Happy [belated] Thanksgiving & Black Friday!

29 Nov

I know, I’m late. Regardless, I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving with good people and good food.

This has to be the best “turkey” I’ve seen in a while:

Image source: Juicy Couture

and hope everyone survived Black Friday! This was seriously what Best Buy looked like the Tuesday prior:

Image source: hazenchristensen.com

I know my sister and I woke up around 3 am to hit up Target. <sarcasm> Thanks to the lady who took ALL the specialty $3 appliances </sarcasm>. I mean seriously, there isn’t a limit or anything per customer!?

ps – reconstruction in progress. Don’t worry, I’m envisioning something great🙂

This thing needs to be rebranded.

5 Nov

The career stuff I can’t really blog about (but I shall attempt to), but it’s mah TWENTIES that I want to talk more about.

Here’s to me and trying to rebrand this thing! ::raises glass::

My response to the NY Times

5 Sep

Maybe you’ve seen the article on “What Is It About 20-Somethings?”

And here is my respons-err, Alexandra Robbin’s response.

From her Foreword in the book It’s A Wonderful Lie: 26 Truths About Life in Your Twenties.

“…the reality of life in your twenties is much more complex. Yes, you’re free to move about the cabin as you wish, but what about that job satisfaction? What about that post-college relationship that falls flat once put to the test of the real world? What about feeling lonely?” (Franklin xvii).

“In recent years, a new wave of classifications have been thrust upon those of us who happen to fall between the ages of eighteen and twenty-nine: We are, apparently, twisters, permanent adolescents, boomerangers, kidults, thresholders, and slackers, living in a ‘Peter Pan syndrome.’

Peter Pan syndrome is so named because many researchers and reporters assume that twentysomethings ‘refuse to grow up.” Similarly, the terms ‘twixters’ and ‘thresholders’ are based on the notion that the post-pubescent purgatory we occupy is one of our choosing. Sociologist Terri Apter insisted recently, ‘They’re on the threshold, the doorway to adulthood, and they’re not going through it.’ It’s as if, after sixteen or more years in a sheltered school setting, we pull over out graduation tassels and suddenly are expected to become equipped emotionally, pragmatically, and financially to make the major decisions associated with going through that door. But that’s not the way it works.

The labels ‘permanent adolescents’ and ‘boomerangers’ – as in we listlessly boomeran back into our parents’ homes – imply that, out of laziness, we would much prefer to waste our lives loafing while watching afternoon television and munching Fritos on our parents’ couch. CNN has specifically accused twentysomethings of wanting to merely ‘lay around.’

We don’t languish in our state of limbo, however, as much as we battle it. Simply put, it is more difficult to be a twentysomething now than it was forty years ago. We face the most competitive hiring pool in history, with increasing numbers of college graduates. Furthermore, the age at which older generations expect us to succeed is rapidly plummeting; no longer is a thirty-year-old CEO deemed a whiz kid. With professional athletes drafted out of high school and A-list singer-actors in their teens, we’re made to feel that if we haven’t achieved something monumental by age twenty-five, then we’re already over the hill. Regarding marriage, we are heavily influenced by that legendary 50 percent divorce rate. We do not want to make our parents’ mistakes.

The truth is, we’re not averse to growing up; we simply want to grow up responsibly.

If ‘growing up’ means attaining typically adult accoutrements, then it’s not a question of won’t, but can’t. Generations before us could afford to support a marriage, house, and family in their early twenties because entry-level incomes could fund them. Today we wait until at least our late twenties, with good reason. We are the first generation in American history that won’t do better financially than our parents. Add to that set-back the crushing costs of student loans and lower incomes than previous twentysomethings had, and it’s clear why taking our time is not just a preference but a necessity. Arguably, it is more adult of us to delay traditionally adult responsibilities until we financially and emotionally are able to support ourselves, let alone others.

