Why I Went On a Scam Interview

Uncle Scam Wants YOU!

Uncle Scam Wants YOU!

At 9:45 today, I’m pretty sure I’m going to be a part of an interview for a company that I will probably NEVER make any money with. Why? Because it’s a sales job, a sales job that’s totally on commission. It involves having a car (which I don’t), as well as an ability to sell people things that they can’t afford.

So why would I go on an interview that is basically wasting everyone’s time?

I need practice.

So far, I have had 32 interviews (with over 200 applications and follow ups!), and as of yet, no permanent position (at least as permanent as jobs can get). So why not waste someone’s time, especially since I didn’t apply to them, they grabbed my resume from CareerBuilder, and well, I need the practice. An interview for a job that I don’t have a chance for is perfect! I don’t have anything to lose, and can show off my new improved interviewing skills! It’s win-win…for me!

Who Wants a Cheap Admin?

Experienced Admins--Now 50 % Off!

Experienced Admins–Now 50 % Off!


If you don’t know anything about the On the Job training program (OJT), I suggest you contact your nearest Career Center to find out more!

Is This “The New Math?”

Are you being S-M-R-T about YOUR career?

Are you being S-M-R-T about YOUR career?

Experience + ??? = PROFIT!

When it comes to becoming an executive assistant, I must say that I am flummoxed. I have been reading, informational interviewing, thinking back on my own experiences as a CP Assistant (concert pianist’s assistant) that was the head of a college music department.  Travel planning (both domestic and international), keeping up with class/meeting/lesson schedules, tutoring, grading papers, etc. While I certainly know that I was a TA/EA, the role of an executive (or administrative) admin is quite different than what I’m used to.

So, how do I take that experience of being a “Girl Friday” to a department chair to being an executive assistant to Jane Doe, CEO of Widget, Inc.? How do I take what I already know, add what I’ve learned and will learn, and sound good enough to get hired?

That’s where the “new, improved” Virtuoso Admin comes in! Join me on my neverending journey of adminology improvement!

HOT OFF THE PRESS: Lester & Charlie’s New Book “Losers” Is Here!

Cross out the word “lottery” and replace it with “looking for work,” and you have my current feelings on the job search.

The Lester & Charlie Review

Loosers Cover Page

Who are the real winners, here?
Find out at Amazon!

Excerpt from the introduction:

IMG_1767Lotteries. They have been called both a tax on stupidity and a math tax. The odds of losing are so high as to be practically guaranteed. Yet 57% of the US population buys a lottery ticket at least once a year.

You may already be familiar with some of the winners. Winners make headlines.

Winners buy new homes, new cars.

What do they losers do? Some get upset. Some just shrug; there’s always next time. Others are just happy to have briefly entertained the fantasy of being disgustingly rich. But it’s unlikely that any of us considers how lucky we might have been to have lost.

2014-05-26 16.35.59A full 70% of lottery winners not only lose all the money within a few years, but they end up much unhappier…

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Reason No. MCMLXV Why I Hate Unemployment (er, Being Between Engagements)

via 12 Unique Ways to Score a Job Interview.

I love the advice given to job seekers. You’re told that everything takes time, yet guess what? The amount of unemployment insurance you get DOES NOT TAKE TIME. Also, according to “experts,” unemployment discrimination starts IMMEDIATELY. So, which is it, experts?

Anyhoo, I’ve read and read (and read) about various “unique” ways to get a job. Here’s mine:

will work 4 workNot only will I work for money, I’ll work for 50% LESS THAN MY COMPETITION! Yes, folks, I’ll work for HALF-PRICE! You’ll get an experienced administrative professional for half the cost!  Did I mention that I cost 50%?

You’ll see more of me in the coming days–I’ve got an idea about how I can FINALLY use this thing to actually get a job. And with that, I’ll bid you goodbye!

The Lies Job Search Experts Have Told You (or, The Hidden Job Market)

This is the symbol of the hidden job market!

This is the symbol of the hidden job market!

It’s no secret that I’ve been looking for work for over 6 months. The amount of advice I’ve gotten can fill several large boxes, and the amount that has actually worked can fill a very small envelope (one of the party invitation sized envelopes at that!) People don’t purposely give you terrible advice–they’re only repeating the information that they’ve heard hundreds of thousands of times.

I’ve decided to become a job search myth buster for the remainder of my unemployment, as well as when I actually find a job (which is probably going to be the 12th of Never. However, since I’ve found out that I’m not the only person that doesn’t believe in the Networking Unicorn (far from it!) I feel slightly better about my dwindling weeks of unemployment.


what if you don’t have a passion?

Remember, all introverts aren’t shy–some of us just like solitude and the sounds of our own thoughts!


Apparently networking's like dating, I guess... Apparently networking’s like dating, I guess…

The “w” is in lower case due to the lack of passion.

Tomorrow, I shall go to another meeting of the Networking Job Club (that’s what I’m calling it) in order to network, help others, and just DO something because looking for work via temp agencies, job boards, etc., IS NOT WORKING. What with all this stuff about hidden jobs, I don’t stand a chance if I don’t network!

