Today I found out I got the job. I was both happy and relieved - all in the same breath. And while this was wonderful news, for which I was very grateful, I could not help but stop and think of those who are currently less fortunate. The "Have Nots."
We know that tens of millions of people are worrying each day, for weeks now, about their own employment future. Right now, I am one of the lucky ones. I am well aware of that. As I am equally aware of the fact that anything can and - so far in 2020 - will change...on a dime.
A few weeks ago, I would not have thought it possible to find a job during a pandemic and with so much uncertainty in the world. But my skepticism was proven wrong because there actually are companies still hiring. I went through the usual process - resume, cover letter, interview, second interview, reference check. I easily felt myself falling back into the trap of despair time and again. And, all the while, trying to avoid too much obsession with news platforms and social media that are practically asking each other now when we can expect to return to "normal." But I had to have hope, because what can you do without it?
That I got the job was almost bittersweet news, because as much as I need the job and the health insurance and the income, what I would really love would be to go to the mall on a Saturday with a few hundred other people. Or sit in a darkened movie theatre with 10 or 20 fans with similar taste in Keanu Reeves action films. Or go for a walk without having the person approaching me cross the street to avoid me. Or just to have everything back "the way it was." Having friends and families looking forward to their next vacation at the happiest place on Earth, along with so many other families, milling about without a care in the world.
But now, we have all the cares (and concerns) of the world, and many of them focus on how we will survive in such a crazy, upside down world.
So even though I have this job, I am making the conscious decision to keep in mind the Have Nots. And I invite you to do the same. I am donating a portion of my first paycheck to World Central Kitchen (www.wck.org). I still hold that the only way we will get through this is together and since someone has given me a chance, I want to be able to contribute to someone somewhere else who needs one too.
Don't just stay safe; stay hopeful.
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It's tough to overestimate how effective these two tools — visualization and mindfulness meditation — are when trying to figure out what in the world your dream job really is.
I know this because I've engaged this holistic and empowering method personally and with hundreds of students and clients.
One of the many reasons it's so instrumental in gaining clarity is because we tend to romanticize what we think our dream job is. That can pull us off-course really fast, and we often feel like we've gone too far down that road toward it to turn back, so we're disappointed yet again finding ourselves in a job that's not a great fit.
In today's post on my blog "Reimagine," we look at what visualization and mindfulness meditation are in the context of a dream-job pursuit and how separately and together they can transform your experience.
If you would love to change jobs but have no clue what you’d rather do instead, or you find yourself trying to find a new opportunity but not gaining traction, this approach may be exactly what you need.
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My manager does not listen.
she will jump in and take the conversation in the wrong direction and provide wrong information.
I tried telling her the client had issues with something, she cut me off and said the contract is under review that’s why the issues. It sounded wrong so I clarified but she further explained the contract being in review. I know my information was clear therefore I believed her. During a meeting with my client I passed along the info and they had no idea there was contract issues and after they emailed my boss and I.
my boss responded that she was not aware of any contact issues. Now the client is confused why I told them there were issues and even questioning my abilities.
She has done stuff like this before, today in a different client meeting she made me look incompetent.
how do I address this with my boss or do I just ignore her when she does it? my worry is sounding childish and being a complainer but I also don’t care to look bad to clients.
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I would like advice since I was never born or raised in the US
I received a job at a company as a sales representative. They have a base pay but it is based on making presentations to people and not an hourly pay. The only person I am close to that understands the US systems is my boyfriend. He has made me feel bad about all the sales rep jobs I’ve tried to get and I listened to him because based on what he says they sound like scams. But this particular job I think is a great job. I can work from home, I can pick my own hours and all but even this one he says “it’s a contractor position” and that means it’s not good? I can’t find anything online about that not being good and it just feels like a negative thing for him to say. He was saying it seems too good to be true but once he found out it’s genuine he now says I will essentially not make much since I will be paying taxes as a contractor. I plan on getting a day job for constant income but making the sales job more like a side hustle. So before I commit to this I would like to know if he is right or not. He says that’s a bad idea, but I would love to know why he thinks this is a bad idea because I don’t under the US systems around this at all!
PS: the company is Vector marketing. I don’t know if I’m allowed to mention the company or not. If not, I’m sorry and I will delete the post.
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Approaching month 7 of being laid off.
I recently got my job rejection letter after 3 rounds of a (seemingly) successful interview process; which took a total of 2 months, BTW. I am of course left feeling DEFEATED, however. I am wondering if there should have been something within the months-long process I could have done or inquired about etc.? Like a clue to have let me know hey, they aren't as serious about hiring you as it appears. Just in an effort to be better prepared for next time, that was a huge waste of time I actually missed out on the Job Fair
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Lots of people sell their coaching services on this platform.
I think this episode is worth listening to before engaging a Coach.
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May I just vent for a minute? And feel free to commiserate. Over the last 2+ years (actually, probably since mid 2020) I have had countless interviews. Interviews in all shapes and sizes (I'm in HR, by the way, for what it's worth, but I'm speaking as a candidate). I have been in interviews that were the most pleasant experience ever, some where I felt like it was an inquisition (one particular instance, I went through 3 rounds over several months, wasn't really into that job but needed a job, totally thought I bombed it and then when I called to withdraw when I landed my current job, they were upset). Brady Bunch-style Teams interviews. In person with facemasks (which led to one of the worst headaches I ever had). All kinds of different scenarios. And I tolerate them, I do. I applied for a reason, I will follow through and take each rejection in stride and withdraw for what is not a good fit for me. But out of all the different interview styles I've experienced, the one I absolutely hate, is the one-sided recorded video. Hate. Double hate Looooathe that style. I just did one last week (second time in my career I have had to) and I almost withdrew my application once I realized that was the next step. Anyone else find those particularly torturous?