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Where's my Sideways Path to a Magic World?

Just when I start getting my notifications for comments again, LJ is attacked. I've managed to load the firs page of my friendslist once today. *sigh* I miss you folks!

So, I went to a job interview today. I'm not holding my breath for the results; it's in an area of law that I have no experience in. However, the ladies I was talking to seemed comfortable that I could do the work, so I'm not writing it off either. Of course, last time I was looking intensively, one lawyer told me he was certain I could do the job--and that there were another 25 people he was sure could do the job who he'd also interviewed.

Then I get home and read:

Just in his mid-20s, Brian Deschane has no college degree, very little management experience and two drunken-driving convictions.

Yet he has landed an $81,500-per-year job in Gov. Scott Walker's administration overseeing environmental and regulatory matters and dozens of employees at the Department of Commerce. Even though Walker says the state is broke and public employees are overpaid, Deschane already has earned a promotion and a 26% pay raise in just two months with the state.  

The rest of the story is here:  http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/noquarter/119159584.html  The author's theory is that he got the job because his father donated big time to the Walker campaign.  Even without knowing about his father's deep pockets, with all the unemployed people out there, I'd have trouble believing he was the most qualified applicant.


In better news, tomorrow I get to go vote.  Here's hoping the people who stayed home when Walker got elected have realized that voting matters. 

A girl's gotta dream.


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Apr. 7th, 2011 09:05 am (UTC)
Best wishes on the job interviews. It's ridiculous how bad it is right now, especially for how long you've been looking.

Apr. 7th, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The one interview went well, I think, but they had other people to interview, and I won't hear for a week, at least.

How are things going with your job?
Apr. 9th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
The job is not going well. The Powers That Be decided to restructure our team, and that's fine, it was a long time coming to bring us in line with the rest of the area we are in. But no one seriously looked at our work that we do in depth and looked at how it would be broken into the new teams. They just decided "x work will be done by A team" in general so now the 2 of us in our new area are slammed constantly (having the change right before end of the financial year didn't help).

My manager has come up with a new idea and I think it's going to make things harder short term but I can't really say anything because then I would appear negative, not to mention that I don't have any alternatives to offer.

The only positive is that I do feel that I have support from my team leader and my manager where we are now, and our current team does try to help where they can.
Apr. 9th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
Some of "appearing negative" is the language you use; you might want to tell the team leader and the manager (together or separately, whichever you think would work better in your corporate environment) that you believe these changes, while they may help in the long run, will impact the year-end work due to x, y, and z. Then tell them you wanted to discuss it with them so that together you can find ways to eliminate or reduce that impact. If you can find even a tiny suggestion or two that might help (or at least that shifts things around in a way that won't hurt) you can offer them for consideration as potential partial solutions.

Then you are identifying a problem proactively, and offering to be part of the solution. That's much more useful than apologizing for the problem retroactively, as if it's your fault.

If any suggestion you have would have some negative consequences, pick the best one or two, and offer it/them, along with the information that that it has pros and cons, and list them. Then, at least, you are showing that you are thinking about solutions even if you have not come up with a good one yet.

If they want to talk further right then, of course, do it. Otherwise thank them for their time and reiterate (in whatever words work for them) that you're on their team. Then get right back to work, so if they want to discuss something further, you're industriously at work when they come to find you.

If you can start the talk by citing a change you think is helping, or by saying that you think this change that could be a problem short term will help long term, start with that. It never hurts to start with something positive, so long as it's accurate.

Oh--another thing that helps one seem positive is to appear positive. How does your posture, facial expression, and tone of voice compare to your colleagues? Your clothes? There may be something subtle that you can do--smiling more or less, meeting their gaze or not (this factor is very culturally dependent, and often varies by gender as well as culture), squaring your shoulders, not fidgeting, using a slightly closer or farther "personal space" when talking to supervisors and peers--that changes how they react to you without changing what you're saying. Your clothes also send a message about your professionalism in many corporations, as well as your willingness to be a team player.

I'm not particularly good at this, and we're in different countries, so you need to do a good bit of this research on your own or find a mentor there who can help you figure out if there is something in the way of your nonverbal communication that you can change to help you be seen as a professional and a team player. From here, all I can do is tell you the sorts of things to look for.

And wish you luck, of course! But I always do that.
Apr. 16th, 2011 09:02 am (UTC)
I wanted to say thank you for this. I can't find any alternative ways out of this bad spot, but they are hiring more and will be training more people. It's a start. But I do appreciate what you've said, it's something for me to keep in mind for the (near) future.
Apr. 16th, 2011 09:07 am (UTC)
You're very welcome. I hope you can find something to help how you are perceived in your job, as well as to get to a position where you feel more confident that you are doing competent and efficient work. One's job is always more enjoyable when you feel you are doing good work and you are appreciated!

In the meantime, this month's Muse Fusion has started--you're welcome to stop by and leave a prompt or question or three.
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