You begin to accept that, for better or worse, the old rules and rewards system...– J. Maureen Henderson on Forbes.com
Out on a Limb →
I’ve been reading Ms. Bridges’ blog on Forbes and, being a contemporary, she gives some very sound, often inspiring advice. Here’s her take on why having regrets should be our biggest fear. As our lost, restless, yet still hopeful generation trudges forward, this is important to remember.
The Connectors →
I’ve always wondered how people do it - the people Malcolm Gladwell identified with the catchphrase “connector.” Some might argue either you have that natural ability or you don’t; others say it can be honed. Social dynamics as a whole, in particular the idea of being a connector, are endlessly fascinating to me. Sometimes the people who appear to be connectors are actually...
SOLID JOB SEARCHING ADVICE →
If you can make it there... →
I have been somewhat obsessed with the “making it in the city” idea because I have a friend currently trying to make it in NYC in photography - and I’m readingSNLwriter Jane Borden’s book on her move from Raleigh to New York. I’m in the process of planning a trip there and I’m curious to see whether I’ll feel like it’s worth fighting to make it...
The Great Internship Debate →
kidsontheradio: For damn good reason the subject of unpaid internships has been a hot button issue as of late. I still don’t know my feelings on them, especially when I consider how many people are doing them post-grad. This could be some embarrassing display of my lack of confidence, but I tend to feel unqualified for career-oriented jobs and find myself still applying for internships. I’ve...
10 Writing Commandments from the Original Mad Man →
David Ogilvy just wrote my writing Ten Commandments. Short, concisely worded writing that still manages to convey thought-provoking, eloquent messages is the goal.
“I would not dismiss them. I think one wants to subvert them.” - The...– The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel on women’s magazines. In news that will not shock you in the slightest, I agree. And I know more than a couple of ladymag editors who feel the same way. (via rachelhills)
GOOD’s February challenge…I shall give this the old college try. good: The GOOD 30-Day Challenge: Become a GOOD Citizen Distilled to its most basic form, GOOD is about the various ways, big and small, people give back to their communities. Our GOOD Challenge for February is to snap you out of the selfish habits into which we all sometimes fall and make you a great citizen—for a...
The unemployment routine is getting very old. I comiserated with a friend who, like me, was a December graduate and, also like me, is unemployed. We’re getting real tired of watching Real Housewives and Millionaire Matchmaker reruns. After doing a few minutes of research, I found that the U.S. unemployment rate, as of December 2011, is at 8.5 percent. Apparently it has been going down since...
The GOOD Challenge: Financial Fitness →
Each month the fabulous GOOD magazine has a 30-day challenge for readers. Although we’re on the very last day of January, I wish I would have heard of January’s challenge of achieving financial fitness much sooner. As someone with a penchant for coffee drinks and going out, but who has graduated AND is currently unemployed, this is something I could stand to do in February.
The Prestige of Retail? →
I’m still trying to find a job. I graduated December 3 and it’s been almost…gulp…two months. It did not dawn on me until this morning how much time has passed. Somehow the holidays made it seem shorter. I’ve decided that I’m not ready to commit (nor could I probably find) a full-time, salaried position at this point so I’m going for retail, restaurant,...
Why Weird is Bankable →
This infographic is a good reminder to be interesting while doing the soul-sucking work of looking for a job. We can do it, guys!
Word of the Year
A post by Austin blogger Tolly Moseley inspired me to rethink New Years resolutions. They usually only last a week anyhow and include abstract goals such as “write more!” Tolly talked about how she instead chooses a word of the year to serve as a sort of theme and goal to base her decisions around. My 2012 Word of the Year is: Independence. Some recent life changes, including...
Post-grad Update: Week 4
Wow. It has been a month since I’ve graduated. I sort of still feel like I’m on the typical college vacation, except for the fact that, you know, I won’t be going back to classes. I can sense that my vacation jokes are growing a bit stale with friends and family. BUT! I have been job searching and have an interview scheduled for tomorrow. I am nervous. I also am still trying to...
Class of 2011
Ohhh, May 2012 graduates, I can’t decide whether you’re going to have it better or worse. I just graduated a few weeks ago - December 3rd, in fact - and I envy those additional months you have left. You can enjoy that fantastic month-long holiday break college offers, then you’ll skip off to classes until you get the full-fledged Spring graduation (not that random speaker they...