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Posted September 19, 2006 by

Counting Ceiling Tiles

Depending on the job you get, you will either be always busy, always bored, or a mix of both.
Working as a data specialist at a university, 96 percent of my days are nail-biting, deadline-orientation. The best advice for chaotic “hit-myself-with-a-hammer” days? Breathe deeply and hopefully you get to listen to music on the job. For those boring “I-need-caffeine-like-now” days, my advice is to restrain your eyes from wandering to a clock. Stick a post-it over the bottom right hand corner of your computer screen if you have to, but don’t look.
I was stationed to babysit binders in a desolate white room for two hours without computer access. I missed my computer like a snowman misses winter.
After crossing every “t” and dotting every “i” in a report, I made the mistake of looking at the clock. Only 20 minutes (1,200 seconds) had passed.
Ways of keeping to keeping myself entertained ranged from singing the entire soundtrack of The Little Mermaid in my head, to counting the ceiling tiles, to contemplating my dinner options, to begging my IPod’s batteries to survive, to … well… you’re reading it.
In short, if you have absolutely no work to do… Find something (preferably work-related) and don’t look at the time.

Posted August 01, 2006 by

Be Passionate : Get the Job

It’s hard to paint a masterpiece if you don’t put the brush on paper.
You’ve picked up the paintbrush, you’ve signed up with job search websites; now the work starts. I know that’s not what you want to hear, but its the truth. Yes, some employers will seak you out, but the bulk of seaking rests on your shoulders. A winning combination, or palette, is job seaking – applying – following up – following up some more -hopefully an interview – writing a Thank You note – following up some more.
You will stand out amongst the hundreds of applications if you actually prove to them that you want to work for their company. You just have to keep in contact with them.
A strange thing happened after I got my job, I stopped getting contacted so often about job openings and interviews… Because I stopped applying and following up on the status of my resume. If that’s not a sure sign that you need to be passionate about getting a job, I don’t know what is.
Getting a job isn’t like taking a photograph -*click* you’re done-; it’s like painting a masterpiece; it takes time and passion.
I always remember loving the English tests that had the “comparisons” (Sun : Moon = Day : Night, etc). Think about it this way… Be Passionate : Get the Job = You : Happy.