Category Archives: Job Search

Why Trusting Your Gut Can Go Badly – A Sheriff’s Tale

Once upon a time, there was a lowly HR assistant, newly tasked with hiring several manual laborers for a factory. The factory was located in a poor neighborhood with not many good jobs available. Most of the people in this neighborhood were semi-literate, under or improperly nourished, and all were affected in one way or another by the neighborhood’s high crime rate.

climbing-resume-stackThe only thing good about this scenario for our lowly HR assistant is that on the rare occasions she did have jobs open, she had many applicants for them — so many, in fact, that she often had stacks and stacks of applications on her desk without having spoken to the applicant or without being able to put a name to a face.

Such was the case with Billy. She happened upon his application one day and, on paper, at least, he seemed okay. The job was packing and lifting boxes. No one needed a neuroscience degree and it was clear Billy didn’t have one, but his app looked like he’d had steady work and could do the job. At the bottom of the application was a section marked “For Employer Use Only” and it listed out the various positions available. The site had off-duty sheriffs providing security virtually round-the-clock, but the big qualification there was that you had to BE a sheriff. Billy, like many applicants, didn’t understand that this bottom portion of the application was for the lowly HR assistant to mark on when sending his info to payroll. That’s how she’d let them know that he worked in the factory and made $8 an hour. A lot of applicants, semi-literate, mixed up this part and put what they wanted to make at what position. Billy had put down that he wanted to be the sheriff for $9.00/hr.jiFfM

That should’ve been my first clue, but I’m naive and try to give people the benefit of the doubt. Plus we needed bodies — not geniuses, just bodies. I lined up about 6 interviews and one was Billy. He came in and when I saw him, I immediately called the interviewing manager and apologized. Billy looked ready to collapse from malnutrition. The one tooth remaining in his mouth was on its last legs. When I asked him what he was applying for, he actually said he wanted to be sheriff. He thought we’d give him a gun maybe?! I have no idea. I’m all for helping out someone who is hungry and willing to work, but Billy just had this air of “WTF?” around him that I couldn’t shake. He was NOTHING like he seemed on paper. It was like he floated into the office on a leaf, just going wherever the wind blew him. He was a ‘no’ vote from this judge immediately, but we did the interview anyway.

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I have no idea what kind of voodoo Billy worked on that hiring manager, but he must’ve made a good case for himself or appeared even more needy than he did to me, because he was hired. And apart from the 3 heart attacks he faked at work, even having ambulances called only to tell him he had a “pulled muscle” (the medical equivalent of ‘quit wasting my effin’ time’), he kept plugging along. He was eventually fired and I think it was because he kept up these incidents and it was decided the work was too strenuous for him. I think. I have kind of blocked it out. That took place within my first 2 months at this particular job, and Billy was nicknamed “the Sheriff” from that very first day. I was judged for inviting him in for an interview despite NOT being responsible for hiring him. On paper he looked good. On paper, my gut really liked him. Even when I told his manager not to hire him, he went with HIS gut and his gut overruled mine. We all like to think we know people but we don’t. We’re guessing and flying blind. Sometimes it goes well. Sometimes the ambulance pulls up to yell at Billy to quit wasting their effin’ time and all you can do is roll your eyes.

If we’d had a way to test Billy beforehand, that might not have happened. Granted, for such a blue-collar situation, not all tests will be applicable, but an emotional maturity assessment sure would have been nice for Billy and for the guy who told all the older black ladies they wore too much makeup and he’d like to…do things to them, but only with a bag over their heads. A better way of weeding out the undesirables would have saved us some turnover, some training costs, lots of paperwork on both those fellas (and a few others) and made work much more boring…in a good way.

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SmartRecruiters has developed an Assessment Center that would’ve been a big help back in the day. It lets you check an applicant’s skills, references and behaviors. For my particular company back then, behavior would’ve been my biggest need. Today it would be skills. New position, new company…new needs. These are all available at the assessment center and can lead to vastly improved hiring over just a resume. From an article on SmartRecruiters’ Talent Assessments page:  ”In fact, academic research (Schmidt and Hunter 1998) shows resumes are one of the worst ways to select candidates. Combining interviews with assessments improves accuracy of hire by over 3x (.63 correlation with work performance vs. .18 correlation without testing).” Imagine that! Three times better hiring through basic skills and behavioral testing before hiring.

