the job hunt
Today is the 5th day of the 25th week, the 21st day of the 6th month, the 172nd day of 2018, and:
- Anne and Samantha Day -- observed twice a year [Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice] honoring Anne Frank and Samantha Smith, two idealistic, caring teenagers whose lives ended too soon
- Atheist Solidarity Day
- Cuckoo Warning Day -- BEWARE! It will be a wet summer if the sound of the cuckoo is heard today,
- Go Skateboarding Day
- International Day of Yoga
- International Surfing Day
- National Day of The Gong
- National Daylight Appreciation Day
- National Dump the Pump Day -- an “unofficial” National holiday is sponsored by American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and public transportation systems across the country celebrated for the past 12 years
- National Peaches and Cream Day
- National Seashell Day
- National Selfie Day
- Recess at Work Day
- Tall Girl Appreciation Day
- The First Day of Summer
- The Longest Day
- World Giraffe Day
- World Handshake Day
- World Humanist Day
- World Hydrography Day – dealing with just matters as technical standards, safe navigation and the protection of the marine environment.
- World Music Day
- World Peace and Prayer Day
ON THIS DAY IN ...
1749 – Halifax, Nova Scotia, is founded.
1834 - Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent for his reaping machine.
1964 - Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a perfect game in a 6-0 victory over the New York Mets.
1973 – In handing down the decision in Miller v. California 413 US 15, the Supreme Court of the United States establishes the Miller test for obscenity in U.S. law.
1978 – The original production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, Evita, based on the life of Eva Perón, opened at the Prince Edward Theatre, London.
1997 - The Women's National Basketball Association made its debut.
2004 – SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.
2006 – Pluto's newly discovered moons are officially named Nix and Hydra.
When I was looking for work I seemed to spend a lot of time on the job search. There were calls in to the two or three recruiters that I was with to see if they had anything for me. Then I would go to the job sites – some general, some industry specific and read through almost every single new posting. I would check on LinkedIn to see if anyone mentioned an opening. And I would get a paper and peruse the want ads [yes Virginia, there is still a want ad section in the paper. I would then start applying to jobs, usually submitting them by email with a cover letter, or email rather. Oh those cover letters! I had to research the company, try to figure out what they were looking for and tailor my cover email to sound as though I was really interested in a job with THEM. I’m sure ever HR person read my efforts with the wry thought that here was another one who just wanted a job – which since I was without one the last time I was looking was the absolute truth. Sure I would’ve liked to have tended to my career, but my first concern was the bills that had to be paid. All the talk about consultants and free agents, about parlaying KSA into income by working to meet immediate needs, and I just wanted a JOB so that I could stop worrying about where the next rent payment was coming from or the food for myself and my cat.
That is one reason I was so furious when I found out Indeed.com had posted two positions as “new postings” with an active “apply now” button on their job site. They out and out lied – the positions had been sitting on our website for something like four years and they scrapped it and posted it. Fortunately the folks who were interested called us, which is how we found out about the posting and supposedly they have been taken down. But it has made me question the way in which these job sites work:  Are the jobs posted “real” or like those two positions that are only there just in case someone is on our site and might be interested as opposed to waiting until we have an actual need? And  What happens to all the personal information you put on their application form? How much do you want to bet that contact information is pedaled to advertisers?
And after all that networking and online research? I landed this job because I saw a tiny ad in a community paper.
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