So tomorrow morning, I’ll be lying back thinking of England (Hertsfordshire!)

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Networking for Introverts (or, How I’m Learning to Lie Back and Think of England…)


Well, think of Hertsfordshire, anyway... Well, think of Hertsfordshire, anyway…

When it comes to networking, we seem to throw common sense into the wind. Instead of finding a way to make it work for us, “experts” claim that you should do it because you have to.

Let me tell you, the average person won’t cut out craptastic eating habits, stop drinking, or anything else that COULD POSSIBLY SAVE THEIR LIVES, much less network, so maybe you need to come up with a better plan.

Think of it this way–if someone you knew came to you and said that they were changing the very way they are because of someone else (someone they were dating, perhaps) what would you do?  You’d probably say that they don’t need to change wholesale because of someone else. If they didn’t like the person as they were, then they don’t deserve them.

So why isn’t that the case with networking?…

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Day 2 of Scams R Us! (aka There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute)


I'll take my eggs scrambled! I’ll take my eggs scrambled!

At least this time the job sound slightly more legitimate. Not much more, though.

We unemployed are such a huge market for scammers…it’s amazing!

Dear applicant,

Congratulations!!..Your Application/Resume for the job position of Front Desk Receptionist/Scheduler have been advertised online, received,reviewed on snagajobs.com and was forwarded to the head of operation (Mr Arrington Greenwood) He would be conducting an online interview with you to discuss the Job Details, Pay Scale, Benefits and company etc.

You are to set up a screen name with Yahoo Instant Messenger or Google Hangout and add up the company’s Hiring Manager’s ID to your buddy list, yahoo screen name(mrarrington.greenwood@yahoo.com) Or Google Hang Out ID (arrington.greenwood12@gmail.com) and instant message him for an online interview/briefing.

The schedule time for the interview/briefing exercise is (Wednesday/9/9/2015, 8:am-4:pm) You are to be available on Yahoo Messenger or Google Hangout by 8:am for the interview, Your…

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Looking For Mr. Goodjob

If you have to ask...

If you have to ask…

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my 5 months and 11 days of being between engagements, it’s the fact that looking for work is the most craptacular thing in the world. You’re punished for grabbing any job you can but yet, your unemployment DOES run out. You shouldn’t do this, do that, say this, say that. You should do THIS on LinkedIn. Whoops, the experts now say that you shouldn’t! You should have a blog. You SHOULDN’T have a blog. Clean up your social profile! DON’T clean up your social profile! THIS is how you should network! NETWORK! NETWORK! NEEEETTTTWWOOOORRRRRKKKKK!

Unemployment is soooooooo exhausting! Remember to take a break every once in a while!

So…It’s only been 5 months and 5 days?


Only 158 days?! That's unpossible! Only 158 days?! That’s unpossible!

Yep. Five months and five days, with no end in sight. There’s got to be a way to find a job without having that large of a network.  Just about everyone I know is at my longest place of employment. There aren’t any jobs at said place. There aren’t any jobs at ANY place, and even the jobs that I was “promised” seems to have disappeared. (E-mails have bounced, and phone numbers/calls have gone unanswered.) You don’t have to tell ME twice!

Anyhoo, here’s to re-writing my resume (AGAIN!) and working on my interview skills! Hooray for me!

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How to decide if it’s time to get a new job (from Robert Half Staffing)

If you have to ask...

If you have to ask…

Have a job.

And that has been your Tip for the Day!

Heed These Lessons Learned from Being Laid Off

Heed These Lessons From Being Laid OffBy (from Beyond.com)

If you have ever been laid off, you know how hard it is to handle a job loss. You might be tempted to spend weeks wondering if your work wasn’t up to snuff, but a better way to spend your time is to network with people in your industry and brush up on your skills. Here are several ways a layoff can help you choose the right career path.

Although job loss is often a painful experience, it might be just the thing you need to find a better job or figure out that you want to switch careers. If you were afraid to leave your job due to the generous salary or comprehensive benefits package, a layoff takes the decision out of your hands and forces you to consider other employers. If you find a job that makes you happier, your unexpected job loss may turn out to be a gift instead of a burden.

It’s difficult to focus on goals when you are constantly worried about meeting deadlines or keeping your boss happy. Being laid off gives you the time you to explore your interests and decide if you want to pursue a career change. Whether you want to start your own business or work your way up the corporate ladder, an unexpected job loss gives you time to set goals and do everything necessary to reach those goals.

If you aren’t entirely sure you want to continue on the career path you’ve established, a layoff can help you make new professional connections and learn skills relevant to another field. Instead of watching television or spending hours surfing the Web, use your time to attend networking meetings or take classes. Participating in these activities can help you strengthen your resume, giving you a better chance of landing interviews when you are ready to look for a new job.

