Virtually everything that is given away for free is always sweeter. Food, samples, goodies, and especially music. When I got wind that an artist I enjoy was giving away –for FREE!– 35 minutes of music, how could I resist. The best part is it’s really good. Realllly good. I could totally work out to this, see myself driving down the freeway at high speeds, or like I am now doing, banging out a blog and surfin’ the net.
A little more background before I link ya’ll to my source… I heard about Peaches through a friend while in high school. She was the backdrop for several of my various college roommates’ and my crazy dance parties. Her music is an amalgamation of pop, vulgar rap and rock. Much of it centers on sexual, shocking lyrics–”go on and crush it with my thighs”– and teeth-vibrating beats. It’s funny, it’s catchy, and totally awesome.
Interestingly, I knew about Peaches before the now somewhat more famous Feist, and I knew they were roommates in Canada way back in the day. When I saw Feist do a solo opening act, I was let down she wasn’t like the energy-filled, electrifying Peaches. A few years later I saw Peaches for my first time, and oh wow was it crazy. Packed into a San Francisco theater with two lady friends and a few long islands, it was a sweaty, frenzied show. There are several pictures on my Flickr if you follow the picture associated with this post.
So if you haven’t heard of her, open up your mind for her witty, sexy 35 minute, FREE, freaking amazing mp3 mixtape. You’ll hear old Peaches, new Peaches, and lots of lovely. You’ll thank me.
October 14th was my last day at my previous position when I was living back east. After driving back across the country and unpacking, for argument’s sake let’s say I officially started my job search on November 15th. I will be starting my new position here in California on February 16th, three months of job searching but four months after I left my previous position.
There are the holidays to factor into my particular experience because people take time off and there are months’ and year’s end to deal with, but almost the entire time I was looking, there were jobs posted that I was applying to. I even tried cold calling into several local companies looking for positions with no luck. Between Craigslist, Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com, Jobfox.com, and myriad marketing job sites, I ultimately found my position via Craigslist. Ironically, I had earlier checked the website of the organization I now work for, with no luck. And, to give full disclosure, I was a part of the student end of the organization while in high school so it’s not a completely random match.
Any background you need to know is that this is my fourth post-college position, I worked as a writer, recruiter and marketer before this so I wasn’t clearly going in any one direction. On top of that I am, as of right now, only about a year and a half out of college and now have what looks like a three month gap in my resume. So with that in consideration, I will now entertain with statistics, not my strong suit.
Let us assume that I searched for jobs Monday through Friday for about 25-30 hours each week. That number may be higher or lower depending on the week, and of course much lower during the holidays. During that time, I applied to as many as maybe 20 jobs in a day and perhaps as few as three if that’s all I could find. Since it was more often well under 20 applications, let’s say the average jobs applied to per day was eight.
Looking at my magic date calculation tool– just kidding, it’s my planner– I figure there were really only nine solid weeks that I was applying for jobs, five days a week is 45 days of applying for jobs. Eight jobs a day is 360 jobs applied for. “But that’s high,” you say? Okay, let’s say I had only found an average of seven jobs per day, that’s 315, so let’s use the round number of 300 jobs applied for.
Of those 300 jobs applied for, I had six interviews, that’s a 2% interview rate, but it’s even lower if I really did apply for over 300 jobs. From those six interviews I received only ONE offer which means I have a 16% success rate of getting an offer after an interview. Or, from applied to offer, a success rate of .3%.
While searching for jobs I spoke to or met with at least five recruiters, two got me an interview but I did back out of another so maybe we can count that as three interviews, but not really. Of the six interviews I went on, four, or 66% were found on Craigslist. The other two were through recruiters who found me on Careerbuilder.
What does this all mean? Well, there’s a good possibility I’d still be looking if I didn’t have an association with the organization I now work for, so that’s not a good sign. But it does mean that the mainstream job boards like Monster and Careerbuilder aren’t really working. I still think if you’re an active candidate it’s important to have your resume there because recruiters do look there, but it may not get you a job. Smaller companies, the kind I prefer to work for, more often than not post on Craigslist because it’s cheaper than one of those big job boards. When I was in recruiting I found out how much it costs for one annual account (one person can use one account at a time) on the big job boards, and it’s a couple hundred dollars WITH a staffing company’s discount.
Maybe it is all about networking? If I hadn’t been in a certain club in high school, I may not have a job right now. When you’re looking for a job you’ve got to try and turn over every rock, and it’s that one you think you already turned over that the job is hiding under.
I discovered a new blog called “This is why you’re fat.” You know, just in case you’ve ever wondered. And the best picture of all? Bacon shell tacos.
If you know me, you know I hate bacon. Anything involving Mexican food combined with bacon– are you listening, Taco Bell?– is a sin. Not to mention an evil marketing ploy to get already cholesterol and fat loaded Americans to eat it. Insert vomit sound effect here.
