Aaron Sorkin quit Facebook too!

June 23, 2011

Congrats Aaron. We hope you keep it up.

Happy Pride!

June 12, 2011

Pride month always provides a bevy of news about progress (or lack there of) in the gay community. This pride month is no different. Tracy Morgan decided to go on a homophobic rant in one of his routines, leading the whistleblower of his show to come out to his family. New surveys show that a majority of the American population now support gay marriage. Croatia’s pride celebration ended in disaster, the Giant’s started MLB teams on making videos for the It Gets Better Project, and Rick Santorum claims that he loves his gay friends. I don’t believe he has any, but he loves them hypothetically.

Pride month isn’t even half way over and we already have a plethora of news items to discuss. For me, none has been as irritating as Ann Coulter. Now, generally, I just ignore what she who must not be named says. She’s one of those rare creatures who is incredibly easy to ignore because everything that comes out of her mouth is complete shit. Piers Morgan asked Coulter on Tuesday “If you had a son or daughter who came to you and told you they were gay, how would you feel?” She repeatedly dodged the question, blabbering something about not imagining being married (despite her three engagements) and how getting married was the first step towards having a baby. Fast forward three days and she finally tells Sean Hannity how she would feel:
“I mean, obviously, I’d tell him he’s adopted…How’s asking him for help redecorating the dining room?”
Now, there is nothing in this statement like Tracy Morgan saying he would stab his son for being gay, or equating gay marriage to sex with ducks (thank you Pat Robertson). But Coulter spreads not only hatred for the gay community, but for those families who turn to adoption to create a family. The slight about the gay community being great decorators- not harmless, but expected from a person who thinks women shouldn’t have the right to vote. But adoption, Coulter? Really? Thousands of children around the world need good, loving homes. People who adopt love their children, no matter who they are. Families choose adoption for a number of reasons, but the common theme between them is the desire to raise a child. It’s a choice people make, not a random occurrence.

Thank you, Ann Coulter for being a bigot during pride month. It reminds us all how far we still have to go and who we are fighting against for equality. Pride month is a celebration of being who you are, but also remembering what lengths it takes to be able to be that person. It’s not a short or easy road, but things are moving forward- despite the efforts of the small-minded and hateful.

Ann Coulter is the devil

The Razzies Just Make More Sense for this Jaded Q-Lifer

February 21, 2011

The Razzies Just Make More Sense for this Jaded QL

It’s award season. It’s Chinese New Year. And I am still also having trouble writing 2011 instead of 2010 on all documents. And Yes…I actually do still write a check or two.

But outside of my antiqued fiscal dealings and dyslexia, all of that other stuff just points to the special time of the year when the layers of self-indulgent BS reaches epic proportions. Especially cumulating with the Oscars.

My money is on “The King’s Speech” for Best Pic. Colin Firth for Best Actor. And Natalie Portman for her lovely lesbo scene as Best Actress. Always pays to be British or have a little girl on girl to get the Academy all hot and bothered.

I also predict Health Care reform to be repealed by the Supreme Court, a North Korean regime change, Iran will go nuclear and Snuggies will come out with its own form of an 80’s reboot of the Thigh Master.

But this is such stuff as to be below my Quarter Life expectations of existence and this special time of year.

More than just being a political think tank or entertainment expert, I have year in and year out enjoyed the enlightening experiences of other, less well known award ceremonies. Such as the Darwin Awards where they award those who have died in horrible humorously stupid ways and thus eliminated themselves from the human gene pool and the Darwin evolutionary process. More on the movie side of things, right after the Golden Globes, the Sundance Film Festival and the SAG…come the Razzies.

Much, much more to my liking. They give out awards to the worst of the worst in the film industry. No favoritism. No political games. No agendas. Just if you make bad movies or star in them…you will be bitched slap for the artistic offense.

Thus there are a lot of nominations for Vampire style flicks and actors this year.

So no red carpet makes me feel better. It is the Razzies which give me an overall better feeling about my QL experience in 21st society. That there is some sort of honesty still out there. That if you do truly suck (no vampire reference intended), we QL’s are not just going to blog about it…we are literally going to fashion a statue out of gold and give it to you for being a POS in your newest cinematic career move.

Quite Refreshing.

Plus I love Razzieberry Pie. The one where they put all the different kinds of berries in the same delicious baked yummy. Oh, so good a la mode.

Please fill out the information below completely and accurately. Items marked with an asterisk (*) are required. Warning: may cause suicide

February 8, 2011

Dear Job Websites-

I am seeking new employment. However, whenever I see a position that looks exciting, for which I have the proper skill set and associated experience, and one that I would ultimately want to apply for, I face something called the “employer’s application.”

