How I feel when applying for jobs

as I responded to my Ex who is “just trying to help”

Coding? No. I just edit files. I don’t code.

My SEO skills are different from the companies that sale SEO. My work pisses most of them off and they try to call it obsolete, because I use the format that is expected by search engines. I can do what they want, but it feels like I am playing dodge ball with 9 year olds, It’s like working a week with Trees of Houston and then going to a gym full of polo shirts and polo shorts staring at you while they curl to show YOU what they can do. It’s irritating.

What I do in AutoCAD leads to what you are calling blue prints. I don’t have an architects license or degree. That takes big money and lots of time to achieve. Though I can draw for an architect, have him inspect my work and then stamp it as his own work. There is a lot in that field I do not know. Structural design I know about 10%.  I can draw existing buildings by dimensions and make notes of existing appliances for permitting, but again, I have no license in that field either.

I am considering starting up my own fire alarm design team with a few APS certified people I know and working on getting my aps License. First I need nicet level III. I failed the level I because I froze up. 130 questions, 80 minutes to answer them I freaked out and spent 10 minutes on first question and ten minutes on second question. and then it got worse. I didn’t get answers wrong. i just couldn’t answer the last 30 questions. $120 or something like that each time you take the test. and well. I don’t have that kind of money right now to take again. If I get a person to stamp my drawings, I can ask for more for each drawing. I applied at a few places last week and got a response of “How about I pay you just draw them, I’ll sign them, and you’ll make more money”

So that could pan out. If I get more companies to do this, that way I am always busy.

Fact is, I cannot make less than I was making. I wasn’t making it. I was steadily getting further into debt. my car has been in the garage for a week because I don’t want it to get repossessed.

SO I have done a couple drawings for the guy and should be meeting up with him soon for payment. I charge almost $200 less than his other guy. So I doubt he will mess me over. That is if he wants me to do more drawings. and save him more money.

So I can’t be occupied by burger king working 60 hours a week for $8 an hour, I’d never get anything accomplished and I would still lose everything and be too busy to get anything real done.

How a designer deals with a lay off

How do I deal a lay off?

I guess I just post about what I can do and what I have to offer. As any resourceful person would do, they market their skills. Cut out the boss and charge below average fees.

such as fire alarm Templates for sale
As you scroll down the page you will see there are plenty of fire alarm blocks for sale. The more there is in the item, the more the cost. If you consider how much you charge an hour, how long it would take you to build the exact same thing and how often you can reuse the blocks, the prices are better than fair. I see no one else offering what I have built over the past 5 years, so I am offering this to the public.

And webdesign
I offer Building of websites, search engine optimization for existing websites and classified ads listings.
For the record, I built the website that has been holding the number one spot in Houston for “Houston Fire Alarm” in Google searches for the past 5 years. and I will have you know that in the beginning, Google was refusing that website because the last web site designer there used bad measures to get seen.

I have built websites for bands, for packaging companies, video gamers, news sites,shelving companies, hair salons, tactical gear sites and shirt designer and lots more. There isn’t a large list of companies that will stump me on website design.

If you are in Houston or anywhere in Texas and need someone to draw up a fire alarm system, message me below. We’ll work something out.

What do you do when the company closes?

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What do you do when the company closes?
When you start seeing people get laid off left and right, when you see them all dropping in large groups. When you hear customers calling about unreceived services, and you see a new bald patch on the boss’s head, do you duck cover and run? Do you wait it out and see if you are that one special person they want to keep? what would that mean? I mean, if they keep you and let EVERYONE else go. What does that say about you? Does this mean your work ethics are the strongest? Does this mean you are loyal? Or the scary side… Does it mean you are gullible? does it mean that all this time you have been working for less than everyone else and you are so cheap, keeping you will not be an issue? Is that bad? I mean if you were fine with it, and your pay doesn’t stop. Then you’re good to go. Right?

I say start backing up all of your personalized settings and tools, to your phone. then delete them off of the computer/server you have been using and prepare yourself to be ready when the ship fully submerges.

