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Come On 2014 – I think I’m ready for you!

December 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Here are my 2014 Goals and Resolutions (for lack of a better term): 

Daily Prayer need: wisdom and clarity of mind/heart.   As far as my personal responsibility in them, the majority of my problems/struggles in life stem from bad emotionally based decision making.   So this prayer is imperative.

Uninterrupted, undistracted devotional time every AM.  No compromise. This includes Bible reading/study, prayer and praise and worship music.

To make my coffee at home and take it in to work in a travel mug instead of spending more $ for it someplace.  Also buy everything in advance at the grocery store (soda, water, snacks, lunch for work, etc.) instead of fast food places or convenience stores – or God forgive me, vending machines.  In fact, the ONLY thing I can buy at a gas station – is gas for my car for all of 2014.  No fast food eating out for the entire year.   These are by far my personal biggest money and time wasters.  Admit this will be an adjustment for me at first and take discipline, budgeting better and time management. 

To find a better job that pays enough for me to live out on my own again and NOT have to work a 2nd part time job.  I am too old and exhausted for “roomies” and multiple jobs, frankly.  Target date May 31 when my initial lease with roommate(s) expires.   No later than a year (next Dec) for sure.

Dress much better and professionally for my current 9-5 job (not to mention if/when I get a better one) I am allowed to be very casual at my present work and have gotten lazy about this.   Remember to dress for the job I WANT not the one I have.   Along that line, build a real wardrobe.   Plan:  to put together one really quality outfit (for $100 or less including bag, shoes and any other accessories) every month.   Usually via EBay and/or 2nd hand stores.   Side benefit: it will help me feel better about myself and hopefully garner a little more respect from others.    Sadly many people DO judge you (harshly!) on outward appearance. 

To track every single penny I spend, create a real working budget and stick to it like superglue so I can spend it on things that really matter.

To plan & save for a small getaway NEXT holiday season.  I don’t have family to spend it with and every year I find myself sorely wishing I had done this.  Goal for next Christmas thru New Year:  current idea: Vegas for a few days, the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon (Never seen it!).  (I don’t gamble – just to see the sights and maybe a show or two in sin city).   Not undoable or terribly extravagant traveling from Colorado. 

Also NEXT Christmas: Do a 1 page “newsletter” and/or cards; do the tree, lights, decorations and music.  Do real Christmas shopping for people.   I didn’t really do much of anything this year for the Holiday due to a move and financial distress.  Need to rekindle the joy of the season for myself.

To go through every single thing I own.  Purge (sell or donate) what is not absolutely necessary, not being used and/or not really loved.  Index and organize what remains – a place for everything and everything in its place.   Same for anything and everything new I buy and bring in.

Get my car fully detailed by end of January and work to keep it maintained and clean all year!

Keep my living and work spaces immaculate:  tidy, picked up, disinfected, deodorized and 100% clean

As much as I hate it, take the bus to and from work daily to save maintenance and gas on vehicle.  I can get a free bus pass from work anyway.

Walk every day and a drink 20 oz. (min) of pure water daily.  Can put flavoring in water if necessary to build the habit.   So many of my physical issues are stemming from not doing this – especially mild dehydration.   Never been big on lots of water, so keeping it realistic – but my body is telling me it needs it.

Limit personal email and phone message checking to 2x day:  9 am and 3 pm.    Twitter and any other social networks only once a day (after I get home from work, while dinner is cooking) – then done.   This is aside from true emergencies or something honestly vital is happening that I have to monitor.   It can wait!  I need downtime away from people, the internet and to unplug.   Other personal internet browsing limited to ½ hour a day in the am before work while having breakfast/coffee – reserved for job hunting primarily.  Outside of that, I can’t think of anything in my personal life that would truly require a more immediate response or presence.  Absolutely NO personal internet at work!! 

