stress head (Photo credit: ian boyd)
I submitted the application late this afternoon and hopefully it is great enough to get me into the interview process. After I submitted it, I went for a 5K run to relax a little. After running I did feel a lot better. That is why running is an important part of my coping strategy to manage work related stress. While this was not a very stressful situation, it was more time-consuming than anything, it was great practice for a project with a short deadline, with a high quality end product requirement. Having positive coping strategies in place for those high stress days, that do happen in the workplace is an important skill and one that should be thought about and practiced before they are needed. (more…)
Today was a very busy day!!!!
This morning, I had an appointment at the Augusta Career Center to help someone “Tweak” their blog. We worked on it for an hour and I believe that they are a lot happier with it than what they had when we started. This is one of the things that I really enjoy doing and while I am not much at coding, I can set up a blog on WordPress.com or Blogger very well and add some customizations that look pretty good. This was great practice for me and made me feel pretty good about being to help someone else out.
Before the appointment I was able to get a couple of resumes and my work history printed out, which was a big deal and put into my travelling portfolio. I especially wanted to get the work history printed out, which I worked on for several hours yesterday. (more…)
Have you done your Work History yet?
If not why not?
Unfortunately or fortunately, however you look at it, Federal, State and many other job applications need a lot of detail about you, when you are applying for a job. I know that Maine‘s are almost onerous and the Federal Government application is not easy to do quickly, so sooner or later you have to put together your work history.
If you have the work history completed, you are not under as much pressure if you suddenly need to complete an application quickly (like yesterday, but no later than today) and then end up not presenting yourself in the best possible light that is the typical result, when you do something too quickly.
This happened to me when I submitted my Federal Resume for a Veteran’s Service Representative position that opened with a three-day window at the end of March. I learned about the announcement on day two. Which coincidentally, was the first day that I started talking to with the professionals at the Augusta Career Center. My application that I submitted definitely was not the quality that it would be today.
To be brutally honest I was not ready for that application and when I look at it now, it needed a lot more work to be a one that would get me to the next step. (more…)