Start job hunting now. Think of everything you do there that no one else does, and consider those for points of interest on your job applications and resume. Also think of the things you love to do and explain how you can do those all day. Just remember, people pay you and value by the things that you do that they don’t want to do.. In this case, while you are freaking out to find a nice dry place to land, think of all of the crap that all of the employees always complained about having to do, and what they always came to you to get help with and make those your strong points on your resume.

For now, my choice is How a designer deals with a lay off.
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Pizza Delivery sucks

People really think there is a set total max to tip a pizza guy.
The same guy who goes out with his family and tips $20 on a meal for 5 people. Thinks the pizza guy is some sort of leech.
No one thinks about the gas the pizza guy just wasted getting to your house and back. The time it took to take care of your pizza and get it to your house without destroying it. He brings you pizza to feed an office building and you won’t even tip him 2%.
pizza delivery tips

I remember delivering pizza to the Compaq center in Houston Texas. bringing 45 pizzas to that place and getting tipped 75 cents. So mad… So mad.

Such scum.

I mean really. what investment does a waiter/waitress have in walking to a counter, grabbing your meal and bringing it to your table 20 feet away. As apposed to a guy that can not get insurance because no one wants to insure him, gas prices to the sky. Speed limits, traffic safety and watch out for your kids when making the corner ?? Why is he getting tipped less?

Truth about Pizza Delivery

Bad Time to be a pizza guy

Tips for the pizza guy

Job Listings is a Rough Market

careerbuilder

This site here started out as a free job listing site. But no one came. just a bunch of spammers. So I removed it and went with just what you see existing. I couldn’t figure out why people wouldn’t post. I now see. I am sure they saw how much it costs to post on other sites and figured “Nothing good is ever free”.

My intentions were to run free for everyone, and I would survive on the page views and sponsors. There was no way to explain all of that. So.. Here we are… There’s nothing to post here, but you can go elsewhere to run an add and only hire one person for just over $400.

The spam was insane. Those spam bots find you fast. and also it’s hard to get people to be the first to post on anything.
No matter what, just know that I think it’s nuts to have to pay $400 to post an employment add. Heck anything over $2 is madness. It’s just a job listing.
I mean really. If you had anything to fear, you just create a new email address spam@atsomewebhost.com or something and try your luck at getting an employee. I mean what if you are looking for a sales member? That means your sales are low and your income is reduced. last thing you should want to do is spend more money.

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Year in Review iworkwithpeople.com

Year in Review iworkwithpeople.com

Crunchy numbers

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

In 2012, there were 17 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 80 posts.

The busiest day of the year was October 30th with 46 views. The most popular post that day was Do you Play At Work?.

Attractions in 2012

These are the posts that got the most views in 2012.

 

2011 Report

Is Unemployement on a rise or decline?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Unemployment isn’t as well off as the Local news says it is.

 National Unemployment Rates, 2008 – 2012 Official Government website.

unemployment rates
unemployment rates


From the way it looks, unemployment is on a decline from last year and the year before. But (for those years unemployment was on an insane increase. but now, the unemployment rate is finally dropping down less than it has been for the past 4 years and no where near where it was in 2008.

Now why would the local news say that unemployment is at “all time low” ?
There is no telling. but one can speculate.
2008 5.0 4.9 5.1 5.0 5.4 5.6 5.8 6.1 6.1 6.5 6.8 7.3
2009 7.8 8.3 8.7 8.9 9.4 9.5 9.5 9.6 9.8 10.0 9.9 9.9
2010 9.7 9.8 9.8 9.9 9.6 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.5 9.5 9.8 9.4
2011 9.1 9.0 8.9 9.0 9.0 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.0 8.9 8.7 8.5
2012 8.3 8.3 8.2 8.1 8.2 8.2 8.3 8.1 7.8 7.9 7.7 n/a
So what exactly is all of the lying for ?
Local news NBC is saying that unemployment is at an all time low. Truth is, it’s just lower than the majority of Obama’s term.

unemployment2008-2012
unemployment2008-2012

Walmart Thanksgiving 2012

Walmart thanksgiving 2012
Walmart thanksgiving 2012

Every year, all Walmart employees are required to work through Thanksgiving. This is in preparation for the after-Thanksgiving-sale called “black Friday”. The employees show up, the store gets locked down and the trucks roll in with all of the merchandise that is to be set out on the floors for the morning rush.
It’s a holiday tradition in the United states. It motivates sales.Motivates giving and assures many people will get a present for Christmas, because the prices are so low.

2012 There has been a huge announcement of a walkout and a strike that is supposed to happen at all Walmart locations across the United States because of employees having to work for the holiday.

All Walmart employees know that Walmart does not allow worker Unions come into their company. And well, the worker’s Unions do not like that. For many years, the worker’s Unions have tried many underhanded deceptive tricks to get into Walmart. Usually they buy out some neswpaper columnist and get a hoopla going about angry employees that never existed. This time they used Facebook and twitter and other social media sites with Image memes to create a false outrage. This year it looked like it was about to happen.

What the unions did here is they created a fake protest. and tried to motivate employees of walmart to walk out on the job. If this would have happened, they would have lead the employees to call for Unions. These people tried to create an anger and disgruntlement where anger and disgruntlement were not. Like the bully at school trying to get two kids to fight by whispering in both of their ears ‘Awe did you hear what he just said? I wouldn’t take that”. If this is not a sign that worker Unions are deceptive, then I don’t know how to make you see.

The way you know this is a union scam to try and make Walmart budge, is no one wanted to help the gas station attendants. They work every year. every holiday. even when everything is closed in the country, the gas station is right there. Because you have to get home that day.

2012 Thanksgiving at Walmart
2012 Thanksgiving at Walmart

Well that picture is from the walmart in Humble Texas. No one on strike. Employees excited for the food in the back being prepared for them and the higher pay (holiday pay). So if mainstream news shows any different, then you at least two things to go by because that picture was taken today at approximately 11:57 . 3 minutes to noon. See anyone on strike?

It seems the internet gung-ho hipster jump on the bandwagon and defend the people, groups care more about solving this fake issue than the actual employees who are excited about double pay, and excessive amounts of food and low customer count (since everyone is with family right now) they get for working today.

Walmart Walk out You say?

walmart walkout

Walmart and Target and many store the like, will be performing walk outs on Thanksgiving. The idea is to announce that the employees should have the holidays off and that it is un-American to force them to work on thanksgiving.

I have a problem with this walk out.
I worked a few years in a gas station. and no.. we never got Thanksgiving or Christmas off.
and I know for a fact, that at least 20% of these walk out people, will be in a gas station on thanksgiving. They will be getting the stuff they can’t get at a closed walmart, or target, or grocery store. Meanwhile, so will every single one of their customers.
ONE CASHIER to handle all of those customers.

This cashier, his pay doesn’t go up. There may be a holiday pay, but there isn’t a raise. and his whole family knows that he is the only person who either cares more about his job than family, has a crappy job, is broke and worthless.

If you organize a walk out that makes sense, like gas station cashiers walk out every time the gas prices get so high it takes him three days to pay for a tank of gas to work for a week, then.. and only then will I help support a walk out such as Thanksgiving selfish hissyfits.

To me, this sounds like people are forcing Walmart to accept Unions.

So, if this happens. Please don’t talk about how sucky it is that the guy behind the counter has to work. Give the man a dollar. and yes I say man because in the nine years I worked for a chain of gas stations, all of the guys had to work holidays, I could call any of the 28 stores in our chain, and it was all guys at all of the stores. So tip the dude. Give him food, tell him happy Thanksgiving.

Hostess Closes, Unemployment climbs

Not just the Hostess factories/bakeries. We have to think of the vendors and the delivery drivers, the warehouse workers and and their families.
The businesses who depend on serving their customers that one item they look forward to when they get their coffee and gas in the morning. The gas stations will feel a hit from this. Not everyone wants Mrs Baird’s. Mrs Baird’s treats their products differently, and their products taste different. Who wants a Zinger instead of a twinkie? I mean if you want a twinkie, you want a twinkie, and a zinger just won’t do the job

This has now become a Mrs Baird’s monopoly by default.