The Blog is the New Resume | Traces of Inspiration

The Blog is the New Resume | Traces of Inspiration.

I don’t think mine is. I could go to the bother of having a personal and a professional one, one for fun and one for my portfolio, but they fit together pretty well for the moment, I think. And as I’m not currently in the midst of any huge projects worth blogging about (in my mind), I continue in my set path.

The article has some interesting insight though.

How to talk to a friend who’s been laid off | Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist

This is a GREAT article. It not only applies to the recently unemployed, but the recent college graduate. Not only have we the staggering unemployment rate to deal with, we are in constant battle with those that are already established career-minded individuals who’ve been recently given the axe. Who’s going to look more promising to the job recruiter? The fresh-out-of-college newbie or the worked-the-same-job-for-twenty-years seasoned pro? I’ll give you a hint: it probably isn’t the second one.

Complaining about how much things are crappy now aside, the comments on this post are spot-on. Everyone I know who recently graduated hates these questions (about the job hunt) as much as the recently unemployed and it’s just as discouraging to us when we’re asked if we “looked online at all?”

So I’ll add my comment, too: Thanks Penelope. It’s so true it hurts.

What Happens when your iPhone gets Stolen | Chris Pirillo

THIS would not have helped me. I got hopeful when I saw the headline. Upone reading it, however, I realize I should’ve called the cops. Wait, on what phone…

Actually, my first thought was “lock those bastards out of it!” So I used Karla’s phone to call AT&T to report it lost or stolen. (and I felt a little dumb…I didn’t know how to make a phone call without the iPhone. Well, to be honest, I didn’t know how to find out what number to call to get AT&T. No internets=I am stranded. Maybe I rely on technology too much?)

The thought of calling the cops came to me too, but I didn’t get my car stolen. I figured I would just get laughed at or told that it was my fault for leaving it sitting on the table. And on that, they might’ve been right.

Still, it sucked.

Degrees with the Highest ROI

Degrees with the Highest ROI.

THAT‘s the article I needed for my research! Why did I only find it today!? Blast.

Whether or not you choose these high-performing degree paths, your decision to get a college degree will pay deep dividends for years to come. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), college degrees of all stripes offer double-digit increases in earning power. An associate’s degree delivers a 25 percent increase in expected lifetime earnings. And a bachelor’s degree offers a stunning 88 percent salary advantage over a high school diploma. With the bottom line at the forefront of everyone’s priorities, these dramatic returns are bound to speak louder than ever.

I added the bold for emphasis. I think that’s the confidence boost I needed. Now to just find that job. Starbucks doesn’t care that I have a degree after all.