The Kindness of Strangers

Am sick as a dog as I wend my way back to NY. So am relying on the kindness of people I just met to help get to the airport, clean up, etc. Gotta love these California friendlies. Am truly grateful. Bye to Cali, Hello NY!

Bye, Bye Cali

Bye Bye, Americana

Yup, after living in California for almost 13 years, Los Angeles for almost 9 years, I am calling it quits and moving back to NY to continue the job search on the East coast. I loved Cali, but am glad to be going home. Will still be blogging and writing goofy articles on how to fix your stairs, unstop your sink, and generally wreak havoc on your home with power tools. Happy Holidays, everyone!

P.S. The Food Network’s winner of the Cupcake Wars, the Goodie Girls, just opened a shop around the corner from me. Oh well. 😦

So You Want to Be an Astronaut?! Science Internships and Opportunities

You know how in my last blog I told job searchers that they need to keep searching through the holidays? Well, the same goes for students looking for internship opportunities. I know, I know, y’all are stressed with finals right now, but bookmark the following site to look at over your school holidays. It makes applying for opportunities so easy!


This blog will tell you how to apply for a NASA summer internship in aerospace engineering, as well as give you resources for science opportunities. Have fun! It’s a great site.

Don’t Stop the Job Search

One of the biggest job myths out there is that companies do not hire in December. However, despite the image of wild holiday office parties, hiring managers are still hard at work during the holidays trying to fill empty staff positions. Some companies may even use December 31 as a deadline to take away job slots and funds for those jobs if they are not filled by the end of the year.

What does that mean for you as a job searcher? You should still keep searching and sending out those resumes over the holidays. Make sure that your contact information on your resume makes you accessible whether you are at home for the holidays or visiting relatives. List a cell phone number if you have one, and keep the cell phone on. Do not list an email address that you will not be checking.

It is tempting to take a break from job searching to get all the holiday stuff done that you need to do and to party with friends and family. However, this is the time of year when many people stop their job search, so there are fewer people sending out those resumes and claiming interview slots. This means less competition for you. It also means you are now juggling a job search, the holidays and your home life, which can be pretty stressful.

Ease the stress by setting aside time each day for job search tasks. Then take some time for holiday fun. Make a list of things you need to do, and cross off those items that will not bring the world to an end for you if you do not do them.

You may actually land a job as a holiday gift to you. Happy Holidays.