Woebegone Workforce

To address the recent lull on this blog, I’ve been stewing on this post for a while. It needed some time to develop. When we speak of bullying these days we typically frame it around the experiences of children. Kids getting bullied at school, kids getting bullied online, kids getting bullied in social groups; these…

TMI, Fake, Etc. — Three Ways Stay Broke

Occupational and financial wellness is not a lottery, folks. Help me help you. Job seekers, success chasers, and rewards reapers; let’s add a few more items to the list of things that are probably killing your employment chances. Don’t blurt out your sexual orientation during the interview. Just don’t. If you reveal your sexual orientation…

Occupational Wellness–The Other Side of the Table

Up to this point my advice regarding wellness as it relates to employment has focused solely upon the behaviors of the job seeker. Let’s move to the other side of the table and discuss the behaviors of our future employers. I’ve written before that seasoned hiring managers are well aware that the majority of their…

Occupational Wellness–Openers That Kill The Close

Sometimes I think the Universe is sending me these people just to screw with my mind. I dare to joke now I’ve heard it all and then the door opens and someone walks in to prove me wrong, wrong, wrong again. It’s like washing your car to make it rain. Tempt the Universe and the…

Freedom For Sale

I mentioned in my January Work Release post that my 30-day uber-frugal challenge fizzled quickly because I was already so frugal when I signed up for it. I characterized it as a challenge I didn’t need, as it turned out. There wasn’t much for me to change or adjust, so I wasn’t challenged. That doesn’t…

Job Seeker Dumbassity

I cringe every time I hear someone say this is a tough time to be out of work. What would be a good/easy time to be out of work? Unemployment blows. Period. It’s always tough. It’s never easy. Every week I schedule and hold interviews, make employment offers, hire people, assign work, fire people, and…

The Newest Oldest Profession

I’ve been calling myself a Freelance Writer for years now despite the fact that I’ve never earned a penny from anything I’ve written. Unless you count prize money, that is. Five years ago I won Grand Prize in the Tales From The South competition. I received a check for that effort. If winnings qualify as…

Yule Thank Me

The Spending Fast. It rolls on through mid-December. If you’ve been following me for the past few weeks you’ve no doubt seen my anti-shopping propaganda go up in blazing yellow glory every weekend. I have strong feelings. They show. Due to the financial component I suppose the Spending Fast falls under the category of Occupational…

Occupational Wellness–Help Me Help You

Occupational wellness.  It’s a touchy subject for me. As a result of life choices when I was younger I’m one of those people who finds herself topping the hill never having a career despite working since she was sixteen years old. Lots of jobs—always a job—but not necessarily a career with a path. That’s my…

287 Days–And Nineteen Years

There have been several weeks over the course of this project that I have wanted to call it quits just because I got tired of it. I soldiered on through those low points. This was the first week I almost blew it for any reason other than indolence. This week life at the Jesus Crack House…

September Highlights–The Poor-Mouth

You may remember that one of my goals/intentions for New Year 2016 was/still is to improve my relationship with money. The choice not to refer to this as financial wellness was deliberate. I wouldn’t want to write about it and I doubt you’d want to read about it. I decided to reframe it from the…

Confirmation Day

It’s Saturday. Feels like it took a long time to get to this Saturday. Now that it is here it feels like a confirmation. Confirmation that the Universe is indeed conspiring in my favor. Approximately four seconds after hire I immediately left on a business trip for my new employer. Six hours alone on the…