46 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'job search':

So old and so decrepit!

Dear srah2004, No, you are not a librarian either. But on the plus side, you are quite happily employed! But still designing things with no training. Love, srah2005...

srah - Tuesday, 25 October 2005 - 6:49 PM

On this humid Monday morning cold Saturday afternoon


srah - Saturday, 8 October 2005 - 11:55 AM

God knows the temperature's hot enough...

This damned egg needs to hatch already. I'm this close to taking a chisel to it, for heaven's sake. Basically, the egg has hatched. The little birdie (not a chicken, as it turns out, but a redhawk) is poking its beak through the shell. I can see the chick, but it's not quite all the way out yet. -- Enough of the damned egg metaphor! I sent my cover letter and resume to the school heretofore known as Another Ohio Institution¹ by email on Saturday, September 3 at 1:53pm. At 2:01, the director of the office wrote back to say...

srah - Thursday, 6 October 2005 - 10:20 PM

The Spy Who Blogged Me

In between phone calls to my egg this morning, I got a call from the CIA, asking if I was still interested in a position as Language Officer, which I applied for in a fit of desperation and with a thirst for adventure several months ago. Generally my response to this question would be "yes." In the interest of not counting that chicken while it's still in the egg stage, I'm still lining up interviews with interested universities and all. However, at this point - what with all the raining and pouring and whatnot - I think I can afford...

srah - Wednesday, 28 September 2005 - 9:38 AM

We're waiting for the chirp - chirp - chirp

I have this chicken. Except it's an egg right now. So I can't count it yet. But once it's hatched, I will go ahead and count the hell out of that chicken. As you were. / cryptic stupid metaphors...

srah - Friday, 23 September 2005 - 1:42 PM


Driving down to Another Ohio Institution was an interesting experience. After all my talk about drinking water for alertness and an ultra-glamorous complexion (*flip hair*), I ended up coming down with a cold, so the drinking water was necessary to rehydrate myself when all of the moisture in me was going into mucous-production. I think I drank more than 70 oz. of water just during the drive down, which necessitated several panicked bathroom breaks. This even included a bottle of Dasani, which I bought because I forgot that McDonald's is in love with Coke and their stupid purified water-like product....

srah - Monday, 19 September 2005 - 9:18 PM

My weaknesses: rum and doubloons (and ice cream)

Alas, Talk Like a Pirate Day approacheth (just one day of Holy Pasta Week!). Normally, the arrival of Talk Like a Pirate Day would not be cause for me to make "alas"-type noises, but I will be leaving tomorrow for a three-day visit to Another Ohio Institution. This holiest of days doth fall upon the same day as my interview and - I'm just guessing here - I don't think that my interviewers would be very impressed if my answers to all of their questions involved telling the students/parents/administration to walk the plank....

srah - Saturday, 17 September 2005 - 12:27 PM
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If you must return me, you can send me here/ But I need a break and I want to be a study advisor

International education as a career isn't necessarily something that just came to me in my last semester at SI. It's the kind of thing I've been interested in for years, but it was bubbling under the surface. For example, over three years ago, I wrote: "I don't know what I'm doing next year, much less when I'm - dear god - thirty-two. I guess I'll be working in an International Education office somewhere. Sure, we'll say that." I certainly hope I've got a job in the field by then! I've got another interview in Ohio on the 19th......

srah - Thursday, 8 September 2005 - 11:21 PM

I would like to be trained in the ways of the Job Force

Unidentified Ohio University got back to me yesterday, with a 'no.' Somehow going from two potential hires to one was much more upsetting than I expected. Rather than going from "I have two options" to "I have one option" I have gone to "Help me, Unidentified Pennsylvania University... you're my only hope." They aren't, of course, my only hope. I'm still waiting to hear back from many places I've applied to and I'm continuing to send out applications. I'm just really tired and would like it all to be over. UPU is the job I preferred anyway, so if I...

srah - Thursday, 18 August 2005 - 9:19 AM

Interview round-up

I felt like the interviews went well. The first one will let me know the week of the 15th and the second one will let me know this week. In the meantime... srah continues applying for things and not counting her chickens before they are hatched. I am quite thankful to be home and to be able to avoid airports for a while....

srah - Sunday, 7 August 2005 - 11:29 PM


I had a very frustrating dream last night where I was shopping for a shell to wear under my suits for my job interviews. I was at Briarwood and would go from store to store, failing and getting more frustrated. At Ann Taylor (which was strangely coed), the smallest size they had was 5 and the salesperson made me try it on even though I knew it wouldn't fit. At Macy's (there's no Macy's at Briarwood!) they didn't have any shells, but the saleswomen were trying to convince me to get a lingerie top instead. I told them that it...

srah - Sunday, 31 July 2005 - 10:23 AM
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Speaking of frequent flyer miles...

