, ever the shithead, said that he always agrees to be a reference when asked, even if he doesn't have a favorable opinion of that person. He then turns around and gives a negative review for that person when someone calls and checks their reference. Even the other hosts were like, "If we don't think highly of that person then we just say we don't feel comfortable giving a reference." Man, I hope no one has ever done that to me.

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:23 am 0

On HR Is Not Your Friend, But It Can Be A Good Sparring Partner

@PicNic Aw man, thanks anyway! I'll just keep praying to all the gods I don't believe in!

Posted on March 23, 2015 at 12:33 pm 0

On HR Is Not Your Friend, But It Can Be A Good Sparring Partner

@PicNic Ah I knew it! I've applied for multiple jobs there but so far no luck. I'm waiting to hear back from one that I'm really qualified for and excited about but it's been a while and I'm losing hope. You wouldn't happen to know anyone in Alumni Affairs and Development would you? :P

Posted on March 20, 2015 at 3:57 pm 0

On HR Is Not Your Friend, But It Can Be A Good Sparring Partner

@PicNic Whoa, your university sounds really sweet. Do you mind saying which one it is (IIRC you're in MA?)? I work at MIT and while it has perks, they don't have ones as good as yours (that I know of anyway).

Posted on March 20, 2015 at 1:23 pm 0

On Controversy With Your Coffee And Other Recent Retail Innovations

I tried the Mast Brothers chocolate that had coffee in it. It was a gift and it sounded like a dream - coffee AND dark chocolate? Sign me up! It was gross and it was a chore to eat the damn thing.

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 10:06 am 0

On How to Find 'the One' (Purse)

@tw0lle Aaah we are the same. I think it's Everlane's marketing that I fall for. I've returned a bunch of stuff b/c it fit oddly but man, did it look great on their site! I did just get a cardigan that I like a lot and I'm still eying the casual Petra even though I'm not crazy about that brown piping. For now I'm using their backpack daily but it's pretty large and cumbersome so I want a "grown-up" looking bag to alternate.

Posted on March 13, 2015 at 1:28 pm 1