Monday, November 9, 2009
I have some news...at the end of last week, I accepted a job offer and I start my new job marketing online video games a week from today! After 13 months of unemployment, 4 months of searching, 1 blog, a bunch of informational meetings and a few REALLY bad interviews, I finally landed a something...apparently, in this economy, this is not that easy, and a recent CNN article likens finding a job to getting into Harvard. So basically, my parents can finally be proud that their daughter was nerdy enough to be accepted to an Ivy League institution!
A few posts ago, I talked about my thought cycle of doubt, fear and worry. I'm still a little bit in that cycle, especially since I haven't started working and don't really know how it's going to turn out, but I'm hoping for the best and I'm actually pretty excited to start something new! Change is good, right?
So now what? I still want to continue my blog as it's been a fun outlet for me and really, how will my readers cope without my bi-weekly Farmville update?? But what shall I rename it? Some ideas I'm tossing around in my head:
Hmmmm...I think this MAY require some more thought...
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Recently, I've been thinking about salary. Mostly because I've had a few interviews for start ups that offer no salary! But then I started thinking...since I started working full-time, my salary range has run the gamut. To be completely honest, it has run the range of $23K-$100K per year. Where was my happiest? Somewhere around $40K...I'm just wondering if that says something or not. My salary to happiness ratio makes me think twice about happiness and how it can't be measured by salary alone. Thoughts?
It also reminds me of an old song, Mo' Money, Mo' Problems...I actually had the YouTube link to the video posted but it has been taken down. Anyway, in the video, there's a certain super rich mogul type someone dressed in a red jumpsuit dancing around like a retard. So, when I start making $100M/year, I too will buy a red jumpsuit and dance around like a fool...but I'll actually post it on YouTube and let everyone use the video without regards to copyright infringement because by then, I am sure that my happiness factor will be off the charts and I will just STFU and enjoy myself! :)
Thursday, October 29, 2009
This morning, a friend of mine sent me an article from Business Week discussing "social game" apps and how they are making a ton of money and basically changing the economy...guess what favorite app of mine was prominently featured??
You guessed it! Farmville!!! That's right folks, apparently I'm not the only one with a farming addiction! According to this article, 60 million people played this game last month and their virtual digital sweet potato seeds, which sell for $5 a packet, made $400K in just 3 days...DAMN! Obviously, people like me who are unemployed did not shell out such cash for these sweet potatoes, but damn! Imagine if the economy was good!
Anyway, here are some recent pictures of my favorite virtual world! They've added some fun stuff for Halloween and also a bunch of new flowers. I literally cannot stop laughing when I look at my lame ass pictures!
Sunflowers....hey, if my husband doesn't send me flowers, at least I can plant virtual ones!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I must say, I used to be a doubter of USC. You see, I went to UCLA for undergrad and I think I was just brainwashed into thinking that you can't spell SUCK without the letters USC. However, after going there for grad school, I finally realize that USC is actually pretty great and has helped me way more than UCLA ever will!
First, there's the alumni network. The nickname for this network is called the "Trojan Mafia." And it's SO true. Whatever company you're interested in, you can look it up on the Alumni network and find someone there who went to USC and is willing to have an informational interview with you. I thought it was crazy that in business school they told us that you could cold call the alums at these companies to ask them about their jobs etc. I totally thought that if someone did that to me, I'd hang up on them! But after meeting all these really helpful and nice alums who are always saying that they want to help you, I've drank the Kool-Aid and will totally help anyone who is a fellow Trojan and asking for help...and sign off on my emails with a "Fight On!"
Second, the USC Alumni network also has a lot of events. Since I've moved up North, I've been going to the monthly USC Alumni lunches to build up my network and meet new people...it's totally helped in that I've met a lot of helpful people who have set me up with meetings with a lot of different people who I would not have met otherwise. I've gotten a few leads for jobs too, but in the current job market, a few = a lot!
Most recently, I went to a "USC Pink Slip Mixer" up in the city. It's pretty obvious, but this event was basically a mixer put on by the career center at USC business school for alums who are looking for work. They had career coaches who would take a look at your resume and give you tips, and throughout the night, they also had two seminars as well. I went to one of the seminars...it was 45 minutes long and I don't remember what the seminar was called, but the point I took away from it was that you have to let go of doubt, fear and worry in order to find happiness in your career, no matter what point you were at. I thought about it and it's hard to imagine, but when you don't work for a while, but want to, you DO have a lot of doubt, fear and worry! For instance, I doubt that I can find a job, I fear that if I do find a job I'll hate it and I worry about this cycle incessantly! It's ironic but it's true! Anyway, the point is I finally realized this and I'm really going to be more conscious of this in the future and be more optimistic because in the end, because there were over 200 people who went to this event, I realized that there are a lot of people in my situation and the best we can all do is stay positive!
