Career vs. Job

I’ve learned in my life that if you want to accomplish something… set a deadline. Give yourself a deadline to complete whatever it is you want to do. For example, I have my birthday lists. I have one full year to complete everything I’ve listed for myself…and hopefully more. But when it comes to finding a career, how do I put a deadline on that? I’m at the job I am now, and I’m still applying to other places. Then, I thought, I can’t even set a deadline for this. When I walked outside today, it was a very cool … Continue reading Career vs. Job

Be Done With It

I apparently have too much caring in me. I always knew that, and it’s a hard life living with it. I care about things I shouldn’t care about; I worry about things I shouldn’t worry about. It’s my life. But sometimes, I forget. That’s when reality comes along and says, “Jess, just be done with it.” And when I say reality, I mean my supervisor. I was told today that I care way too much about my clients and I need to learn to let go. “Just do your job and be done with it.” I want to help these … Continue reading Be Done With It

I Don’t Get Paid Enough For This

I’m sure everyone has thought this at one point or another. There are some requests that come across my desk that require a lot of work and research. I’ve spent days working on a request for someone. I’m trying everything I can to help these people along. I’ve called 8 different places, been transferred 15 different times, and faxed 22 offices for answers or assistance. But the people don’t see any of this. I don’t know what they think I do, but apparently, they think I just click the mouse and things are done. There’s a lot of research going … Continue reading I Don’t Get Paid Enough For This

Where Do Your Loyalties Lie?

I’ve been struggling for a while to get a steady paying job. I’m still struggling to find a place to lay down some roots. So when I was placed on assignment, that could possibly turn into permanent, I was extremely excited. Finally, I would have steady cash flow! I would still be able to look for jobs, but not have to feel a crippling sense of pressure to do so. As soon as I was placed on assignment though, some things just didn’t make sense anymore. While I was able to deal with certain rules that were pretty much completely … Continue reading Where Do Your Loyalties Lie?

Work BFF’s

Do you have a work BFF? I don’t. I don’t think I want one. I have people that I talk to at work, but I don’t consider them my bff’s. There are people that I work with that not only spend the work day together, but also go out afterwards for food, drinks, movies, etc. I always stop and think, “Why?” I see enough of that person at work, I don’t want to see them more than I have to. I think it’s because I associate them WITH work. Not as people who just happen to work at the same … Continue reading Work BFF’s

Don’t Listen to Me

Where I work, ¬†we are all divided into cubicles. Maybe you’re familiar with this setting. Anyway, while we have high walls – I can’t see my supervisor unless I stand up and move to the end of my cubicle – we also have high voices. When I’m on the phone with a customer, which is 98% of the time, I have to communicate to them why I’m calling, who I am, etc. Some people, in case you didn’t know, are really hard of hearing. Furthermore, I can’t exactly be whispering into the phone. So when I’m talking to these people, … Continue reading Don’t Listen to Me

The Devil Wears Scrubs

…amongst other things I’m sure. But for this visit, it was in scrubs. There are people out there who have done a really great and amazing job to get where they are now. I’m sure they have toiled, worked, failed, toiled again, and finally after years of hard work, made it to where they are now. I get that. I do. I know the meaning of hard work, and money. Trust me. I’ve been there. However, I don’t think that this gives you the right to forget that people are just that – people. We have flaws. Shocking, I know, … Continue reading The Devil Wears Scrubs

The Same Old Routine

I check my face in the mirror of the car visors. It’s only been 15 minutes and already the make-up is settling in on the wrinkles under my eyes. I look so tired; and I am. I close the mirror and put the visor back up. I grab my pair of sunglasses to help cover my eyes. It won’t remove the wrinkles, but I feel better knowing it’s not out there for the world to see. Finally, the light turns green and I can make my left turn. I’ve driven on this road a million times, and I think I’m … Continue reading The Same Old Routine

Filling in the Gaps

I was filling out applications – which has now pretty much become my full time job – and I had to provide information on the gaps between my employment dates. I don’t really know what these people are expecting me to write in those gaps. It would be safe to say that it would be ‘unemployment’, but I’m wondering if anyone puts anything else. Like: ‘Traveling the world’ ‘Fighting Slater with four of my friends named after famous painters’ ‘Eating, Praying, and Loving’ I’m curious to really know some of those answers. But, unfortunately, mine was filled with ‘unemployment.’ How … Continue reading Filling in the Gaps

CYA

As the times have changed, so has the way people communicate. At work, people would talk on the phone or face-to-face, and communication would be spread. A memo might be sent out or a poster on a bulletin board. But now, as I start my new job, the only phrase I hear is “CYA”. Cover Your Ass. I have a whole folder on my desktop labeled ‘CYA’ and I throw everything in to it. There is no organization, just a punch of folders, pictures, orders, etc. When someone is having problems, or encounters a problem, instead of picking up the … Continue reading CYA