SmartRecruitersLogo“We are adding science to the art of recruiting,” said SmartRecruiters’ Founder & CEO Jerome Ternynck. “Our Assessment Center recommendation engine will encapsulate the performance and review of every assessment to present the best test for each position and company type.” And that’s what they can do for companies that recruit. Imagine what they could do for companies that are bombarded with applications all day long whether they have openings or not! You could really hire THE ABSOLUTE BEST. It wouldn’t matter if you could put a face with a name before you called each applicant. The applicant would self-select from the pack in the testing. You could avoid being the lowly HR assistant (or manager, director, recruiter) who hired “The Sheriff” and avoid that shame and embarrassment for years to come!

I’m a Big Ol’ Liar – Orientation Guest Post Instead

I know, I know.  I said “the Plan” would be coming out today BUT…

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a) The weekend got away from me and I haven’t written it yet.

b) My guest post was published!  I want to tweet about that and get that some notice first.  SmartRecruiters, and in particular Lexie Forman Ortiz (@LexieFO), took a chance letting me write for them AT ALL, let alone about a topic that isn’t about recruiting.  The least I can do is plug that as much as possible.

 

Here’s the link to the SmartRecruiters blog:

http://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/5-tips-for-getting-new-employee-orientation-right/

Please enjoy.  ”The Plan” will be revealed later in the week.  Cross my heart!

Losing a Job Before the Interview – Facebook No No’s

Hola all!  While I was out for finals week, other people were kind and generous enough to surprise me with offers of guest posts!  I LOVE THAT.  It’s like the Tooth Fairy for grown-ups!  In case any of you are wondering, I definitely accept guest posts.  Email me or contact me on Twitter if you have some ideas.  In the meantime, enjoy this excellent post about cleaning up your Facebook during a job search from Jeri Johansen, PHR.

Hope you’re all having a great week!  I am! – HRGF

 

facebook popularityFacebook.  People either love it or hate it.  One thing’s for sure, its popularity can’t be beat – Facebook has now surpassed Google as the most visited site in the U.S. with over a billion users.  It didn’t take long for employers to understand that a lot of information can be learned about prospective employees from their Facebook page.   While those pictures of you doing a keg stand provide a great memory of a great party, recruiters are not usually amused by this activity.

Effective January 1st, 2013, new state laws make it illegal for some employers to demand access to their worker’s Facebook accounts, although that does not mean they won’t try to view them.  It’s hard to believe that employers had been taking it upon themselves to demand employees’ social media passwords!  This tactic just screams Title VII violation.  Just think of the type of information an employer could possibly learn from your social media page: gender, race, religion, sexual orientation; the list goes on and on.

mehWhether or not hiring managers should use social media for employment screening, recent surveys show that about 37% do check Facebook before making a hiring decision.  Below is some information to help you clean up your Facebook page before embarking on your post-graduate or post-layoff career search.

 

Facebook Privacy settings

Take the time to set up your privacy settings so that only “friends” can view your timeline.  This may seem like a no-brainer, but if you restrict a lurker’s access to your information, it makes it all the more difficult to not only find you, but to dig up dirt on you.

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Photos

Quite possibly the biggest indicator of a person’s “social media maturity” is their photo section. Would you be interested in going into business with someone whose first impression of themselves is a picture of them chugging a 40-ounce beer and making an explicit hand gesture? Yeah, neither would your future employer.

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Status Updates

What you choose to share about yourself on a widespread social platform like Facebook says more about yourself than what you actually say. Constantly complaining about your life, putting other people down or stating controversial opinions with disregard to others’ feelings are all sure-fire ways to have strangers judge your personality before actually getting to know you. You had a bad day at work? Posting about it on Facebook makes it seem like you hate your job and could concern employers that you would bad mouth them as well.  

