The Dog Ate My Wallet

The Dog Ate My Wallet

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Category Archive: On the Job

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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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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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A Tale of Two Mistakes (part 2)

This is what my life has felt like in the last two weeks, but in a good way

The next story comes only a couple of years after the first one. I had left Nevada and was now in Washington working for a small manufacturing company. I had answered a job ad for an admin “who’s not afraid of computers” and was spending most of my time doing tech support and database administration. One of the things I did was create part numbers for new products as well as new materials. One day, Iread more…

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A Tale of Two Mistakes (part 1)

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We all make mistakes. We make them in our personal lives and in our professional lives. One of the ways I judge people (because we all judge people) is based on how they handle those mistakes. Do they deflect? Offer excuses? Or take responsibility and try to make it right? In our work lives, it can be scary to take responsibility for a mistake. It could cost you your job; it has me. (Well, not necessarilyread more…

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Still on the Dole

No, I am not yet working. You perhaps figured that out by the fact that I am not blogging. For some reason, I am much better about blogging when I have a job, and a daily schedule, and I plan my blogging into that. When I have no job, and no schedule, I have no plan, and therefore, do not blog. The job I really wanted that I mentioned at the end of the last post?read more…

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Life on the Dole

I know you all must be wondering, what has Erin been up to for the last 6 ½ weeks? How is the job hunt going? Maybe she’s already working again? And since she’s obviously not blogging, what is she doing with her time? Well, to be honest, I’m playing a lot of Marvel Puzzle Quest. It’s free on Steam, and it’s a match 3 game, the type of game I am really quite addicted to, with aread more…

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The Financial Side of Losing My Job

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Way back in April of 2013 (you know, when I was posting regularly here), I wrote about the Financial Side of My Layoff. Sadly, only 8 months later, I am writing about the financial side of losing my job, again.  While being in a job for 6 months and then being told you are not the right fit is a huge blow to the ego (or at least it is for me), financially, I am actuallyread more…

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Back in the Unemployment Line

There are times when I wish I blogged anonymously, and the last few weeks are one of them. As I hinted in the previous post, I am leaving my current position. Friday is my last day. I have known this since before Christmas, but today was the first chance I had to tell all of my staff at the same time (due to holiday vacations), so I have needed to keep somewhat silent about it. Iread more…

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Just Because You Are Paranoid Does Not Mean Someone Is Not Out to Get You

This is what my life has felt like in the last two weeks, but in a good way

Just for the record, I am not paranoid; no one is after me, and I won’t even get to watch the 3rd season of Homeland until it is out on Netflix. That said, this post is about the juxtaposition of perception and reality. There are days when I feel like I’m a fraud, like I can’t do any of the things I say I can. I feel like I know the words to say but cannotread more…

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College is About Getting an Education, Not a Job

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This rant was inspired by a comment left on this post over at LenPenzo.com. I even wrote a snarky reply comment, something I don’t usually do. Sorry, Len.   I get the student loan crisis. I really do. I graduated with my BA in 2000, and thirteen years later, I still owe 82% of what I borrowed (though I also made some choices post-graduation that have led to this). And I only seriously borrowed for aboutread more…