Career Fair

As I continue on with my search to find a full-time job, I decided to attend a career fair. The last one I went to was about a year after I finish school.  Now I’ve attended many during my college career, but felt that as student in the liberal art school, these fairs never benefited liberal arts majors compared to those career fairs suited for business or engineering majors. I attended them with the hope something good came out of it and to practice my networking skills.  In my opinion I think career fair are a waste of time. For people such as myself looking for work and needing a job, they don’t really help.  For this career fair that I attended, it was small and was organized by the public library along with alamo workforce solution.  So keeping a positive open mind I thought I give it a shot and attend. I didn’t forget to take a few resume with me and luckily I called in advance to see what companies would be attending.

The career fair was held at a local library near my neighbor.  Got there about five-minute before they started.  The first company recruiter I spoke with was from JPMorgan Chase.  It was a very informative conversation and the recruiter gave me a lot information about the company and the position they were looking to fill.  The downside to the conversation was that I would still need to apply online.  The recruiter did take my resume and I hope something great comes out of it.  After talking with the Chase recruiters I went to two other companies. Speaking with these companies is why I think career fairs are a waste of time.  All they told me was these are the positions we are hiring for and you would need to go to their career website and apply.  No questions about my experience or ask for my resume.  The last company I spoke with was a staffing agencies.  I introduce myself and passed on my resume.  Mention what job positions I was interested in and she wrote down the information.  I’ve work with staffing agencies before, but felt like there was never progress.  I would constantly called them about positions  I was interested in or applied for.  Only to hear, will get back to you or just never hearing from them.

I left the career fair not disappointed, but okay knowing that nothing has really change.  People want a job and come to them hope to get something, but at the end it just telling you what we all already know.  Go to the career website and apply.  If you lucky enough you’ll get a phone for an interview or won’t hear a word from the employer about your application.

Book # 4: Death on the Sappire

Death on the Sappire by R.J. Koreto.  Lady Frances Ffolkes, a young lady who is intelligent, a very out going personality, and you can say a independent young lady.  I would compare her to a Marry Poppins, but a younger version.  Of course without the nanny like traits.  Major Colcombe who is a war veteran and a close family friend dies from a mysterious circumstances.  Major Colcombe was in the process of completing a manuscript about his war experience in South Africa. Detailing the lost of life from fighting the war, but now with his death, the manuscript are missing.

Lady Frances Ffolkes take task in tracking down the missing manuscript and to find who responsible for Major Colocombe death, along with her loyal lady’s maid, June Mallow. Not only facing society sexist views against women, she find herself in the mist of challenges trying to track down this missing manuscript.

Daily Prompt : Exposed

Exposed

Since I finished college 9 years ago, I’ve been on the constant search for a full-time job.  Looking here and there, applying for this job and that one. Within this 9 years time, I’ve only had a few job interviews.  Resulting in zero job offers and the job hunt has left me exposed. Not sure what else to do since it seems most employers could see right through me.  My little job experience not enough for them to consider me for any position. I get it, I lack the experience, but doesn’t mean am not motivate to get my hands dirty and learn.  These behavioral interview questions only relieve my introvert personality.  I accept for who I am and that is something I can’t change. I may not show my excitement for the position during an interview or have an out going personality, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t do the job require.  It doesn’t mean that am anti-social, hate being around people or am not a good fit for you company. It just mean that am a calm, down to earth individual and asking me a few hard question is not enough to know who am really am.

3rd Book: What so Proud We Hailed

For my third book of the New Year 2017, I decided to change it up a little and read about an important person in our nation history. The book called, What so Proud We Hailed by Marc Leepson.   A biography about the life of Francis Scott Key.  Key is the founder who wrote our national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner.  He wrote the song from his observation during the battle at Fort McHenry or known as the Battle of Baltimore.

I wanted to read a book about Francis Scott Key from recent event in 2016 the dealt with our national anthem.  Pro athletes deciding to knee during the national anthem, people calling it racist and that Key was a racist himself because he came from a family who owned slaved and owned a few himself.

There a lot of history discuss in this book.  What I got out of it personally was the Francis Scott Key wasn’t a racist. Yes, he was born in a family that had slave, he marry his wife whose family owned large plantation fields and owned many slaves.  Keys owned only a few himself, but from the historical context, that how life was.  It was the norm for that time, where today we know its wrong.  Key represented many black slaves in court who were legally free, but wrongfully taken across states line to states where slavery was legal.  Francis Scott Key did a lot for slaves whether you agree with it or not.  At the same time he also prosecute slaves accordingly to the law.

There a lot more that you can judge the man’s character from, but you can’t deny that he did a lot for slaves and had an important role in the early years of the United States.

Tips: Getting start with art journaling

Am not the artistic one in my family and just like anyone who starts a new hobby, they are going to suck at it at first. That just the way it is.  I’ve been drawing now for two years and within that time frame I’ve add watercolors and even started journaling.  For most of us it hard to know how to start off or from keeping our self from not getting discourage that our artistic abilities suck.  Let me give you a few tips that can help you along your journey.

First tip, start off simple and keep it basic. Don’t go challenging yourself to do something that is beyond your skill level.  That will only discourage you.  If you must, look up tutorials online on how to draw or paint something.  I do that a lot just to see if there an easier why to draw things.

Second tip, you are going to make mistakes, but those mistake will help you get better.

Third tip, it okay if you want to try other things.  I first started off drawing, but felt I just need to try something new, so I did watercoloring. Now I go back and forth, drawing one day and then watercoloring another or both. That one thing I like about art, there are so many different area you can experiment with.