The job search appears to be picking up as we approach the beginning of a new school year and institutions of higher-education get their hiring-education processes in gear. Last week I applied for a job at an Unidentified Ohio College on Monday. They called back on Tuesday and left a voice mail that I didn't get until after work on Wednesday. They called again on Thursday and set up a phone interview for Friday. When I told my boss about my interview, he informed me that Another Ohio University had called him up for a reference earlier that day. This...

srah - Thursday, 21 July 2005 - 11:57 AM

Another one bites the dust

I am sure that the most successful phone interviews do not involve the interviewing parties going "Hello? Hello? Are you still there? Can you hear me?", apparently having missed out on half of what the interviewee just said. Thanks, TDS Metrocom! I wish you'd die!...

srah - Friday, 15 July 2005 - 10:32 AM

The Sims Eat My Soul

I didn't play during the school year. I knew that I tend to obsess and that things would get out of control and I just didn't have the time. When I graduated, I looked forward to being able to play again, but my Simming got a little out of control a few weeks ago. I was spending entire days in my pyjamas and staying up until all hours of the night manipulating my fake people's fake lives, and I wasn't doing anything valuable with my real life. There was a period where I suddenly realized I hadn't applied for a...

srah - Wednesday, 13 July 2005 - 1:30 PM
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I told myself that after Memorial Day, I would let up on my hardcore country-wide search for career-related study abroad advising jobs and start just looking for jobs. To earn money. Instead, after Memorial Day, I let up on the hardcore search and didn't look for anything at all and just played The Sims all day. And I couldn't blog because I didn't do anything but play The Sims all day. I had a phone interview a week and a half ago. It's a great fit and I kind of have my heart set on it, so that hasn't encouraged...

srah - Tuesday, 14 June 2005 - 3:05 PM

Pay no attention to the crazy girl clutching the phone

I had my second phone interview today. It went a lot better than the first. I was better-prepared, I wasn't as nervous and I think the job's a really good fit. What's driving me crazy, though, is that the last words I said to the interviewer were "Good luck." I don't even know what I meant. I think I meant "Good luck with the rest of [the conference that she's at]" but it just came out as "good luck." Maybe she interpreted it as "good luck with your selection process." But on the other hand, maybe she interpreted it as...

srah - Friday, 3 June 2005 - 3:55 PM

You watch your phraseology!

Sometimes I have conversations with people in my head. Earlier today I was thinking about telling a colleague about my future plans in international education. I would eventually like to do both the "import" and "export" sides of international education: international student advising and study abroad advising. But for now I'm mostly applying for study abroad advising. In my head, I expressed this to my colleague as: "I think I like advising people to go away more than telling them to come here." Perhaps not the best way to put it, but so true on so many levels....

srah - Friday, 6 May 2005 - 1:55 PM



srah - Tuesday, 19 April 2005 - 10:39 AM
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Hire me, ye downtrodden NCAA losers!

Have increased my Number Of Jobs Applied For by 67% today. By 67%? Is that right? Aw, forget this fancy math. I applied to two, bringing the total to five. I finally got around to applying for two jobs at schools that are still in the tournament, keeping my pathetic basketball hopes alive! Gonzaga, you have shamed me. But I ain't proud. Got any openings in your study abroad office?...

srah - Tuesday, 22 March 2005 - 10:26 PM
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Post-phone interview, or I put on a suit for this?

I hate talking on the phone anyway, so why should I think a phone interview's going to be any better? Why can't I say anything good? Why do I have sentences that trail off at the end or end with "and things like that"? Why do I sound like such a feeb? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!...

srah - Tuesday, 8 March 2005 - 4:28 PM

Attention: Brain out of order until further notice

They installed a new sprinkler system here at work over Spring Break. Everything was covered in plastic but there was still a good amount of dust left over. So between the dust and the sound of the vacuum hoovering it up, I have a monster, killer headache and just sort of want to curl up and sleep. I am also supposed to be getting a call at some point today regarding a job I applied for. I don't know if they're thinking phone interview or if they're thinking phone-call-to-set-up-interview but I'm hoping, for the sake of my future employability, that...

srah - Monday, 7 March 2005 - 11:01 AM

One small step for a tiny little girl... one great leap for jobkind

The bane of my job-applying existence this far has been the dreaded Cover Letter. As much emphasis as is put on resumés, I think we all know that all the important stuff goes in the Cover Letter. The Cover Letter is where it's at. The Cover Letter is what makes or breaks the deal. And so I have been terribly frightened* of the Cover Letter. This morning I woke up and pried my eyes open, fired up Isidore (as I am wont to do first thing in the morning) and decided to read postings from the study-abroad listserv I joined...

srah - Friday, 11 February 2005 - 10:20 PM

So fresh and so clean!