The gauntlet begins: I am thrown into a round of mindless input of information readily available on my resume: including contact information, previous work experience, job descriptions, and much more. What’s the point of the resume if I need to fill out these blank boxes? Or better phrased, why do I need to put in information that’s already available on my resume? If I get through this level (gulp), I see what awaits me on the next round: a 30 minute survey of behavioral interview questions to quantify my interpersonal, organizational, and leadership qualities. Apparently, they want to know if I “agree, disagree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or not applicable.” (double gulp)

The unemployment rate recently dropped to 9%. Unfortunately, that’s not because more companies are hiring. In fact, in January, the private sector only added 36,000 jobs. The number has gone down because people have given up looking for work. The government doesn’t consider you “unemployed,” if you’re aren’t looking for work. To be unemployed, involves two requirements 1) not have a job and 2) be looking for a job. You don’t count if you’ve given up.

Over 15 million people lost their jobs during the recession, and many have been out of work for longer than 6 months. Some have been unemployed for a year, some even two years. Not only do these people face a challenging job market, where there are simply not enough jobs to go around and too many qualified people to fill them, but the insult to injury, is the ‘dark abyss’ of the employer job application.

Each of these generic applications can take upwards of 20-30 minutes. Factor in another 30 minute assessment, fine-tuning cover letters, and the actual original job search, and you get an unwieldy amount of time spent on applying to even ONE job. My question is: why? Why do companies; large, global, goliath, major institutions of profit, partake in something that is so inefficient, wasteful, annoying, and frustrating?

My first possible explanation is they consider it a “barrier to entry.” In other words, if you really want this job, you’ll sit through the mindless input, possibly followed by a 30 minute round of behavioral questions, just to be considered. That’s the shocker. You could spend all of this time and energy, to submit an application, when the employer knows very well they would never hire you based off a 10 second glance of your resume. So is their goal to reduce the number of applications?

I’ve attempted to send my resume to real people, using various networking and research vehicles online: LinkedIn, google searches, etc. My hope is to circumvent the wasteful time suck that is the employer job website application. The response is typical, “thank you for forwarding your resume to me, however, we can not consider applicants without ……”

At that moment, I hear a shrill scream from inside my mind. The job application on the company website is UNAVOIDABLE. It seems the lengthy application may have something to do with documenting equal opportunity employment screening.

It can not go on like this. Very capable workers have given up hope of finding a job and I can promise you that this senseless application process is a major part of it. We need to innovate here and change the status quo. Attention Entrepreneurs: the market has a need and you can fill it. If companies insist on having information in piecemeal format, we can set up a main online company that provides this format to companies. Consider what Careerbuilder or Monster do, and make it the standard.

So, if they insist on knowing the dates I worked at TPT, or how much I got paid, they can have it in its own little box for perusal. In other words, when I apply and send my resume, I can also send a form that gives them their desired knowledge of my work past, but without the manual input required for EACH website. Now, I can apply to 100 jobs a day, versus 10. Life is a game of numbers and this would increase the chances of garnering employment, of reducing stress and aggravation, and simply be more efficient and simple.

Personally, in the interlude, I have decided NOT to apply to any job that requires a job application. If a company doesn’t value my time and energy, I can not take the time or energy to apply.

I went to college. I can input information into a box if asked and if needed. And I can promise that the information will be accurate. But doing it 10x a day, 7x a day, for an unclear amount of time, I will not. I repeat I went to college. I know how to think and make choices for myself. I know that problems are often complex and unemployment is a major problem now. We can talk about stimulus, tax cuts, work programs, entitlements, unemployment benefits, aggregate demand, consumer confidence, and much more. But, because I went to college, I also know sometimes the simplest solution is often the right one. At this point, I can only ask, “what if there were no asterisks?”

Thank you-
Job Seeker

Life After College…The Book!

January 17, 2011

When we started this site, there were only a few people who even knew what a Quarterlife Crisis was. There had been a few studies and a few books, but anyone you told about it laughed. “Of course life isn’t what you thought it would be,” we heard. Well why didn’t you tell us that?

Now, three years later, there has been a vast increase in the resources for those of us experiencing the crisis. Many of those resources written by people who have actually gone through it and come out the better. Our goal was to let people know, you aren’t alone.

Now, one of our favorite bloggers has written a book! Jenny Blake works at Google in career development and is a life coach to boot. She’s a lovely person who obsesses about cupcakes- so that makes her an ideal person to take advice from. She has a blog that inspired her upcoming book.

We suggest reserving your copy now. Congrats to Jenny!

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