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Proper Grammar & Spelling

Not being an English major is no excuse for improper grammar or spelling errors.  Profanity is another huge turnoff for employers, with 61% saying that they view the use of profanity on social media sites negatively.  Maybe you have great things to say but you can lose your credibility if your spelling or grammar is off.   Let’s review the following post:  “Im so exsited for there company to schedule my inter-view”.   Although you may mean well, this post could be viewed by the interviewer who may become “not so ecxsited” to schedule your interview.

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This is my blog and I have a job already, so profanity is ok.

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Your “likes” on Facebook can be extremely telling.  While you may well be a fan of “Tattoos by Deviants”, it may come off as unappealing to some more conservative employers.

While changing or updating your Facebook profile is a good practice for job searching, it’s important to remember that nothing you post on the internet is ever completely hidden.  I can still find pictures of myself that I posted during my “only cool people post self-timer shots of them alone in the bathroom” phase in high school.  If in 10 years from now you think you could be embarrassed by the stuff on your social media page, don’t post it!  You don’t want a profile picture or status update to be the determining factor between you and a competing candidate!

jeriJeri Johansen, PHR is an HR Blogger, Manager of Human Resources at Crimcheck.com, and Chair of the 2014 Northern Ohio Human Resource Conference (www.nohrc.org).  She has never been skydiving but claims she would do it, if given the opportunity.  Her favorite vacation is cruising around the Caribbean. 
Crimcheck.com specializes in employment screening and background checks. You can follow Crimcheck.com on Facebook and Twitter also.

HR Blogs and Articles That I’m Reading

I’ve read a few articles lately that could easily each merit their own blog post but I’m a busy gal, so I’ll just share a couple and give my quick 2 cents.  Perhaps you guys can take up the mantle and discuss in the comments!

Can My Credit History Impact My Job Search?

This article, from the ResumeBear blog, really pissed me off.  So much so that I ended up doing a blog post about my own financial troubles the other day.  ResumeBear didn’t piss me off, but the idea that employers would penalize someone for being behind on their bills during this economy is maddening.  Credit can be destroyed by a divorce, a failed business venture, bad investments, etc.  None of those make you a bad person and in fact may make you a better one with more knowledge.  It doesn’t mean the employee would steal, that they’re a crack whore, that they have a chronic medical condition or that they’re lazy and don’t want to pay their bills.  I wanted to pay my bills and it killed me when I couldn’t.  That doesn’t make me a bad employee.  And the thing is, even with legislation preventing this type of discrimination, it’s so insidious that you could almost never prove it.  So it will continue.  I stayed in the zombie job much longer than I should have because I was afraid of applying to other places and having my credit score ruin my chances.  It’s crippling and it’s awful.  Employers need to stop this discrimination.

March Madness – HR Blogger Style!

I can’t remember…did I tell you guys I was involved in this #hrmadness tournament from Sparcin.com?  I lost in the first round, which I knew would happen, but I was incredibly honored to have been included here with 15 people that I read regularly and consider my HR idols, pretty much.  Plus there was some fun smack talking.  If you don’t have them yet, you should add all these blogs to your RSS feed.  The tourney is over now.  A winner has been crowned.  And that winner is:

The Tim Sackett Project – HR Madness Champion!

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The above link takes you to Sparcin which has several of his posts up there.  There is a whole post about dongles which is my new fave “sex scandal” since pubes on Coke cans.  I’ve included a link for the wee little ones who don’t remember 1991.

But here’s why I love Tim Sackett, in particular:

THIS IS WHY YOU’RE AFRAID TO MAKE HR SIMPLE

This is so true that I may now start The Cult of Sackett.  People who work 60+ hours a week are not to be commended.  They need an assistant or to be replaced with someone more capable.  Now obviously, brand new employees, doctors and maybe lawyers and such are different.  Fine.  I understand not everyone has a job where they can get their work done and then go home, regardless of how long it takes.  If CVS says it’s open 24 hours then someone has to be there 24 hours a day. I get that.  But if you ARE in a position where you can come in, get your job done, and then go home…do it.  Do your work well, do it accurately, do it without screwing around in the middle, and finish it.  If you’re done early, ask others if you can be of help to them.  If they say yes, help.  Congrats, you’ve added value today.  If they say no, believe them — and leave.  Go!  Turn off the lights in your office, turn off the computer, fix the thermostat appropriately if you can — save your company some electricity and get the heck out of there.  Escape your office prison.  Enjoy the outside world.  Run your errands.  See your children, see your parents, see your bookie…whatever.  Come back tomorrow and repeat.

