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Foiled again

July 26, 2009 By: almostgotit Category: TITSNOB, unemployed 6 Comments →

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with a Master’s Degree in “Human Movement & Leisure Studies.”

Actually, I have no idea what “Human Movement & Leisure Studies” even IS, nor what it has to do with managing websites and writing stories; however, most other people don’t know what “English” is either, so fair’s fair.

And that’s absolutely as snotty as I’m going to GET on the matter, too, except perhaps to add a tiny little observatory note that The Institution That Shall Not Be Named (TITSNOB, if you sort of squint) clearly maintains its eccentric obsession with Master’s Degrees, no matter how irrelevent.

One might ask why I was so silly as to go tilting at the TITSNOB windmill again in the first place, but one would be handed an ice cream and told to go sit in a corner and be quiet if one did.

I know. I KNOW.

See, there were all of these complicated REASONS, and it was too tempting to see if TITSNOB really again would be so silly itself, especially after it had promised me a job yet again, and this time in WRITING.

Yes, complicated and silly all mixed up together in a nasty soup that doesn’t even GO with ice cream, so let’s just dump TITSNOB on its big fat old stupid head, shall we, and go dig into a big tub of Moosetracks instead!

(Don’t tell my WW leader though, ‘kay?)

Playing to win: new rules of womenomics

June 02, 2009 By: almostgotit Category: employment, feminism, playing to win, unemployed, womenomics, working 12 Comments →

 
Katie Hnida, viagra sale a 1999 placekicker for the University of Colorado 

Hat tip to Kathy, ed who alerted me today of the Salon.com article,
She works too hard for the money: The authors of Womenomics challenge professional women to say no to overly demanding jobs — even in a recession. 

We are in tough times indeed. Jobs are scarce. Unemployment is more common, and potentially more devastating, than ever. Folks already at a career disadvantage (mothers returning to the work force, for instance) are at a greater disadvantage than ever, too.

And along with the increase in unemployment is an growing deluge of career advice.

How should a person navigate these ever-deepening waters? At the risk of adding to the flood, Almostgotit would like to propose that

  1. Even the best advice is only as good as it is also useful, and
  2. If anyone’s advice fails to work for you, even if it comes from experts, you should throw it out.

Take the Harvard-Business-School-Approved“Best alternative to negotiated agreement (BATNA)” approach, for instance.  What if you really don’t *have* a great alternative plan, nor the confidence to act as if you do? What if you are, as increasing numbers of us are, so depleted by fighting a series of losing battles that your ability to follow — or benefit from – ANY standard plan of action has all but vanished?

Do you then settle for the idea (whether objectively true or not) that you have no other choice but to accept a low-paying or otherwise exploitive job, thus feeling like even more of a failure?

Perhaps a change of metaphor is called for here, instead, (or a “reframing,” if you prefer cognitive psychology talk.)

For many women, this may mean acting more like the stereotypical ballsy male. According to many of my own career advice books, sports metaphors are very popular with men. Perhaps they should be more so with women, too… especially in what is still a male-dominated workforce. Why not try it and see if it works better than drumming up a demoralizing “Plan B”?

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Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Professor of History, Harvard University

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Imagine you are the star quarterback. If that feels too arrogant, Get Over It! When it comes to furthering your own career, you SHOULD consider yourself a star, so that you can also present yourself as such.

If you are a woman, imagine that you are the most badass, muscular female quarterback ever to hit the pros, and that you’ve made it all the way to the Super Bowl!

You are on the verge of winning it all!

And here’s the thing: star quarterbacks play to win. They intentionally don’t HAVE an alternative plan.

Can you imagine a coach telling his team before the Super Bowl that they should play hard but also be prepared to lose? And what if the coach also insists on a time out so he can tell your team how long the odds are, not because he expects you to beat those odds but because he insists that you all be prepared to graciously concede the game to the stronger team?

Would a badass star quarterback on the verge of winning the Super Bowl really put “Being a Good Sport” at the top of her agenda?

And would she still want to play for such a coach?

If imagining yourself as a star quarterback is not a helpful metaphor for you, then by all means throw it out.

But if it resonates at all, then you might want to consider: what are your friends, colleagues, coaches, and even family members telling you about your own merits and abilities? Are they supportive, or are they really counseling you to lose?

As if you needed any more discouragement, come on now!!

Play to win. Men play that way, and so should you.

2009: bring it ON!

January 07, 2009 By: almostgotit Category: 2009, January, Uncategorized, dogs, economy, photography, unemployed, work 7 Comments →

January has drizzled and dripped into the Almostgotit home. 

Knoxville’s paper announced today that several hundred more people in our city are about to lose their jobs as more companies go under. 

Tennessee’s economy gets worse and worse, as does the nation’s economy in general, while outside it rains and rains and RAINS.

We were so fortunate to be able to travel West to spend a long holiday with family, though, and have been so blessed to spend many recent evenings in front of the fire here, as well, with good friends. 

I still don’t have a JOB-job, though this month I do have some editing work.  My husband’s job is reasonably secure.  We have enough to eat, and the world’s most wonderful woodstove to keep us warm. 

Plus also a loveable, very naughty dog who WILL not stay off the furniture.

On remaining relevant, solvent, and maternal

August 11, 2008 By: almostgotit Category: Facebook, Uncategorized, finances, humor, jobless, kids and technology, parenting, parenting teens, recession, teens, unemployed 16 Comments →

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Hallelujah and pass the pillow, it’s true.  We have a spanking new queen-sized mattress (with a new foundation to boot.) 

Our cancelled Tunisia plane ticket money has come through (mostly.  I am not, currently, a fan of Air France) which paid for the mattress.  And a new computer for our college-bound son. 

Who is moving into his dorm *early* as it turns out.  So I won’t have time to make him a giant flannel board, after all.

 My daughter started back to school today, leaving Almostgotit with an empty house all day again, and what to do next, she wonders?  (the local porn shop adult book store has a “help wanted” sign out front.  How much do you dare me?)

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And here’s a little ethical dilemma.  My son has honored me by “friending” me on his Facebook profile, which means I can also read what he and all his other friends are saying to each other.  My policy is to be (almost) invisible, because I get much more information that way, of course!!  However, one of my son’s very active Facebook friends is the daughter of a friend of mine who has forbidden her daughter to use Facebook.   I’m not inclined to play the informer here, both because it would violate my son’s trust and because I think this girl’s parents need to make it their own responsibility to better engage, support, and monitor their daughter.  Besides, it’s only Facebook:   I mean, I would tell them if she were smoking pot.  What do you think, readers?