- your condom breaks
- you feel a lump on your breast
- your friends are ignoring you
- you’re stranded on an island
- you got rejected by a crush
- you get into a car accident
- you got stung by a bee/wasp
- you got fired from your job
- you’re in an earthquake
- your tattoo gets infected
- your house is on fire
- you’re lost in the woods
- you get arrested abroad
- you get robbed
- your partner cheated on you
- you’re on a ship that’s sinking
- you fall into ice
- you’re stuck in an elevator
- you hit a deer with your car
- you have food poisoning
- your pet passed away
- you fall off of a horse
- you or your friend has alcohol poisoning
- you have toxic shock syndrome
- your house has a gas leak
Rapid escalation of clashes in Kiev
Three demonstrators have been killed in the Ukrainian capitol of Kiev, as protesters and police hunker down amid the debate over whether the country should build closer ties to the European Union.
The country’s government, led by prime minister Mykola Azarov, has sought to legitimize protesters by force and by law, enacting harsh restrictions on the right for demonstrations.
Photos: Sergei Grits, Darko Vojinovic / Associated Press, Sergei Supinsky / AFP/Getty Images
- learn how to coupon
- how to get free therapy
- clean bathroom tips
- what to do when you can’t pay your bills
- learn time management skillz
- recipes that take 30 minutes or less
- see if you’re paying too much for your cell phone bill
- create a resume
- how to make a doctor’s appointment
- organize your closet
- find the right career
- a list of stress relievers
- how to pick a major
- how to take care of yourself when you’re sick
- things to bring to a doctor’s appointment
- what the hell is a mortgage?
- buying a used car
- how to pick a health insurance plan
- read the news
- leave your childhood traumas behind
- how to quit smoking
- a list of hotlines in a crisis
- what to expect from your first gynecologist appointment
- what to do if you get pulled over by a cop
- things to keep in your car in case of an emergency
We are very excited to announce the launch of Big Bang Press!
Big Bang Press is a small publishing company that will publish original fiction by talented fanfiction authors. If you’re familiar with fanfic, you’ll know that there are A LOT of amazing writers out there, but many of them don’t get a chance to share their original fiction with the world. We plan to publish novels by three writers you may already know: Erin Claiborne (eleveninches), Kady Morrison (gyzym), and Natalie Wilkinson (febricant).
Excerpts from all three novels are available on our website, bigbangpress.org, along with sample art from our cover artists, and general information about Big Bang Press and its authors. The novels can all be pre-ordered in both ebook and hard copy format from our Kickstarter page, which is how we’re funding the publishing costs. There are also a lot of other cool rewards available through Kickstarter, including art prints, exclusive short stories, and the opportunity have any of our authors to write something just for you — including Kady/gyzym offering to finish some of her WIPs!
For this project to succeed, we need to raise $40,000. This pays the authors, the cover artists, the website designer and publishing team, and funds the publishing process itself. For more information on our plans, see our website and Kickstarter page.
You can learn about our selection process on Kickstarter, but for now, here’s the lowdown on our three novels.
"Sixteen year-old Ewan Mao knows one thing for certain: according to prophecy, it’s his destiny to kill the evil tyrant whose dark reign has terrorized Britain. Although he’s just a normal boy, deep down Ewan is confident that he has exactly what it takes to be a hero. But when Ewan’s big moment comes, he freezes. His best friend, the clever and talented Oliver Abrams, defeats the villain for him, and Ewan’s bright future crumbles before his eyes.
Five years later, Oliver has a job as an Unusual in the government’s Serious Magical Crimes Agency, the life he and Ewan always dreamed of. But a routine investigation leads him and his partner, Sophie Stuart, to uncover a dangerous and powerful cult… one that seems to have drawn his former best friend into a plot to end the world.”
A deftly plotted, hysterically funny take on Chosen One narratives, A Hero at the End of the World expertly walks the fine line between satire and sincerity. Its sensitive depiction of a broken friendship and wry take-down of unfairly great expectations will appeal to all readers of modern fantasy.
"Mim Robinson never expected to find herself back on Juniper Lane, the opulent suburban street where she spent one hazy childhood summer, nor to be taken in by her aunt after a nasty break-up. She certainly didn’t expect to find herself striking up a strange, unexpected friendship with the intimidating Nadia Bahjat, the only other twenty-something on the street. But now that she’s here, Mim thinks she might just do anything to stay – no matter the cost.