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This is true for people who work remotely as well.  Do your work when you need to do it.  Meet your deadlines, check for accuracy, and — if you have extra time, offer to help others as much as you can.  Then get on with your life.  There will be days that are 12-14 hours long that you didn’t plan for…websites crash, payroll won’t post or other fires need putting out.  If you’re willing to stay late when the universe hands you that crap, you should be willing to go when the universe hands you an hour or two of free time.  Now go away!

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Frankenstein, Flexibility and My New Job

I’ve been having good luck with the monster theme, so we’re going to continue with that.

No, I don’t know why HR makes me think of scary hellbeasts like vampires or zombies, but clearly it does.  And my new job is a little reminiscent of Frankenstein.

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I’ve recently become part of the fast-growing field of content marketing, if only tangentially.  I’m not a marketing person.  I’ve never studied marketing, I’m not a salesman (unless I’m selling someone on giving me something that I want), and had no idea what I was getting myself into.  I’ve since learned that content marketing isn’t about “sales” per se.  We turn you into an expert with blogs, white papers, websites, webinars, etc. so that people search you out.  You don’t blast in their face “Hey, we have a product!  Come buy it!  Apply directly to the forehead.  Apply directly to the forehead.” etc.  Instead, you have such amazing content on your website related to your field that people will seek you out as an expert and you can turn that lead into sales.  Pretty genius.

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Since I’m not a marketing person, I’m the Office Manager.  My boss, and owner of this small but quickly-growing startup, jokes that she hired me to boss her around, and she’s kind of right.  She has a million things in her head at any one time, so she needs to be diverted back to a certain path occasionally.  Plus I’m just really good at being bossy.

In the very short time that has elapsed since I took this job, I have engaged in some writing, accounting, construction, HR, copy-editing, research and major shopping.  This job is a lot like Frankenstein in that way: a little of this, a little of that, all stitched together to make something great. ( Yes, I know Frankenstein was the doctor.  I’m minoring in English and gothic lit in particular is my favorite.  I’ve written many a paper on Frankenstein as a feminist treatise, but let’s just go with popular convention this once, ok?  I can’t just call him “The Monster” cause that would sound stupid.)

Obligatory Buffy reference.

Obligatory Buffy reference.

We all know I hate routine, so this works out great for me.  Plus, we don’t have an office!  I get to work from home, from coffee shops, from seafood restaurants and everything is done in “The Cloud.”  The boss is here in Baton Rouge with me but the rest of my coworkers, some official and some not, are in DC, Little Rock, Tucson, and all over.  I can still fit in school which has been a huge benefit.  I’m learning a TON.  Best of all, if I don’t develop carpal tunnel from this blog, school and this job, I expect my writing to improve a great deal.  Don’t worry.  I’ll stay snarky.  Look for a post later this weekend about customer service to prove that point.

This is how much we love "The Cloud."

This is how much we love “The Cloud.”

So far this experience has been amazing and I expect it to continue.  I’m really excited about this new chapter in my life.  Also, I’m rearranging my apartment.  Moving bed into tiny bedroom with nothing but a nightstand and a few bookshelves to create a relaxing, sleep-only space.  My current bedroom will be set up with work and fitness equipment.  I’m hoping to get a treadmill desk from my dad.  He has an old treadmill he doesn’t use and likes to build things so I put him on that project.  The Wii will be set up here, along with a little armchair and ottoman so I can sit and work when I want to instead of walking.  But I feel like this will get me fitter, healthier and much more productive.  Look out world!  (Or…THIS will happen.)  Either way, good times.