Upon realizing it was my blogiversary, I took a look at the ol' archives to see what I was like three years ago. I seem so young and fresh - not my old, jaded, cantankerous and senile current self. And yet... 26.10.01 I've decided I'm going to be a graphic designer, or whatever you call a person who designs CD labels and cases, movie posters, etc. Yeah... about that... Some art training might have been useful. Wish I hadn't spent all that time thinking I was going to be a librarian, because I might have made some effort to look...

srah - Monday, 25 October 2004 - 11:22 AM
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(Beverage) supplies attack!

Why the hell am I getting a package from Google? I wonder. Do I know someone who works there? Are they still sending me presents to make up for discontinuing Blogger Pro? *open open* "Thank you for applying to Google's summer engineering intern program. We received over 2000 applications for about 75 positions, and unfortunately we were unable to accept several excellent candidates such as yourself. Thank you for your interest in Google and please keep us in mind for future intern and full-time employment opportunities. Please accept this gift of appreciation for considering Google, and have a great summer!...

srah - Monday, 10 May 2004 - 6:03 PM

Thrill me with your acumen...

Dear Stupid Idiot, Why did you think it was such a bright idea to watch The Silence of the Lambs in the middle of a Sunday afternoon? Far from saving yourself from fear by watching it during daylight, you have now committed yourself to several extra hours of terror wherein you fear moths and transvestites and creepy creepy men and men in general and men in night-vision goggles and visions of serial killers are dancing in your head, which has plenty of dance room because they have already eaten your brain. This was Clarice's first big shot at practicing her...

srah - Sunday, 4 April 2004 - 6:00 PM
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Entretien d'embauche

I put on my suit and blow-dried my hair, mascaraed and lipsticked myself and put on the new shoes I bought just this weekend in preparation for my interview. I looked in the mirror and there was a grown-up in there. I don't know who she was. The interview went well and it looks like I may soon have an offer and I may spend part of the summer in France. They asked a lot of the usual interview questions, but there were still a few that threw me. "Tell us about a problem that you've had that you weren't...

srah - Monday, 29 March 2004 - 11:08 PM
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Pretty please?

I have an interview tomorrow with a study/work-abroad organization that may be able to find me a summer HCI internship in France. Any interview recommendations? Any advice on how not to come across as desperate and clinging pathetically to this one last hope for relevant, credit-worthy summer employment?...

srah - Sunday, 28 March 2004 - 10:42 PM

Hey... *breathe breathe*... what are you wearing?

I have a phone interview tomorrow afternoon. Why do I feel like I need to dress up?...

srah - Sunday, 14 March 2004 - 3:29 PM

Four rejections and an offer*

More than 15 internship-related emails just this week. Do you know how hard it is to remember to write out Sarah and the last name and all when you are used to signing your emails "SRAH"? I hope you don't. Why are you signing your emails with my name, creep? ----- * Actually, it's only two rejections, but that doesn't sound anything like Four Weddings and a Funeral, whereas this sort of does. On Planet Crazy....

srah - Thursday, 11 March 2004 - 8:18 AM

Resolved: That working is (and oughta be) a whole lot better than studying

When you are a student, you have to do research and write reports during the weekends and your free time and at night, after your classes and the jobs you have to work to survive and to pay for your tuition. When you are in the Real World*, you have to do research and write reports during the day and that's all you have to do. And you get paid for it. I suppose I am in school for a reason, and that's so that I can do my research and write my reports and eventually get paid more for...

srah - Thursday, 26 February 2004 - 10:10 AM
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'Due to high demand, our site is currently busy and cannot process your request.'

Should it be my ambition to look for an internship in some great company that I will be proud to work for? Or shall I just shoot for a piece of crap that I won't feel bad accidentally destroying from the inside, or which is so bad I can't possibly make it any worse? Because any dealings with the AT&T Wireless website make me think that they've got monkeys maintaining it... and I have to be better than monkeys, right? Right? *crickets chirping* Shut up!...

srah - Wednesday, 31 December 2003 - 10:43 AM

I see...

I had an interview this morning and got the job this afternoon. "How much does it pay?" Polly asked me on our way home. "You know, I don't actually know," I responded sheepishly. "Well how many hours a week are you going to work?" "Um..." I kind of got distracted by the idea that a job making webpages and organizing books in a study-abroad center would be ideal and perfect and All That Is Good and didn't bother to find any of that out. You mean I get to do all of that and be paid for it too? This...

srah - Wednesday, 3 September 2003 - 10:15 PM
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Employment haiku

I have heard tell of a mythical job making websites for IC. I have emailed the guy who hires folks. What, oh what will be the verdict?...

srah - Tuesday, 2 September 2003 - 12:55 PM
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The end of summer employment

Have just realized am going to be unemployed in fifteen minutes. Help. Panic....

srah - Friday, 22 August 2003 - 4:46 PM

Update on srah's career goals

Today... I still don't want to be an archivist. Thanks for asking....

srah - Thursday, 21 August 2003 - 4:36 PM

Ye'll walk the plank, ye scurvy dogs!