NO donuts, chocolates, cookies, pastry (or any other sweet deserts/snacks in general) and NO alcohol in 2014 (yep, not even socially).  Just don’t need them in my life OR body.  They certainly won’t help with clarity of mind and heart.  Empty calories and empty money spent on them too. 

 How about you?  What do you want your life to be in 2014?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This past week – job hunting experience – bad and good.

January 13, 2013 Leave a comment

I am looking very actively and hard for a different job.

First, the bad experience:

I applied with Alpine Access for a work at home customer service position. Alpine is a legit company that does outsourced customer service for various clients.This is probably the third time over the course of several years that I have tried to get on with them.
Feel like I was just put through the ringer with them and their ridiculous hiring process.
I realize they have to be careful about who they hire. However, I feel they make it as difficult as
possible – unnecessarily so IMO. I do not feel their hiring process really gives well qualified people a chance.  I applied.  Went through several assessments online (mostly touchy feely personality stuff
that has little to do with if you are qualified for the job). Asked to select a time for a phone “interview”   I  scheduled mine for Monday the 7th.
These are not real interviews. It is a group presentation about their requirements and positions.
We got less than an minute to describe our experience and why we would be a good fit.
They required 3 screen shots, which we had to do quickly while waiting for the presentation to begin.
That wasted a lot of time while everyone tried to get those done. So, this first interview lasted approx 1 hr 45 min.
I was put in another “chat room” with other candidates. We were to wait until our name popped up to call in to
to talk to a recruiter. Again, I thought this would be my chance to talk with someone one on one. Well, sort of. First there were nearly 50 people they had to get through. I waited patiently from approx 11:40 to 2:40 pm (yep – 3 hours!) for my name to finally get to top of queue and I called in. Then it was just a minute or so conversation to again schedule another group “interview”.   That session was Wednesday morning. I attended that thinking I would have a chance, being able to proceed. The “host” was quite abrupt and rude with everyone. After not being allowed to say anything or ask any questions, we were each given an assignment. After some mild technical difficulties, I completed my question and answered it (I thought) correctly from the information provided that they directed us to. Then was told I was being moved yet again into another “chat room”. I was not chosen because all that “chat room” told me that if they decided to move forward with me I would be contacted. According to what I read in my candidate profile today at least they decided not to select me. I have not been contacted directly and don’t expect to be. I honestly don’t know what kind of candidate they are looking for. I have 4+ years direct customer service experience. I am responsible, have a good home environment to work from home, solid work history, etc. I meet all their general requirements to apply. This was not my first time applying with them, but never even got this far along in the process before. It will however, be my last dealing with them. Whatever they are looking for, apparently I don’t have. I feel the cards are stacked against candidates and feel their hiring process leaves much to be desired. They say they only hire “the best of the best”. I saw other far less educated, less experienced candidates get hired ASAP by them. Is it because I am an middle age white female? Hmmm… I am officially done with trying to get on with Alpine Access. I am just chalking this time wasting grueling soul killing hiring process up to experience and moving on to potential employers who have an appreciation and respect for their candidates.

I want to make it clear, I am not just upset because I didn’t get hired by Alpine.  If I felt I had been given a shot, I could hold my head up high knowing I had given it my best effort.   The problem for me is that I don’t feel I was even given an real honest opportunity  due to the way everything was handled and their hiring practices.

On the positive front:

I had applied for administrative assistant position at a local medical facility.   Had a phone screening with an HR person.  Then late last week an interview with the office manager and HR person.  I am not going to name specifics so as not to jinx anything.  I felt the interview went very well.  However, I can be a poor judge at that.  The job would be a really good fit for me.  Thank you letters were emailed almost immediately after.   So really hoping I get the offer.  They said I should hear something early next week.    If not, at least they gave me a real chance, and that I was able to give it my best shot, opposed to my experience with Alpine.

Job hunting can be really difficult these days given the economy and other factors.

Update:  Sadly, I did not get the job at the medical facility.  I soldier on.  1/22/2013.