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Shins lead singer James Mercer and Danger Mouse (née Brian Burton) have a new band, Broken Bells. I love their collaboration. And the shins still exist so that’s cool.
Watch their new video.
So I am not googoo for Gaga but I’ll give credit where it is due. Whoever markets that woman is amazing. She’s got a gimmick and while it doesn’t work for me I can see how it is so appealing to others. I honestly can’t stop checking to see what she is wearing.
Anywhoo, here is a really awesome a capella cover that I found. These boys sure made me laugh.
I swear we must smell like skunk because most of us are not getting hired. If you are a recent graduate you might be a victim of the economy. So what do we do? Here is some advise I have heard and how I responded.
1. Go back to grad school while the economy is bad.
Response: I want to work first before I go invest in more school. I have a lot of debt at the moment and the only reason I would add to it is if I already knew what I wanted to do. Most students graduate thinking, now what? Annnd I was one of those. Do I want to do internet and social media marketing? Work for a non-profit? Maybe a different track and something I’m good at like nutritionist/holistic healing. Maybe I want to teach and get my pdh. Or maybe some sort of lawyer. As you can see, grad school is not the place for me yet. So what next?
2. Volunteer or get an internship.
Response: Ummm I have bills that mom and dad don’t pay for. Plus nice big student loan payments are about to start. Next. . .
3. Apply for jobs (this one has sub-categories)
3.1 – The Admin Assistant/Office Manager – This is a basic job that I could do. I have answered phones, called people back, written letters and done filing. I pick up new software ever so quickly. I am organized, dependable, speak and write in a professional manner (when needed) and my communication skills are amazing.
Response: Oh, you need to have 5 years of experience as an admin assistant before you could do this at any place not listed on craigslist. Nevermind. Seriously, how hard can this be. Oh and I forgot that most office managers need to know quickbooks. MOST COLLEGE GRADS ARE GOOD AT PICKING UP SOFTWARE. I could download a free trial and have in figured out in a few hours. But, that isn’t good enough. So on to the next type of job.
3.2 – Something in my field – I could do something with marketing, communications, internet marketing.
Response: No on is looking for entry-level. I have found maybe two listing, applied, heard nothing. At this point no company is looking for recent grads. They can get someone with experience for much less. However I keep submitting apps. But at this current unemployed, desperate moment I am left with . . .
3.3 – retail (enough said)
Response: Ugh. Doesn’t pay enough, work weird hours, usually people don’ treat you nice and you feel like you should be doing something more every moment you are at your job. By the way, I have had three interviews for jobs that I am more than qualified for and pays very little and I still didn’t get it.
4. Look everywhere.
Response: I have looked at: WorkInTexas, Craigslist, Banks, Schools, Universities, Non-profit lists, Austin jobs, Statesman jobs. I have called every coffee shop in my area and most stores that I could stand to work at in two giant shopping centers.
5. It must be your cover letter/resume.
Response: I have taken about 4 seminars on these topics and I swear to you, every cover letter is different, highlights my qualities and how they apply to the job, ends with the request of an interview and is proofread by myself, boyfriend and/or father. My resume is neat, lists everything, even internships and carefully states job duties in a descriptive appealing manner.
I’ve done all this AAAannnnnd yet, no job.
So now what? Which is not only my question, but the question on many other job hunters out there.
I am a huuuuuuge fan of little kid movies. Loved Bolt, Meet the Robinson’s, Wall-e, Cars, all of ‘em. But recently my heart was swept away by this little gem of a movie. Pixar, you have done it again. How you continuously are able to create animated movies that capture the hearts of young and old is beyond me. I don’t think I have ever seen a pixar movie that I just plain liked. I have always has some sort of attachment to each and every movie starting with Toy Story. Your interesting stories with unexpected plot twist and imaginative characters create movies that are (insert word here that means beyond amazing, wonderful and witty).
And Up!, ohhhh Up! You made me feel bipolar as I had tears streaming down my cheeks one minute and my face buried in my hands from fits of laughter the next minute. First thing I did when it was over was turn to my boyfriend and say in a little kids voice “can we own in when it comes out puhhweeeees!” So if you have not seen it yet I highly advise you do so, regardless of what age you are.