Well, now that I've finally realized what a valuable asset my Trojan network is, I'd like to take this moment to apologize to my friend Louisa. Louisa went to USC for undergrad and we backpacked in Europe together for a few weeks back in 1998. Everything was going great until on a train from Geneva to Milan, we got into a screaming match about USC vs. UCLA....FOOTBALL. We scared the shit out of an old couple who were like um, we like Ohio State and then quickly scrambled out of our train compartment. We spent a day together in Milan and a day together in Florence PISSED at each other but still hanging out and shopping and eating for 24/7 without speaking to each other. In retrospect, it's hilarious, because in over 20 years of knowing each other this was our ONLY fight...but I'd still like to apologize...you were right about the football, and I guess you were right about USC too...it's great!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
You have GOT to be kidding me. There are people online who are even crazier about Farmville than me!!! There's a whole blog dedicated to this game and all the features of it!! It's called Farmville Freak!! It's hilarious!! There are all sorts of photos that are crazier than mine and there are also videos of fans ranting about how much they love this game. About 2 months ago, I would have seriously doubted that anyone would ever read something like this, but these days, (obviously) I'm sold. Although, when I really think about it...if I like this game so much, does it make me a freak too?!?!
Anyway, for those of you interested...here are a few recent pictures of my farm!
My Cottage and all my Edward Scissorhands topiaries!!! Hmm...perhaps I should create a Johnny Depp avatar?
Elephants and a Pink Cow. Ok these last two are pretty unrealistic for a farm, but um, it's a virtual world, so I guess I can deal!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I came across this story today about a Taiwanese blogger who is going to Paris with the goal of kissing 100 strangers and taking a picture of each kiss. Am I a total square these days? My first thought was ew, gross, herpes! Really, what's wrong with going to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower? Or the Louvre?? Or just eating a dozen baguettes??
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Anyway, for those of you who were interested in that story, that's pretty much it!! Oh and for the record, the company sells a product that I know everyone who reads this has used because since I only have about 7 readers, I've been to most of your houses and have seen it there!! And so, my quest for the perfect job continues....
Monday, September 28, 2009
Once in a while, I feel really lucky. This weekend was one of them! My friend Amelia bought me a ticket to the sing-along of the classic music The Sound of Music at the Hollywood Bowl. And because I could, I drove down to LA specifically to go to this event. This is actually something that we've been going to for a few years and it sounds cheesy because it IS cheesy; but it's also SO much fun!
Every year, there's a pre-show consisting of a costume contest, a voice warm up where you sing the songs to the film and Leisel or Frederick or Gretel will be there to host. Then when you go to your seat, you are handed props for the film such as Edelweiss, poppers for when Maria and the Captain kiss, and an invitation to the "Captain's Ball" that you can wave around. Then when the lights dim and the movie starts, the entire audience sings along to one of the best movies ever made!! Of course, being able to bring your own food and wine inside the Hollywood Bowl helps makes this even more fun! Anyway, I'm just excited that I got to go back down to LA for this and I feel so lucky that I have such great friends to share this with!
My friend Amelia holding the invite for the "Captain's Ball," a popper for the kiss, and Edelweiss tucked behind her ear. Fun times!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The chickens on my farm. So nice and stationary.
The real chickens on the farm in Point Reyes. They run fast and eat outta your hands!
All my pretty horses.
The horses we could see from our room in Point Reyes, CA
Real artichokes. Who knew they looked like this? They were taller than me!
My pumpkin patch.
The other pumpkin patch.
Anyway, after these two ventures out into the real world, I thought to myself: OMG! my virtual world is so much more appealing! It smells better, it's cleaner and it's just friggin cooler! Now that I've realized how far this obssession has gone, I'm going to limit it to online only!!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
That was exactly a month ago....Since then, I've had about 6 or 7 appointments to talk with the hiring manager over the phone about this position. Each time, she emails me about 10 minutes before our appointment and postpones. Today, I was finally supposed to talk to her at 5pm. At 5:15, I get an email saying that she is stuck in a meeting that she cannot get out of...AGAIN!!
Now if this was a dating situation, I would think that they are "just not that into me" and that I should move on or play hard to get. But really, I have nothing to lose by saying "sure I can do it later, whatever." But really! Is it THAT hard to get 30 minutes of phone time at work? I mean REALLY!
