👋 Hiyeee. Sorry I’ve been disconnected this weekend I’ve been trying to sort some things out. I miss my kids, I miss myself. Bottom line. There were four pivotal moments this week that affected my attitude: seeing Haisam’s comedy show Wednesday, the opportunity meeting, running into an old friend on the street, and failing to make any money this week. I think I’m exceptional at a lot of aspects of our business and fucking suuuuck at the most important part. I’ve never been the production player you and I both know that, but I also feel like it didn’t fucking matter bc I was able to get by, but eventually that would catch up. I haven’t called you because I can’t talk to you right now, I’m in tears writing this fucking email. I don’t want to quit, but I also don’t want to be that person in your business we’ve always talked about: the drowning one. To be honest I love working non-profits, but I feel like we’re lying to people and I can’t represent a company with those standards. I know what permits cost from running the Oklahoma office. Speaking of, when I came back to Dallas you said I would be running events and not canvassing. My kids miss me I spend an hour with them during the week and it’s starting to affect them. I know new hours have started, but either way the damage is done and to know I’ve caused that damage and I’m not even making any fucking money? Christmas is coming and last week and this week were make or break for me. So I’m unsure of what to do anymore. Stephen hates this job and is starting to hate you. I wish I could…
I appreciate you getting back to me to let me know you’re moving forward with other candidates. I know I bombed that one, and I could tell within the first few minutes. Maybe it was the faded look of interest on my interviewers face or maybe it was when I stumbled with basic technical questions. It’s unfortunate it had to end this way, with a whimper instead of the bang of excitement it started with here. It’s a shame that all days can’t be good days, and things just don’t always go according to plan.
If I could have a do-over, a mulligan really, a chance to show that: “Heck yes, I want this job”; I would be ready. Heck, if we had to fight it out hunger games style in an underground arena, I’m pretty sure I would win that round. Unfortunately you usually don’t realize these sort of things until it’s too late. Sending you my trivial mental thoughts on the process probably only helps to keep me from being employed full-time. I truly and honestly mean this: I hope you and your team have a bomb-diggity day. I know sending rejection letters isn’t a great way to start it, but there’s the joy you get to experience by giving someone else good news.
You’ll never see this letter unfortunately, you’ll just get a “Thanks for following up” note I could type in my sleep. I’ll go off and continue my week, six interviews later across four companies without a job to show for it at the end. It’s a shame we met under different circumstances because I found you just adorable. Yeah, I know bad time to bring that up.
Stay Cute Dani, Stay Cute.
The Disillusioned Applicant
I saw Ashley’s post and I’m very interested in learning more about upcoming opportunities.
While I realize that the site doesn’t currently list any opportunities
While this isn’t a cover letter
any insight on the best path, what you look for in a product designer
In any case, would you or someone on the team be open to talking over the phone?
To the attention of Sophie.
My name is Gaia, and i’m a graphic designer from Torino, Italy.
I graduated in 2012 at Politecnico where i attended Graphic and virtual design course. I have good knowledge of many graphic programs (Adobe first of all but also Office), i have a good English level (IELTS certification) and i like everything about art, design and graphic.
Recently i also became a TED member, and that’s one of the reasons i’m writing to you.
In this association i work in the PR group and i’v learned (well, i’m still learning because there’s alway so much to do) how to organize an event, how to work with people and manage very different things.
Actually, i did it something similar also during my university internship at ViewConference, but it was not so intense.
Anyway, i love being a graphic designer but i really love what i do in TED, my new passion, and i’ve always thought about transform what i do as a volunteer in a job.
I don’t know if my CV will be interesting for you and i don’t even know if you hire outside England, but i decided to try anyway, because i follow you, i like you and i wanted to accept the challenge.
Thank you for reading me,
I wrote this but knew I’d never send it. I did feel much better after writing it though. and now..it’s like I did send it. Thank you CreativeMornings.
I know you mean well but your constant reminders to me about items that are not due is driving me insane. I mean 7 reminders about not forgetting the grab gift for an office party and 3 reminders to complete a training module that was not due for another week? Also your reminder of our standing 11:00 meeting that we’ve been conducting for 3 solid years, is completely absurd. If I don’t know I need to attend this after 3 years of attending it… Please fire me.
If I forget to complete a task on or before the due date then please make me aware of it and/or ding me for it but UNTIL THEN, please STOP reminding me.
I really appreciate your consideration and look forward to NOT receiving any reminders today.
I’m sorry I cut you out of my life. I asked you about being a reference and you wrote me that I was high-maintenance. You said ‘love you’ and that you didn’t think it would come out in a reference call, but I knew I would never risk it. I was so hurt, for our friendship as well as our former employer/employee relationship. I never answered it and we never spoke again. I regret it. I could at least have thanked you for your honesty. And I miss you.
Stop worrying. Start working.
Focus. Schedule. Discipline.
Finishing things. It’s the only way to learn.
If you don’t make Ringgit then you don’t make sense.
I understand the birthday and anniversary calendar was taken down due to privacy concerns from someone not wanting to share their information publicly with the company. Totally understandable.
