Posts Tagged ‘work’

Friday link roundup 9/22

Today is the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of spring in the Southern. Happy equinox and change of season!

From The New York Times: a conversation with Hillary Clinton and actress/activist America Ferrera.

Sterling K. Brown won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and is the first black actor to win this award in almost 20 years.

A “What Were You Wearing” art installation at a Kansas university takes aim at the age-old sexual violence myth.

Updates on the aftermath of the earthquake in Mexico.

On the devastating flooding in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria.

A commute in a Japanese commuter train is made more fun…with kittens!

From space.com: Best night sky events for this month, with stargazing maps.

Work-At-Home School: Coming in 2018. A one-stop shop for gaining skills, resources, and knowledge to successfully work at home!

Daily Goodie Box: free samples in exchange for reviews.  It takes being active on their social media pages to receive a box, but it’s legitimate and the products are great!

A link from a reader: The Freedom Model, a new way of looking at and approaching addiction.

As always, please feel free to contact me and send me your links!

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Personal work vision cover letter

I’m trying out the whole artist entrepreneur thing right now, but I still sometimes look at job postings.  Many of them seem to be seeking a certain type:  Outgoing.  Self-starter.  Multi-tasker. Team Player.  Works well in a high stress fast-paced environment.  These terms lose meaning after a while.

Awhile back, I played with the idea of an honest cover letter.  What would happen if I wrote what I was thinking in response to a listing, rather than trying to present myself to fit into the mold of a position?  Here’s what I came up with.

To Whom It May Concern:

I am an introverted, highly sensitive intelligent woman seeking work that makes sense for this time in my life. I am looking for a job that will supplement my income as an artist and jeweler.

I am familiar with both Apple computers and PCs.  I have experience with Microsoft Office and Salesforce.  I am a fast typist.  I put 50+ WPM on my resume, but the last typing test I took online registered me at 65 WPM.  I have basic Photoshop and WordPress skills and want to learn more. As part of my art business, I am currently learning how to effectively use social media platforms, including Instagram and Facebook, and I would like to use these developing skills in a work environment.

I do not believe that multi-tasking is an effective way to get things done. I can switch gears if need be but I cannot effectively do multiple things at once.  I would rather be thorough than feel scattered.  I see a lot of descriptions for jobs that include a “fast-paced” work environment, and I’d prefer a place where I can catch my breath and take breaks. This also would help me concentrate and finish projects more effectively.

While I enjoy helping people, I wouldn’t consider myself outgoing.  I enjoy sharing my ideas and take time to think things through.  I am detail-oriented, conscientious, and caring.  While I have worked in nonprofits for years, I am open to other types of organizations as long as the environment supports its employees.  I’d like to believe in the mission of the organization, too.

I have leadership experience, and I prefer to work in collaboration with others.  I have co-facilitated classes on personal growth and aspire to teach dance and art someday.

I am creative and artistic.  I am an excellent writer and editor.  My creativity also means that I enjoy tackling problems and creating new systems.  Sometimes I think the phrase “out of the box” is over-used, but it does describe me – I don’t like thinking in one way, and often I seek unusual solutions.

I don’t want a job that asks me to pretend and be someone I’m not.  The “fake it until you make it” philosophy doesn’t work for me.  I certainly can rise to the occasion when needed, but I can’t do it all the time.  I crave authenticity and honesty and would love to work with people who value these qualities as well. I am hard-working and dedicated when I believe in what I’m doing.

I love learning.  I am curious, passionate, and an excellent student.  Even if I don’t fit all your qualifications from the start, I thrive when challenged and learn quickly.

Thank you for your consideration.

Link roundup – 5/9

I was in major preparation mode for my first craft show yesterday, so I didn’t have time to post.  But here are a few links that I gathered this week:

One woman’s perspective on having multiple projects and jobs.  As someone who wants to find a creative way (or ways!) to make a living, I appreciate this.

It’s devastating to hear how much death and destruction the earthquake in Nepal caused.  It also damaged and destroyed ancient sacred religious sites, which have been part of people’s lives and rituals for over a thousand years.

 On millenials and mental health.

I’ve seen multiple people link to Emily McDowell’s empathy cards in the past week.  They’re worth reading – I find them poignant, sometimes funny, and they have a ring of truth to them.   I think they’re much more meaningful than a “get well soon.”