A Reverse Resume

To relax from my exciting day in Charlotte (post + pics coming once my husband comes home and gives me the card reader back), I am staying in for the night and reading blogs and the 20sb forums. I came across Elysa’s website, Genpink, and let me just say, ten posts in and I just love her style. I came across this guest post titled Refresh Your Resume: Four Alternative Resumes to Invigorate Your Job Search and it really got me to thinking about my resume. It’s your standard education, 3 most relevant jobs, professional groups/activities/awards Microsoft Word published document. Her advice is to try a video resume, or a slideshow resume, neither of which would work for me as they would feel awkward. Especially the video resume. I feel like the incarnation of the word derp when I have a video camera trained on me. A creative portfolio might work… if I had an impressive collection of work to show off, which I do not really have, and the few unrelated press releases and flyers I’ve done doesn’t even impress me. However, the Reverse Resume really caught my attention because it breaks all the rules of regular resumes. No bullet points, no centered name and firstandlastnameonly@email.com addresses! Just a chance to be real and say exactly what you WANT from you next job, not squeezing yourself into what...

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Shopping Without Dropping

I need some new work clothes, and especially shoes. I’ve quite literally worn holes in two of my go-to pairs: one pair of black ankle booties, and one pair of Kenneth Cole Reaction ballet flats. This is the time for deals, when stores want to put out their enticing new spring line and they have to mark down the old stuff. However, I am always so chilly that I’ll still wear the cool weather gear through April at least. My laziness today is why there are only links, no images. http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=8557890020002&cid=49526 http://www.charlotterusse.com/product/index.jsp?productId=10850228&cp=4078198.4335463 http://www.anntaylorloft.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=29333&categoryId=3364&pCategoryId=null&productVariantId=230659&quantity=1&itemGUID=1015bda3c0a8656e00880088a1c0c43d&sizeType=Regular&color=Strawberry%20Red&size=M http://www.anntaylorloft.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=29762&categoryId=3364&pCategoryId=null&productVariantId=233732&quantity=1&itemGUID=100e0953c0a8656e0088008891fdde6a&sizeType=Regular&color=Lunar%20Grey&size=M http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/brandswomen/212collection/PRD~781263/212+Collection+Floral+Mesh+Top.jsp (in red) http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/career/sweaters/PRD~692111/Apt+9+Ribbed+Sweater+Set.jsp (in red or lavender) http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/cardigans/PRD~680515/Apt+9+CableKnit+Flyaway+Cardigan.jsp (dark gray) http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/cardigans/PRD~739288/Simply+Vera+Vera+Wang+MockLayer+Cardigan.jsp (in hot pink!) http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/cardigans/PRD~699337/Croft+and+Barrow+CableKnit+Cardigan.jsp (in light blue) http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/tops/shirtsblouses/PRD~766140/axcess+Medallion+Mesh+Top.jsp (in blue) http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/tops/shirtsblouses/PRD~723984/Apt+9+Floral+Sublimation+Top.jsp http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/dresses/trends/partydresses/PRD~720403/Suite+7+Asymmetrical+Tiered+Taffeta+Dress.jsp (in blue) For my fancy party in March! Wow, I really need to go ahead and quit there. I have virtually spend probably $200-400 just there, I am sure. I’ll sit on that list and probably get a few things next week. I am going to Charlotte this weekend for a few cases of Three Buck Chuck for the aforementioned fancy party, an obligatory Ikea trip, and a stop by a fabric emporium that my quilting enthusiast road trip buddy wants to stop by. Just FYI, Charles Shaw Shiraz is fantastic. The pinot grigio is hit or miss for me, depending on my mood, but that Shiraz always hits the spot....

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Dreaming About Doing It My Way

I have always had an entrepreneurial streak in me since I was a kid. Around age eight, my friend Katie and I were obsessed with making beaded necklaces. We made endless amounts of them, even going so far as to take apart other necklaces when we ran out of beads and made new ones from the remnants. One day we realized that we were getting overwhelmed with beaded necklaces, more than we could fathom to ever wear. Our moms were tired of the constant “presents” and we decided that clearly, we needed to sell these bad boys. They would certainly fetch top dollar in the right market, so we went with a street fair approach to begin with, quite literally. We hauled our wares out to the side of the busy street that I lived on and jumped up and down with our signs that said HAND MADE JEWELRY FOR SALE! and yelled the same thing. When our first customer pulled over to see what our sign said, we got excited, but kept our distance as not to scare him away. I remember the young guy rolling down his window, leaning out the window and lifting his sunglasses to squint at our sign. “Man, I thought ya’ll were doing a car wash or somethin,” he said and peeled off. My dad came running out of the front door to...

