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Moral of the story

As I hunt for a job, I am fully aware of how discouraging and time consuming it is. Even more how disappointed I am in how companies represent themselves when they put out ads for jobs. A company, which will remain nameless, advertised in a way to encourage students to apply. I filled out the application online and then talked with a lady (student) on the phone who was very sweet but less helpful than I had hoped. As I asked questions some she would say, “that’s a very good question. They will answer all that in the interview.” I was very displeased with that answer but chalked it up to maybe she didn’t know the answer and that was her way out. Hesitantly I made my interview appointment after which I proceeded to do some research on the company, I found out why they were so flexible..in home sales. As a person who sucks at sales I felt somewhat misled. I was suspicious anyway because the money sounded so good at $15 an hour and working around my school schedule was perfect however not knowing whether I would get paid for 3 days training and the long drive to that training was not cool. Well, long story short. I decided, in this economy as well as the cost of start-up (despite their protests of good sales), this would not be a worthwhile venture for me. The start up money also was not disclosed to me on the phone call but found it out from their website. I was looking to make money. After all that is why we all get jobs. I couldn’t just let it just go at canceling my appt. I had to let the girl on the phone know of the reasons why I was a more than disappointed and suggested that the company make some changes in the way they represented themselves. I was nice and she said she’d tell her boss. Who knows. If it’s like most things, my suggestions will make no difference but I am pleased that I did not waste precious resources pursuing a job lead that would only have cost me in the end. Disappointed but no worse off, I will set off on my job search once again. Something inside me says I will land a great job soon. I just have to keep on trying. The moral of the story is not just for us students. It’s for everyone. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

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Adventure

Adventure

What is the difference between disaster and adventure? Just the frame of mind. Sure, of course there are true disasters like 911 or a fatal robbery at your local 711 but in most cases we have just regular everyday disappointment and inconveniences, but it’s the stuff that just wears us out and can make life pretty miserable unless you are my daughter Liz. Out of all three of my kids, she is the one that got my artistic side hence a little more laid back than my other two. Luckily she didn’t get her father’s insensitivity or my inability to make a quick decision and my worry wartness. She does have the usual amount of worry and concern of course, but she doesn’t let it ruin her day. Example: Their car has finally given up the ghost and is completely undriveable. No worries. The next day she finds out that she is getting a bonus at work because she was hired just before the cut off for bonuses for new hires. She takes her money and buys herself a bike with a trailer for her 3 year old to ride in. No worries that she will have to bike 5 plus miles to work, leaving at 6am to get there at 7:30 on one of the coldest days of the year. That’s her plan though and she is doing it no matter how much I try to persuade her to accept a nice warm ride from me. (She is always careful not to take advantage.) Well, not so easily done. Leaving at 6:15 am she has a flat tire about an hour into her ride and she forgot to carry her pump so she calls me to go get it. I offer a ride and she says, “I’m not far from work, meet me at the donut place. I’m getting a yummy donut and wait for you.” Just happy as a lark. I drive to her apartment across town, get her pump and meet her all bundled up and freezing at the donut place. She pumps up her tire and heads back down the road again. It is now 7:20. 5 min. later she calls and ask for a ride but with little disappointment in her voice except to say, “now I’m going to be late.” Arriving at work she grabs her bike from the trunk, says thanks and heads off to chain it up still with little disappointment or frustration. I offer her assistance later if she needs it later but will be surprised if she calls. My little independent girl. Things just seem to work out for her. She plans but lets it go when it doesn’t work out and seeks an alternative answer or direction. Oh how I long to be like her! I really don’t know who she got this incredible ability to “go with the flow” because neither her father nor I seem to have it. I moan and groan and feel sorry for myself when things don’t go as planned, which planning rarely works out for me anyway. Her father..well…he isn’t around for comment so let me be nice and just say he isn’t a flexible or helpful kind of person. Yet Liz always seems to survive and none the worse for the wear. Maybe it’s youth on her side or maybe she is just an incredible person. I dare say both, but either way she has found the thing that works for her and manages just fine chalking it up to just one more adventure. What adventure will you find today?

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