This reminds me of the company that I worked for after bschool....It was a start up that was super crazed and the higher ups could never keep their schedules. Meetings always started late if they happened at all and you just could not plan your day around anything! It was kind of a mess! The worst part of the start up was that you could bring your dog in to work, which made it even messier because on any given day there would be 4-5 dogs in the office and the whole place would smell like dog shit...but I digress...
I just hope that me taking a chance with this new company is worth it. And that if I do get called in for an actual face to face interview, the office isn't covered with dog shit...
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
- People are impressed with "Bullshit."
- People are impressed if you say you've been in the "industry."
- Many marketing job postings don't require technical skills. Or an engineering background.
- If you say your main weakness is quantitative skills, it's AOK!
- If you smile during an interview, that's a good thing.
- If you wear a gray suit in summertime, that's also a good thing.
- When you go in for an interview or a meeting, the receptionist is usually good looking.
- People see through the "Bullshit" faster.
- Most marketing jobs require a technical background. Engineers are loved.
- During interviews, they grill you on quantitative skills. Sometimes they ask you to describe Excel formulas over the phone.
- If you wear a gray suit in the summertime, you will most definitely be stared down.
- People have very international accents that I cannot place.
- There is no guarantee that the receptionist will be attractive. Or not have a crazy eye.
Ok, you're probably reading this and thinking that I'm vapid and shallow, but no - I'm just kinda wishing I had a more developed skill set so that I can find a job faster, because people up here are really serious!
I think that this video kinda sums it up...and if it doesn't, you should still watch it because it's hilarious!
Friday, September 4, 2009
So another perk of not working is that my schedule has never been so flexible!! Yesterday, I met up with some friends for an early morning of yoga, then after lunch, I took a leisurely drive north to Napa to have dinner with a friend. Now normally, I would not drive 85 miles to meet someone for dinner, but it's a friend who I've known for a long time, who has lived in the Middle East for the last year or so, and who was in Sacramento for work. We looked at a map and Napa was pretty much the nicest place in between Sactown and Man Jose, so we went!
We had dinner at a nice restaurant called Angele. When we got there, we got a little bonus: Thursday is half price wine night!! We ordered a half bottle of wine (cuz we both had to drive hella far) for $60. But it was ok because it was 50% off!! Yay!
Seriously, the only thing that would have made the day better is if we had done yoga in the morning, outside, in a vineyard....with a bottle of half price wineeee.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Cotton. And some fruit trees in the background.
I had a job interview the other day and while I was driving there, I had a mini panic attack! I kept thinking that if I got a fulltime job, I wouldn't be able to play FarmVille on Facebook as much as I do and what if I started missing harvests?
Yellow Bell Peppers, Pumpkins and Squash!!!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Anyway, the interview was over the phone and the process was pretty smooth for a phone interview, until about the point where they started asking me about Excel. Yikes! I haven't used it in a year! The woman kept pressing me about Pivot Tables! Do I understand it, do I know what it is, do I think that I can conjure one up. Well, of course I can, if I fiddle around with Excel! I mean, just cuz I'm unemployed doesn't mean I'm a moron and unemployable and completely Excel Elliterate! I mean, with stuff like that, can't you learn on the job anyway? Seriously, I don't understand why she kept pressing me over the phone to explain them to her. Maybe I'm just bitter that I didn't prepare well enough, but still....I'd like to ask her a few questions...and as a matter of fact, I did. I asked her a few questions about the company and the position, and she couldn't answer any of them!! Hello? HR?? Hello!??!!?
Well, I looked up some pivot tables online and instantaneously, it came back to me. And I realized that if that's the only thing she grilled me on then that means it's a huge part of the position and I'm not sure that would be a good fit for me anyway. That and the fact that this position doesn't have health benefits.
Can someone please just drop a fabulous job in my lap already??
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Since we've moved up to the Bay Area, a good friend of my husband's has asked if I was looking for a job. (Maybe I should introduce him to my new blog?) Anyway, he's been really nice and asking his colleagues and friends if anyone's hiring at the moment and telling me to send my resume over if I see anything interesting on X, Y, and Z company sites. I'm starting to feel a little guilty that the guy is going out on a limb for me. When people advise you to use your whole network when job searching, is there a line that you shouldn't cross? Should you not stretch your personal contacts to the limit and just kind of hope that something perfect will just fall into their laps which will then be forwarded to you????
Monday, August 17, 2009
These days, my expenses are WAY greater than when I had that unpaid internship. I mean, I just spent a shitload of money on graduate school tuition! Well, fine I borrowed it, but that's even worse because I actually have to pay that money back!! Gone are the days when the only reason to work is to get an LV bag and at the rate I'm going now, I'm lucky if I can even afford this trash bag!
