Unexpected

#344: Unexpectedly, you lose your job. (Or a loved one. Or something or someone important to you.) What do you do next?

I’ll stick with job, as the other option is just a tad too morbid. What would I do next… Get job hunting I guess?! I’m quite ambitious and so would take this as my opportunity to look into expanding my skills in presenting, producing and video editing, as I absolutely love doing them.

Breakdown

#299: Tell us about a habit you’d like to break. Is there any way it can play a positive role in your life?

Procrastination when it comes to household chores. I’d love to think of chores as a positive – focus on the great outcome once it’s been completed, right?! – although unfortunately, it’s never occurred to me that way. I’d much rather be learning a new skill, building on my existing ones, working on my career, reading, catching up on the latest Big Bang Theory episodes… there’s just so many other things I’d rather be doing!

Could it play a positive role in my life… I honestly have no idea! Any suggestions fellow bloggers?

Can’t get enough

#282: Have you ever been addicted to anything, or worried that you were? Have you ever spent too much time and effort on something that was a distraction from your real goals? Tell us about it.

I tend to go through phases of addiction – I went through a Pinterest obsession when it first came out and now, I’d have to say it’s Netflix… just having so much choice and multiple seasons available at your fingertips. It’s just all way too tempting! But I wouldn’t say I’ve ever been worried about them, as they are just that… a phase. Fair enough they are harmful to my health in a way, but luckily it’s never been an addiction to food, alcohol, drugs, smoking etc. Thinking about it, the only one I can imagine becoming addicted to from that short list is food – I’ve never been a huge alcohol consumer and I’ve never tried (and never will!) drugs or cigarettes, so fingers crossed I should be ok.

But to answer the prompt fully, I don’t think these phases have been a full distraction to my real goals. However, they may have acted as temporary distractions now and again from job hunting – but that’s acceptable right?!

Non sequitur

#266: Write a post about anything you’d like, but be sure to include this sentence somewhere in the final paragraph: “He tried to hit me with a forklift!”

Anything I like… I guess I could write about my endeavour to give my CV a complete overhaul, which begun last week. I decided that the reason I’ve not been getting many interview offers following my application submissions, is due to the fact that my CV looks pretty boring at first glance. So I thought “Chloe, it’s time for a makeover – time to really shake it up!”. What’s the first thing I do… Google for CV examples. The only slight flaw in this plan, was the fact that there is sooo much advice out there, inevitably clouding my overall objective. That said, the raw copy is typed up and ready, as this forms the general body of the document and I have had a little play around with the various style options available within a pages document. Let’s just say I’m getting there.

Once I’m happy with my new CV, I’ve got a few really good friends who said that they’d be happy to read through it and give me their thoughts – I’m always looking for feedback and ways in which I can improve, so being given constructive criticism always sits well with me. Whilst this is in progress, I can crack on with perfecting the basis to my cover letter – as without realising it, they’ve become a full A4 page long and nobody wants to be faced with that when having to sift through potentially hundreds of applications! I guess I’m just sick of getting the same old emails that start with “Thank you for your interest for our xxx vacancy at xxx. Unfortunately, we will not be taking your application any further… blah blah blah”. Every time I open one of these emails, it feels like he/she has tried to hit me with a forklift! But I’m determined for that to change and soon. So, watch this space…

Cliché

#56: Clichés become clichés for a reason. Tell us about the last time a bird in the hand was worth two in the bush for you.

Before I wrote today’s post, I just had to find out where this saying came from! It is believed that it originated in mediaeval times, where a bird in the hand (a falcon) was an incredibly valuable asset and most certainly worth more than two in the bush (referring to the prey). The meaning behind this therefore is that it is better to have something that is certain than to take a risk to get more, which may result in losing everything.

So with that in mind, I guess the closest thing to it that I have experienced is job hunting. As much as I love my job, unfortunately there is no opportunity for career progression, so spending all of my spare time seeking out a new position has the potential to result in a position not as enjoyable or with as much responsibility. It very much is a gamble in my opinion as you never know if the new job you take will be better than the previous one – although I’m sure it will all work out in the end! I’m a firm believer of good things come to those who wait.