Job Hunt: Week 6

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Not many updates this week considering I was out of town all week. This week brought a much needed change of scenery! With no internet access or cell service, I was able to take a break from the routine of starring at a computer and playing games all day. Overall it was a change of scenery but was far from relaxing. Not much more to say other than that really. I am hoping that once I relax from this vacation that I’ll get back into the swing of applying for some more jobs!

Until next time,

Selina

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Job Hunt: Week 5

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Summer has officially arrived! The sun is shining and the first of many heat waves has already come and gone which means that I have entered into one of the slowest job hunting seasons. This would definitely explain why fewer jobs seem to be getting posted and I’m finding even fewer of them to apply to. I got an email confirming my suspicions from last week that I didn’t get the position that I had interviewed for a few weeks ago but at least I’m getting some response. Seeing as things seem to be slowing down on the job boards, it was time to start another job search strategy: networking.

Hubs has been talking to a few of his coworkers for a while and he’s heard about a few postings that would be going up in different departments but none of them would utilize my skill set. This week however we heard of some that could work. All of them were in different stages of being approved for posting when Hubs discussed them with me but at least they were some leads. When Hubs mentioned to his coworkers that I would be interested in the position, those who know me thought that I’d be a good fit for the position and the office in general. It’s strange to think that all those times I went to Hubs’ work and social events, I thought that all I was doing was supporting Hubs when in reality I was also making an impression on his coworkers as a professional as well. I guess it just goes to show that you never know who you’re going to meet that could help when it comes to finding a new position.

I have been able to restrain myself playing Overcooked at home by coming to campus and not having constant access to it but when it comes to phone games, it’s currently a totally different story. I’m currently fully immersed in two games:

  1. Hogwarts Mystery. When I first heard of the release of a Harry Potter themed game, I thought that it would just be the wizarding version of Pokemon Go. However after a friend showed me how the game played, I was quickly proved wrong. I’ve been playing Hogwarts Mystery for a couple of months now and I’ve been slowly making my way through the story.
  2.  The Simpsons Tapped Out. Now I used to play this game quite a bit when it came out while I was in university but stopped playing when I traveled to Nevada and I just haven’t picked it up since. Since I couldn’t figure out my login from years ago, I figure that I would just restart the game.

The game mechanics of both games are similar in a sense where you have to wait a few hours before you can do something and then you can play for 5-10 minutes. While this may be annoying, it’s actually helping me structure my day by breaking it up into 2 hour chunks. It’s helping me put the phone down and apply to jobs or review some french until I can make progress in the games again. Unfortunately, it has made me a bit of a phone addict which I’m not super happy about. Luckily, there’s some talk of getting away to a internet-free place next week but we shall see how that pans out!

Until next time,

Selina

 

Job Hunt: Week 4

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This week was definitely a good one in terms of productivity and getting out of the house every day. I was no longer needed at home so I made sure to leave the house every morning with Hubs and spend time on campus to avoid playing Overcooked. I still haven’t heard back from the job I interviewed with two weeks ago so I’m pretty sure that I’m not being invited for an in-person interview for that job. It wasn’t the greatest feeling but it was encouraging to know that I’m getting responses to my applications. It would probably feel a lot worse if I wasn’t getting any responses at all but it did seem to spark a few discussions about contingency plans this week between Hubs and I.

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Job Hunt: Week 3

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As frustrating as being unemployed can be, there are times where having that extra time is actually convenient and helpful. The family needed some extra help throughout the day this week and it was super convenient that I could stay home and provide that extra help. This was not only beneficial to the people I was helping, but it was also really good for myself because I actually felt like I was accomplishing something by helping out someone else. The only downside to staying home and helping out this week was that the schedule I had been sticking to the past couple of weeks went completely out the window and my productivity went right out the window with it.

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Job Hunt: Week 2

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This week I’ve been doing really well maintaining my schedule of leaving the house in the morning and coming home in the evening with Hubs. Despite leaving the house every day and moving to what I normally consider a more productive space, I did no work in terms of applying for new jobs. The closest I got was perusing some university job boards for new postings but nothing ever went further than that. The first half of the week I just felt tired and not particularly motivated so I spent that time focusing on doing things that require less effort. Most of my day was spent doing some writing, reviewing some french, and watching YouTube videos just passing the time.

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Job Hunt: Week 1

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Alright everyone, time for some real talk. A lot of you probably already know this but I’m currently looking for a new job. My old job just wasn’t working out for me. I had recently learned a lot more statistics and programming skills that I was looking forward to using in the work place. Unfortunately, the job I had just didn’t allow me to practice anything that I had learned and I wasn’t enjoying the job much anymore. I was hoping to keep it a little longer until I found something new but alas that didn’t happen.  Continue reading “Job Hunt: Week 1”

Planning 10 class

An old friend of mine has been planning my 10 year high school reunion so naturally I’ve been thinking back to my high school days a little more than normal. I’ve found myself thinking a lot about this mandatory course that I had to take in grade 10 called “Planning 10”. The goal of this course was to teach us skills that we could use outside of the classroom in life. At the time, I don’t think I really understood the importance of the lessons that they were trying to teach us at the time but I feel like some of it has stuck with me over time.

The first one had to do with building a budget and living within your means. We had to pair up with a friend and each of us got a profession and associated salary out of a hat filled with different careers by our teacher. We then had to create a budget that would allow us to survive on our combined income. Some numbers we made up because we really had no clue as to how much anything cost. At one point we had $5 down for groceries (granted I was taking this course in french and the word used for groceries was “épices” which we interpreted as spices and not food). The budgeting was really easy until our teach pointed out that we couldn’t live on $5 a month for food.  My friend and I had managed to budget in a car until that point and argued over getting rid of that car for a while before we resigned to transit. I don’t think I really understood the importance of that activity until last year when I started boosting my savings rate to save for a down payment on a house.

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