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Pinking About Something

If you came home from a weekend away to find your significant other had painted your front door hot pink… or sky blue… would you be pleasantly surprised or mad? (Photo credit: www.akmasters.com) (image removed, will replace with a more cropped version) But imagine that the white screen door was replaced with a clear glass Energy Star certified door with a white frame. Or maybe a black frame. Either way, just imagine that you can see the entire front door in an awesome hot pink, or sky blue, or possible a deep teal color. I just can’t decide if the husband will be irritated at a hot pink door. Blue, I think he could handle, but… hot pink. I love hot pink. He knows this. I am working on priming it now so pics to come… whichever way I go!   Update on 2/2/11: He still hasn’t noticed the hot pink door. What can I say, when he finally does notice it, at least I’ll be able to say, “Well, it must not be that bad, it took you X days to realize it was hot...

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Point, Shoot, Throw

Since when are point and shoot cameras considered “kind of disposable”? My orange Olympus Stylus 830 that my husband got me in October of 2007 won’t work anymore because the xD card reader got screwed up from particles scratching the reader. Then he recommended that I just buy a new camera, because it would be easier and cheaper than getting the current one repaired. He said that point and shoots aren’t made to last very long, and they What?? That makes me mad on so many levels. That is one of the the problems with the world today, that technology can and should be replaced instead of repaired. I can’t say that I am helping, being that I wanted a camera that worked, and I wanted it sooner than later, but still. I do plan to contact my husband’s friends that own a camera shop in town and ask them if they would look at my camera and see if they could repair it for a decent price, then I’ll either keep it as a backup, resell it, or give it to my mom to use to take pictures of her dogs. While not reducing, it is reusing, so I can still sleep at night, knowing that I’m not killing the Earth too much more because of my camera dilemma. The red one pictured above is the one that...

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Kitchens I <3

These are some kitchens that I have added a star to in my Google Reader. I thought that this would be a good way to round all of them up in one spot to see if there are any trends amongst these pictures. These are from the past year and a half or so, and this is just some of the pictures that caught my eye again tonight. All of the pictures link back to the original post that I got them from (if not, please let me know!) I have been waiting many years to design my own kitchen, and I am currently socking away $300 a month towards my dream kitchen. Maybe very soon it can become a reality, as my current kitchen is so ugly it makes you wonder if the woman that lived here before us wasn’t blind. But on with the beauty pageant…                                     Ooooh,...

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Why I started blogging

This isn’t my first blog, but it is the first one that I am going to try and keep up with long term. I have blogged publicly, and not so publicly, since the early 2000’s, when Xanga was cool amongst the more computer literate of us in high school. Then, it was like writing a mass note to your friends without having to scribble it on paper and keep up with it until the next class started. Then it wasn’t cool, then I was so busy writing for academic purposes during colleges that writing anything else was out of the question. It was during this time (2003-2008) that blogging became as vital to the marketing and public relations toolkit as a press release or a good logo. Blogs are a way to keep your clients, consumers, and interested parties even more involved with the company than ever before. Blogs are  informal, available round the clock, and hopefully chock full of the information that the viewer wants. I wish that I would have kept up with blogging, because if I had, I’d have a great portfolio chock full of writing samples. Now I am struggling to start blogging again, whereas my more competitive peers have their own URLs and fancily designed pages that they probably coded and designed the graphics for themselves. Keeping up with an organization’s social media output...

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Continuing Education

Last spring, when I was contemplating my two year anniversary at the data entry job at a large national bank (that I hated), I decided to beef up my resume with some continuing education through the nearby community college. I had skills listed on my resume that in good conscience shouldn’t have even been there, but in my desperation to leave the bank as quickly as possible the skills stayed put. I figured that these classes would level out the reality of the situation. I started off by taking Event Planning, which is a simple class that I already knew most of the basics of, which was a good way to start back into school. I hadn’t had to use my brain in an academic sense in almost two years at that point, but I dove in enthusiastically. I learned some of the finer points of event planning, and some timelines that I may not have thought of on my own. Upon completion of this course, I printed out my certificate, added it to my resume, and began browsing for more classes. I was addicted to learning in a way that I was never able to be in college, what with having to split my focus between five classes, which 75% of the time, I didn’t even want to take. Now, I could design my learning in a way...

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Gno turning back

I was at work last week looking for something new and interesting to make over the weekend. Right on the front page of allrecipes.com was this little gem called ricotta gnocchi. I’ve wanted to try gnocchi since I took Italian in college and we had an Italian food day. Some go-getter in the class made potato gnocchi and I didn’t get a taste before the servings ran out. My gnocchi curiosity had lain dormant until I saw a menu for a new restaurant in Columbia I wanted to try. They had gnocchi on the menu, and I have planned to go but never made it. So, I took a weekend alone in the house and turned it into a gnocchi fest. The recipe follows, except the one change I noted: Ricotta Gnocchi Ingredients Gnocchi: 1 (8 ounce) container ricotta cheese 2 eggs 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 cup all-purpose flour, or as needed **(I needed two 1/4 ish cups, but then again I’m in the South and it was 90 degrees yesterday) Sauce: 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 (15.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes 1 dash crushed red pepper flakes (optional) 6 basil leaves, finely shredded Salt and pepper to taste 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into small chunks Directions Stir together the...

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April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.

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