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Is This All I’m Qualified For?

Posted by Chanelle Schneider on May 26, 2009

Creative way to find a job

Creative way to find a job

I’m under qualified for a job as a front desk receptionist, but I seem to be just the right person for a job in home based sales. Ever received an email like the following from CareerBuilder and wondered, “Is this all I’m qualified for?”

 Good day, 

This is about your profile. New vacancy opening as you indicated. We read with interest your profile detailing your qualifications and relevant work experience on pages of CareerBuilder web site. You certainly have an impressive range of skills and qualifications. We serve some of the best-known corporations in the US and European Union and work on many of the most outstanding experimental escrow sales services for today.

We are currently looking for persons who possess an outstanding work ethic and a mind for business to fill our Official Representative Position.

 Successful candidates must possess normal verbal and written communication skills, be honest and responsible. Previous  experience in service or sales is an added plus.  

Your profit will be 20000 – 50000 annual. It will increase each year.

 

That is one of many positions I am sent on a regular basis as a result of posting my resume in the hope of finding a position with a company. If you have ever received an e-mail such as this, then you may think to yourself, “This can’t be all I’m qualified for.” You may also be wondering what you’re doing wrong in your job search. Resume edit after resume edit and still you receive no promising job leads. What do you do? I hope you don’t give up.

Giving up is usually the first inclination when things seem to be heading nowhere. I’m not going to say that this is the wrong route, and you should pick yourself up and keep trying even harder. I’ve been there. It doesn’t work. Why? You’re not actually ready for the career that you’re seeking. That may be hard to read, but it is the truth. You have got to believe in yourself with a faith that is unshakeable. If you give up, it is equivalent to saying that you are satisfied with less than what you deserve. Is that what you want? Living in a way that perpetuates your belief in the impossibility of your dreams? No? Well then, stop it. Do something different, but don’t just do anything; do it efficiently, and do it well.

Do not allow an e-mail to tell you what you can be in this life. Determine your passions. Develop a plan on how to achieve those goals, and do not quit. Thomas Edison never said that he failed; he always said that he succeeded in finding ways that did not work. The benefit to failure is that you now know what does not work.

So, what are you trying to achieve? What is your passion? Do you know how to get there…from here?

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Help! I’m under-qualified for an internship!

Posted by Chanelle Schneider on May 23, 2009

QuicksandDo a search for jobs in your area, look up the internships, and this is what you will see:  “Are you a student or recent graduate looking to…?”; “…COLLEGE GRADUATES ONLY!”

This is not a new issue, but it is one that deserves increased attention. A college dropout is someone who leaves their place of higher education before obtaining a degree. Today, there are marginalized sectors of people who are no longer in school, but cannot be labeled college dropouts because they did not leave of their own volition. With college affordability becoming increasing difficult, many former students are now stuck in the one of the worst Catch 22 scenarios imaginable. They want to finish their education but they cannot afford to do so. They look for a job to pay down their debt but can only get hourly, part-time jobs that barely cover the cost to commute to work. Hoping for something better, something more in line with their passions, they look for internships in their field. Confronted by the afore-mentioned requirements, they realize they’re under-qualified…for an internship.

For someone who knows exactly what they want their career to be, but they are no longer in school, and did not obtain a degree, this is just plain tiring. All of the advice out there suggests keeping pushing, or to make your own way. Sure, that makes sense. Some of the greatest inventions have come out of a need for something better and more efficient. The question becomes, why should people in this sector have to struggle with something as inefficient as job searching when there could be a better way?

So, what are you trying to achieve? What is your passion? Do you know how to get there…from here?

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Freelance Writing – American Idol 70’s Night and Results

Posted by Chanelle Schneider on May 15, 2009

American Idol ’70’s Disco Night
Coverage of the performance and results night, including the Twitter trending topics.
http://www.associatedcontent.comarticle/1677033/american_idol_70s_disco_night.html

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Adam Lambert: Don’t Get Too Comfortable

Posted by Chanelle Schneider on May 14, 2009

Adam should not assume the win. Kris Allen fans could speed-dial him into the winner spot while Adam Lambert fans sit idle.

In American culture (and, possibly, world-wide) if you are too popular, people will try to bring you down. These arbiters of cynicism, or haters as they are often referred, work to cast doubt on anything mainstream. Unfortunately, counter-culture revolutionaries have been present in our society for generations; and, their message usually becomes popular. It becomes “cool” to rage against the machine; and, Adam Lambert, you are positioning yourself to be the machine.

After singing “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin, his star went into orbit. It was the first time a Led Zeppelin song was performed on the American Idol stage, and Adam Lambert knocked it out of the park. Everything in his performance led you to believe that he was already a seasoned professional. He didn’t just stare into the camera, he hypnotized you. He grabbed the microphone and took control of it, captivating the audience for the entire song. If you weren’t a fan of his before, you have to be now just based on the authenticity of his performance and the flawlessness of his voice. Adam Lambert has a whole lotta people believing that he needs to be recording right now, including Simon Cowell.

Once a contestant has won over Simon, they’re going to be in the finals. Will they win? Many remember when Sanjaya was in the competition because he kept getting voted in amid desires to prove Simon wrong, despite his lack of a quality singing voice. Kris Allen represents a diametric opposition to Adam Lambert. Where Kris is smooth and subdued, Adam is edgy and over the top. It is a storyline that gets repeated throughout culture: the favorite is hated.

The fact remains, American Idol is just a title. It does not guarantee future success (i.e. Ruben Studdard, David Archuleta). Whoever does win will have to remain relevant by being an artist, not just a show.

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RandomThoughtOftheDay #1

Posted by Chanelle Schneider on May 14, 2009

RTOD: If the fix exists, what’s the problem? 

In light of the hailstorm surrounding the fix replies issue on Twitter, I thought it necessary to bring focus back to the real issue: customer service. All of Twitterville is upset because a decision was made for them based on an assumption. Replying to followers and hiding replies from non-followers is confusing, so let us make it easier. Fail. Users complain about the issue and the response is less than helpful. Fail again. Twitter may have failed on the service side of things, but the customers are failing, too.

 Multiple Twitter users have found an easy way to fix this problem by the addition of a character ahead of the “@” symbol in a reply. Instead of this fix becoming a trend, the “#fixreplies” hashtag is still trending. In an age when social media makes it almost impossible for companies to have a bad day, users must recognize their own responsibility in the proliferation of the problem. If the solution is out there, why not use it? Why continue to tweet about a problem that isn’t really there? 

Calling @biz and @ev names won’t get you what you want, either. As many customers of Twitter like to tout their higher level of sophistication, it is appalling to see these people reduce themselves to childish behavior. When a child throws a tantrum, calls people names, or pouts for not getting their way, they’re either ignored or punished. Maybe the response is not pleasing to the customers, but who says customers have to get their way all the time?

UPDATE: Twitter founder, Biz Stone, admits to “screwing up”, but this change has been in the works for a while http://mashable.com/2009/05/14/twitter-screwed-up/

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