Managers often take several factors into account when determining who should be let go during a layoff. One of those factors is your ability to stay up-to-date on developments in your field. If you were let go from a job you loved, your layoff might be a sign that you need to take additional classes or obtain a professional certification in your field. If you recently suffered a job loss, don’t let it keep you from developing new skills.

The weeks immediately following a layoff are ideal for self-reflection. If your manager said you were laid off because of mistakes you made on the job, think about ways to avoid those mistakes in the future. Remember that mistakes aren’t always a bad thing, especially if you view them as learning opportunities.

Almost no one enjoys being laid off, but a job loss doesn’t have to end your career.

Instead of focusing on your old job, take time to develop new skills, build your professional network and do everything you can to improve your career.

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Life Lessons From Larry Fine…

My job search is like Larry's fishing...no luck at all!

My job search is like Larry’s fishing…no luck at all!

I’ve been looking for work for over 4 months. Now, I didn’t expect to receive a job IMMEDIATELY, but I also didn’t expect to have this feeling of…well, meh. It’s not depression, it’s not anger, it’s not any of those–it’s just M-E-H.  Sure, my bank account/net worth is approximately $500, with no influx of cash in sight, but I’m not even a bit worried about what will happen when I run out of money.  Why? Well, I can tell you it’s not because I feel that there’s an actual job around the corner!

Now, you may be wondering why the title mentions “Life Lessons From Larry Fine.”  The picture I chose is from the Three Stooges’ last filmed performance, Kook’s Tour (1970). Throughout the film, the boys enjoy the wonders of nature (while smoking like chimneys off-camera!) and decide to catch fish for supper. No matter how hard he tries, and how many lures he has on his hat, poor Larry can’t seem to even get close to catching a fish. Moe, Curly-Joe, and even their dog (Moose) manage to catch plenty! Toward the end of the film, Larry throws his hat in the lake in disgust, shouting, “I QUIT!”  And that is where I am with my job search at this very moment, ladies and gentlemen. I have heard that I should give up on job boards, that I shouldn’t give up on job boards, that I should network more, that I should network less…well, you get the idea. I know different things work for different people–psychopharmacology WAS my major, you know! But sometimes you need to take at least a weekend to get your thoughts together and just get AWAY from the experts. I have no more money to give, so I’ll have to look into cheaper experts once I begin again.

Is This For Real?!

Russian Barbie?!

Russian Barbie?!

They could be twins!

They could be twins!

Another day, another LinkedIn offer.

Looking at the photo, I couldn’t help but wonder–are you for REAL??!! (if there are any Dolemite/Rudy Ray Moore fans reading this, you’ll know that–revised–quote.) Anyhoo, this is what Ms. Fernandez sent me today:


We cooperate closely with headhunters and hirers on their contracting needs. We would like to add you for possible working opportunities

To start off, we would like offer a no-fee Cv and Resume Evaluation that will be useful to you. This evaluation will focus on the presentation of your resume/cv.

Should you be interested, do email your resume to cv@careers-usa.net

Sigh…all I seem to get nowadays are offers from insurance companies offering me a chance to live my dreams, and educational “opportunities” looking to fleece me out of my hard-earned money.

The more I think about it, the more it seems that there’s gold in them thar unemployed! GOLD!!!!

Hmmm…could this be a scam?

I'll take mine scrambled!

I’ll take mine scrambled!

We have today new vacancy of a Branch Assistant.
Employee must have: PC/laptop with Internet access; cell-phone; printer and permanent address.
This employment is a freelance home-based.
You will get payment up to 3,350 per month plus bonuses.
Your basic duties are:
– receive and send client’s purchases through the world through the different delivery services to specified address;
– correspond with manager via email, phone;
– stamping or labeling, and shipping packages or material;
– unpacking, confirming and making records of incoming and outgoing packages;
– take goods to proper shipping companies, such as UPS, USPS, FedEx etc.
To get more details, please reply us back. Your resume will be a plus for our company.
Kind regards!

5 Simple Techniques For Building Instant Rapport


5 Simple Techniques For Building Instant Rapport.

So…you need to improve your interview batting average (you’re currently 0/infinity). How do you prepare today (Sunday) for a Tuesday interview?

You cram, my dear panicky interviewee, you cram!


via 5 Simple Techniques For Building Instant Rapport.

How to Write a Press Release [Free Template + Sample]

How to Write a Press Release [Free Template + Sample].

via How to Write a Press Release [Free Template + Sample].

Ever wonder why some people get all the attention while you’re suffering from from an advanced case of anonymity? Well, look no further because here’s an article that can make you show up on the job search radar! There’s even a “quick and dirty” template you can use if you’re short on time.

Admin Week 2015 – OfficeNinjas

Admin Week 2015 – OfficeNinjas.

via Admin Week 2015 – OfficeNinjas.

You may not have a job at which to celebrate Administrative Professionals Week, but celebrate anyway! This is your time to shine AND make sure your future employer knows that you’re a problem solver! Remember, ask not what the job can do for you, ask what you can do to answer a problem. (Yes, that is a direct quote!)