When I first began using the phrase ‘Quarterlife Crisis’ to describe a common experience occurring between the late teens and late thirties, it provoked derision from older adults. Contrary to a belief popular among older people, the Quarterlife Crisis is not the idle whining of a coddled, presumptuous post-adolescent. It is the response to reaching the turning point between young adulthood and adulthood; it is the amalgamation of doubt, confusion, issues and societal expectations at once. The Quaterlife Crisis can spark a variety of reactions ranging from subtle self-doubt to issues as serious as clinical depression.

The biggest difference between my label and the condescending new catchphrases is that I identified an experience, not a generation. The term ‘Quarterlife Crisis’ offers a category for those who wish to be reassured that their doubts are normal. Yong adults can choose whether or not to associate with it

…Some adults – usually those in a midlife crisis – roll their eyes when they hear ‘Quarterlife Crisis.’ ‘Twentysomethings can’t be in a crisis!’ they say. ‘When you have your youth and freedom, you have nothing to complain about.’

I try turnin the tables. ‘If that’s your reason for dismissing a Quarterlife Crisis,’ I reply, ‘then how can you complain about a midlife crisis when you have a spouse, a car, a savings account, and a backyard with a pool?’ They are not amused. The generation gap grows fierce.

Gail, like many women in their thirties, is happy now and more at peace with herself. Over the years, she has taught herself strategies and coping mechanisms to help her figure out who she is and who she wants to be. I believe her success in conquering these issues means that for her, middle age will be a breeze. Because we in Gail’s generation are confronting our identity demons in our twenties rather than waitin until our forties or fifties, I don’t think we’re going to have a midlife crisis. And then older doctors who dismissed our doubts will see who has the last laugh.”

– Alexandra Robbins (xiii – xvi)

By the way, I highly suggest reading the book. I’m starting to like it, and it’s making me feel less anxious about this thing called “my twenties”🙂

Job scams can happen to you, too

27 Aug

I’m currently looking for a job-

(Okay! Here’s the dealio [Bee Tee Dub, I’m very good at going off on tangents]:  The nonprofit I’ve been interning at has increased my hours so for the next six months of my life [max], I’ve decided to stay in this area and continue working there. Yay for a plan! In the mean time, I’m looking for a job I would really want. I want to enter the apparel industry, and my friend said it took her approximately five months to find a job after graduation… back in 2000. So hopefully working for the next six months will give me something to do and keep me occupied as I’m on a search of my own)

– and when I went back to my parents house for a mini and inexpensive vacay, I had hella time to apply for a job.
Hellllllllllllo, job boards.

(Oh yeah, looking for a job isn’t just about applying to 100+ job postings online but networking! Do those informational interviews, yo!)

I lost track of which and how many companies I had applied to (Yeah… that could be bad lol), but I’ve gotten a bunch of emails back regarding interview requests! From JOB SCAMS. I like how the only companies that have gotten back to me about my resume are these scammers. Kinda like how I tend to only attract losers.

How did I know that these were scams? Well, anyone who is prepping for an interview should know to research the company, and when I googled them, the first or second thing was “BAY AREA JOB SCAMS.” Check out this one blog solely dedicated to that.

So who were the companies that hit me up? Aesir Marketing, SC Marketing, Liberty National, McKeanster Group Inc. and the list goes on. I’ve gotten emails, voicemails, and TEXTS that are so freakin ambiguous and so apparent that these are scams! “Um hello scam company, I don’t EVER remember applying to this so-called amazing entry level position with the large compensation package.”

I even received one email from the Northern Califronia Group HR – Yeah that’s right, Califronia. Nothing screams “fake” like a company that misspells their own state in their company email. Epic fail.

The first email I received, I politely declined their request to interview, but I’ve given up on replying to the rest. I’m not interested. And I don’t even want to work in those cities! (I’m currently thinking about relocating in the next few months). But yeah, watch out for these companies and don’t fall victim!

Groundbreaking News: No Objective Needed??