That said, I also think that while seemingly trivial, the birthday/anniversary calendar was actually a really useful tool for helping people celebrate their fellow coworkers. I’m sure you already understand the business value of why celebration and workplace happiness is important for retention and productivity, but just in case here’s a recent article about it. https://blog.intercom.io/why-happiness-at-work-really-matters
Also, think about how much more cake and baked goods there will be here if this is brought back! Which, in and of itself, ameliorates the snack shortage situation.
While I really liked the previous method, I understand it’s limitations in regards to confidentiality. I’d like to instead propose an opt-in solution — a Google calendar where people can choose to share their own birthdays and anniversaries as recurring yearly events. This can possibly even be automated if we set up a Google form or something and have a script to populate the calendar.
I also understand I can totally just email out to chatter to try and implement this on my own. However, I think it would be more impactful if it came from your team instead, and also I email chatter a lot. :)
Anyway, please let me know what you think!! Definitely open to discuss this further. Originally, I thought maybe it wasn’t such a big deal losing the calendar, but today was Sarah’s birthday and no one on her team knew, and I could tell she was pretty bummed since she’s definitely helped to celebrate other people’s birthdays. Likewise, others have brought up that they noticed the calendar had gone missing and were equally disappointed.
Thanks so much for your time!
I received your emails from a mutual friend.
Schitz is a family-owned nut company. Our job is to serve our loyal customers by providing caring and responsive customer service, by taking orders and shipping orders in a timely fashion, and by maintaining and publishing our annual mail order catalogue.
Currently, Schitz is seeking an Agency to develop a new product line. We are expanding our line of nuts to include Honey Roasted, for which we will need packaging help. In addition to the new line we are interested in receiving a quote for website refresh. Our current website http://www.schitznuts.com is no longer representing us to its potential.
A Bing search turned up your name, and it turns out we share a friend. As we are seeking the Honey Roasted line, and your focus seems to be food and beverage. Your company has been invited to submit a proposal for the website and packaging line which must be finished no later than May 20th.
Questions or concerns regarding this request should be emailed to email@example.com by April 10th, 2015.
Proposals will be evaluated based on cost, speed, and relevant work.
The selection process is scheduled to be completed by April 12th, 2015.
Thank you for your time. We look forward to reviewing your proposal.
How’s tricks in New Zealand?
An update on life in London. This week has been rather stressful and frustrating. I had 6 job interviews from Monday - Thursday, I’m so sick of talking about why I’m awesome! Here’s a rough break down:
Monday - Method’s Consulting, they are a Project Management Consultancy mainly working with the public sector. The interview went well but included two tests both multi choice, one was questions like “x is to a fish what b is to a fish”, but the other was maths questions, the examples the recruiter sent me were really basic logic so I didn’t worry too much but actually it was algebra and long division, I never learnt long division and I haven’t done algebra since High School, if I’d known I would have at least gone over the basics.
Anyway, they asked me back for a second interview – yay so I can’t have failed miserably. It was supposed to be Friday but while I was walking to work on Thursday morning I got a call from the recruiter to see if I could go in that day instead, so I did but this meant I didn’t have enough time to prepare as I had been warned that one of the directors I would be meeting with would ask me about current affairs and having not had a tv for the past 5 and a half months of living in the UK I really haven’t kept up with what is happening. But that interview went ok too, I met with three different people and they all said I asked good questions, I really wanted the job, it was the first one I’d interviewed for that seemed challenging. But I got a call this morning from the recruiter to say they’d gone with another candidate as they thought I would want to progress too quickly. Gah!
So back to Monday and I had to run straight from the Methods interview to an interview for a Team Secretary job at Robert Walters (a recruitment company) with the Marketing Team. I thought the interview went reasonably well, I answered all the questions well etc… but during the interview I found out the hours were 8.30 – 6. Not too keen on that. I heard back yesterday that I didn’t get the job because they thought I didn’t have a strong enough personality. Which is probably fair enough, I’m not a crazy over the top extrovert.
I swear… I really swear I didn’t mean to ignore you.
It’s just that… when it’s your first day as an intern at a large firm like that you don’t ever think that the CEO would actually sit next to you and try to say hi. That’s why when you pulled up next to me in a swivel chair and asked me how my chocolate tasted (I think it was a kit kat), I just said, “It’s good.” I had to go make copies. I really did. It wasn’t until I saw you become so so sad that I realized something was up.
If I could have a do over - I would’ve shared the other half with you. Thanks for not firing me or anything.
- choco monster
I couldn’t find you on Facebook or any other social network, but that doesn’t surprise me… because you were always too cool for the rest of us anyway. With your Portuguese accent, fiery love for soccer, habit of calling us young tigers, and that office desk of yours with nothing ever on it — you were the best modern renaissance badass woman boss employer person. Sorry, that’s a lot of words.
Anyways, I’m sure you’re still busy inspiring your team to ‘stop chasing other people’s tails and find your own roar.’ But… I hope I can see you again sometime when I’m visiting. I’ve always wanted to tell you that even though I’m still working on my roar, you helped me find my meow first.