My Life On Mondays: Quantam Job-Hunting

This column is about what I’m doing on Monday mornings, since I’m not exactly part of the workforce, waking up at eight, grabbing a morning coffee and sitting down at my desk to read the latest office memo. This week’s Monday morning seemed promising. I spent two hours job surfing online, which resulted in three exciting prospects. So I jazzed up my resume, wrote cover letters, went to the post office, kissed them for good luck and mailed them off…Then I went shopping

*Is holding out for a good job really just holding onto your freedom?*

I feel like I should be holding out. I mean, I went to a really great school and I really believe in myself and I believe in my qualifications. I’ve had some really great experience. And if I use the word ‘really’ one more time, I’ll know that I’m just fooling myself. But I _REALLY_ do think I’m ready to play in the big leagues. But am I right in wanting to bypass the minors? Enough baseball, here’s an analogy that finally worked for me.

*Say there are ten handbags you think are nice.* But there is one that you would just _kill_ to have. I mean, if you had this one handbag, you would be completely satisfied. In fact, you might give up handbag-hunting all together. You’re convinced that if you had this bag, you would have the coolest, hippest, most professionally gratifying, .um, .hippest, hottest bag in the world. So is it better to apply for…purchase the other ten bags? Or just carry all your stuff in a paper bag until you get the best one? And is the amount of energy you expend trying to get the great one in direct proportion your indifference to the other five? If you had the other five, would your desire to obtain the great one dwindle?

I explained this analogy to my friends and they laughed at me. So I guess it’s back to the drawing board.

_*stacy hinojosa is a recent college grad _(“recent” is beginning to be a bit of a stretch)_ and the executive editor of universitychic.com. She is still hunting for the perfect job and handbag._

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Football is Cool….no, really, it is!

I got my sub sandwich, a little vegetable platter, some brie with crackers and apples and some tortilla chips and five-layer dip. Yep… *I’m ready for the big game.* And I’m not faking either. I actually _like_ watching football. And I also really like watching the commercials. But don’t judge me. I may like watching the pigskin get tossed around, but while I’m watching I’m also dreaming of a Furla ostrich leather belt. Reminds me of last August at a baseball game. We were in the fifth row and in between innings I read Lucky. _It was the Fall Fashion issue!_

*Now that I think about it, I’ve liked football much longer than I’ve liked fashion.* When I was in elementary school I played football with the boys during recess while wearing my pink and purple plaid stretch pants with stirrups and matching hair scrunchie. _(Clearly I did not love fashion then.)_

So for all of you girls surfing the web while your boyfriends obsess over the TV for the next five hours, here’s a quick crash course to get you through the night.

*Super Bowl 101*
1. This is Super Bowl 40 _(a.k.a. Super Bowl XL)_
2. The Seattle Seahawks are playing the Pittsburgh Steelers in Detroit.
3. The Rolling Stones are playing in the Halftime Show

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All Hail Ikea: Land of Cheap

The other day I was buying a decorative pillow at Pottery Barn when the cashier reminded me, “You do know that there are two prices right? One for the pillowcase and one for the pillow? My response… _”Damn you double price tags! You got me again! Pier One pulls the same lame stunt! You’ll never fool me again, Restoration Pottery Hardware Pier Barn One!_

*So my friend and I are planning a trip to Ikea next week* to find some inexpensive pieces to furnish our new apartments _(read: our parent’s basements)_. I’m excited to go, however, I have to admit I’m a bit nervous due to a bad experience I had at Ikea London. _Long story short: My friends and I got hopelessly lost in the outskirts of London by taking too many of the wrong busses and asking drunk Irish men (who hate U2 and then curse and spit at you) for directions._

But I really should give Ikea another try. After all, you can forget Disneyworld, because when we finally got there, _(around 10:30 pm)_, it was the happiest place on earth! There was a restaurant with meals for a dollar, ice cream cones for 25 cents. I even got a pillow for two bucks. I mean, *lets face it, Ikea is cheap, cheap, cheapo.* And that’s why I like, love, worship it. In fact, most college grads here in the Washington D.C. area buy everything for their new apartments from Ikea. And you know what? There’s no shame in it. I mean, who cares that almost everything is made out of plastic and breaks after a year? We’re the Ikea generation! In fact, our entire age bracket can be defined by a two hundred dollar sofa and a practically free ice cream cone….hmmmm….

…Pottery Barn could really learn a thing or two about pricing from Ikea.

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Because Mascots Really Do Matter…….(and reliable search results are good too).

!http://www.universitychic.com/files/dogpile.jpg!