This makes me smile, because, first of all, when did we start considering Steve Wozniak a “star?” Secondly, I thought this guy gets around on a Segway and completely gave up on walking– which he could clearly use– and now he’s going to be dancing!? I first saw the announcement of contestants on my celebrity gossip blog that I shamelessly read, but even the BBC News has the story here. Wouldn’t it be great if he ballroom danced on his Segway? I mean, he plays Segway polo. I guess I don’t know better, but if I was an overweight guy I’d make sure to walk around and get as much exercise as possible. Is the Segway the first step of those chairs you see in Wall-E where everything is there for you and people turn into blobs because they never move?
By the way, the BBC points out that “He ceased full-time employment at the company in 1987 but is still on the payroll. ” I didn’t know that, but that’s ridiculous unless he’s actually consulting instead of rolling around on his Segway all day.
Who else is going to be on the show that I can’t even watch because I don’t have cable? According to x17online.com, “Denise Richards, Lil Kim, Steve-O, Jewel, Ty Murray, Go-Go Belinda Carlisle, David Alan Grier, Nancy O’Dell, NFL linebacker Lawrence Taylor, Olympian Shawn Johnson, SATC stud Gilles Marini, and singer/songwriter Chuck Wicks.” Their reference to “SATC” is Sex and the City.
Another one of many reasons I’m completely okay not watching TV.
My computer is my link to reality. I live in reality, the internet is not reality. Programs and movies are also not “reality,” so usually I don’t really care when people talk about such pop culture, but I’ve been hearing a lot about whatever Flight of the Conchords is. In fact, I don’t even know if I am spelling that right, but I’ve probably seen it in advertisements (online) and probably am spelling it correctly. In any case, it’s not new news that Prince Charming and I do not have cable. We did not watch the Superbowl because apparently non of our friends care about it enough to have parties or watch it so I can ask to join them, instead we went and saw a movie. But because we don’t have cable, I do not know what future movies or TV shows are called or what they are about or anything. I’m pretty much in the dark about that stuff, and I actually think it’s just fine. However, I’m curious about this Flight of the Conchords business.
My Facebook friends have tickets to see it, so it must be some sort of live show. Which is interesting because at first I just thought it was a TV series on HBO. Then I heard a radio ad today while I was in the car about getting tickets to is again, and I know one friend in NY has tickets and my aunt in SF has tickets, so it must be touring. Hmm… it’s mysterious. I don’t get it. Theoretically I should just be looking it up on Youtube, or Hulu, or perhaps Wikipedia, but it just got me thinking that I’m so disconnected from some things because I don’t watch TV. Most people speak about things as if you should just KNOW because, well, doesn’t everyone? The answer is ‘no,’ not everyone knows, especially people who don’t watch TV.
People spend so much time in front of the boob tube, and I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but it’s not how I want to spend my life. Trust me, I watch movies and TV shows online at hulu.com, and the Prince and I are Netflix subscribers–we have a TV so we can watch DVDs but no cable– but I prefer to read news, blogs, cook, spend my time outdoors or whatever. There are people, millions of them, who make their schedule around TV. Maybe not so much anymore now that there’s Tivo and recording things built into some cable packages, but television is an intrical part of many folks’ lives. Kind of scary.
There’s nothing wrong with watching TV, but it’s not for me.
Don’t think I’m crazy for making this, it took me about five minutes. And yes, I hate squirrels, they creep me out. On my university campus they were everywhere and that scary chirpy thing they do is like nails on a chalkboard.
When I saw this guy on my patio, I figured he’d see me and run. Then I realized he was just chillin’ and not moving. “Oh great, he’s dead,” I thought. Nope, he was breathing. “Great I’m going to have to watch a squirrel die on the patio.” I had time to run, get my cell phone for a picture, then text about it, then run for my camera, and he still didn’t notice me through the huge window. Weeeirdd. Eventually he woke up, but I compiled the pictures with captions, just click on it to open it to see it larger.
Obama has been working on the economy–and many other areas of US shortfall– and I like what I see. I was reading the BBC News article, “Obama Unveils Executive Pay Cap” this morning and I couldn’t be happier. It’s ABOUT TIME that someone stepped in and told these companies who are getting aid from tax payer money that they can’t just go spending it like they did before. Executives can only be paid as much as $500,000 yearly and all bonuses may only be in stocks that won’t pay out until the tax payers are repaid. I think this is great. He’s requiring the banks to disclose
“all the perks and luxuries bestowed upon senior executives, and provide an explanation to taxpayers and to shareholders as to why these expenses are justified”
YES! Sure there’s the argument that government is stepping in and putting these regulations in place, but come on, seriously? It’s the taxpayer’s money, not Citigroup’s, not AIG’s, so heck yes the “CEO” of our money should be able to deem what’s right to do with it. And no, a $45 million jet and $400 million stadium sponsorship (which hasn’t been cancelled yet) is not the right thing to do when you just took $45 billion from the bailout fund, Citigroup. What were you thinking!?
The airlines are struggling, so make the executives fly on commercial jets. Millions are out of jobs, so help the taxpayer bear the bank’s burden by lowering their wages. Make them feel like average Americans again, even if it stings a little, then maybe they will learn their lesson for next time they feel so greedy.