Tag Archive | "job search"

Day 209 — Looking for Success

Thursday, November 5, 2009


When I read online dating profiles, I don’t really know what I’m looking for. I just know it when I read it. I spend about as much time reading them as I imagine recruiters spend reading resumes—about 30 seconds. Like a hiring manager, I’m looking for someone that grabs my attention. It could be the […]

Day 208 — Pop Thoughts

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


While walking to my temp job, I passed a man in overhauls blowing leaves (n0, not with his lips) into the street along Wisconsin Avenue. Almost immediately, I had a pop thought. When he attended kindergarten and his teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, do you think he said, […]

Day 207 — A Perfect Email Cover Letter

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Just when I thought I had the email cover letter and interview down pat, along comes a new style guide that tells me I’m doing it all wrong. I had no idea that I shouldn’t address the interviewer by his last name if I can’t pronounce it. According to this style guide, you should “simply […]

Day 206 — Ann Revs Up for Vegas!

Monday, November 2, 2009


I go to my temp job. I take care of my kids. I feed the cats. But this month, my alto ego emerges when I slip on a mini skirt, a bust-grabbing shirt, and over-the-knee-high boots, and dream of a new career to carry me into retirement. Think of it. The lights. The glamour. The […]

Day 204 — Scary Jobs

Friday, October 30, 2009


Let’s get the mortician, embalmer and grave digger out of the way and get to a really scary job—department store Santa. Hot merry velvet red suit, scratchy fake beard and evacuation-long lines of children who are herded by their stressed-out parents to sit on Santa’s lap in a massive throne chair. Think of it from […]

Day 196 — Honesty Is Best

Monday, October 19, 2009


Job-posting boards go beyond telling us who’s hiring for what. They give us advice about how to makeover our resumes, write cover letters and prep for an in-person interview. There always seems to be the top 10 do’s and don’ts. I spend too much time thinking about potential questions on a job application and contemplate […]

Day 182 — Pick Me!

Friday, October 2, 2009


High open rates for email often define the success of e-marketeers. It begins with the subject line, which is the first thing a recipient sees. They toy with length and angst over words. They strive to turn impersonal email into a personal message with words that they hope will resonate with recipients so they open […]

Day 178 — Find Your Saddle

Monday, September 28, 2009

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VH1 has created a trashy takeoff of ABC’s The Bachelor, called Real Chance of Love, Back in the Saddle. (Remember, I watch so you don’t have to.) Real and Chance are the names of two rap artists looking for love down grand canyons of cleavage. I swear the girls possess 90 percent of the world’s […]

Day 167 — Over-Rated Words

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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If I read one more online dating profile about a man seeking a woman of adventure, I’m going to croak. [audio:http://www.girlonthebrink.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/frog.mp3] I told you so. Adventure is as overused in dating profiles, as the word multitasking is in job descriptions. Whether you’re in the market for a new job or love life, potential partners in […]

Day 160 1/2 — Manifesto of the Idle Workers of the World

Saturday, September 5, 2009


ANN’S NOTE: I decided to post the manifesto early given the outpouring of support and response I received from my appearance on the Fox Business Happy Hour yesterday. Tune in to NPR affiliate the Louisiana Radio Network at 10:45 AM EST on Labor Day to hear me speak more about it. Read the manifesto through […]