Monday, March 21, 2011

Twin Cities tops list of best places to find a job

I certainly beg to differ.  Propaganda at best.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Making cuts...

My income is nowhere near what it was the last time I had a solid job, but I am still living relatively the same life...with some minor cuts.

No more gym membership...I work out at home, stationary bike in my living room, and apartment workout room and pool.

Took on a roommate...temporary deal, but the cash from rent helps.

Cut down monthly expenses...aforementioned gym membership, cut back on Netflix account, any subscriptions, etc.  Its kind of funny to see the different places you leak out money when you're not worrying as much about how much you're spending.

Pre gaming before going out has become as important as it was in college.  Bottle of Vodka...14 bucks.  3 weak ass drinks at a bar downtown?  More than the bottle.

Anytime you find yourself in a situation where you may have to pay for parking...figure out the bus.

A few ideas that may or may not apply.  I do have to add that I also have the benefit of a massive amount of savings that I had built up over the years.  I have always tended to be fairly frugal on large purchases.  Not everyone does this.  I honestly have enough in the bank to live off of for a year or more, but have not tapped into it in the 5 months since my layoff and income cut...actually I put more into it this past week when I received my tax returns.  Bring it.

Keep fighting the fight.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Setup for mobile now!

Posting from the there anything these smart phones can't do?

Weekends run together...

Doing everything from home really doesnt put a boundary between a weekday and a weekend!

All of a sudden it is 10:30 on a Friday

What happened?!

Skewed to say the least.

Landing a job: It's about location and education
The job market may be improving, but it's still mostly about education, education, education and location, location, location.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

A light at the end? Or just more fluff optimism that gets spouted every quarter...

Hiring may begin to pick up soon, data suggest
Jobless claims tumbled to a nearly three-year low last week and signs grew that companies have squeezed every drop of toil out of their workers, offering hope that the pace of hiring will soon improve.

Working from home...

Theres definitely something to be said for rolling out of bed and being at work...but this stuff also gets boring!

The reason I'm here...

Im here to post a journal of my current job search, as well as to connect with others who are in the same frustrating rut that about 10% of our country is in.

Its complete and utter crap.  I am getting rejected from Entry Level positions that require nothing more than a high school diploma.  I understand that there are other highly qualified people applying for these positions, but here is what pisses me off.  The form rejection letters and emails that come telling me that I do not meet their minimum qualifications...what?  Did you even read my resume?

Anyhow, here I am, working on trying to improve my life.  I currently do a bit of work from home, but am trying daily to get into a more solid career since getting laid off in October.  Who else is out there?

Welcome to me...

Starting this whole blog thing...not sure how its gonna go.

Me, 29, Living the dream in Minneapolis.