Thursday, April 28, 2011

Long Silence

I have no idea when I will be able to make a quality post next. Lot of work, personal projects, and crazy trips. So much stress that you can't even shake a stick.

Add onto that school starting.

And the fact that an idea not only showed me it's fangs but sank them into me. Lots and lots of work.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Searching for a New Job While Working

This is extremely painful and hard.

Recently I have been able to interview with some wonderful companies. With winter over things have seemed to have picked up in the job hunting department. However, all the interviews I have been to have been through a hiring agent. My own searches have led to nothing so this isn't too bad.

Another bit of good news is I have finally gotten a review at work. The bad news is that they are aware of my job search. I made it clear to them that I have no intention of of up&leaving with out being able to train my replacement and that I want to help find my replacement when the time is right. They seemed to appreciate this. I am very lucky that I can actually talk to my manager and let him know what is going on in my search.

The search itself is driving me crazy.

The wait hurts the most, especially when it's for a job I would love. Aside from one day, I have made sure my job search has not interfered with my current job and the work I do. It is a very hard balance to keep. I have been considering what I am going to do with my job search for the summer because It is the bussy seasion for my company and I don't want to have trobel working and timing things.

le sigh.

Other then that, if you have been searching on your own with no luck you should really try a hiring agency. They can do wonders.

College part 2

So... I got an almost official e-mail saying I was almost and official student. With just a few more hoops to  jump through and I can start as soon as May. :3

So... other then that things seem to be going well. I can't wait to see how much I panic on my way to my first class.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

More on School

A lot of crazy in the past few weeks. Most notiably is the crazy surounding my school of choice and their semantis fail.

See, if someone told you that they were sending out information to you early then wouldn't you expect it to come... Early? Yeah, I did feel a little bad about calling the person again but it turns out that 'oh no, we only send them at the designated time and never sooner." and "Oh, we need your medical papers ASAP. Preferably yesterday."

Fun fact, they only accept students three times a year.

Another fun fact, because of this and Mr. Fail Boat finacial guy, I probably will not be able to start until the fall. I had wanted to start in May.

He was totally useless to talk to also. "Here you need to fill this thing out" then "oh no, I never said that. You are too old for that."

No wonder people are so confused when they get out of school, they are not used to things making sense. I just need to keep telling myself that after three years of this I will have my degree. Just three more years.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

What a Cover Letter Really is

Cover Letters they are the bane of my job search. The examples I have found tend to be so vague that I can't tell which section is which. I will admit to having photo copied a cover letter that was sent in to us(it was exactly like the ones I saw online...). So I have gone back to searching the internet for help.

Career Builder has an Article on Covering Your Bases: Make Your Cover Letter Count which is short they have a to do list for your letter.

1) Follow a standard business letter format.
2) Writing the opening.
3) Demonstrate your knowledge of the company.
4) Explain your current situation.
5) Explain why this job interests you.
6) Briefly elaborate on one or two key points to draw attention to your resume.
7) Don't rehash your resume.
8) Have someone else review your cover letter.
9) Closing the letter.

Each section has a brief description of what you could put there... but it's still so very vague.But when put into list format it starts to make a bit more sense. I think for myself I will just have to go for it and try to be creative. Because the general ones I had been sending out just don't get my any answers.

 I will re-hash my cover letter when I notice something seems off about it. While it is a pain re-hashing it can keep it fresh and save it from looking like a form letter. Also it makes companies think I type it new If I happen to re-apply to a company a second time.