As I get older, it is becoming more clear to me, that I am not superwoman. I've always prided myself on my ability to juggle multiple activities at once and still keep my ducks lined in a row. What I never realized is that when you're a jack (or jill) of many trades, it's hard to do one thing well. I am not an exception.
Every morning when I was in elementary school, I would wake up and complete my routine: wake up, read Bible, pray, bathe, brush teeth, get dressed, and eat breakfast. After breakfast, however, I would make my way back to my bedroom and write my schedule for the day on my dry erase board. The board would look … Continue reading The Doctor Orders For A Successful Career
A couple of years ago, I was interviewing for a position at a start-up. I had been on the job-hunt for several months and was becoming more and more desperate to land a job. The interview was going very well. The interviewer seemed impressed with my experience and credentials, and we were developing a good rapport. Given the engaging conversation we were having, I didn't think anything of it when he so casually asked me where I was living and whether I planned on moving away from home. In a sly manner, he added, "And you don't plan on having children anytime soon, do you?" It was so sudden that I didn't even have a chance to think about it. I was 26 at the time, so having children was the furthest thing from my mind, for I was married to my career. I quickly answered, "No." He offered me the position the next day.
Kanye-Fidence, as outlandish as it sounds, works. Try it.
Graduate school did not give me all the necessary tools needed to excel in the workplace. Sure, it taught me theory and concepts, but the workplace is a jungle: it requires more than just knowledge and skills. Here are my lessons learned from the workplace.
Call me entitled because my parents told me I was special. Call me a unfocused because I switch jobs more often than most people switch the songs on their workout playlists. Call me Peter Pan because I still live with my parents. Call me whatever you want because I believe there is more to life than … Continue reading What’s Wrong With My Employers?
Regardless of whether you've ever compared yourself to me or not, the truth is that life has been no picnic for me in the last few years. I've endured some experiences that were so humiliating; I couldn't even gather the courage to post them on my blog anonymously.
I edit academic papers, blogs, and other miscellaneous documents. I plan special events. I am a program manager, grant-writer, funding-seeker for various organizations in the field of public health. I am a research specialist, administrative coordinator, and hospitality worker. And most importantly, I blog at Scribbles & Tostitos Blog. My job description has not always … Continue reading Hustle While You Work
Sometimes, one has to look at her job hunt and laugh. Laugh at the silly questions employers ask during interviews. (How do you handle workplace drama? Why do you want this seasonal position at Macys?) Laugh at the silly ultimatums employers give you while you're working those temporary, seasonal positions. (If your restroom break is … Continue reading Types of People Featured In A Job Hunt
This morning, I read that Hallmark is now selling cards for the 9.1% of Americans who are unemployed. For all those considering purchasing a card for $3.99 to remind me that I’m unemployed, I suggest you use that money to buy me a Chick-fil-A biscuit; that’s my favorite breakfast that my budget no longer permits me … Continue reading “Are You Ok?” and Other Questions Not To Ask An Unemployed Person