Weekly Round-Up: Of Job Offers and Confidence

With my time as a graduate student very rapidly coming to an end (not rapidly enough, perhaps, as it appears my research work simply refuses to cooperate, which I know I’ve mentioned several dozen times already), it’s been a bit disappointing to see how hard it’s been so far to gain any job offers.  Before too long, after all, my education process will be complete, one way or another, and I’ll need to have a position that enables me to help my wife and our future child (and possibly children) as we prepare for our future together.  With no signs that anyone was interested in hiring, me, though, it was coming off as a rather disappointed situation forty-eight hours ago.

In the past few days, though, I’ve had a much different situation arise.  I was called by not one, but two different people trying to find positions on Monday, less than an hour apart from each other.  (Although they were from different placement agencies, which were located in different parts of the world if my ability to discern accents is accurate, they were trying to fill two positions at the same place.)  Neither position is absolutely fantastic in either responsibility or pay scale; I can probably do better if I keep looking for another job, to say nothing of finding a closer job (this one is currently over two hours from my home).

Still, it provides me with a great deal more confidence to have people show their interest in me and my efforts like this.  I’ve gone from worried that I won’t have any luck finding a job to thinking that, ‘Hey, I’m pretty well qualified for chemistry jobs; all I need is for people to see it.’  It’s a nice feeling, and one that will help keep me motivated as I finish my graduate school work and start a more devoted job search.

Speaking of nice feelings, it is pleasurable, as always, to read through some of the great articles shared by my fellow bloggers, including:

Good Yakezie Posts

Ask the Readers-Pareto Principle – The Pareto Principle (that 80% of the results are produced by 20% of the causes) is always a popular topic for personal finance writers.  Eric of Narrow Bridge Finance looks at how it can be applied to email, among other topics, to cut your efforts down to the most productive 20%.

The Top Five Favors You Can Do For Your Body – If you want a good, healthy, and enjoyable life (to say nothing of long enough to savor that retirement thing), you need to stay healthy.  Here, Junior Boomer of Consumer Boomer shares five suggestions to keep your body as healthy and happy as possible.

Help a 23-Year Old Reader Move Out & Set a BudgetWell Heeled Blog presents the situation of a reader who is a recent college grad and wonders how to get his financial footing in life.  It’s always interesting to see just what a variety of people have to say in advice in such a situation.

Applying for a Small Business Loan – There are plenty of possibilities for why, as you try to build a business, you might need a small business loan.  For a guide to some of them and advice on how to get such a loan, check out 20s money’s view on the subject.

Environmental Reward Program Update – I’ll admit that this is something of a new one on me; I knew that there were some programs trying to encourage environmentally friendly behavior through rewards, but I didn’t realize there were so many.  Good thing Amanda of Frugal Confessions shared them with us.

8 Great Ways to Save Money Socially – I’ll admit to not being the most social of people, but even I like to spend time with my friends every now and then.  As Kelly of The Centsible Life notes, it’s possible to save your money AND be social, too.

 The Rich and the Rest of Us – I know it sounds like the opening cries of a class warfare battle, but these thoughts from Flexo of Consumerism Commentary about the new book from Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley raises some interesting questions I’d like to have answered, as well.

Dealing With Debt Collectors – Debt is unfortunately a part of life for most of us, making knowing how to handle it increasingly important.  Mike of Saving Money Today details some of the regulations laid out in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, letting you know what debt collectors can (and cannot) do while trying to get the money owed to them.

What the NFL Draft Can Teach Us About Our Own Job Searches – I just had to read an article with a topic like this, and Daniel of Sweating the Big Stuff did not disappoint.  There are some surprising lessons you can learn for your own job hunting from looking at the draft (although, being the subject of nation-wide speculation and attention is probably not one of them.

Avoid Information Overload and Be More Productive – Alright, calling this a ‘Good Yakezie Post’ might be cheating, at least a hair; I wrote this post for Yakezie.com, as part of my effort to spread my wings a bit more.  So, read, enjoy, and learn how to keep yourself from being overloaded with all the information that’s out there nowadays.

Contests and Giveaways

Elle over at Couple Money is holding a Fuel King/Queen Contest to attempt to increase fuel consumption.  I don’t know how well I’d do at that; I no longer drive myself, but since my wife lives 75 miles away, every time we meet involves a 150 mile round trip…

May doesn’t look to be a very big month for contests, giveaways, and other such events, although perhaps I’m just spending too much time with my nose buried in my chemistry books…

Where the Amateur Financier was Featured

My Amateur Financier Value Proposition was included in The Big Bang Theory Birthdays Edition of The Totally Money Blog Carnival, hosted by Debt Black Hole.  Being a fan of The Big Bang Theory (and sadly, proof that their view of nerd culture is surprisingly accurate), I’m particularly honored.

My post on Building Up Your Financial Literacy (always a good goal to have) was featured in the 17th Edition of the Carnival of Retirement, hosted by Young Cheap Living.  It was also included in the Carnival of Wealth May Flowers edition hosted by Control Your Cash, who shared some largely depressing facts about the Mayflower’s voyage.

How Much Information Should You Share? was included in the Carnival of Financial Camaraderie #31: Lending a Helping Hand (excellent name, by the way) hosted by 101 Centavos.

Alright, that’s all for this week.  Here’s hoping you found plenty of interesting articles listed here (I know I always do), and here’s to another week of great blog articles!

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