Monthly Archives: December 2009

I will never temp again… ok, maybe just this once

I will never temp again. I will never temp again. I will never temp again. That’s been my mantra after every temp assignment, dating back 12 years. And that’s what would run through my head during yoga class, were I to take yoga, or even own one of those mats everyone carries around with a […]

Twittering my life away (2009-12-28)

I see my future, and it is temp work… # State #unemployment compensation funds are going broke just like the #unemployed… # Available Labor Rate increases… #

Hat, meet gift box… a holiday temp job to get me out of the apartment

After visiting the mall this weekend, I’m extra happy that temporary holiday season job at the big department store fell through. What a horrible nightmare of crowds and slush and noise. Holiday spending may be down, but holiday shopping is alive and well. As is the Queens Christmas spirit, which translates into lots of pushing […]

Twittering my life away (2009-12-21)

Working as a mall #Santa isn’t so much fun this year… # I don’t spend $743 on #Christmas gifts even when I have a job… # Just saw a homeless person using the Coinstar machine at Duane Reade to count his change. # In #Queens, we don’t eat the snow. # Why did […]

Unemployment vs. sick day, the home edition

Unemployed people get unlimited, unpaid sick days, in case you’re considering unemployment as a career move. But I haven’t taken a sick day in forever. Sick days were a rarity for me even when employed. I’m generally a healthy guy. And laying about seems like such a waste when things need to get done. (Hear […]

The top 5 reasons I hate lists

I spend a lot of time online these days, between reading email and cruising the Internet in search of gainful employment. And I’ve arrived at one immutable and irrefutable conclusion… lists suck. Feel free to disagree. Feel free to argue. Feel free to accuse me of crimes against the Internet for dressing down the vaunted […]

Twittering my life away (2009-12-14)

Another reason to love #NYC… drivers yell at you to get out of the crosswalk when you have a walk signal. # The Need A Job Song, for your listening pleasure… # Why does everything have to be complicated? #

Twittering my life away (2009-12-07)

Here are some FAQs about COBRA people might find helpful… # Thinking about going back to #school? Definitely don't go here… # Aspiring to middle management isn't such a bad thing… # What many of us #unemployed have to look forward to… # The #jobs aren't coming back… #

The holiday season job I didn’t want and didn’t get, part 3

[Read the holiday season job post, part 1 and part 2 so this post makes sense.] Around 1:30, a full three hours after my arrival, an interviewer led me out of the horribly misnamed Turnover Room and into the interview room across the hall. Set up were two rows of five narrow tables, each with […]