And I’m BACK!

I Know I have been completely MIA, but I am back and ready to blog my little heart out!!! I have had a lot happen since the last time I was here. My son E just turned 3 a few weeks ago, and I now have a second beautiful son L who will be 6 months on the 18th. Boy do they keep me busy! Lately I have been dealing with a lot of screaming and kicking and throwing and big attitude from my 3yr old. I tried my hardest to figure out if this was simply a stage or if it was from lack of socialization with other children or my lack of parenting know-how. Well I put him into a few different classes and programs and there was absolutely no change, and he most certainly did not learn…

Rodan + Fields

So I thought that I would introduce the company that I recently partnered with; Rodan + Fields Dermatologists (yes, the creator’s of Pro-active). I recently had a bouncing baby boy, and like many others in these economic times found that it was actually more finacially straining for me to go back to work. So my husband and I went from a two person, two income household to a three person, one income household. I just had to find something I could do to generate any additional income possible, while taking care of my baby full time. But what the heck could I possibly do that wouldn’t be a scam and cause us to lose even more money. Well, I had a dear friend from high school that I had lost touch with, but with the power of facebook and twitter…

Times ticking down…

Things have been more than hectic lately, my biggest gripe about all of the pending work to complete is the fact that I’m  typically working in two different locations all day long. This is putting a damper on my ability to get things done by their deadlines due to the inability to just setup and go after I need to switch, it takes me a bit to get back on track due to other circumstances (not to be discussed).  Right now I’m in the process of designing an employment agencies site via wordpress for one client, a very detailed and customized mommy blog, an art portfolio and the outstanding one to trump them all I converting a rather large name company from html to wordpress. Sean and I worked to code the initial pages, but when we were given the…

Bright Outlook for Online Workers

Online employment platform Elance has released the results from its annual survey on small business hiring trends. The survey reveals the job outlook is bright for people working online as a multitude of businesses continue to adopt online hiring as a core strategy to remain agile in today’s economic climate. Small and medium-sized businesses also show that adaptability and efficiency are key motivating factors for hiring online professionals with 73-percent of businesses citing the flexibility to scale up and down quickly as a key benefit and 60 percent indicating faster time to hire vs. traditional hiring approaches yielding huge time savings. Below are some of the key findings from the survey: Businesses Gain More Mileage with Hybrid Hiring Models Growing numbers of companies are planning to scale up their online hiring after reaping the benefits of a flexible, on-demand team…

Monster Brings Semantic Search for Talent Matching

Job search and “matching” engine Monster.com announced the launch of SeeMore, a cloud-based semantic search and analytics platform for managing resume databases. “Our philosophy on innovation is simple – we focus on products and solutions that deliver breakthrough technology to address a real market need. SeeMore(TM) is no exception. It solves a complex problem that many employers are facing — not having strategic visibility into their internal and external talent pools because they are using a range of technologies in an increasingly fragmented recruiting environment,” said Darko Dejanovic, EVP, Global CIO and Head of Product for Monster Worldwide. The SeeMore platform allows companies to search recruitment information to identify, access and match up appropriate talent with available positions. The platform enables HR to score and compare candidates, and mine current employee population to understand talent needs among other features. Minimizing…

Online Workforce Expanding, Especially in Mobile and Social

A recent blog post that caught the attention of readers included a summary of the annual report from online employment platform Elance. Another Web employment marketplace, oDesk, has released its own year-end report with similarly positive views of both the year in review and the year ahead. The report from oDesk says that employers spent $115 million on online work in 2010 and that job opportunities doubled from 2009 to approximately 602,000. Mobile was the best bet for job-seekers, and positions involving Android expertise shot up 680 percent from 2009 while iPhone-related jobs increased by 152 percent. Social media was not surprisingly the next hottest jobs category, and the hottest regions for online contractors were the Philippines, India and the United States. For 2011, oDesk predicts that online work will continue to double year-over-year while local employment will not rebound…

Happy August

While it’s only about 1:30 in the morning, it’s officially August.  July went by rather quickly.  I’m still in New York, I’m still searching for a job and I’m still working on straightening out my head so I can figure out exactly what I’m going to do with my life.  Numerous family members are sick, and while Sean and I have been at my father’s house this entire time, my father doesn’t seem bothered by the fact that we’ve both been here for as long as we have.  We’re hoping to figure things out as soon as possible but of course that requires some kind of a call-back from any of the positions I’ve applied for. Today was pretty busy for me.  I put in a lot of applications and I spent about six hours (straight – no breaks) working…

STILL waiting

I’m still waiting to hear from just about anyone at this point.  I had the chance to look over the application I submitted to the hospital and I’m starting to feel as though they aren’t even going to give me the time of day.  I didn’t see the small print during the application process (mainly because it was listed as recently updated) but they want someone with two years of experience in the medical field. My issue is the fact that a family member of mine basically did the same job – starting back in the 80’s and working 20 years with them.  They had no prior experience so naturally I’m going to hope that they let that slide with me too.  The starting salary for them is about $40,000.  That’s all I need to get by, so hopefully something…

Storms a Brewin

I just got back from my interview.  It seemed to go well but I’m not going to look too far into it.  As of right now I’m unsure of whether or not they see my design business as a conflict of interest.  I can understand their concern but at the same time, anyone who knows me knows that I put 100% into everything I do and considering this would be a full-time position I will more than likely completely walk away from freelancing.  Right now it’s repeat clients and it’s never really anything “big” it’s simple updates like uploading a new profile image or updating an email address.  There’s really nothing big going on with it, so trying to keep it above water isn’t worth it to me anymore. After I met with the I.T. guy and filled out my…

Filled with Excitement

On Friday I have an interview with one of the companies I’ve applied for.  I’ve been searching for design and marketing jobs for quite some time now and was very surprised when I found a company that’s located not even 10 minutes away from me and they’re looking for a web designer.  I’m hoping it works out well for me but if it doesn’t I guess I’m going back into the wonderful world of retail.  I’m hoping that’s not the case, but who knows what the future holds for me. With that news aside…I need some coffee, I’m really lagging today.  I had a pretty late night getting my portfolio together and running on only a few hours of sleep really isn’t the best thing when you’re looking at a computer all day. Technorati: Work, Graphics Design, Web Design