Yahoo has a smiley face, MSN has a butterfly, Ask has an English butler, and Google has…well, I don’t think Google has anything. But when it comes right down to it…wouldn’t you rather have a cute little puppy? “www.dogpile.com”://www.dogpile.com combines popular search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN and gives you combined results. I’ve been using it off and on for years and it works pretty well for me. Besides…wouldn’t you rather click Go Fetch than plain old Search?…I know I would.

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Book Buzz, Blog Buzz….We're Talkin Buzz People!

Some Like It Haute by Julie K. L. Dam

*I saw this book mentioned in an issue of Bazaar* and _(craving more fashion literature the likes of The Devil Wears Prada)_ ran/drove to Borders only to learn that it won’t be released until February. A little web research later, I learned the book is about a fashion editor, Alex, who is thrown into the crazy world of the Paris designer shows, _the title of the book obviously referring to “haute couture” fashion._ *Believe, you, me, this book is gonna be haute!* How do I know? Well, it’s definitely going to be a must-read if it is _anything_ like the “Some Like It Haute blog”:www.somelikeithaute.com, a hilarious photo diary of Alex’s obsession with expensive designer footwear and shopping… _(I thought I had problems with handbags but this gal puts me to shame)_. I still haven’t figured out if this blog is real or fictional….but either way, I’m completely hooked on it and completely counting down the days until I get to read this book.

“*Check Out the Blog*”:www.somelikeithaute.com

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Book Buzz, Blog Buzz….We’re Talkin Buzz People!

Some Like It Haute by Julie K. L. Dam

*I saw this book mentioned in an issue of Bazaar* and _(craving more fashion literature the likes of The Devil Wears Prada)_ ran/drove to Borders only to learn that it won’t be released until February. A little web research later, I learned the book is about a fashion editor, Alex, who is thrown into the crazy world of the Paris designer shows, _the title of the book obviously referring to “haute couture” fashion._ *Believe, you, me, this book is gonna be haute!* How do I know? Well, it’s definitely going to be a must-read if it is _anything_ like the “Some Like It Haute blog”:www.somelikeithaute.com, a hilarious photo diary of Alex’s obsession with expensive designer footwear and shopping… _(I thought I had problems with handbags but this gal puts me to shame)_. I still haven’t figured out if this blog is real or fictional….but either way, I’m completely hooked on it and completely counting down the days until I get to read this book.

“*Check Out the Blog*”:www.somelikeithaute.com

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Uchic Fashion: The Buzz on Clutches

Sherpa, sherpa, sherpa….

Some of you loyal readers might remember that a few months back, I expressed a certain interest in an “e. zeus sherpa fleece clutch.”://www.majolie.com/e-store/prod_details.asp?pid=1051104989159&pcid= Well….said sherpa fleece has arrived at my house and I could not be happier. My best friend hates it…my mother loathes it, _(since I can’t stop talking about it on the phone with her)_, but me…well, I’m in love. Check it out at “www.majolie.com”:www.majolie.com

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Campus Trend Report: Fashionable Ways to Add Spring to Your Style

Whether it’s a true trend or just wishful thinking, students at Penn are battling the 20-degree temperatures with hints of spring hidden under layers of down and wool. I’ve seen a resurgence of typically spring entities: dresses and floral, even floral-printed frocks swinging around campus. It’s easy to get caught in the winter doldrums in a palette of grays and browns, but why would you want to when spring is just around the corner?

“Read more of Ali’s Trend Report!”://www.universitychic.com/node/344

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My Life on Mondays: "The Job Hunt"

Now that I’ve moved back to the East coast, I’m noticing a difference in the way college grads out here hunt for a job. I’ve reconnected with my best friend Abby, who graduated from James Madison University in December, and sure, we still get together to have lunch and go shopping, but while I’m working on independent projects, applying for unpaid internships and working retail to pay the bills _(read: handbag addiction)_, she is involved in a completely different kind of job hunt.

Abby has an active profile on www.monster.com. She wakes up early in the morning to spend time fine-tuning her resume and searching for job postings online. She’s attended numerous job fairs and recruiting events _(unheard of in the West)_ and has followed up with many of her contacts. She got a phone call the other day from a company interested in hiring her. Her response? “Well, I’d like to sit down together to discuss this project in detail. When are you available next week? Friday? Friday works well for me.” _Who was this person???_ Then she hung up the phone and turned to me and said she wanted to go to the outlet mall because she was bored. _Now that’s more like it._

Here was a girl who swore to me that she didn’t want to be a part of the so-called “Corporate America,” but she was spending all her spare time filling out and mailing in 30-page applications for city social work positions and local non-profits, not to mention that her boyfriend had a great job offer from a great company four months before he even graduated! Is it East Coast vs. West Coast? Or is it proactive vs. slacker? When it comes to putting yourself out there for hiring, am I missing the corporate boat?