To celebrate Becky's birthday, we went to see Pirates of the Caribbean again. Watching all of the credits like a true member of my family, I found my calling: pirate dialect coach. Not a dialect coach for pirates in movies, of course, nor dialect coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I'll sail the seven seas, teaching novice pirates to sound more authentic. In other news, I decided I was tired because I was dehydrated, so I've been drinking vast (avast!) amounts of water today. It hasn't helped so far, so I've decided that since I can't remember the last time I...

srah - Tuesday, 29 July 2003 - 12:07 PM
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The US Ambassador to... Monkeys

I'd like to be a real ambassador, but I sometimes get the feeling it's all about schmoozing and using the right forks, rather than actual diplomacy or cultural exchange. Plus, I don't have adorable ringlets....

srah - Monday, 16 June 2003 - 12:26 PM

Cold feet

I am at a point in my life (and perhaps a point in the year) where I have to start looking for a Real Job With Benefits. I am rather sad because there are a bunch of Summer Jobs that I will probably never do now. I won't be able to make fudge on Mackinac Island or be a tour guide for French tourists at Colonial Williamsburg or Disney World or something. Not that I would have done any of those this summer - because I don't want to have to pay for housing - but it's the principle of...

srah - Saturday, 11 January 2003 - 4:15 AM

Best school ever

My lycée sent me a packet with a big picture of the school on the front. It looks very lovely. It was only built in 1997. Inside, the packet has details about each of the fields of study (it's all Greek to me - I can't tell the difference between a BEP carrières sanitaires et sociales and a BAC sciences médico-sociales) and, more importantly, leads on accomodations. So I should be pretty set by the time I get there. Now all I have to worry about it how to lug my millions of pairs of shoes (that's what's going to...

srah - Tuesday, 17 September 2002 - 9:50 AM
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Parlerai muchas idiomas if you will feed wo

That last post came from a disastrous session of my Business French class where we spent the hour-and-a-half in the computer lab, searching on the Internet for jobs and companies that deal with the French and English languages and have operations in the U.S. and France. Which is what I spend all of my time doing anyway. So instead of searching aimlessly for a French/English bilingual job and getting depressed about the lack of prospects, I was searching aimlessly for a French/English bilingual job and getting depressed about the lack of prospects and the fact that I was going to...

srah - Monday, 4 February 2002 - 5:33 PM

Will learn Polish for food

Does anyone want to hire a nice little girl with no serious work experience to go work for them and use her fluency in English to their advantage? Please? I'm very nice and I speak English very nicely. I speak some French, too - as well as a little Spanish. No one wants me....

srah - Monday, 4 February 2002 - 2:59 PM

Hire me

Spacebus (local band) should have a website. And when I say "Spacebus should have a website", I mean "Spacebus should pay me money to make them a website"....

srah - Tuesday, 29 January 2002 - 4:05 PM

I admire education majors

I admire education majors because they know THAT they want to teach and they know WHAT they want to teach by the time they graduate. Way to make decisions, folks. Now stop making my life miserable in English Language class with your whining about how you *have* to take the class. Some of us are big geeks and are taking it for fun....

srah - Friday, 2 November 2001 - 10:09 AM

Roommate and I

Roommate and I (after an exhaustive search of the Michigan Sex Offender's list by zip code - looking for familiar names - and a trip to the FBI's Most Wanted page), decided we need to find nice cushy government jobs. Or not-so-cushy ones. So she's going to get a non-gun job for the FBI and I'm going to work for the CIA. It's frightening how appropriate the CIA's language positions sound for me. They're looking for language people. But I have two questions the Employment FAQ doesn't answer... Will I be able to tell anyone what I do, and will...

srah - Thursday, 1 November 2001 - 2:47 PM
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I lied

I lied. Have not gone to nap yet. Followed my link to Roommate's online journal and started reading it the way I always do - looking for mention of me. Mwah ha. Not that I am in the least egocentric. She says "Yesterday my roomie went to zoo." I wonder if this lack of article is a typo or if it is in the English style, à la "My mum had to go to hospital." She was also talking about thinking, which I didn't read in-depth because it wasn't about me, but it reminded me of the thought I came...

srah - Wednesday, 31 October 2001 - 2:40 PM
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How sad is it

How sad is it that I spent a big part of my day making a website that I'm never going to put up on the web? Time waster time waster time waster. I could have been searching for everyday idioms, or doing research on René Magritte. I am so proud of myself - I skipped Spanish today and it turned out to be the day they went out into the cold cold snow and dark to take pictures in the Nature Center - and they didn't even get breakfast out of it! Yes! I was tucked away in warm Seaton...

srah - Friday, 26 October 2001 - 8:29 PM

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