Meanwhile, Nadia, a professional chef and a perennial disappointment to her parents, has been forced by her father’s illness to return to Barn Ridge, Ohio. Though she loathes her wealthy, seemingly perfect neighbors as much as she always has, she’s increasingly finding her growing friendship with Mim a balm to heal old wounds. But the longer she stays on Juniper Lane, the more she begins to suspect that when it comes to her family, not all is as it seems.”
An innovatively structured queer romance that encompasses both a cutting satire of suburban American life and a nuanced depiction of the psychological aftermath of abuse, Juniper Lane is a moving paean to the freedom of embracing the chaotic uncertainty of adulthood.
"Francis Harding has always been good for one thing: doing what his family tells him. So when his mother asks him to travel across the Atlantic to hunt down his mysteriously vanished sister Catherine, he goes without hesitation, only to find himself an unwelcome shapeshifter in a strange city looking for a woman who may not want to be found.
Without any alternative, he finds himself turning to Jamie Besckei, a slippery but compelling character from the wrong side of the tracks. His particular brand of magic makes Francis’ skin crawl, but it just might help him track down Catherine. As his own magical abilities begin to fail him and his options grow fewer, Francis makes a bargain that binds him to Jamie in ways he never expected, and that will change the course of his life forever.”
A fantasy noir cum psychological thriller set against the backdrop of a grim, quasi-dystopian Europe only a half step away from our own, Savage Creatures is a haunting meditation on the destructive power and vital importance of family that will rivet readers from first page to last.
If you’re interested in any of these books, or want to support a project that gives talented fan writers the attention they deserve, then please share these links, reblog this post, and check out our website! :)
Top 5 Christmas Gifts on Santa’s Nice List
- Early Bird: One short sleeve GLOW Jolly
- Ryan Gosling at your door in a Christmas hat and a short sleeve Jolly
Cost: I don’t really know who to pay for this, but they can pretty much name a price
- The Long Jolly: One long sleeve GLOW Jolly of your choice
- World Peace. Achieved through peace talks, international cooperation, and distressed Christmas themed retro tees. Mostly that last one though, obviously. No one argues with a reindeer delivering a glowing winter skier Jolly, FACT.
Cost: 7 billion Jolly tees. But, you know, if the whole world wanted one then we’d probably do a discount
- Exclusive Jolly Package: Full set of GLOW Jollys hand-delivered at our London Christmas Party with the Jolly team in November, overnight hotel and entry to the Christmas Ideal Home Show with Ice Skating and Champagne with Jolly girls.
Top 5 Christmas Gifts on Santa’s Naughty List
- Jeremy Kyle’s Autobiography: No seriously, that’s a book that genuinely got published. What a time to be alive
Cost: £13.79. I’m not even kidding.
- Friendly Reminder: The knowledge that one day you will die
Cost: Your trust in me - I lied, this reminder isn’t friendly at all. You would not have to put up with this kind of thing if you were on the Nice List.
- Pair of Crocs: The shoes, not the freshwater dwelling tetrapod ‘cause that would be an awesome gift.
Cost: Your self respect.
- Coal. Just coal. That’s it. No frills Coal. What did you expect.
Cost: Do not pass go, do not collect £200. Stop angering Santa.
- The absence of a Jolly tee in your life: You must have done something really awful to deserve this. Maybe you sit on the quiet carriage of the train and then argue loudly on the phone with your girlfriend, but probably you’re just the evil twin. This is a tough punishment. Repent, get a Jolly, and maybe you can redeem yourself.
Cost: Your soul, probably.
Kickstarter: Glow-In-The-Dark Vintage Inspired T-shirts. Get yours now. Right now. What are you doing, stop reading and go get one.
[REBLOG FAR AND WIDE, PEEPS! :D MY CHALLENGE TO YOU - 1500 REBLOGS. THAT’S ONCE PER EACH OF YA. CAN WE DO IT?]
Do you like fanfic?
Do you read fanfic?
Do you write fanfic?
Does your life, perhaps, center around fanfic? fanart? fanvids? fanmixes? podfics? :D
(…..whaaaat? why you lookin’ at me that way??)
AO3 is the fanfic archive to beat all other fic archives - and we all know it. We all use it. Some of us are there every day. Some of us, maybe, possibly, never leave the site (how many tabs do I have open right now? ….not sayin.)
Those of us who were fans before we had an archive all our own remember getting TOS’d by LJ and other platforms (none of which had the right features for an archive anyway) on a regular basis, depending on who owned it or advertised on it at any given moment. Bah!
