Friday, 22 April 2016

I GOT THE JOB!

On April 1st, I started my shiny new job at a financial services company in Toronto - yay for me!  I'm in my 3 month probationery period as an Executive Assistant, busier than the proverbial one-armed paper hanger, and deleriously happy because I get to use my brain again.

Must go back to work, long hours but learning SO much :)

Take care, be well, and as always...

TTFN!

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Has it really been this long???

Ooops!

Thank you all for your encouraging comments!  Yes, it is SO relaxing to be away from that atmosphere, I must admit.  ;)

I'm on LinkedIn, with my resume posted on Indeed and what looks like an abbreviated version on Workopolis (I really should look into that).  Making connections, sending out my resume (there's about 16 of them out there at last count, not including the ones where the positions are now filled), and calling old favours *lol*  That last one is the hardest for this introverted personality to do, but when it comes to finding gainful employment, I'll happily push myself out of my comfort zone and hustle with the best of them!

It can be difficult sometimes to keep the energy up, after all I'm only human and do get a little depressed from time to time (who doesn't during periods of unemployment?), but it's also been a fun and educational experience  getting out there and dancing like there's no tomorrow - which is what the job hunt can feel like occasionally *lol*  I joined a group on LinkedIn (paid membership, actually) called "Job Seeker", and it's been a real help.  Go digging through all of the comments, questions, and advice and you can learn quite a bit about what the search can be like, what mistakes to avoid, what other people's opinion on subjects like "Thank you letter or no thank you letter?" (I'm in favour of them, it's only polite to thank both the interviewer AND whomever the receptionist / admin person that was at the desk that day and helped you).  And definitely ask the interviewer what a good time would be to follow up - do this during the interview, not after it's finished or you could forget to ask.  Always follow up, you're not bothering them if you do it once during the time advised, and it'll show you're genuinely interested in the position and the company.

The purple in my hair has pretty much grown out - so much for "washes out in 28 washings".  My hairdresser says it's due to the purple being part of the red colour spectrum, which can stay in your hair forever.  Duh on me for not thinking of that! *lol*  In any case, when I finally post my pic on LinkedIn I'll look a little more professional with normal-coloured hair, for sure ;).  Thinking of posting a short video there as well, kind of a "getting to know me a bit" sort of thing...perhaps a "pre-interview"?  Not sure.  What do you think?  I'm looking for an Administrative Assistant position with an eye to working my way up to Office Manager (or even starting as an Office Manager, why not?).  A video would certainly be different for someone looking for that sort of job!  Not that I'm limiting myself to the positions previously mentioned.  I'd say that the important thing is that I have the opportunity to learn new things within the company, be it training, a lateral move to a different position, or moving up in the company. 

The difficult part is researching companies that I'm applying to.  While I'm not being picky, I need to be able to look in the mirror every morning and say "I like my job and the company I work for".  At the very least, I can live with what the company is.  Does that make sense?  I don't want to work for someone or something that's bent on the destruction of our planet, I don't think I could unless I figured there was some way of instituting change of some sort from the inside.  Perhaps I AM being picky, but I need to be able to live with the choices I've made in life, and career is one of those choices we all have to make.

Sheesh, what a downer there at the end of this post! *lol*

Anywho, courage to those of you out there looking.  It's difficult, frustrating, educational, sometimes fun, and a great way of kicking open doors within yourself and airing out the cobwebby bits! ;)

TTFN

Monday, 18 January 2016

Done on m BlackBerry Torch 3G, so no guarantees as to quality, but hre goes...

Ugh, will I EVER get to posting pics?  Will I ever have a workable resume??  OK, not many posts via my phone, considering the spelling corrections I've had to make (even when typing at the speed of moron (aka really slow) *lol*...pics WILL come, eventually.  Resume?  FINALLY done!!!  HUZZAH!  Now to post on LinkedIn and various other sites, and life is bella!  Why did my resume take 3 months?  Only my  career rep knows for sure ;)

Wish me happy hunting! *lol*

TTFN

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Happy New Year!

Hoping the lovely and talented Jessica's comment on my "Merry Christmas" entry comes true for everyone!! :)

Mat you all have a fantastic New Year!! :)

TTFN

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Early Merry Christmas everyone!

Hi there, thought I'd send out good wishes now as it's one of the most busy times of the year (besides tax time, yay! *lol*).

Thanks a million to Jessica and Isaspacy (why do I just KNOW I spelled that wrong??) for your well-wishes...I'm sure something will come along, too - once I can get my rep moving on helping me complete my darned resume!!  Anywho, still looking, but it's a bad time of year to do so...probably something good in the new year. :)

Best to all of you, and be sure to eat lots and enjoy whatever company you may have to the fullest - even if it's only the voices in your mind...  ;)

TTFN

Friday, 27 November 2015

A little update...

Still job hunting, but now having more time to do this during my unemployment is fantastic!  I'm seeing one of those career transition reps, and it's been a real help, as things have changed tremendously during the 12+ years it's been since I last did up a resume.  Holy crow, that's a long time!  Trust me folks, you may want to consider updating any resume you may have - not as a just-in-case, but simply so you can remember to write down every skill (soft and technical) you pick up / learn over time.  If anything, it'll serve as a great reminder of just how awesome you really are, and prove to you that you know more than you think.  A great confidence booster during tough times.

Over a month has gone by since I became redundant.  I've been focusing most on getting the extra flotsam and jetsam of paperwork and articles I'd kept over time thinking it might be useful.  Did I mention that I'd become a bit of a hoarder over the past 10 years or so?  Not TV-worthy, but enough that I've run out of room in my room for my stuff.  SO, I've been shredding, donating, and recycling like crazy over the past few weeks, ad still have more to go.  Sooner or later I'll have to get the proposed shop going on Etsy - why not make a buck or two while clearing out?  Goodness knows I've shopped on Etsy enough to have learned a few things *lol*

Anywho, must get back at this whole resume / company research / job hunting thing...as well as playing around on Etsy and Pinterest.  ;)

TTFN

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Of redundancies and other things...

Sorry to have disappeared for a bit there - my job became redundant so I've been a bit preoccupied of late ;)  No worries, I'm ok, everything is fine - good package - so things will settle down soon enough. This happened October 20th...and while it was not a surprise as we all knew that 2 of the 4 folks were going to be let go, I admit I was a bit surprised that I was one of them.

Meh, shit happens, and life goes on.  I have a career transition rep helping me help myself find another job, so life is good. :)  Do you know that it's been over 12 years since I've had to write up a resume??  I'll be sure to keep things a little more up-to-date here as they happen...

Take care and be well everyone!

TTFN