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Quick Hello!

Hi!  I just wanted to take a moment to assure you that I am alive and I have not abandoned my blog.  However, I am not working over the Summer so I don’t have any blog worthy outfits to share with you.

To make up for it, here is a rundown of my week:

Monday: Got up early to do some online training to become an SAT Essay scorer. 🙂  About 6 hours of training.

Tuesday: Continued with my online training, and completed my certification.  I passed.  Went grocery shopping in the afternoon.

Wednesday: Volunteer at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens with my old pals and went to lunch with them after.  Then, made a short trip to the mall for my mother-in-laws birthday present.

Thursday: Slept in.  (9am) Ran 5 miles.  Hung out around the house.

Friday: Volunteered at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens.

In the evenings, I spent time with my husband watching YouTube videos, tormenting the cat, and watching TV.

Exciting, huh?

That’s it for me.  I’ll try to have some outfit posts for you, soon.

-Carla

I have mentioned that school is out for the Summer and I am actively seeking work.  I am investigating all opportunities— part-time work for the Summer only, full-time work for the Summer, and full-time opportunities for the Summer and beyond (potentially to replace teaching).  I have written about the importance of interview attire, but let’s back up a step.

Before you can even land an interview you have to spend time looking for jobs.  I use word-of-mouth and look for “Help Wanted” or “We’re Hiring” signs at places I go— especially for part-time jobs in retail or restaurants.  I also use many of the different online job boards:

In addition to those job boards, I will periodically check all of the 2-year colleges and 4-year universities in my area.  This is a very time-consuming process.  When people say that looking for a job can be a full-time job in and of itself, they aren’t kidding!  While looking at the job boards I will either bookmark jobs that I am interested in or open them in another tab.  Once I have a handful, I start the application process.

I try to have two or three versions of my resume on hand that works well for different positions— my teaching resume lists all of my teaching positions, both of my degrees, information about the professional organizations that I belong to, and just one or two of my other work experience.  My restaurant or retail resume lists all of my restaurant and retail experience and only some of my teaching positions.  I don’t bother to take up space listing my professional organizations or my sub license because it’s not relevant.  After entering in all of that information into their form and attaching a resume you will most likely be asked to submit a cover letter.

Although you can have somewhat of a boilerplate cover letter, it is important to make sure that you are customizing it for the position.  If they are asking for someone with skills like multi-tasking, leadership, customer service, and computer programs you want to address which of those skills that you have.  If you don’t have all of them, it’s OK but you don’t want to spend time waxing poetic about your experience with implementing change if it is not applicable to the position.
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The other IMPERATIVE item is that your materials (cover letter & resume) be free of any spelling errors or grammar mistakes.  You might get a pass if you have one minute issue, but there’s no way of knowing!  Especially if there is a lot of competition for the job.  There is nothing worse than saying that you are detail-oriented and then having inconsistencies in the formatting of your materials or representing yourself poorly with silly mistakes.  Try to have as many people look over your resume as possible to help you get rid of any of those items.  If you don’t have anyone that you trust, check out a site like Grammarly.

-Carla

This post was proofread by Grammarly.

 

My “Running” Essentials, a graphic

Anatomy of a Good Run

I am a runner.  Well, that may be an over-statement.  I am a jogger.  Yeah, that’s better.  I am not a great, or even good, jogger.  But, I jog, therefore I am.  I hear a lot of people talk about a “runner’s high” and I am still trying to experience that.  Everyday that I run jog is a struggle.  I don’t have great stamina or speed.  But, I am working on it and I try to go at least 3 times a week for the calorie burn and the health benefits that it offers.  Let’s talk about my running essentials!

  1. Sunglasses!  These don’t need to be anything fancy—they are just there to keep the sun and wind out of your eyes.  In fact, it’s probably better if they aren’t fancy because they are going to get knocked around, sweaty, and potentially lost!
  2. BB Cream.  No, I don’t make it a practice to wear makeup to the gym, but a BB Cream is a great option because it can give you a bit of coverage, but more importantly this one has an SPF of 30.  If you live in a very sunny climate, or are very skin-conscientious I would recommend using sunscreen all over.
  3. A cute work-out outfit.  This is a must!  I think that clothing is important (obviously) and having cute workout clothes will help you overcome your excuses for not wanting to go.  Plus, you should love yourself enough to invest in appropriate gear.  I buy inexpensive t-shirts from Walmart so I can splurge on my pants.  I fell in love with Old Navy’s compression crops.  Specifically the ones with a high-rise waist.  It’s like wearing Spanx.  (You should not underestimate the power of feeling slim in your workout gear.)
  4. Running shoes.  This one may seem obvious, but I used to just wear any ‘ol sneakers that I bought at KMart or Walmart for $15 bucks.  That may be all well and good, but if you want to be a serious runner jogger then you have to get the right gear!  Plus, a great pair of running shoes should last you at least 600 miles, or approximately 200 3-mile runs.  If I run 10 miles a week, that’s 60 weeks/15 months/one year and 3 months.  It’s worth it!  I have to give mad props to my husband because he picked out and bought these awesome shoes for me for my birthday all by himself.
  5. Water bottle.  When I jog outside I don’t take a water bottle with me.  If I go to the gym and use the treadmill I do, however.  If you want to take water with you, I actually recommend a 16.9 oz. bottle of water because it is lightweight and not overly cumbersome.
  6. Headphones.  Listening to music really helps me to keep a good pace.  I have a playlist of upbeat songs specifically curated for working out that I found online.  Also, I like to use the runkeeper app to help me track my distance and time.  Runkeeper is great because it easily syncs with myfitnesspal and with the swipe of my finger I can share my workout on Facebook and Twitter.  I mean, if you are one of those people.  The ones in the photo are just the standard Apple ones and I hate them.  They are really uncomfortable.  The best ones I ever had for working out were Bose in-ear headphones.  They were about $100 and were so comfortable to wear that I wore them out and need to replace them.
  7. Hairbands.  These help keep my hair out of my face.  Skip them if you don’t have hair.

My run yesterday wasn’t as good as I had hoped.  The weather hasn’t been great lately so I have been working out in the gym.  I was super-psyched to run outside yesterday and I had high hopes for my pacing since I didn’t workout Sunday.  But, I tried to improve 2 metrics at the same time: stamina (length of time that I jog) and speed (how fast I move).  Because I started out faster, I burned out sooner than I usually do!  Then, it was a struggle for me to toggle between jogging and walking just to complete my 3.2 mile jog in 38:56.  Previously, I had been focusing on jogging the first mile before taking a walk break.  I think that next time I need to work on stamina OR speed, but not both at the same time because that was a failure.  My last 3.2 mile run outside was 39:52, so I was faster but it was rough going.

This week is the fifth week that I have been back to eating right and the 4th week that I have been working out with regularity.  I am hoping to be down 5 lbs. by the end of next week and I think that I am on track to make it.  I will be updating you on my progress in two weeks for my New Year’s Resolutions, so stay tuned!

-Carla