All posts by TheOfficeGossip

You’re a Process Person

When dealing with money, especially where it concerns someone's retirement, you would assume there would be a paper trail of consent, right?   So colour me shocked when I recently found out that my company's HR person (who is one of those people you question why any employer would consider hiring) had, without my knowledge ...

Contract Work Sucks Souls

A few days ago it hit me that contract work sucks souls. And I mean the type of contract work that you see on job boards with fine-print stating: with the possibility of extension or permanent employment. That phrase stares back at you with a devilish smirk because it knows your desperation will hit apply ...

How I Reacted to Getting Laid-Off the First Time

I was 22 years old and eight months fresh out of college when I was first laid-off from the lifestyle's magazine I was working at. For colleagues who hear, it was pretty painless. Standard. Kind of boring, actually. But my ego was screaming 'Say Whhaaattt?'.   My mind started firing off all the nasty words ...

You’re Lazy. Get Up and Do Something

When I was unemployed, my parents would write this in an email to me every day. My response is always a concise ‘K’.   Their words burned into my confidence. They justified it as "tough love".   Like a bad breakup, my emotions were running high on sadness at being unemployed. I was rejected. And ...

What Do You Do Outside of Work?

I got asked this question last week when I was in the kitchen after lunch. The question took me by surprise because it was unprompted without any of the usual superficial pre-conversations like "How was your weekend? or Did you know Janet from Finance called in sick again in two weeks. Somebody's getting F-I-R-E-D" and ...

Six Signs You’re About to Get Laid Off and What to Do About It

As embarrassing and ridiculous as it is to write that I’ve been laid off five times in 10 years (this has to be a world record, right?), I will admit that I am dense in noticing the red flags. It took me until my fourth lay off to finally notice the signs that my departure ...

Post-Job Interview Mind Games

Job interviews generally suck (for me, anyway). You’re put on the hot seat and grilled for your industry knowledge and experience. And if you’re anything like me, when I’m the centre of attention for more than five seconds, I sweat. Profusely. When the beaded drops aggressively show up as a sweatstashe or roll down the ...

Rejection is a Raging B*tch with Horns

Indeed it is. The same can be said for losing out on a promotion, losing a game, failing a test, breaking up with someone and the list goes on.   I repeat, rejection is a raging b*tch with horns. Even if you know it’s coming, it’s still demoralizing to hear or see it. You’re essentiallu ...

My First Seven Jobs

Late to the game, but I thought I'd give the #firstsevenjobs a try. Now that my past jobs are laid out in list format, I'm pretty impressed with myself that there's variety, or it could just mean that I had no damn clue what I wanted to do with my life.   Peer Counselor at ...

My Horrible Experiences With Job Recruiters

I may be in the minority here, but my experiences with job recruiters range from underwhelming to below mediocre. I now shudder at the thought of leaving my professional future in the hands of someone else. Never Again!   First, I just want to be clear that this post isn’t a slam on recruiters. I’m ...

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