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Career advice you’ve never heard before

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No one, not your career coach, not those sharp-dressed experts on TV, and certainly not other bloggers, will ever tell you this:

Don’t spend the day “pounding the pavement” (literally, walking around the mall looking for employment) in your brand-new shoes. I don’t care if they are sensible flats. Your feet will still hurt by the time you go from Macy’s to Sears to lunch.  😦

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October 26, 2009 at 5:16 pm

A cold and flu season guide for the unemployed

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Or: Don’t the unemployed deserve sick days, too?

For the last few days, I’ve been sick with a cold. I tend to get really nasty colds. The I-can’t-breathe, my-head-is-spinning, I-don’t-have-much-energy, I-don’t-want-you-to-get-this-kind of cold.

Now that the nighttime half of my over-the-counter cold medicine isn’t making me drowsy and I feel somewhat better, here’s my guide to cold and flu season for the unemployed:

  • First, stock up on your favorite store’s store brand over-the-counter cold and flu medication when you see it on sale in the Sunday ads. You might just need it two days later.
  • 24-hour drugstores can be a mixed blessing. Yes, it’s nice to have them there when you’re sick and up late. But do you really want to be in a strange CVS at 10: 15 p.m. trying to decide between the two-for-one orange Gatorade special and orange juice when you just need fluids? And buying that second box of cold medicine because you can already tell you’re going to run out of the first box?
  • Mom always said to take extra Vitamin C when I had a cold. It’s since been scientifically disproven to do much good. But whose advice would you and I rather take, my Mom’s or some disproven scientists?
  • If you live near a Trader Joe’s grocery store, try their Lemon Ginger Echinacea juice blend. It’s especially good warm.
  • Eat chicken soup when you’re hungry. Now, I like chicken. And I like soup. However, after several meals of chicken noodle, chicken and rice, chunky chicken, chicken broth, and chicken lemon rice soup, I start wondering what my vegetarian/vegan friends eat to treat a cold.
  • See your doctor if you feel really sick. And if you still can afford your COBRA plan or can afford some sort of health clinic. If not, well, I hear the Dr. Oz show is quite good.

I’m back ….

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Sorry I was away from the blog for a while.

Awhile being, oh, the month of September.

I was somewhat busy and not thinking about unemployment for a while.  Sure, I was job hunting (and once again not getting the jobs that I’d most recently applied for).

I’m still doing volunteer work, still active in Toastmasters. And, at the suggestion of a few teacher friends of mine,  I’ve started substitute teaching for extra money and the work experience (three assignments so far).

What else can I tell you? Oh, on Wednesday, I discovered the company which made my car will no longer exist by next year.  😦  This is not only sad news for we loyal Saturn owners, but worse news for Saturn dealers and their employees. Our cars may be orphaned, but they lose their businesses and/or their jobs.

And I had jury duty in my local district court Thursday morning. Which consisted mainly of sitting around the courtroom(s) with 70 other people waiting for hours for the jury selection to start, and then seeing if I would be one of the few people selected for the one case for the day. I wasn’t selected, so I was excused after — and will be paid for — a half-day’s  jury service.

Written by Joanne

October 2, 2009 at 12:42 am