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Another note from the staff

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As I was sitting around WSFAU headquarters by myself this morning missing my formerly loyal staff, another email came in:

Weather is here.

Wish you were nice.

Okay, okay, you are nice. We miss you, and we’ll be home in a couple of days.

The Staff

They’re coming back! I knew it! Especially since I knew they couldn’t get far on what I pay them ….

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Written by Joanne

August 15, 2010 at 8:48 am

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Another note from the staff

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The (former?) staff emailed us another note early this morning with details of their secret location:

Water, water everywhere

And lots of wine to drink.

So where the heck are they? More importantly, are they spending my unemployment checks on tacky souvenirs?


Written by Joanne

August 14, 2010 at 8:46 am

Slip-sliding away

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I woke up this morning to find this note:

Dear Boss:

We’ve had it with this unemployment/blogging thing. We’ve been doing all the legwork. You’ve been getting all the credit. It’s time — way past time —  for us to grab a few beers and slide on out of here for a while. (So to speak.)

The WSFAU Staff

Oh, my. They did a Steven Slater on me. On Friday the 13th, no less.

They’ll be back. I know it. I know them.

Plus, I still have their computer.

Written by Joanne

August 13, 2010 at 9:00 am

Shameless plug time: Visit the EXPworker45+ blog!

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Today I wrote my first guest post on another group’s employment-related blog. As one of my friends would say, it’s now shameless plug time for me to promote their blog.

Correction: I should say “our blog,” because I’m one of the members. Anyway, on with the plug.

The EXPworker45+ networking group is a group of Baby Boomer/mature/older job seekers meeting Wednesday mornings in Ferndale, Mich., for mutual advice and support. Most members are in their 50s or early 60s. (I’m in my late 40s and I believe I’m the baby of the bunch.) We’re sponsored by the Ferndale Career Center.

Since we’ve started meeting in March, we’ve been quite active. We’ve discussed unemployment extensions, practiced our answers to “Tell me about yourself,” carpooled to a job fair, and discussed how to use Twitter and LinkedIn in a job search. Our group even has Facebook and Twitter accounts along with our blog.

Since the leaders knew I blogged, they asked me to contribute to the EXPworker45+ blog. For days and weeks I wondered what to say. Should I be inspiring? Be funny? Give resume and cover letter tips? I just wasn’t sure.

Finally, I had an idea. It’s here.

This Wednesday, April 21 at 10 a.m., the EXPworker45+ group plans to meet at The Coffee Beanery, at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Wiltshire (south of 12 Mile, west side of Woodward) in Berkley, Mich. If you’d like to join us, bring your laptop or netbook computer — we’ll be using the wi-fi to collaborate on our LinkedIn accounts, other social media accounts, and resumes. I’ll be the one with the new shiny happy MacBook. 🙂 And an old HP laptop PC to share. 😉

It’s been a week

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It’s Friday, and it’s been a week.

First of all, I was in a car accident on Monday morning. I was rear-ended while stopped at a freeway exit. Of course, the other car was a Toyota. Luckily, my car and I are more or less okay. Even though my brother joked that I should get a neck brace and a lawyer.

On Tuesday, I substituted for part of the day, for a high school dance teacher who was taking most of her class on a field trip. I simply had to watch the remaining students.

Wednesday morning, I went to the first meeting of a new networking group sponsored by my local Michigan Works career center.

Last night, I went to a Toastmasters speaking competition.

And in between it all, I’ve spent a lot of time filling out and sending out job applications.  I even found a few jobs on Monster.com.

So now I’m sitting here thinking about what I need to do next.

Written by Joanne

March 19, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Starting the week (and the month) with networking

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This morning I went to a job networking group sponsored by my local Michigan Works-associated career center.  About 20 of us met at a local diner for coffee, breakfast, and informal discussions of things such as cover letters, resume critiques, interviews, and the latest news about extending unemployment extensions.

Here’s a link to the group’s blog: EmployNet.

As one of the members said, it’s a good, positive way to begin the week (and to get out of the house). I’ll be back next Monday morning. 😉

Written by Joanne

March 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Watch what you post, people

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From the “this should be obvious” department, USAToday.com recently reported that people should be very careful of what they post on the Internet, because their potential employers could read it. You’ve Googled employers; of course they’re going to Google you. And read your Facebook page.

In two separate Microsoft studies, less than 15 percent of people in several countries believed their online posts and photos have no effect on potential employers. Meanwhile, 70 percent of recruiters said they didn’t hire someone based on the candidate’s Internet postings.

In one way I’m not worried about this. My personal Facebook page doesn’t have wild party pictures on it (and neither does the WSFAU Facebook Fan Page, by the way). I don’t make whiny status updates about hating Mondays or get into flame wars. And my Facebook profile is set to private. If you Google my name, you’ll mostly find links to work I did for my previous employer. That ought to impress a future employer.

But yet, I worry — and you’re looking at the reason why I worry.  (Yes, you can find this blog via Google and Yahoo,  too.) Sometimes I worry that blogging about unemployment may hurt my chances at a future career. Although I once had a potential employer compliment the blog.

Yet, as the title suggests, I write this blog to make the best of a bad situation.

Written by Joanne

January 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm