Difficult

The last two or three weeks have been difficult. They’ve been stressful. I started a new job, and I began riding the bus to and from said job. The summer bus schedule is limited, so scheduling my day hasn’t been easy. More frequent busses starting on Monday will help.

I’ve been going to physical therapy on Mon. and Wed. evenings. It’s really helping, but it’s a drain on my time. Only two or three more sessions though.

And then, of course, there were extra rehearsals prior to Gen Con. That was another stressor. We’ll dance at the 4th Street Arts Festival, but prep for that will be less intense.

Another thing is-I started blogging on behalf of IT Training for weareiu.com. I got a little stressy about getting started with that new role. I’ve published two posts, and a third is in the works. All is good on that front.

So August has been a bit too much!

But things are winding down a little now. I’m feeling a little calmer.

I’d better enjoy my weekend though since classes start in Monday. I’m only taking one class that meets on Fridays, but that will be enough to crazy up my life again.

I must remind myself to breath deeply and slowly.

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Book Review-Job Interviewers: Get Inside Their Heads

Job Interviewers: Get Inside Their Heads written by Jack Dermody is the type of book I would buy because it looks like the ideas in it are solid. It’s also the type of book that I don’t make good use of because I just don’t like to stop and the do the exercises. I listened to the audiobook, but skipped the work, so this review is not a reflection of the full experience.

Audiobook cover for Job Interviewers: Get Inside Their HeadsThe idea behind the book is that when preparing for a job interview you should put the focus on your interviewers instead of yourself. The book  shows you how  to design your interview answers to align with your interviewers’ values—not yours.

Dermody breaks down the world  into the four classic personality types to make it easier for you to understand who you might be talking to in an interview. I don’t know if I believe that the world should be simplified like this, but it is an interesting take.

Dermody also suggests you  take the personality test to see what type you are. You can find the test at http://jackdermody.com/free-survey. The idea is that you look at qualities, good and bad, that go along with your personality type and play up the positive during the interview. I have mixed feelings about this because I think you need to be yourself in an interview. They’re either going to like you or not. If you get the job, they’ll eventually find out what you’re really like. At that point, you may prove to be a bad fit for the position. They won’t be happy and neither will you.

You might wonder how you can know the personality types of the people who are interviewing you. Dermody says that since you can’t know this you must make sure you address the values of all the types when you answer interview questions. He then provides some exercises to help you formulate those answers based on lists of the questions each personality type is likely to ask.

This book asks you to do a lot of work. I didn’t do the work, but I should. It would probably give me some deeper insights into myself and boost my confidence for the next job interview.

The bottom line is that you should probably prepare yourself to do your best in a job interview. This book could help. I don’t recommend the audiobook because the narrator sounds like an authority figure type from the 1950s. Also, you’re probably less likely to do the work if you don’t have the hard copy in front of you.

Happy job hunting!

NaNo Yes or No?

I’ve been feeling the urge to write something substantial. I want to work on something, really work.

I want to develop a writing practice. The problem is, I don’t know if I can muster up the discipline.

So I’m thinking I’ll try NaNoWriMo for the umpteenth time. And maybe this time I’ll think of it as a start. The start of living the life I want to live. I’ve always thought I was supposed to be a writer, maybe it’s time to move from thinking to doing.

This sketch might be symbolic of something if you want it to be. Maybe I’ll call it “No Time to Lose.”

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