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Fun Friday – I have a new job! – Rocky Horror Edition

This job announcement is going to be like “Rocky Horror” in that it’s a bit interactive and will require some audience participation in order for you to fully appreciate the awesomeness of it.  So, here are your instructions, if you’ll indulge me please:

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1.  Please view on a computer, not a mobile device.  Most of my posts are fine for mobile, but this one is special.

2.  Check your speakers for appropriate volume for your locale…library, office, Starbucks, etc.  Pick a setting that will not overwhelm but will play gently in the background.  In another window, please open this link, then come back here for Step 3 while the music plays.  It’s not long, there are no dirty words and there is no video to watch.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLE_emfAd74

3.  Open another window and read this job announcement:

http://repcapitalmedia.com/introducing-reputation-capitals-dominique-rodgers/

and/or this additional bio: http://repcapitalmedia.com/about/

4.  Send me your praise, adoration, good wishes, job advice, RTs or jewelry if you’re so inclined.  I like pearls.  Just saying.  You do whatever feels right though.

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More soon about how this job is PERFECT for me!  Here’s a hint: Marissa Mayer would NOT ALLOW it!  Also, personality is encouraged.  What other job would encourage my personal blog so much or put on their website that I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer?!  You guys know I have personality to spare, so I need a job that is tolerant of that.  :)

This is going to be a HUGE shift for me in terms of flexibility, deadlines, no longer suffering from #HRelbow.  I am sure there will be a learning curve but for now, this is how I feel:

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Are You A Zombie? You May Need To Be Killed.

Zombies, zombies everywhere…and not a bite to eat.

Move over vampires.  Your glittery cheesiness will not cut it anymore (except for Buffy).  Nope, you’ve been replaced as the trendy monster du jour.  Zombies are the new thing.

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They’re everywhere.  Unlike vampires though, zombies are REAL.  No, I’m not kidding and I’m not talking about the crazy bath salt zombie people either, though you should always be on the lookout for them.  Real zombies are easy to spot and, make no mistake about it, they are hunting for brains.  The worst part?  No one is safe.

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All zombies would be easy to spot if they wandered around in a bra and panties. I guess that’s just wishful thinking though.

Unlike in “The Walking Dead,” there is a cure.  They need to be killed.  It’s for their own good.  It will help them get back to normal.  I know because it happened to me.  I was a zombie and I got killed.

I’ll back up a sec and explain.  I became a zombie at my last job, the one I parted with most recently.  In my professional career, this job was the best thing that ever happened to me…both getting it and losing it.  When I first went to work for this company, they’d had a fire a while before and were in the process of designing and constructing what would turn out to be our fabulous new office building.  In the meantime, for the first 16 months that I worked there, it was out of a FEMA-style trailer set up to be an office. There were 3 ladies in the middle room, the office manager on one end in her own room, the HR manager on the other, and then they crammed me into her office.  It was NOT built for 2 people.

In this scenario, I'd be the big fella.

In this scenario, I’d be the big fella.

This could have been an absolute recipe for disaster, but a couple of things happened to make sure it wasn’t.  For the first seven weeks of this job, I was filling in for an employee out on medical leave in another department and was doing accounting type stuff.  I saw the HR manager daily, but for short bursts of time, so I didn’t immediately jump into being squished in this office with her every minute of every day right from the start.

Also, she was cool.  I was very lucky to be in an office with someone who, I flatter myself to think, was very similar to me.  She was funny, she was liberal (as am I if you haven’t noticed yet), and she was very straightforward.  When you are sitting so close to someone that you could high-five (or slap) them without getting out of your chair, it helps if you get along.

Ok, she wasn't THIS cool, but she was pretty close.

Ok, she wasn’t THIS cool, but she was pretty close.