*The way I see it, job-hunting college graduates fall into one of two categories.* They’re either searching for a job that they are qualified to do, or they are looking for the job of their dreams. And it’s a constant struggle to decide which one you should look for: the job you _can_ do or the job you _want_ to do. Sure, the job you can do gives you health insurance and a 401K and something legitimate for your parents to put in their Christmas newsletter. But is it the job you thought of when people asked you “what do you want to be when you grow up?”, when they told you to dream big little girl…the sky is the limit and you’re the future?…Back when Abby and I were in Brownie scouts and the only “work” we had to do was to sell cookies door to door and fill our sashes up with merit badges that were relatively easy to earn…

Which reminds me, I need to order Girl Scout cookies from Madeline down the street. And when she brings me my Samoas and Tagalongs, I’ll be sure to mention to her that selling the most girl scout cookies gets you a white tiger stuffed animal and does not make you any more likely to get a job offer before you graduate from college. I’ll also tell her that the horsemanship merit badge is a joke…that I’m 22 and I’m still terrified of ponies. I’ll tell her that no matter how many of those merit badges she gets, she can’t put a single one of them on a CV. And most importantly, I’ll tell her to make sure to get business cards and character letters from anyone who tells her to dream big little girl.

_*My Life on Mondays is an “independent project” written by Stacy Hinojosa, the Executive Editor of UniversityChic.com and a “job-hunting”, handbag-buying, crying-herself-to-sleep college graduate._

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My Life on Mondays: “The Job Hunt”

Now that I’ve moved back to the East coast, I’m noticing a difference in the way college grads out here hunt for a job. I’ve reconnected with my best friend Abby, who graduated from James Madison University in December, and sure, we still get together to have lunch and go shopping, but while I’m working on independent projects, applying for unpaid internships and working retail to pay the bills _(read: handbag addiction)_, she is involved in a completely different kind of job hunt.

Abby has an active profile on www.monster.com. She wakes up early in the morning to spend time fine-tuning her resume and searching for job postings online. She’s attended numerous job fairs and recruiting events _(unheard of in the West)_ and has followed up with many of her contacts. She got a phone call the other day from a company interested in hiring her. Her response? “Well, I’d like to sit down together to discuss this project in detail. When are you available next week? Friday? Friday works well for me.” _Who was this person???_ Then she hung up the phone and turned to me and said she wanted to go to the outlet mall because she was bored. _Now that’s more like it._

Here was a girl who swore to me that she didn’t want to be a part of the so-called “Corporate America,” but she was spending all her spare time filling out and mailing in 30-page applications for city social work positions and local non-profits, not to mention that her boyfriend had a great job offer from a great company four months before he even graduated! Is it East Coast vs. West Coast? Or is it proactive vs. slacker? When it comes to putting yourself out there for hiring, am I missing the corporate boat?

*The way I see it, job-hunting college graduates fall into one of two categories.* They’re either searching for a job that they are qualified to do, or they are looking for the job of their dreams. And it’s a constant struggle to decide which one you should look for: the job you _can_ do or the job you _want_ to do. Sure, the job you can do gives you health insurance and a 401K and something legitimate for your parents to put in their Christmas newsletter. But is it the job you thought of when people asked you “what do you want to be when you grow up?”, when they told you to dream big little girl…the sky is the limit and you’re the future?…Back when Abby and I were in Brownie scouts and the only “work” we had to do was to sell cookies door to door and fill our sashes up with merit badges that were relatively easy to earn…

Which reminds me, I need to order Girl Scout cookies from Madeline down the street. And when she brings me my Samoas and Tagalongs, I’ll be sure to mention to her that selling the most girl scout cookies gets you a white tiger stuffed animal and does not make you any more likely to get a job offer before you graduate from college. I’ll also tell her that the horsemanship merit badge is a joke…that I’m 22 and I’m still terrified of ponies. I’ll tell her that no matter how many of those merit badges she gets, she can’t put a single one of them on a CV. And most importantly, I’ll tell her to make sure to get business cards and character letters from anyone who tells her to dream big little girl.

_*My Life on Mondays is an “independent project” written by Stacy Hinojosa, the Executive Editor of UniversityChic.com and a “job-hunting”, handbag-buying, crying-herself-to-sleep college graduate._

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