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I Sensed It Was Coming

Friday, October 08, 2010

I knew that work was a little slow for the group of temps that were hired a couple of weeks ago (me included). I had nothing to do today from 10:30 until 3. Then, the supervisor came in and told me not to come in on Monday, then she added Tuesday, then she sent me home an hour early. I asked one of the others if the supervisor had talked to her. Nope. I know I'm a little slower because I'm a little out of practice, but I probably didn't do well at all. So, I'm feeling a little down on myself right now.

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NPA4LOSS 10/8/2010 9:39PM

    It may be that the assignment you were working on is finished. Did she say not to come back or just take those days off. Check with them before deciding that you are completely out. Remember that you have at least had something coming in and you now have something recent for your resume. You also have an idea of what you are weakest at and can be working at improving. emoticon You are one step ahead of where you were when you started. emoticon

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CARRAND 10/8/2010 8:08PM

    I know you must feel bad, but don't be down on yourself. There could be any number of reasons why you were laid off that you know nothing about. Hang in there.

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KURTORTOISE 10/8/2010 6:04PM

    You may not have done as well as the others, but I'm sure you can leave out the "at all" because they replace temps that don't work out after the first day or two -- you lasted longer than that, didn't you?

Use that time off to register at more temp agencies.

Remember to keep a log of the job details: not just when and where, but the computer program (if it has a name), and what type of work was done. If it was just data entry into a custom-made data base, then write that down.

The little temp job experiences add up to an interesting resume if you arrange them correctly: maybe put the ones that required different computer skills in one section; jobs that were mostly phone work in another section.
Another way to do it would be to start your resume with a list of current skills from the temp jobs (and previously), and then a selected list of the names of the companies at which you had the temp jobs, with the date that you worked there (no need for any other info; just the dates and company name).

If you're really stuck for ideas, just send me a SparkMail and I'll try to brainstorm something.
I definitely sympathize with your situation.

I'm in NYC and I can't begin to tell you how many times I have "re-made" myself to use current skills to get into a different job market -- as one job market disappears, I'd have to get into another one.
I'm really sick of doing that, especially now -- my birthday is on the 17th, I'll be 55, and I can't be doing this for the rest of my life.
I started to develop a teaching/instructor resume a little over ten years ago because I noticed that schools and training programs like to hire older teachers as long as they're basically healthy -- not like offices where they'll get rid of the older worker first.
Now I've got two state licenses, and the necessary certificates for private and business training schools.

Things turn out OK eventually.
--Kurt (Co-Leader, Frugalists & Simple Living Team)

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MOMMA48 10/8/2010 5:48PM

    emoticonAnd don't let it get you down, hun. Maybe the others had been there longer and it was something to do with company policy. But, I wouldn't take it that it was you at all -- I'm still thinking more of how the company operates, or who gets paid what an hour and that sort of thing. Just keep that smile on your face and know that you are doing great at your job, you're doing great here at Sparks and you're a super great friend to me! emoticon

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Beautiful Day

Thursday, October 07, 2010

It's so nice out today, especially for it be October in Michigan. I went for a walk at lunch. I didn't stress too much over my work and actually got it done a little early. I just came home and ate a little something. Now I think I'm going to change and go for another walk before it starts cooling off for the day. I'm going to take advantage of the sun and the warmth while I can.

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NPA4LOSS 10/7/2010 10:22PM

    It sounds like a better day. Have you noticed how much smoother things go when we aren't stressing? Enjoy the weather while it lasts. emoticon emoticon

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MOMMA48 10/7/2010 8:11PM

    emoticonPatty and it was a beautiful day here as well! So let's keep enjoying that fantastic Fall weather and enjoying that fresh air!

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MABTE52 10/7/2010 4:59PM

    I agree. Good job on walking!

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When work drives you crazy...

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The people in charge have had us working on a project where we're working on inventory. We've been double-doing a lot of the work because of how the assignement was started. Granted, I know the software system fairly well now, but it's stressing me out. I know I'm not a fast worker and I've been working over a little each day on my own time just to try to catch up to the others. Unrealistic deadlines and I do not get along well.

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NPA4LOSS 10/6/2010 9:36PM

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SLIMMINJENN 10/6/2010 9:36PM

    Hopefully it will get better in time for you...

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CARRAND 10/6/2010 8:32PM

    You sound very dedicated to me. Try not to let it get to you.

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JAREJIL 10/6/2010 7:51PM

    wow Kurtortoise, that was some awesome advice, I am going to use it! Patty, I am interested in seeing how you can come up with something that replaces "not the fastest worker". I know I sometimes think more negative of myself than I need to, and that is ESPECIALLY true with my weight loss struggle, so I am going to see if I can recognize that negative talk that I use on myself. Good luck!