AO3 is a fabulous resource - we ought to remember that more often :D
Well, AO3 isn’t being generated by magic code monkeys :D It’s fans and writers and artists just like all of us writing and maintaining the code & the infrastructure, and they need dollars to keep the thing afloat.
Right now is a big Organization for Transformative Works membership drive. OTW is the parent of AO3, plus a bunch of other fannish support initiatives, including legal advocacy for writers or artists being harassed for their legal fanworks.
Click your way on over there and give them five or ten bucks. I mean, it’s a couple of coffees, or a bubble tea or other imbibable equivalent of your choice :D GIVE THEM JUST A FEW DOLLARS. EVERY FEW DOLLARS COUNTS.
There are almost 1500 of you following this tumblr - if each of you gave AO3 ten bucks it would give AO3 $15,000. That’s a not-insignificant amount of dollars :D
It’s amazing to me that they manage to keep AO3 up and running on donations. I mean, we could be being spammed with ads all the time or paying a monthly subscription fee - and it would be *worth* a subscription fee.
You use AO3 - go show them your support, nay love and adoration, in a concrete way. You know you want to :D“…Fan fiction is a way of the culture repairing the damage done in a system where contemporary myths are owned by corporations instead of owned by the folk.” ~Henry Jenkins
Don’t get me wrong, the new iPhones look interesting. But this is an excellent idea for the future of cellphones.
(by Dave Hakkens)
Completely agree with the OP. This is a very democratic, sustainable, and innovative path forward for cell phones. I hope such an idea can catch on.
“My plan wasn’t just to show it to executives, but to show it to the world so that the people could have a voice in this as well.” -Lena Waithe
I’m sure many of you have seen people talking about Lena Waithe recently and perhaps you’ve seen some of the other work she’s done (Dear White People). Maybe you haven’t - you should change that. I watched the four part pilot presentation and it wasn’t until the fourth part that I was completely sold. Now don’t confuse that statement, I really loved and laughed at the first three parts, but it’s (intentionally) in the fourth part where we see the heart of the show, the honesty, the realness.
Waithe wrote & created TWENTIES, a single camera comedy about three black women in their twenties, and shopped it around to networks.
A lot of networks read the script and loved it, but they either thought there wasn’t an audience for it or that it already existed. Of course I became extremely frustrated because I knew neither of those things were true. So I realized I had to show these network executives that TWENTIES was one of a kind and that there was nothing on TV like it. And I figured the best way to do that was to shoot a pilot presentation, which meant we would shoot a few pivotal scenes from the script, edit them together, and give people a sense of how the show would look and feel. Lucky for me, Justin Simien (writer/director DEAR WHITE PEOPLE) offered to direct it and Flavor Unit was willing to pay for it. Now I had the opportunity to show people what I was going for instead of trying to explain it to them. My plan wasn’t just to show it to executives, but to show it to the world so that the people could have a voice in this as well. And just so we’re clear: this is not a web series! I repeat this is not a web series. Not that there’s anything wrong with doing a web series. I’ve done one. My goal is to partner with a network that understands what I’m going for.
Spread the word about this show.
The good news is I don’t want your money. There’s no Kickstarter or IndieGoGo attached to this project. All we want you to do is commit to sharing TWENTIES with twenty of your friends. The more you spread the word the better chance we have of getting it on TV. We’ll keep pitching. You keep sharing. Let’s do this!
1) REALIZE THAT YOU’RE NEVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU REACH A CERTAIN AGE. IT SIMPLY ISN’T POSSIBLE. NOT EVEN THIS LIST, PROBABLY. THAT’S OKAY.
2) COME TO TERMS WITH THAT FACT
3) TELL PEOPLE WHO TELL YOU OTHERWISE TO SHUT UP, NOT EVERYONE GETS TO HAVE THE SAME CHANCES, NOT EVERYONE HAS THE SAME EXPERIENCES, NOT EVERYONE EVEN WANTS THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE.
4) FIND THE GOALS MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU SPECIFICALLY AND WORK TOWARDS ACHIEVING THOSE GOALS WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT RUNNING OUT OF TIME
4) DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING THINGS YOU WANT TO DO AT A FASTER PACE OR YOUNGER AGE. YOU AREN’T THEM. THEY AREN’T IMPORTANT.
5) IF YOU DECIDE HALFWAY THROUGH THAT YOU DON’T WANT SOMETHING YOU THOUGHT YOU DID, ALLOW YOURSELF TO CHANGE YOUR MIND.
