Good Reads for Job Hunters

It is a time for celebration. I have had a visit, my friends. A visit from Lady Luck (maybe more like Lady Hardworkpaysoff?). My swimmer’s ear is practically healed… and I have a job interview tomorrow!

When 2:30 rolls around tomorrow I’ll probably be all noodles and nerves, but I’m hoping all my NPR investigating will pay off and the right words will kick in. So since I’m going to be thinking all about landing the first step into my dream job, I thought I’d leave you with some job hunting tips this Monday night.

1. Have writer’s block when it comes to you resume? Dreading the hunt for action-y verbs for your (hopefully) captivating cover letter? Here’s 100 words that might liven things up a bit.

2. I know I’m not the best about keeping my LinkedIn up-to-date or even using it, but these 10 quick tips might just make me change my mind.

3. Hooray! You’re like me and are actually going to talk (or if you’re close hopefully visit) someone who has an opening you might just be the right fit for. That’s where these tips for standing out in and interview will come in handy. And I think these are much better than your typical pep talk about selling yourself.

4. Sweet! You just landed that coveted internship for the fall semester — or you’ve been looking for one all summer as a post grad and you finally hit your lucky patch! (I understand, I’m there with you.) Now here’s how you can make sure you’re not just making copies or sitting at a desk perusing your Google Reader every day.

5. You do have a job, but you just aren’t sure it’s for you. Maybe you’re questioning whether or not you love your work? Here are 15 things that might just help you figure that out.

6. I couldn’t leave you without a funny little bit to read. Here’s one for you post grads out there who are settling into full time work. Life sure does change, right?

Now I must leave you! A working girl has got to get some beauty rest.

Let’s hope I have more news coming late this week! I’ll keep you in the loop, dears, I promise.

Til then!

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Good Reads for Friendly Farmers

Barely made my own Monday deadline! Bad journalist. But what can you do when swimmer’s ear knocks you down for a day? Ear pain is some of the worst. And how am I healing? Why, by watching the swimming portion of the Olympics, of course. I just love that Missy Franklin!

In non-Olympics news, here are some more good reads I found. This batch is for all the future friendly farmers out there! Read on for some local food love.

1. A youngster like myself quickly tires of the fast-paced concrete jungle life and moves to farm in Georgia. He tells his story here. What a dream for anyone who wants work that takes him under the sun and traps dirt under her fingernails.

2. For the more practical-minded someday farmers this New York Times article lays out some of the business details of small local farms in Seattle.

3. Here’s some info about both pro-local and anti-local agriculture, with quite a few mentions of one of my most recent favorite authors, Michael Pollan. I feel like I could talk about what I learned from his book The Omnivore’s Dilemma for days.

4. A seemingly never ending bladder infection — just another reason to eat chickens treated like real chickens. That means they can roam around, eat what they find and not be fed medicine for sickness they don’t have.

5. If you’re interested in all this eat local and farm talk, here is a roundup of places to find internships, jobs, training and advice.

6. I’ll leave you with a snarky tidbit from The Onion about neighbors wishing that a chain would destroy a local gem. Although this read might have a tiny bit of ugly truth in it (“I’d like to be able to buy a cappuccino and not have to worry about whether I’m being grateful enough for all the hard work they obvi­ously put into it”), it still leaves me yearning for a warm pastry made with careful, loving hands.

Next Monday I’ll bring some more neat reads for you! Expect a topic I’m quickly becoming familiar with: the job hunt.

Til then!