Those close quarters were also miserable in some ways.  The bathroom was tinier than an airplane bathroom and bending down to pull up your pants could (and did) sometimes result in hitting your head on the sink.  We griped about the tight quarters a lot, but I didn’t realize until later how much it helped me learn about the company.  HR is often so insulated that it doesn’t matter if you work at a shoe factory, the zoo, or CNN.  Sexual harassment policies are the same, FMLA is the same, etc.  What the company “does” is largely irrelevant to HR unless it carries some special government or OSHA regulations.  Being in that trailer, though, was so enlightening.  You couldn’t help but hear everyone’s conversations with each other and on the phone.  I learned a lot about patience from the customer service lady who had to calmly explain to a woman that 50 lbs of our product did weigh the same as a 50 lb bag of potatoes (while we were all falling out around her laughing).  I saw all the duties of the office manager even though she was clear across the trailer, and I saw and heard EVERYTHING my boss did which was great because I admired her and wanted to model her skills, etc.  If any of us needed a REALLY private chat, we’d get our cell phones and go out to the parking lot.  There was no privacy but I absorbed so much new info.  It was exciting.

Then we moved into the new office.  For a while there, before the shine wore off, it was AMAZING.  So much space!  A full size computer monitor, not a teeny laptop!  I can play MUSIC IN MY OFFICE!  Woo Hoo!  Then the office politics started.  The upstairs people vs. the downstairs people.  The HR wing vs. customer service.  Little things got blown up into big, stupid, mean things…as is the way of every office in the whole wide world consisting of more than 2 people.  As we had more space and became more physically distant, we became more emotionally distant as well.  I hung out in my office, doing my work, getting really good/fast at it, and playing on the internet.

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Without everyone to socialize and laugh with, I got my work done a lot quicker.  I know that sounds like a good thing, right?  But I stopped learning.  We did the occasional cross-training but I was in my own office (something I’d always thought I wanted) and could no longer observe my boss as closely.  I was a hallway and a huge lobby away from the receptionist, customer service, and the office manager.  I had no idea what was going on with them.  I had my tasks, I got very good and efficient with them, and really no new projects came up…none that couldn’t have been done by a moderately-trained Labradoodle, that is.  I became a zombie, doing the same routine all the time…or new tasks that were not intellectually stimulating or challenging at all.

By the time I took that 4 weeks off for that neck/spinal surgery I’ve mentioned before, it was like nothing changed.  For starters, I trained people on what to do before I took off, but even the stuff they left for when I got back, though large and menacing stacks of work to them, took me maybe 3 partial days to complete.  I got a few obligatory “Wow, I had no idea how much Dominique was responsible for!” remarks when I returned, but after those 3 days I thought…”No, you don’t know how much Dominique is capable of.”  I was dead inside and I was on the hunt for brains…MY BRAINS.  That’s when I knew I had become a zombie.

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Here’s how you can tell if you’re an office zombie:

1. You finish your work almost every day by 2 p.m. and have to sit there counting the minutes till 5.  Even the internet gets boring sometimes.  You may develop calluses on your elbows from leaning on them.

2. You have time to wander the building talking to people, refilling the copier paper, watering the office plants, etc. because dear god you’ll do anything to get up from your freaking desk.

3. You have reorganized your office, obsessively labeled everything, and even cleaned up behind the janitor because DEAR GOD YOU’LL DO ANYTHING TO GET UP FROM YOUR FREAKING DESK!

4. You get excited when asked to participate in anything REMOTELY different…even if you know ahead of time that you will hate it.  A meeting?  Love to!  A presentation?  Can’t wait.  Lunch?  Are you f*#king kidding me?  LUNCH?!  Hell yes, I’ll do lunch!!  You want to run over my foot with a forklift?  Is it Christmas already?!  Go for it!  If there’s a lunch meeting with a presentation about forklifts, you just might climax.

Eventually I completely succumbed to the apathy I felt at work and they no doubt realized that.  When my boss left the company for a new opportunity, it was decided that HR should be outsourced and they didn’t need me anymore.  I can’t say I disagree one bit considering I could leave for weeks at a time without even a ripple.  It made good business sense for them, and I needed to be killed…my position, that is.