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KURTORTOISE 10/6/2010 7:30PM

    Nowadays, every project is understaffed; all deadlines are unrealistic; and things are usually so badly pre-planned that a lot of the work has to be done over.

With that in mind, can you distance yourself from the nonsense that's going on and look at it as if it were a movie? It's not always possible, but if you can do it, you'll be less agitated by the craziness.

Can you write (in your head) the best, positive way to describe this project on your resume? You'll wind up doing a lot of re-writes, but it's good practice, and it might give you a different perspective. It has helped me survive many depressing temp jobs.

If you've got any of those neurotic managers who insist on adding "drama" to an already tense and hectic situation, you'll probably be able to second-guess whatever is going to come out of their mouths. Pre-planning some very good, professional answers to their comments can pay off in the future. I've done it, and was able to use quite a few. The answers were never something that could get me fired, but they could sting.

Find ways to describe yourself that sound more positive than "I'm not the fastest worker" because it's not good to tell someone else about something you're not. Concentrate on the good things that you are.

The bottom line is to try to survive this job while trying to find something better. That's not an easy thing to do anymore, but it's still possible.
I'm doing that now, and it's really tough, but I know I'll get something more worthwhile eventually.
Good Luck.

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I'm in a slump!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The weather has been cold and rainy and my mood seems to be reflecting it. I haven't been sleeping all that well, I haven't walked as much as I usually do, and healthy food just seems boring. It's time to put my thinking cap on and either get a routine going or shake up what's left of the one I have. I don't want to gain any weight or get really depressed again. But I'm going to have to do a lot of thinking!

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NPA4LOSS 10/5/2010 10:50PM

    emoticon I hope that you are feeling more on top of things soon. Making changes in our routine can really mess the schedule up. I have faith in you that you will find the right answer for you. emoticon Nola

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APIRLRAIN888 10/5/2010 10:17PM

    pls chk out my blog on 10/2, 250 lbs vs 120 lbs woman. I also posted in the motivation msg board, same title!

I found motivation in that! hope you do too!

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I Wasn't Successful

Sunday, October 03, 2010

I thought that I'd have so much accomplished by now, according to my blog that I wrote yesterday. My body had other plans, though. It decided it was going to take over and make me so tired that about all I got accomplished was a very long nap and going to bed early.

I guess it's going to take me awhile to get acclimated to working full time in addition to exercising, getting my cardio in, and accomplishing some of my housework. I'm finally going to get into a routine and the assignment will be over.

I just am hoping this employment agency can come through again for me or that I can get another job on my own. I've tried so hard to get this temporary one that I don't have a lot of confidence in the employment situation. But, I am working on staying positive. I have a new money goal that I have to meet ASAP and that is a great incentive!

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CARRAND 10/3/2010 7:35PM

    I agree with Sparkles-today. Taking care of yourself is part of being successful. Get your rest. The housework can wait.

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DONNABRIGHT 10/3/2010 4:46PM

    Nothing wrong with giving yourself a break now and again!

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NPA4LOSS 10/3/2010 3:40PM

    You needed the rest. You added a lot of activity since beginning work it is just different activity. Your body and mind will adjust. This company may be so pleased with your work ethic they may work hard to find something else for you. Good workers are hard to find even in a slow economy. You have proof on your side now. emoticon Keep positive thoughts! emoticon

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HLTHAPPINESS4C 10/3/2010 12:25PM

    Sometimes our bodies aren't in sync with our plans. It happens and while it is disappointing, it doesn't have to ruin your day. I think you are being tough on yourself. Be kind and allow yourself the time needed to get used to your new routine. Just do the best that you can do, putting one foot in front of the other.
Hang in there ! emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMINJENN 10/3/2010 10:57AM

    You are going through alot of changes right now..dont be so hard on time it will all fall into place...Good Luck!

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SPARKLES-TODAY 10/3/2010 10:04AM

  You need to change the title of today's blog, girl! Instead of shaming yourself with "I wasn't successful," how about, "Taking Care of Myself," or "Rest First, then Hit the Housework"? I say, with all the changes you are trying to make, you should be gentle with yourself. Try to frame your goals in small bits. Like, maybe your goal could be to make a list of the things you want to do, and then get one thing on your list done each day. AND, make the things on your list small! Instead of "clean kitchen cabinets," list the cabinets separately ("clean cabinet next to sink"; "clean cabinet over stove"; "clean cabinet over toaster" and so forth). That way, you can set yourself up to succeed by doing your big project in small pieces. You will feel more positive and have more energy if you make your plan manageable. Good luck!

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