Seeking Out Me

Unemployment Freedom Feels like Retirement

Gosh, I have not posted here in a very long while. Why? Well, I’ve been busy. I’ve been busy tweeting, blogging on other networks, finishing up my book, doing research for my next book, working on a documentary, freelance writing, running a nonprofit, helping other nonprofits with social media and looking for a job. I’m doing lunches, dinners, coffees and I’m now working out so I’m no longer getting fat from all of that social networking. In fact, I’ve lost 5 pounds with my new regimen. Woohoo!

Well, I’m happy to report that I have 3 job irons in the fire and they are very very hot. I am confident that I will be working very soon. All 3 are very cool companies, but all very different, each one touching one  of my inner passions. I realized a few months ago that landing a job is important, but landing a job that is enjoyable is even more important to me. I’d much rather hold out for the right gig, rather than just take a job just to get paid.

I have finished my experimental blog on 99 Days on FarmVille. And I’m amazed at how popular it was (22,000 hits and still going). Just insane. You can read my last blog post which was my assessment of the game and some recommendations for Mark Pincus and his Zynga team. I am glad that is over because the game and the blog were a huge time suck.

My time off has been extremely rewarding. It almost feels like retirement. I’ve been able to work out more, eat healthier, be less stressed because I am no longer making a 75 minute commute each way every day and get back in touch with so many people, it’s been great. Oh, and my house is super organized. I’ve also discovered a new passion for “dates” the fruit. They truly are nature’s candy.

Could I get used to being unemployed? Probably not. I like to keep busy which is why I’m dabbling in a bunch of things right now that are my passions. It is so rewarding to work with people that are aligned with your same goals and interests.

But as I get closer to finding a job, I realize that my time off is about to come to an end. So I better go schedule some pampering for myself. Some last cathartic indulgence. 😉

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Some articles and blogs I have written in case you missed them:
Foursquare: A have for criminals – a MUST read for all of you suckers on 4Square
Matruism, KFC’s new mantra – more pink washing
Work-life balance programs, social responsibility or competitive edge?
My favorite pop song from back in the day: Escape (Pina Colada song)
The Race is On: The Tortoise and the Hare – my rant on people who are always in such a freakin’ hurry.
How to transition to a different career – I was inspired after rewriting someone’s resume and realized people don’t know how to do this well
Conflict can have a positive outcome

Cheers,
Tracy

Day 146 – Contest, documentary and a lady who lunches

Posted in Consulting, contest, job search, Lost, Lunch, San Francisco, Writer by Tracy on April 21, 2010

Today, on the agenda is lunch with a former boss. I definitely feel like a lady who lunches and I need to start working out more often or I’m going to become a blimp with all of these lunches. For a person who is unemployed, I certainly eat well. Tomorrow I have yet another lunch, but it’s more of a social lunch rather than a networking lunch and will probably involve a cocktail or two. And on Friday, I am taking myself to lunch to eat at Naked Lunch – a new lunch place that is screaming my name when I heard the words ‘foie gras sandwich!’ Look for the review on FoodieFool.com late Friday.

I have started research on my documentary project with my friends which involves researching the history of the FDA. I’m reading Inside the FDA right now. Fascinating stuff. I’m also gathering research and interview candidates for my next book on the world of nonprofits. If you know of anyone who could add some value to my book on nonprofits, leave a comment to contact me or you can go to my website right now where I am hosting a contest. Tell me about your most disappointing nonprofit experience and you will be entered to win a book and a $25 gift card to the nonprofit of your choice. I am essentially looking for experiences that are good/or bad and expectations that were met/or not met.  Would be great if you can go on record, but if not, I can work around that.

I am also offering a webinar to nonprofits to teach them about social media. I am doing my first one on May 3rd and a second one by request on May 4th. If you know of any nonprofit that is interested, forward them my site. If they mention that they heard about it from this site (Seeking Out Me), I’ll take $20 off the fee for the class offered on May 3rd.

Number of resumes submitted to date: 127

Hoping a consulting gig comes around soon.

p.s. LOST is so disappointing this year. I need ANSWERS!

Day 140 – Consulting, KFC and fave children’s book

Posted in Consulting, job search, KFC, Red Room, Writer by Tracy on April 15, 2010

Happy Thursday! Today is tax day and for most people it’s a stressful day working to the 11th hour trying to get their taxes done. Not for me. My hubby takes care of that, and I am grateful.

After 14 weeks of seeking full-time employment and bumping up against 25 year old recruiters who wouldn’t know experience if it hit them over the head, I decided to go the consultant route for two reasons. First, I am really liking the idea of managing my own time and it bodes well for the work-life balance that I want to maintain. Second, the money is just as good and you don’t ever have to get bored. Today I went down to the M Squared offices and listened to their pitch and signed up. Hopefully, an engagement will come up soon. In the mean time I have submitted 125 resumes through LinkedIn, Career Builder, The Ladders, individual recruiters and now M Squared. Something’s gotta give soon. I feel it.

In the mean time, who is doing the KFC marketing???? I’m not in marketing and never claim to be, BUT, the ad for which they advertise $0.50 from a purchase of a 6 pc bucket of chicken will go towards the Komen Foundation to end breast cancer, nearly made me jump out of my skin. KFC is one of the most unhealthy things you can eat, so while they are ending breast cancer, they’re promoting heart disease from eating that shit. If they want to end breast cancer, then simply make a flat donation to Komen and focus their marketing campaign or healthier living. (I mean, don’t they have a grilled chicken option?)

Yesterday, I did a blog post on RedRoom, which I soon hope to move my blog over to, on a topic they posted about your favorite children’s book. I posted this on my Facebook page (which made me think that I should get a Fan Page, hmmmm) and I got some great responses from Charlotte’s Web to Rumplestiltskin. My favorite of course was The Poky Little Puppy. Here’s a link to that blog post.

Now, I need to figure out how to embed a video into a website and where I am going to squeeze in a workout.