Hmmmm....Ok, after much consideration, I just don't think I can do it. Sorry folks...the reality is, I need to get paid so that I can start paying back Sallie effing Mae.
Friday, August 14, 2009
So my mom, who has been an agent for 20 years, suggested I go to her friend. Fine. I called her friend up, talked to him on the phone for 20 min and was like OK, that's cool and showed up at his class. His class was in CHINESE! What?? He spoke perfect English to me on the phone and didn't even ASK me if I spoke Chinese and definitely did not mention that the 6 week class was in Chinese! Anyway, I understood "Hello, class" "There's a bathroom break at 8pm" "Even if you don't speak English, you can still pass the test" and that's just about it!! Needless to say, I never went back....
Anyway, that was a few months ago, and this week I finally went online to do the classes and get my license online: http://www.californialicense.com/
I think I waited this long because I'm kind of scared that I won't pass the test!! After what that guy at the class said? "Even if you don't speak English...??" I mean, what if I don't pass?!?! Thankfully I got all my class materials at a site that says 100% money back guarantee....so this way, if I don't pass, I'll just be embarrassed but at least I'll still get my $200 bucks back...
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I really like you...I get DVDs from you and even watch movies on your website. How come you don't like me back? I've applied to a few jobs at your company since my unemployment, and I've heard nothing back! Rejection is so hard! And it would be such a great relationship too since I live across a parking lot from you and all your employees come into my apartment building to use the facilities like the gym, the pool, etc.
Anyway, Netflix, if you ever want to talk, please give me a call. I'll be waiting!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
One is a start up that I don't even know the name of. And they don't offer any salary, just stock options and they expect to go public next year. Yes, it sounds a little sketchy, but hey I'm sitting at home getting no experience and getting older and older and not getting paid anyway, why not go do some contract work for a few months? It may pay out!
The second is for a CPG firm. For products that I actually use! Well, I used to anyway when I had a job and could afford the products...these days I'm on generic brands or whatever is on sale at Target.
Anyway, I guess trolling Linkedin and Craigslist really does work....To be continued...
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I guess to make a long story short, at the beginning of February, my husband got a job offer in San Jose and we decided that we would move to the Bay Area in June of this year. So basically from Feb to the end of June, my job hunt was put on hold cuz I didn't want to actually get a job offer and move up here without my husband! LOL. Man, was I optimistic about finding a job!
Anyway, I spent Feb to Jun hanging out with my family and friends and basically taking time off. It wasn't really the time off that I had always imagined though. In my working days, I always thought that one day, I would save up some money and take a year off work to be a travel writer or whatever, just travel to exotic places and eat and relax....Um, let's just say things are different when you 1. Forgot to save 2. Got laid off right before your wedding so that anything you may have saved went to that so now you're broke and 3. Are newly married and don't want to leave your spouse. Yeah....I spent a lot of days hanging out and eating lunch specials and making food at home. Not a very fabulous adventure!
So now we have been up in San Jose for the last 6 weeks, and my job search has continued in earnest....stay tuned.....
Monday, January 5, 2009
My job situation, or lack thereof, continued to not affect my mindset at all in October because for the first week I was on my honeymoon in Europe blithely spending my/"our" cash gifts from the wedding. Then when we got back, there were about a thousand thank you cards to write to our friends and family, and about same number of wedding gifts to unpack and sort out. (By the way, thanks again for all the gifts, we loved them all!)
Then the month of November rolled around. In theory, not working is awesome. I know that in my whole life, no matter how much I liked my job, in the back of my mind I always wished that I could be unemployed and stay at home all day....but just as I thought I'd actually reached my Nirvana, I started to get bored. I realized that there was only so much cleaning and unpacking you can really do in a tiny ass one bedroom apartment that was really fit for one small Asian girl but was now being shared by an abnormally large Asian couple.
Anyway, after 2 months off and running countless lame ass errands - like getting stamps at the post office - and spending entirely way too much time at home watching bad daytime TV - Home Improvement, Roseanne, The View, The Today Show, General Hospital, and Oprah mostly - I decided that I needed to go out and get a job! However, my timing was totally off!! WTF? For the first time in my life, I was actually desparate for a job, and every place I turned to was on a "hiring freeze" or doing "lay-offs" or just not getting back to me. WTF!?!
It's Jan 2009, and I'm sick of being bored and not working. I'm also sick of my friends (though probably well-meaning and good natured) asking me "What do you DOOOOO everyday?" and "Aren't you having the best time ever" and "You are SOOOOOO lucky you don't have to work." I rue the day I used to say the same things to my unemployed friends. For those of you who I said that to in the past, I'm sorry. For those of you who are asking now? Well, I guess you can continue to read my blog...