The Dog Ate My Wallet

The Dog Ate My Wallet

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Author Archive: Erin Shanendoah

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What is Your Time Worth? Picking a Commuting Option

When I last worked at the University, I heard how much the parking pass was for my building (which wasn’t part of the University parking systems) and simply determined I would take the bus. At first I took the light rail into downtown. There’s a light rail station just a couple of minutes from my house, and during commute hours, trains run every eight minutes. I then caught an express bus from downtown to the Universityread more…

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Deciding What to Wear

With my new job comes many new challenges. One I was not quite expecting was the challenge of deciding what to wear. I am not talking about not liking what I have in my closet or having so many things I like that I am paralyzed by choice (though I do have more things than I probably need and should work on paring myself back down). No, I have the new challenge of setting my ownread more…

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Interviewing Tips

Congratulations! You have landed an interview, an in-person, go and meet people face to face interview. This is exciting! It can also be incredibly nerve wracking. Below are a list of tips that can help you make it through the process. It is not exhaustive, as that would be a way longer post than I want to write, let alone what anyone wants to read. But hopefully these will help.   If they give you aread more…

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First Day at the New Job

I had meant for their to be a post up today with interviewing tips. However, the weekend ended up being busier, with more important things than blog posts to think about, than originally planned. AND today is my first day at the new job. So please bear with me through jut a little bit more sporadic posting, and hopefully we’ll be back on schedule soon.

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Phone Interview Tips

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Phone interviews have been pretty common in my job search history, but I have spoken with people for whom they are not ordinary, and others who get extra nervous about them. So I put together this set of quick tips for shining through the phone interview stage. In my experience, there are two kinds of phone interviews. The first I refer to as a phone screening. It is conducted by HR, not the hiring manager. HRread more…

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Job Hunting Tips

Now that I once again have a job, a friend asked me to put together some tips based on my 9 months (11 months, if you want to go back to last May) of recent job searching. Here’s the list of tips for job hunting. Come back on Friday for a list of interviewing tips. Tailor your resume to the job. Use phrasing or industry words from the job posting in your bullet points. Almost everyread more…

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Peer to Peer Lending – 2014 Annual Prosper Report

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It’s time for my annual Prosper check in. Like many things in my life, this year was not as good a year when it came to our peer to peer lending. Unlike many other things in my life, I can tell you exactly why- lack of diversity. When you only have 5-6 active loans and two of them default, even if they default at having paid at least 75% back, it makes a big impact. However,read more…

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Working Again (almost)

I just wanted to let me readers here (the few of you that are left) know that I will be returning to work next week. After 9 months of unemployment (pretty much exactly), I have a new job. I will be back up at our University and working as the Administrator for an academic department. Now that the stress of the process is over, and also, now that I will be back on a regular schedule,read more…

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Spending Almost $10k in 6 weeks, while on the Dole

From June 16 to July 31, we spent almost $9,500 dollars outside of our regular budget. I have been unemployed since January 10. C has not worked since May 2009. And I do not regret any of it. I will admit, my stomach dropped as I watched our savings account balance fall more in those six weeks than it had in the previous 5 months of unemployment combined. And yet, our balance remains at about halfread more…

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Job Search Data

Part of the point of this post is that tomorrow I am attending open session interviews with Tableau, the company that makes the program (Tableau Public) I used to create these little infographics. I also thought it might be interesting to other people who were currently searching for jobs and struggling with long-term unemployment (or at least longer term than they’d like) to see how someone else’s job search was going. The first graphic is prettyread more…