6) DRINK LOTS OF WATER
7) EAT AS HEALTHILY AS YOU CAN AFFORD
8) GET AS MUCH SLEEP AS YOU CAN
9) LET YOURSELF CRY WHEN YOU NEED TO CRY
10) DON’T JUDGE YOURSELF FOR RELAPSING ON HABITS YOU THOUGHT YOU GREW OUT OF OR GOT BETTER FROM. IT’S NOT STARTING BACK AT SQUARE ONE. IT’S JUST LIFE. YOU’RE OKAY.
11) SPEND AS MUCH TIME AS YOU CAN WITH THE PEOPLE WHO MATTER MOST TO YOU.
12) DON’T LIE TO YOURSELF ABOUT HOW YOU FEEL. IF YOU FEEL TRAPPED ABOUT THINGS, WRITE THEM DOWN IN A DIARY JUST FOR YOU. GIVE YOURSELF THE FREEDOM TO HAVE YOUR OWN OPINIONS REGARDLESS OF WHAT ANYONE ELSE IN YOUR LIFE HAS TO SAY ABOUT ANY OF IT.
13) IF YOU ARE DEPENDENT ON YOUR FAMILY OR SOMEONE ELSE, DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP ABOUT IT. TIMES ARE HARD. YOU’LL CHANGE IT WHEN YOU CAN.
14) ACCEPT THE FACT THAT YOUR EDUCATION, FORCED UPON, FAILED, OR OTHERWISE, DOES NOT DEFINE YOU. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A GENIUS TO BE A GOOD PERSON, AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GONNA DO WITH THE REST OF YOUR WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE RIGHT NOW.
15) LET YOURSELF BE SCARED, JEALOUS, ANGRY, STUPID AND PETULANT NOW AND AGAIN. DON’T WORRY ABOUT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE, EVERYONE ELSE IS, TOO.
16) DON’T STOP LETTING YOURSELF BELIEVE THAT THINGS CAN AND WILL GET BETTER. THEY MAY NOT GET BETTER BEFORE YOUR 25TH BIRTHDAY, BUT THEY STILL MIGHT, IN THE LONG RUN.
17) MAKE A LIST OF ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU’VE DONE OR THAT YOU ARE THAT MAKE YOU PROUD OF YOURSELF. LOOK AT IT WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE SHIT. IT MAY NOT HELP A LOT, BUT IT’S SOMETHING.
18) LET YOURSELF SAVE UP FOR SOMETHING DUMB. EVEN IF IT’S JUST A DOLLAR EVERY PAYCHECK OR CHANGE YOU FIND ALONG THE SIDEWALK. IT’LL GIVE YOU SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO.
19) DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK HELP FROM PEOPLE WILLING TO GIVE IT. THERE’S NO SHAME IN NEEDING A LEG UP SOMETIMES.
20) IF YOU HAVEN’T FALLEN IN LOVE YET, YOU’RE NOT WEIRD. SOMETIMES IT DOESN’T HAPPEN. YOU CAN STILL BE PERFECTLY HAPPY ON YOUR OWN. IF YOU HAVE, GREAT! THAT’S GOOD TOO. DON’T LET THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ARGUMENT MAKE YOU FEEL DUMB EITHER WAY.
21) YOU ARE ALWAYS GOING TO MAKE MISTAKES. LEARN FROM THEM AND MOVE ON AS BEST YOU CAN. IT MAY TAKE A WHILE. THAT’S OKAY.
22) IF YOU WANT TO SING IN THE SHOWER, GO AHEAD. IF YOUR ROOMMATES OR FAMILY MAKE FUN OF YOU FOR IT, THAT’S THEIR IMMATURITY, NOT YOURS.
23) IT’S OKAY TO STILL WANT YOUR MOMMY AND DADDY SOMETIMES. EVEN IF YOU DON’T LET THEM KNOW AND JUST SIT IN YOUR ROOM AND CRY ABOUT IT, THAT’S FINE. ADULTHOOD IS AN ILLUSION. EVERYONE MISSES CHILDHOOD.
24) IF YOU HAVE A JOB THAT MAKES YOU MISERABLE, TRY AND MAKE THE BEST OF IT UNTIL YOU CAN MOVE ON FROM IT. MAYBE THE JOB SUCKS, BUT THE PEOPLE ARE OKAY. MAYBE THE PEOPLE SUCK BUT THE JOB IS FUN. MAYBE BOTH SUCK, BUT YOU’RE MAKING MONEY THAT YOU NEED. BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU’RE ACCOMPLISHING. SO YOU’RE A CASHIER AT MCDONALD’S. THAT’S SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF. YOU’RE WORKING A REALLY HARD, THANKLESS JOB TO MAKE ENDS MEET. YOU’RE STRONG AND BRAVE ENOUGH TO DEAL WITH IT BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOU HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE. THAT IS SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF.
