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Making the Best of the Day

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I've got one more unscheduled day off at my temporary job (the powers that be still haven't planned the work for me to do .) So, I'm going to make the best of it. I rescheduled my doctor appointment for this morning. I've got errands I'm going to run. I'm going to visit my mom and mother-in-law. My hair will be cut and no longer drive me crazy (for a month!). I have a counseling appointment tonight. Then, I'm going to call it a night and go to bed early.

I'm anxious to see if the supervisors really will have something for me to do tomorrow. I hate to sit around all day in a little office with nothing to do but stare at the walls. I realize I am getting paid to do nothing, but I think of all the things I could be doing outside of work.

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NPA4LOSS 10/12/2010 11:18PM

    Try to go with the flow no matter what happens. You are doing great. emoticon

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Good to Have a Day Off

Monday, October 11, 2010

It's nice having Columbus Day off. I get an extra day to do some of my jobs on my to-do list. But the jobs always seem to take longer than expected.

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KAMAPERRY 10/11/2010 2:09PM


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SONGOFJOY27 10/11/2010 2:01PM

    Enjoy your day off! And relax about the to-do list. You'll get the really important things done!

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Notes Come in Handy

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I have a Spark People Notebook where I write my inspirational messages, my goals, my good and bad points, my feelings and my worries. I spent a little time this morning re-reading some of what I had written. I will spend some more time doing the same tonight. It does my spirits good to do that every once in awhile.

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KAMAPERRY 10/11/2010 2:00PM

    I need to work on my notebook again. emoticon

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KURTORTOISE 10/11/2010 4:35AM

    I'm glad you feel better now.

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NPA4LOSS 10/10/2010 1:00PM

    What a wonderful idea! I love going back over my Goodie messages for the same reason. emoticon Nola

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A Good Night's Sleep Does Wonders

Saturday, October 09, 2010

I went to bed in a down mood last night. But, I slept very well and woke up refreshed and ready to go. My attitude has taken a 180. I have been on the computer this morning putting in some applications. I will put more in later.

I have decided to do things for me today. I want to take some time to reflect and to plan some short and long term goals. This will help me get back on track and get out of the funky mood I was in yesterday. And I will definitely get outside on this gorgeous day and enjoy the Indian Summer while I can.

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NPA4LOSS 10/9/2010 3:31PM

    emoticon emoticon I really like the emoticonattitude! You are on the up side of the mountain! emoticon

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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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