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Yes, I was worried about bills, etc. but searching for a job made me use my brain.  Instead of being routine, things were very uncertain.  I was forced to call upon friends, acquaintances and come up with creative ideas.  I started this blog and took to Twitter.  I took a couple of writing gigs.  I signed up to be poked and prodded at the Biomedical Research Dept of LSU to get some money (and ultimately didn’t qualify because of a Rx I’m taking), but still…thinking, thinking, thinking.  I spent some time with my family and eventually stumbled into something pretty amazing.  More details on that in next week’s Fun Friday.  I felt myself come back to life.  The uncertainty brought me back to life.  The zombie fog had lifted.

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Having survived my own Zombie Apocalypse in 2012, I am now on a mission to help others and spread the word.

As for the rest of you, be on the lookout for zombies.  If you are one, you might need to leave.  You might need to ask for more work.  You might need to do some online crosswords instead of reading about the Kardashian/Kanye baby.  You absolutely need a gel mat for your desk so you don’t get the elbow calluses.  Those hurt.  Do whatever you have to do to USE your brain instead of walking around like a reanimated corpse.  If you see a coworker in this state, give them more work.  Give them some crosswords or Sudoku.  Run over their foot with a forklift.  Whatever it takes.  Friends don’t let friends turn into zombies.  I would kill any of you if I had to.  I’m a giver.

Have a great weekend everybody!

-HRGF

Include School Situation in Cover Letter?

 

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Ok dear internet, I have a sitch and I need some advice.  Stat.

A couple of things just happened in rapid succession that have me excited, nervous, unsure, hopeful, overthinking and in need of help.

1.  A dear friend just notified me of a Sr. Payroll Clerk position that will be made public tomorrow.  I am not yet privy to all the details, but I’m going to assume that it’s a great job and they are looking for someone exactly like me.  Not arrogance…positive thinking.

2.  I read a RT from @RobinSchooling, originally from @MarinaLRN that included this link.

My question now is this:  Do I include my school schedule limitations in my cover letter for this job?  It’s in an industry where people are in the building pretty much 24/7 so I could include that I would work extra early or extra late on other days to make up for it.  I can absolutely still put in 40+ hours if necessary.

Assuming I get an interview (again, just thinking positively), I don’t want anyone to feel like they were duped when I tell them later.  But at the same time, I don’t want this tiny complication to eliminate me from all consideration when I absolutely know that a) it’s temporary and b) I can very effectively and efficiently do this job in spite of this.

What should I do?  Please comment your words of wisdom!  Thank  you!

 

Looking for a Job

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Since I’ve already gotten the nerve to pull back the curtain and reveal The Great and Powerful Oz that is Dominique, it’s time for some more sharing.  I need a job.

HR Gal Friday and her most recent employer mutually parted ways at the end of November.  It really was for the best.  The company had outgrown me and I had outgrown them as well.  I’ve been back to visit (and to get some stuff I left in my office…seriously, how does one accumulate that much stuff?) and was met with hugs all around.  It was a wonderful place to work and I learned so much.  I am very grateful for that opportunity.

Now though, it’s time to move on.  I’ve been mainly applying for HR and office jobs, but I’m in a bit of a Catch-22.  I’m in school.  I have class every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7:30 – 10:30.  And I’ll have a lunch hour class every day for 7 weeks this summer and who knows when my final 2 classes will be scheduled in the fall.  I really need a job and I know that my school schedule is problematic, but I am SO CLOSE to finishing.  5 more classes.  1 more year.  That’s it.  It’s going to go by so quickly and I can work off hours or weekends, or just part time even if I can make ends meet, to make up for any time I miss for class, but the pickings right now are slim.  I know, it’s all my fault for being so unfocused and depressed in my earlier college years but I can’t go back and change that.  I have to make the best of it NOW.

This is my plea:  If you hear of any jobs in the Baton Rouge area, please let me know.  Ideally I’d like to continue my HR path, but at this point, just for the flexibility, I’d work at Pizza Hut.  I can do temp work, project work, freelancing, or anything really.  I know it’s awful to ask a new employer to work with my school schedule (especially since I’m not 20 years old any more and they won’t be expecting it), but I know in my heart, my brain and my wallet that my best HR career path means finishing school.

If you hear of anything or have any advice or suggestions, hit me up in the comments please!  Thank you!