25) BLACKLIST THAT ORIGINAL “25 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU’RE 25” POST. IT SUCKS. IF YOU DON’T LIKE THIS ONE, BLACKLIST IT, TOO.
As many of you know, the joyous birth of baby Alice delivered tremendous heartache as well… After a long labor and emergency C-section, baby and mom were in trouble. While Alice, struggling to breathe, was rushed to the NICU, Kathryn fought for her life. A uterine hemorrhage necessitated replacing over 2 liters of blood. Intubation was required to restore her own breathing. Kathryn then went into septic shock and complete organ failure…
Because I’ve only seen this message cross my dash once…
We all remember Gabriel Tigerman, right? He and his wife and new daughter need our help now. The SPN family can do amazing things, guys, so let’s not just keep it for J2M! The link takes you to the article that explains what happens and gives you an option to donate, as little or much as you want.
If you are even vaguely considering watching NBC’s Hannibal, do it NOW. Soon they will be deciding whether it is picked up for another season, and if you leave it much longer there might not be anything for you to come and watch.
Catch up on the NBC site or Hulu to count towards ratings. Not from the US? Persuade your US friends to watch it. Tell everyone you know.
Tweet Bryan Fuller, tweet NBC, generate excitement - SHOW THEM THAT THEY HAVE A FANBASE. Write NBC a fucking letter if you have to. Imagine if they got a huge flood of letters, saying how much we wanted Hannibal to be picked up for another season?
WATCH HANNIBAL THURSDAYS 10/9c ON NBC
Guys, if you haven’t already read about how much it costs to run the AO3, please do, and then please donate.
Ultimately, the archive can only survive if we want it enough to pay for it with our donations. That’s the flip side of having a service that isn’t dependent on making advertisers or venture capitalists or even grant-funders happy, that isn’t going to mine and sell your personal data, and that isn’t going to charge you up front to use it.
If you love the archive, please support it!
the national discography
The National is an indie rock band formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1999 and currently based in Brooklyn, New York. The name of the band was chosen because it “didn’t mean anything” and was “benign and meaningless”.
I’ve never in my life campaigned for anything, for any cause, and it’s pretty ironic that I’m doing it for the first time for a television programme. But it’s not just a mere tv show: it is material that everyone should at least peek into, because it’s different. Different in a way that content and quality dominate it. It not only entertains, but gives a fair amount of questions to think about, to relate to. And people shouldn’t let something that is culturally so important sink and fade away.
Canceling it is not only a massive loss for those who watch it, of course: actors lose their job, the creators can’t continue to bring into life what they intended to. So if you do something, don’t do it because a small group of people are upset about the decision of the BBC. Do it for the future of the crew and television itself.
The petition in the news:
It had been signed by The Hour’s very own Lisa Greenwood (plays Sissy Cooper) and retweeted by Oona Chaplin (Marnie Madden).
Don’t let the progress stop!
Basically I have been blessed to be close to people who work in hiring and were very, very willing to pass along their knowledge and tips and since a lot of people I know on here seem mystified by these things, I will share my vast wealth of knowledge with you*
*Some of this knowledge might be contradicted by specifics from your own field. If you’re a chemical engineer some of these things might not apply and that’s fine. This is just ~*widely applicable*~ stuff.
Cover letters are the stupidest part of a job application. The cover letter is really only there to show two things: 1) That you have a command of language that is both accurate and appropriate; 2) you read the job listing.
- Your cover letter should be short. The hirer has likely read hundreds that day, and by read, I mean “skimmed over lightly.” You don’t need to fill up an entire page.
- It should only contain pertinent information. Do not try to be cutesy or “creative” unless the job listing SPECIFICALLY asks for that. Trust me, I’ve had to hire people. Those people’s letters got passed around for mocking. DO NOT BE THAT PERSON.
- It should speak to the job listing, but only enough that it shows that you read it. If the job listing emphasizes that they’re looking for somebody who is willing to work odd hours, throw in a line that in your past experience you have been noted for being flexible with time. It doesn’t need a Faulkner-length explanation.
- If you know the name of the person to whom the letter is addressed, address it to them. If you it is a blind application, you don’t need to put “To Whom It May Concern” or “Dear Sir/Madam;” just don’t say anything.
