Waiting for word.

Every time my phone beeps, buzzes or rings I think ‘this could be it, this could be the news I’ve been waiting for’.

Nope. Not yet.

Still waiting. Still applying for other positions. Still wishing, hoping and dreaming for something to go my way for a change. Still writing essays for ‘pre-interview questionnaires’. When did pre-interview questionnaires become a thing? Because they’re a giant waste of time.

You don’t realize how much your phone beeps until you’re waiting for news.

Come on universe.

I need this one.

I really need this one.

True story –> At my last place of employment, whenever they were hiring for a position with ‘Management’ in the title, they would automatically delete/throw away any resume of someone who’s name sounded like it could be female. My former boss was of the belief that females weren’t qualified to work in management. If he somehow selected someone to move further in the process who was female (for example if he selected a Jordan and Jordan turned out to be female) he’d simply ghost the candidates because (and he used to brag about this very openly) ‘ain’t nobody got time for that’.

I know that when I apply for a job it’s a number’s game. I know it’s not necessarily about what’s on your resume. Sometimes what’s on your resume matters and sometimes it really doesn’t. I’m just wishing, hoping, dreaming for the opportunity and hoping that this time around, what was on my resume really mattered.

Blogging, Marketing, Promotion, Communications Questions Answered

In honour of reaching 5,000 WordPress followers in 11 months, and because I need a distraction, if you have any questions related to blogging, marketing, promotion and communications, ask away.

I will answer questions that are blogging specific, or can draw from my industry experience if that better helps what you’re looking to learn.

Do you want to know the best free tools to use? Do you want to know why analytics are integral to growth? Do you want to know how many hits I get in a day? Do you want to know the best website to use for newsletters? Do you waant to know industry standards for communication distribution? Do you want to schedule a time for me to look through your blog and ‘Audit’ it, so to speak, to help make it user friendly? Whatever you want to know, ask away.

– Crickets –

Day 23: Same shit, different day.

Senior Management is hanging on to the old ways and expecting the younger generations to behave in the way did when they were picked up at their university career nights in the eighties. It’s no wonder employers don’t know how to effectively value the millennials in their offices.

The generational chasm that presently exists between the two (in some places three) generations in today’s work place is alarming to say the least. The “do as I say not as I do” mentality runs rampant amongst a league of overbearing management unwilling to look outside of the box they’ve put themselves in.

Amidst all of this, millennials are killing the culture. Millennials are destroying the industry. Millennials are making ‘the rest of them’ look bad as we reshape the way business needs to be done. That’s all they care to share. Somehow, if something has gone wrong it is always at the fault of the millennial in the office.

Change isn’t easy. Trust me, I know. I’m living it. Thing is… just because something has always been done one way does not mean that it always has to be done that way. Instead of vilainizing a generation for ‘having no values, loyalty or motivation’ how about you stop for a moment to think about the fact that maybe our values, loyalty and motivation are different to yours. That’s not a bad thing.

Whilst trying so hard to protect themselves and interests with the archaic boys-club like mentality of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, I simply wish for them to please take a moment or two to realize that millennials are merely trying to do the same thing… in a new world… in a new decade with a new way of life.

People really ought to stop demoting and demoralizing an entire generation based solely on the fact that they don’t understand and don’t care to.

-V