10 Things I Hate About Looking for Jobs

Applying for jobs is no fun, especially given our current economic climate. Why? Because if you’re looking for work, you’re either (1) unemployed, (2) unhappy in your current position, or (3) self-employed and panicking because something happened that dried up your main source of income (not that I would know personally or anything).

None of those situations are a cause for celebration, but the process of finding, applying to, and interviewing for jobs can kill the hopes of even the most optimistic job seekers. WHY does it have to be so complicated to find a place to work? Seriously, if you know, please fill me in.

Anyway, here are 10 things I despise when it comes to job searching, coming from my perspective as a searcher AND as a former manager:

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Why I Love My Roth IRA

This post is part of the Roth IRA Account Movement happening all across the personal finance blogosphere today. Never fear - the post is still written by me and it’s not an advertisement or anything. Just a well-timed post that I’ve been planning to write anyway.

So, retirement. Are you ready for it? Scared of it? Pretending it’s nothing to worry about? For a long time, I was an avoider - I was in my early 20s, fresh out of graduate school, and the LAST thing on my mind was how I’d pay for things when I got old. I mean, sure, I signed up for a 401(k) at my first job, but I ended up cashing it out when I left the company. Same thing happened at my second job.

In late 2010 when I decided to stop being an idiot, I knew I needed to come up with a solution for my retirement problems. First, I needed an account that could stay with me no matter where I worked. (Don’t judge me - job hopping is very common among my age group AND in my career field.) Second, I needed something I understood - all the company-sponsored retirement plans were run by dowdy old people who looked like they were just waiting for me to sign up so they could retire. They weren’t the least bit interested in explaining how things worked.

Enter the Roth IRA - the best way (in my opinion) to save for retirement.

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How to Decorate Your Home Without Overspending

When I got divorced in 2009, I had a lot of ideas for decorating my new home. So many, in fact, that I kept a huge stack of catalogs covered in Post-It flags, just waiting for the moment when I could purchase all the items of my dreams. The problem? I was losing my ex’s income, severely limiting the amount of free money I had to spend on things like home decor.

Since I didn’t use credit cards to pay for my purchases, it feels like it has taken FOREVER to make the house look decent. After all, I didn’t want a repeat of the $12,000 sofa fiasco. Now that I’ve lived here for about 2 1/2 years, though, I’m finally almost done. And thanks to the shows on channels like HGTV (that normally would have tempted me to overspend), I managed to figure out the rules for decorating on a budget.

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Weekend Randomness: Hunger Games Edition

I’ve been kind of MIA for the last 2 weeks, and I apologize. Too much going on and not enough time in the day, blah blah blah. Thanks to those of you who have kept visiting despite the lack of amazing content lately.

Jayden and I are going to see The Hunger Games today! We are both huge fans of the trilogy, so we can’t wait to find out how the first movie stacks up against the books. I’m hoping it’s as good as it looks - we don’t go to the movies very often (maybe 1-2 times a year), so I don’t want this one to be a waste of time and money!

Other Random Happenings

Yet another change to my comment system. I’ve really weighed out the pros and cons of using a third party comment system here on the blog. I changed from Disqus to Livefyre, but many of you still had trouble commenting. And while I love the third party systems, you guys come first. So I’m using the old school WordPress comments now - you put in your name and email address, and your comment appears. So if you’ve had trouble leaving a response before, try it out now! It’s ugly but it’s easy to use.

My cousin’s finances make me want to scream. Remember my cousin? The one who’s in basic training and left me to take care of his bills? Yeah, that’s going okay. Except for the fact that I keep getting new bills for crap I didn’t know about, so every time I think he’ll have some extra money, I have to use it. It’ll be straightened out before he comes home in June, though!

I survived the Apple Store. It was really hard not to fall under the spell of the shiny iDevices, but I managed to get my phone fixed without buying anything. The employee who worked on my phone was an older man, probably in his sixties. He told me that working for Apple was the best sales job he’s ever had “because I don’t really have to sell anything - people just come in and beg us to take their money!” Made me LOL.

I have a secret! I did something really cool this past week, but I’m not allowed to tell you about it yet. And it’s driving me insane not to be able to say anything, but I made a promise. So I’ll just tease you with a vague statement about something awesome coming in the next month or two.

You guys rock! Thanks for all the supportive comments on Tuesday’s post. I’m really struggling with the amount of BS I can handle, but I’m trying to remember that not everyone is a troll. I don’t want things to get boring around here; I just have to make some decisions about how much I want to share and how to share it from now on. I’m considering an email list for people who want the more personal information - let me know what you think.

Anyway, that’s what’s going on with me…. What’s new with you? Anything fun happening this weekend?