- Stop freaking out about it. Seriously, your CL is not nearly as scary as you think it is. If you want to see a screenshot if an example cover letter that is a “catch all,” click here. I just pulled this out of my ass for a fictional job/person.
Your resume is not an “employment record.” Unless you have no experience, it should only list the things that are the most impressive or demonstrate your abilities the clearest.
- If you have an “Objective” on your resume, take it off. All of the employers I know said, “We KNOW your objective—you want the job! It just takes up space.”
- Always make sure that your resume is formatted cleanly and with maximum readability in mind. I strongly, strongly suggest visiting this link to see how to format your resume best. Visual cleanliness matters.
- Your resume should be ONE page. Just one. Not two or more.
- You can’t lie on your resume; you can learn how to make things sound more impressive. If you worked at a hair salon cleaning up, don’t say “Swept floors.” Instead write, “Contributed to the efficiency and cleanliness of the salon by sweeping floors.” It sounds like bullshit to you, but to a prospective employer, it sounds like you’re happy being part of a team. Try to describe what you did in at least 7 words.
- You can divide your resume if you want to highlight certain experiences over others. Making two sections such as “Relevant Experience” and “Other Experience” breaks it up, allows the reader to skip around, and let’s you highlight what you want to highlight.
- Learn to weed things out. Unless you can make it look like it taught you something huge, don’t waste the space. At the same time, if a job sucked but you can make it appear like it really impacted you, use it. This is not the truth about how you felt about that last job. This is you advertising yourself. You’re trying to get a job, not a Nobel Prize for emotional honesty.Now, what about the Skills section? You should have one, but as one friend said, “Nobody gives a shit if you went to France and had a great time. What we care about is if you’re proficient in French.” That should be your metric for things:
- Only list experiences that would aid you in this job or a similar one—not things that were “cool.” This is the place for things that you’ve learned but perhaps can’t tie to a job. Examples: foreign language skills, clerical training, courses/certifications, etc.
- List all of the software that you know. Even if it doesn’t seem relevant to that job, weird things happen. List any MS Office/equivalent software, if you are familiar with both Mac and PC, any graphics editing software you know…
- SOCIAL MEDIA IS A THING THAT YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY MAKE KNOWN. To people ~30 and under, social media seems like a given. But to many employers, it’s a mystical world filled with equal amounts of marketing opportunities and terror. Make it clear what social networking sites you know how to use—obviously Facebook and Twitter, but also LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc.
Applying to Jobs/Interviewing
Unfortunately, I can give you less specific advice here because we are not likely working in the same field—but here are just some general things to file away:
- If there’s a job listing that you feel qualified for but the listing says it wants more years of experience than you have, apply anyway. Those employers are unlikely to find that unicorn that has 4+ years of experience and is willing to work basically minimum wage. While more experience is a plus, they really just want somebody who can do the job. When it comes to applying to jobs, you really have nothing to lose by applying to anything that tickles your fancy.
- Interviewing is an entire post unto itself, but I’ll give you the tips that I’ve been given by my people: be calm, be on time, and ask good questions. Always have some questions lined up, even if you already know the answer. “What are you looking for in the right candidate?” is a good example, or “Are there opportunities for growth within the company?” etc.
Accepting a Job
So you got a job offer; exciting! Before you immediately accept, really vet the place to make sure it’s somewhere you’d like to work. Months of unemployment make you desperate, but sometimes jumping at the first opportunity it isn’t worth it. THIS HAPPENED TO ME, LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES.
Things you should think about:
- Do I know ALL things about the job, including: what I will be paid/how often, if there are benefits and when I get them, what hours I am working, how overtime is handled, how sick time is handled, etc. These are all incredibly important to know and if your employer is legitimate they will welcome you asking them.
- Is the distance commutable, or is it too far from home? (Think about how transit/gasoline will cut into your paycheck.)
- Does the job give me the time necessary to do other important things?
- Does the office environment seem like one I can spend at least six months in? (Every month at a bad job feels like an eternity—if you have bad feelings, trust them.)
- Does the job offer me anything besides a paycheck? Will I be learning any skills at this job or making important connections that can help me down the road?IMPORTANT: If an employer tries to give you a W-9 tax form upon your hiring and you are NOT a freelancer (independent contractor), RUN. This is tax fraud and is very messy and is entirely there to screw you. Become familiar with the legal definition of a freelancer so you know if you’re walking into a shady place. It happens more than you’d think, and it sucks, and is weird.If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message or whatever, I’ll gladly answer to the best of my ability! GO GET ‘EM.