Fourth tip, practice, practice. As they say practice make perfect. That one of the most important thing I want to stress the most. You must practice if you want to get better. I try to at least draw something every day.  You can participate in one of those online challenge where they suggest different prompts for a month to draw or paint.

Fifth tip, if at some point you get discourage, take a deep breath and walk away from what you are doing.  Take a day or two off if needed.  Learning any new skill can be discouraging if we feel we are not improving or not seeing the results we want.  Once you feel you have recovered, resume what you were doing or discard, and try something else.

I don’t consider myself a great artist nor do I think my art work is top-level, but do know that every day I see improvement. A lot of these basic tips you can apply to other areas outside of art.  Maybe learning how to swim or dance. You have to start off simple and keep it basic.  Then as you learn from your mistake you will get better and see improvement, not making those same mistake again. But to get better you must practice and practice in order to challenge yourself to do something with much more difficulty.

Don’t forget, have fun with it.

Job interview gone wrong but never happened

About a week and a half ago, I applied for a job position with a company called Visionworks.  They are a company that sell eye-wear.  Not my first time applying there, but my first time applying for a retail position.  Wasn’t really expecting a response because I thought I have no background when it comes to eye-wear except my personal experience of buying glasses.  Four days later, I got a phone for an interview at one of their retail stores.  I was schedule to interview within a week of that phone call, which was Thursday March 16, 2017.  I called the day before just to make sure I was schedule and all that good stuff.  Didn’t want to show up and then be told I was never schedule or there be a miscommunication.

So that day came for my job interview. Decided to wear different color dress shirt because I usually prefer my blue dress shirt.  Since most of my previous job interviews resulted with no positive outcome, I thought it was time to change it up a little.  I arrived at the place 10 to 15 minutes early and told the employee I was there for an interview at 11am.  All the employees were busy with clients, but they said, “just take a sit and I someone will be with you shortly.”  So I sat and patiently waited. Awhile I waited to be called for my interview, I observed what was going on.  People were coming in and out, getting their glasses and looking for new frame.  Another employee walks in and within a few minutes she introduce her self as the assist manager and says she will be conducting the interview after she done with this client. Great! right? Well from my previous conversation with the employee who setup my interview, mentioned that I was interviewing with a guy name Bert. In my mind I figure something wasn’t right. A couple of minutes have passed and she finished with assisting a client.  Now I was ready to get this interview started, but she decided to turn her attention to the next client.  I said to my self, I give it a few more minutes.  I look at my phone and I’ve been waiting for 45 minutes.  I said to myself, “this isn’t right.”  Waiting 45 minutes to have an interview. I walked up to the desk where the assist manager who said she will be doing the interview and said, “I’ve been waiting here 45 minutes for my interview, what the hold up?”  With an attitude she said, “the person who was supposed to do the interview had a emergency.”  My response and reaction now you are telling me this.  She replied, “stuff happen and it out of my control and I just got here.”  I understand that, but shouldn’t you tell the person who waiting that there a delay.  If you know this person has an emergency, maybe suggest that we reschedule, not knowing when this person will show or not show at all. I could have been the for an hour and they not mention one word about this.

Talk about not being professional and tell someone who has taken the time to come here because they want this job and not tell them there going to be a delay.  It would have only taken a minute for her or any of the employees who knew about this to walk up to me and just say something.  Well I went head and left, deciding I will not reschedule, but to call their corporate headquarters and tell them about this unprofessional circumstance.  I was able to speak with someone and told them what happen.  Don’t know if they will take any action even though they said they will.

Job Interview Questions

I had my first job interview for 2017 at the beginning of the month of March.  It was an interview for a position at one of the digital libraries.  It was a job that I applied to because I felt confident this is a position within in my skill set and am comfortable working with technology.  Like with any position that I apply for, I make sure I read the job description and duties.  Don’t want to be caught off guard if there something that I might not be able to do such as traveling to different locations.  I don’t have a car and if a car a required I don’t apply for the position.

So I had my interview in the the afternoon.  Didn’t do my usually routine of going to the gym.  I wanted to be focus and be in that positive mood.  I arrive at the digital library on time and waited to be call in.  Like most interviews I’ve had in the past, two people were conducting the interview, the manager and a assistant manager.  I introduce myself, shake hand with the manger and assistant manager and then they beginning asking their questions.  Tell me a little about yourself? Question about my skills set in using pc and mac which am comfortable with. My experience using HTML and CSS.  Then they ask me to question that caught me off guard because,one they weren’t mention in the job duties.  One of those question was having to work at a another location for half a shift and then coming back to this site to work the other half.  I don’t have car, but I could still work a whole shift at the other sites if am told ahead of time.  The next question I totally didn’t know how to respond to, would I be comfortable reading to kids.  I was not ready for that cause it wasn’t mention on the job description or duties. I know library have their days when someone read to kids, but I thought they usually have someone specific for that task. Not just random people.  The only way I could responded to that question was am open to trying it.  The more we went into the interview, I felt like these question were more for a day care/school position.  The next question that came up was that everyone who work at the digital library teaches a class about something. I didn’t know what to say except that I would teach a photography class since that one of hobbies.  I know it wasn’t a good answer, but again this wasn’t in the job description or duties.  When I applied for the position I felt I was applying for a position where I would assist people needing help using the computers or tablets.  Answering question they had, like what program to use to type a paper, downloading a digital book or browsing the web.

At the end I want to stay positive that I could still get the position, but two-day later I get an email from the manager that they decided to go with someone else.  The more I go through these job interview that I thinking something is not right.  Is my personality just horrible, am I giving off a negative vibe when answering some of these questions, maybe my response is not great to get their attention.