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I missed February – it went by like a summer breeze.  March is turning out a little better, but it’s work still.

I got connected to a wonderful site, careerealism.com. J.T. O’Donnell is an extremely positive career coach, and provides several free webinars on various topics. One such was the concept of creating an “Interview Bucket List”, which can be found at the following link: Video on Interview Bucket List. This is a way to start with what you love, attempt to make contacts at those companies whom you admire doing the things you love, then through contacts will find an open position.
Note she doesn’t recommend stopping the job boards altogether, but she stresses that not using social media and contacts, instead applying for jobs cold and praying something happens, will take a lot longer to obtain employment.

Crossing fingers this new approach will work.

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Another SuperBowl

Another year has come, and another Sunday afternoon will be spent glued to the boob tube to watch two teams slug it out some call this age’s equivalent to the gladitorial spectacles way back during the Roman Empire.  Sports was part of my family, my father dedicating weekend days to plopping himself in his favorite chair and verbally throtling his team, the Raiders.  He’s long abandoned watching the Raiders, finding other things to occupy his time now that he’s retired.  It worked out for him; he probably would have had his head explode in the 2000’s with the Raiders’ ineptitude of having a winning season.  Plus he has his kids to take up the reins; now we’re forever cursed.

There are those that wish ill will for anything that brings men together in a pissing contest, reminding their buddies that their own team rocks because of how well this particular play went or that particular pass or run went, and somehow correlating it to the fact that the member which is involved in said pissing contest is….well you get the picture.  P.S., I don’t get that level of involvement either.  I’m busy eating their snacks.  Yum!

A thought came from another blogger, posting the question about not being a feminist because she was going to watch the SuperBowl.  Link here: http://thewiddershins.wordpress.com/2010/02/05/feminist-friday-revoke-my-feminist-creds-im-watching-the-superbowl/.  It also talks about sex and women, etc., and some link between pro sports and the sexism.

My two cents: I just don’t care.  It’s a sporting contest.  Yes, football probably could be considered the most testostone-ladeled sport in America next to the UFC fights.  I’m sure football has launched a multitude of statistical projects, such as “how many husbands beat their wives during the SuperBowl”, and “how many commercials during the SuperBowl portray women in a negative way”, and “how many wives have died the night after the SuperBowl due to their husbands eating too much dip and farting a fatal odor”.  I watch it because I think it’s fun.  Period.  If I have family over, we talk about many things besides football, connecting as families are supposed to do.  If I choose to reduce my IQ with “neadrathalic wastes-of-time”, so be it, and I’m going to love doing it.

I’ll see you in 50 years, when I’m a drooling vegetable after years of football.  DE-FENSE!!  DE-FENSE!!

One month down.  I have seen a substantial increase in job postings, which leads me to believe companies were waiting out 2009 in 4Q, and seeing what their budgets would be like in 2010.  No problem here.

It’s good to see an increase; it gives hope.

I’ve been looking for 3 months, and I’ve learned some things along the way:

1) Not everyone gets back to you after first submittal.  You learn which ones you can connect with.  Others, there is nothing to do but wait and hope.

2) Businesses in general are taking longer to respond, due to factors like budget, resources, number of candidates, etc..  This is just how the market is right now.  Everyone is in the same boat, so being positive has helped tremendously.  There are jobs out there – one will be available.

3) Best to network, join groups, do more to stay active outside of checking the job boards.  Quite different than 13 years ago, but on the plus side there is a wealth of knowledge out there for free, and many people give it for free.  Gold star to them!  Would love to reciprocate.

At least I’ve been having some positive responses.  I have two possible opportunities at the moment, both in Oregon.  I don’t expect much before the New Year.  Fingers are getting cramped from crossing.