6 Aug

So, I used to work for the [UC Davis] Internship & Career Center (ICC), and I admit it – I thought I knew everything. I mean, here I was an Undergrad and I knew a bit more than my classmates about applying for jobs and producing top-notch resumes and cover letters, or so I thought.

One the basic tenets of producing a resume? Make sure you have your objective, education, skills, and relevant experience. And I’ve recently found out that an objective is not necessary anymore.

(You know when you learn something interesting, and then it coincidentally keeps popping up? Yeah, this is one of those moments.)

This amazing friend of my sister offered to look over my resume and gave it a thorough beating (that’s okay, I needed it).  And she said, “Oh for this industry, you don’t need an objective.” I was so stunned to hear, er- read, that from her, and I wasn’t sure if I should trust her but then – I read it here, too:

“3 Things that Really Don’t Work (and Shouldn’t be) on Your Resume” And number 1 happened to be the Objective. Why?

“The wide use of objectives can be attributed to old resume wizards that applicants use to create their resumes. These days it makes more sense to develop a branding statement or professional summary to tell recruiters and potential employers exactly what you are about and what you have to offer. So ditch the objectives altogether!”

You shouldn't need one of these! (Image source: Resumeobjectives.wordpress.com)

And last but not least, I saw this tweet from trusty New Grad Life, about a poll on if objectives were necessary. The results? 61% of voters said NO. Yeah… If I haven’t learned my lesson by now, I don’t know what else will get through to me.

So thank you April, thank you the Resume Chick, and of course, thank you New Grad Life. I guess I’ll be leaving my objectives off my resume… for now?! : D (I’m stubborn, what can I say?)

Micromanaging gone wrong.

21 Jul

Image source: VH1

Watching trashy reality shows is one of my guilty pleasures, and no better place to watch it than at the gym, right? There’s just something that really makes me look forward to burning those calories on the elliptical while I watch my latest favorite show, “You’re Cut Off!” (thank you VH1).

Have you guys seen that one episode where the girls have to consult a career counselor and match up their past work experience and skills to finding some type of job? Sorry to spoil it for you, but somehow Erica becomes manager and oy, it was the perfect way to bring out the dramz (drama, yo).

One of the things you learn about yourself through various jobs and internships is your work style, such as how you like to be managed. There are some people who like to or like to be micromanaged (that is, where the work is closely observed and controlled), while others prefer the exact opposite, where they are given their task and not watched like a hawk as their do their job. I prefer the latter.

Now, it’s not [necessarily] my call on whether or not Erica was a good manager (and I’m definitely not a fan of Gia), but after you watch this episode, you can see how Erica took micromanaging to a whole different level, and might definitely understand why Gia flipped out. Perhaps you have some newfound respect for your current boss or manager.

Wake up call, with a serving of kick ass

6 Jul

A few days ago, I was bummed at how empty this blog must be. I mean, I have no material, and I want to put stuff that’s meaningful to me, you know? Well here goes…

This one website gives advice on “enjoying more peace in your life on the job search by avoiding the following:”

  • Perfectionism
  • Pessimism
  • Procrastination

Yeah… I’ve definitely already done the procrastination part.

Before graduation, my plan for the summer was to work in the morning, hit the gym in the afternoon, and apply relentlessly for “my glamorous entry-level position in an apparel company” position in the evening. Summer’s been around for a few weeks, and I’m definitely working and exercising, but haven’t sent out that many resumes. Make that one (1). whoops.

And then I had this “brilliant” epiphany – why don’t I just go full-time at where I’m working now? (I’m currently working part-time at a non-profit organization as an intern/administrative assistant). Yeah, I told that to meine Schwester and I pretty much got an ass-kicking over the phone. She told me to stop being lazy, start networking, and apply!

I guess she’s right, and one day in the future I’ll be able to look back and see if she was or not.

Anyhoo, I’d like to share how I am attempting to jump start this job search:  informational interviewing. I’ll discuss that more, boys and girls, when I have a few good stories to tell.

My inspirational song of the moment? The glee version of “Don’t Stop Believing.” Oh, & never settle : )

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