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The Thing About Temp Jobs…

They’re very temporary.

I’m once again among the legion of the unemployed. I thought I had a few more weeks, but they decided to start culling the temps, and my error numbers didn’t make the cut. I know I was trained faster than most, because I catch on to things super fast, and I’m fairly sure, based on observed volume of paper, that I was rapidly outstripping others in pace (and had actually e-mailed about my speed to ask if I had, as I suspected, enough buffer in my times to slow down and spend more time on error checking,) but they simply didn’t have the time to allow me to work out the speed to error balance…. so that’s the end of that.

Regardless, at the least it got me out of the house for a while, helped me work out a much more productive sleep schedule, and broke up the unemployment blahs. I was starting to go out of my mind not working, and having done so even for only 4 weeks has re-set my sedentary state intolerance levels.

I didn’t work there long enough to start a new claim based on this job, so now I have to see if I’m still eligible for the extension I was eligible for off the old job. Then I’m going to get back to work on finding other work. I still think I have what it takes for data entry and clerical, it’s just going to take a little work to find my stride, and meanwhile I am still on the Painter’s Union waiting list for an apprenticeship, have a few jobs I’m being considered for in my field, and a freelance offer.

For the first time on a day I lost my job I can honestly say… I think I’m going to be just fine.


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Unemployment Bites…

Well that’s two hours of my life I COULD have spent actually looking for a job.

It’s not the fault of the poor people who have to work in the unemployment office. I mean I don’t fault the guy in charge of what New York State dubs “Unemployment Orientation” for the fact that his curriculum necessarily panders to the lowest common denominator. It’s kind of like taking defensive driving. You sit there and wonder who in that room is REALLY unaware that your car must come to a complete stop at stop signs and why we’re letting them drive if they didn’t pick that up by now, and conclude of course that the people who need to actually be told these things are few and far between, but they have to tell everyone just in case, like warning messages on hot beverage cups.

They did have handouts on some job fairs which I’ll find of use, but that’s pretty much all I took away from the orientation, so when the guy is all “and I know you’re busy, so if you want to go now you can, or if you would like a consultation with a job councilor stay,” I stayed, because the one-on-one is really the only thing they have there that is useful to professional type job seekers.

This time, unlike previous visits to the job councilor, they seem to have given the one-on-one counselors some special instruction on how to deal with the large numbers of young people who have yet to enter the workforce due to the economy, but contrary to the fellow’s eyeball judgment of me, that’s not me. Because I got a job right out of college, I have not retained the ease of mobility that some people who still haven’t got a job yet have. I’ve put down roots. I have “real” furniture. I have a lease. I have two cats. His advice: “You’re young! You should just move!” is already too late.

So in the end all I came out with were two job fairs to attend, and two good pointers on reformatting my resume for better appeal.

Capitol Region, I do not want to move: EMPLOY ME!!!


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Busy, Busy, Busy…

So… right… back from a morning shift feeding the Whiskers kittays at Petsmart… and I think it’s time I got a few things straight in my head here, because there’s a lot of stuff on my mental “To Do” List…

Firstly, every fracking day, and this won’t be done till I find a job: Spend at least 2 hours a day on job search. If no jobs can be found that day, work on portfolio. Not super desperate, unemployment should hold the roof over my head and food on my table… but until I get a job back, there’s no fun money to be had… so yes. Job. Get one.

I need to get up to speed as a Storyteller for Nocturne Macabre, and get stuff in order for my plot for that on Friday. I need to re-photo Etsy Offerings that have not yet been re-photoed, and get two custom designs made ASAP. I need to pay more attention to my Deviant Art Account, upload some re-photoed Etsy, and other art and I should get the two chapters of “Alphabet Soup” already in progress published already. Lastly, I think it’s time I get a Flickr Account, everyone in the BJD community has one, and I should probably to, for when I get my PukiFee, in the meantime I can put Etsy product pictures and LARP/Cosplay project pictures in my Photostream…

I also want to actually get to play with those new tassel beads I got in… I’ve got daggers and teardrops and I want to make something nifty out of them for my Etsy shop… and I need to debut the woven design and the three new colors of pearl too, but it’s hard when I’m limiting which days I work on Etsy, to like, one really long intensive day every two to four weeks, to try and avoid loosing too much unemployment, since the Etsy shop doesn’t really pay… and the re-photoing is top priority.

Plus everyone and his uncle needs a ride when I’m unemployed… I swear I should be a taxi driver. I’d only need to find 50 people to pay me 10 dollars a ride each week to make it work… probably the wear and tear on the car tho would offset that some… and taxes… no… I think I’ll stay a Dev. (CALL ME CENGAGE!!!)


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This has got to quit happening…

So… I’m laid off again. Happened on Thursday, but I’ve kind of been moping and loafing around since, so yeah… I actually got the heads up that it might be happening last Friday right before Genericon, which contributed heavily to my lack of desire to go to Karaoke, but they said there was a possibility it wouldn’t happen… and I tried to hope.

Once again they say they want me back as soon as they have work for me, and this time, seeing as how they’ve had me back before, I believe them, but it’s still fairly depressing getting laid off again, especially just now, where, what with MayoWare running, I had a little fun money for buying myself fun things like Evangelion nodes, and maybe a Ball Jointed Doll… that’s all scrapped now. None of that while unemployed, and no Sushi either unless someone else is footing the bill. I don’t know what I’ll miss more this time… Sushi, or shopping for myself. I’d never really done much of that before, but I think I was getting used to it.

I keep window shopping anyhow over at the Fairyland site, anyway tho. I’m not sure what it is about these Ball Jointed Dolls. I never window shop when I don’t have money, but here I am doing super huge amounts of research on the things. Fairyland makes the Littlefee I saw at the con. The LittleFee and PukiFee are so cute… not sure which one I want. I think PukiPuki is too small. That’s Kelly doll sized.

I’ll be looking for another job, of course, since I can’t count on them ever getting work for me again, but stupid as it sounds, I love working for them so much that I really hope they’ll be calling me back soon!!!


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I just got un-laid off!

I didn’t want to say anything about it till I was absolutely sure about it, but I’m once again employed to work in mah cube at Delmar Cengage Learning! Same cube, same phone number, same e-mail same everything, except my computer which was taken back by IT, and a new one proffered upon my return.

It’s eerily as if I never left at all, and I have to say I’m just pleased as punch to be back working for them. I love it here!


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