Sunday, September 04, 2011
I've been wanting to set some new goals for myself for probably a couple months now. It's now very obvious to me that I haven't set aside a chunk of time to do this. So, I will take a small portion of time every few days or so to come up with some new ones. Maybe this way, I will have time to really incorporate them into my life and have my new list completed by the end of September. I will make a point of writing down these new goals in my Spark Journal and will refer to these at least once a week (I'll set up up tentatively for Sunday afternoon).
My first goal is to start re-doing my approach to finding a new job. I am going to re-write my resume. I am going to grab the dictionary and find new words to describe my accomplishments at my past jobs. Someone gave me the idea of "dumbing down" my resume. My last two jobs in Alabama were as an office manager. She suggested that I change that to "administrative assistant" or "executive administrative assistant". After she said that, it made a lot of sense. I've applied for administrative assistant positions and I know that some companies wonder why I would apply for a position that is "beneath" the ones I had. So it just might work.
I am also going to work more on taking the suggestion of another person. She said to start looking at individual companies' websites in addition to the usual job sites. Everyone goes on the usual job sites like Career Builder, etc. But not everyone thinks to go to individual company sites. I should have a better chance at getting noticed this way.
One thing I know I'm going to do is to keep practicing my typing, Word, and Excel for a short time every day. I knew that I was going to take a typing test for county jobs and started practicing a few weeks beforehand. I got a CD out of the library and it actually let me download it to my computer. I typed an article or two every day. The first article had me typing at about 33-35 wpm. When I took the test, I was already back up to 47 wpm. I also had to take Word and Excel tests for the county and for a lot of the employment agencies that I'm registered with. I took short continuing ed classes in both and they helped, but I know I really need to practice occassionaly to keep up with what I've learned. Use it or lose it is definitely true.
I figure I will start with these goals first. Getting a job with better working conditions, a shorter commute, more hours and a better pay is high on my priority list. I'm anxious to get started on these goals to see if they work.
Thursday, September 01, 2011
I have been getting some things done that I have been putting off, but not as many as I'd like. I am finding that some things are taking longer than anticipated. At other times, life just gets in the way.
I am trying to talk my brother in participating in an annual block sale that his street has every September. I would love to take some of the stuff I have collected here that I don't use any more and see if I can sell them. What's left over, I know I can take right to the Salvation Army and get a receipt that I can use as a write-off on my taxes. I know this process will take longer than I anticipate, however. The sooner I can get a commitment from my brother, or at least a date that I can plan to set up my stuff at his house, the easier it will be for me to get ready.
It's September already. I've been threatening to re-evaluate and re-do my goals for all of August. I haven't done this yet. I've got general ideas, but nothing concrete and written down. This will probably be an hour or two project. If I break it up into chunks, it shouldn't be too bad.
The reason for putting off these things and other projects that I want to do is my job situation. It takes me quite a bit of time every day looking for jobs and trying to find new Avon customers in the meantime. I'm definitely at the panic mode on this - of course I need money coming in to pay my bills and be able to stay where I am. I have no clue what I will do if I don't have any money coming in soon. I just keep plugging along and saying a little prayer every day. I know that God's answer sometimes is "wait", but I'm really running out of time.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I was headed out to do my errands yesterday when I got a phone call. It was one of the employment agencies that I am registered with. A company that I have filled in at needed me to come in for a half day to replace the sick receptionist. It was a nice change of pace to work again for a company that not only pays more an hour but appreciates what you do. So, I just had to shift my plans a little. I got some things done after work and will finish the rest today.
People were asking me the date all day yesterday. I am having a difficult time dealing with summer ending. I really can't say I did a lot of what I wanted to this summer. And I really don't like the fact that the daylight hours are getting shorter. What happened to summer that I missed it again?
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