It’s been a while since I’ve been able to report good news on the job front. Difficulty in getting a job, after all, was part of the reason that I looked into graduate school three years ago. It was not the only reason, as I did have a desire to expand my knowledge and understanding of chemistry. But it was a pretty big motivation for expanding my chemistry credentials. As a result of said graduate school, it’s been over three years, possibly closer to four, since I’ve had a job interview, and none since I received my Master’s degree.
All of this explains why I’m so eager to have another job interview, or three, or however many it takes to get a good job. The first one I’ve had in a long, long time is this Thursday. It is not my ideal job at my ideal company, I’ll freely admit, but it would be an improvement from the ‘no working income on my part and surviving via government assistance, my wife’s income, tax refunds, and occasionally cashing out money from my Roth IRA’ lifestyle I’ve been running lately. (It’s a working title.)
At any event, it’ll be nice to be back working regularly. (On something other than my blog, that is.) I do realize that an interview is far from a certain job, and it could be a long time before I do get such a job (if ever), but it’s nice to know that I am still of interest to employers. It’ll be even better when I can report a new job, or perhaps enough income from my blog and other side hacks to render me able to survive while never having to have a job again. On that note, perhaps we should look at some of the other good blog entries this past week to help spur me on, including:
Great Yakezie Posts
Fun Ways to Make Extra Money – Making extra money is always good, and being able to have fun while doing so is even better. This post from Life and My Finances should provide a few interesting ways (watching TV, for example) to earn a few extra bucks.
7 Ways to Reduce Household Waste – There’s lots of ways you can cut down the amount of waste you produce, and here are a few such suggestions from Prairie Eco-Thrifter. I like ‘Buy Used’ myself; a simple, but effective, way to cut both spending and waste.
Top 4 Ways to Save Money on Food Without Sacrifice – Like to eat impressive sized, excellent meals? Want to do so without busting your wallet? Check out these suggestions from The College Investor to learn how!
Party Hosting Tips – Not necessarily a guide to saving money (not that every post has to do so), but Buck Inspire provides a pretty good guide of how to have a party without blowing your mind (or budget) getting it ready.
Five Benefits of Separate Checking Accounts – As my wife and I have both a joint account and (largely) separate accounts, this article from Young and Thrifty really struck me. Not bad if you’re planning how to organize your money as a couple.
5 Things to Do With a Tax Refund-And 1 Not to Do – I realize that most of my readers have probably already gotten their tax refunds, but if you still have some money left (or are pulling a late filing), here are some thoughts on what to do (and what not to do) from Squirrelers.
Apple vs. PC-What Should You Buy? – It’s gotten to the point where there are Apple people and non-Apple people in the world, but if you are looking for a more objective list of considerations, check out this one from Cash Flow Mantra for some thoughts.
Financial Tips for April, No Fooling Around – I had some fun last week, but Money Is The Root is clear on what is, and is not, a good idea when it comes to managing your finances in an effective manner this month.
5 Reasons Why Bitcoins are the Dumbest Investment Ever – Bitcoins are becoming ever more popular, it seems, but Darwin’s Money shares why you shouldn’t invest too much of your money in them if you want to succeed.
Contests and Giveaways
- The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing Book Review – Want to learn more about stock market investing? Enter this contest from Modest Money by April 30th for a chance to win this book and learn more.
- $50.53 Giveaway-Community and Charity 10% Monthly Blog Income Give Back #19 – This is the latest of the giveaways from My Personal Finance Journey, sharing part of the wealth from blog work with his readers (and with $505.30 in profit, I’d be willing to share more than a little bit myself).
That’s all the contests currently available (at least, as I’ve learned about). Please let me know if there are any other contests you’d like me to share.
Where The Amateur Financier Was Featured
Fittingly for my current job search, my featured article last week was my Book Review of Fired to Hired. It provided an interesting guide to getting back to work, one that I am far from the only one who could use, which led the review to be featured in numerous round-ups, including:
- Carnival of Retirement at Making Sense of Cents
- Carn. of Financial Camaraderie at My Personal Finance Journey
- Carnival of MoneyPros at Family Money Values
- Yakezie Carnival at Young And Thrifty
- Y and T’s Weekend Ramblings at Young and Thrifty
Alright, that’s enough for today; I’ve got to go and get ready for a job interview tomorrow, and hopefully more in the not too distant future. Thanks for reading, as always.