Author Archive | Shauna Moerke

Everyone has their own Trevor

I’ve been swamped at work, I had to run errands, my teacher, mom, cat won’t let me, it wouldn’t really work even if I tried, that jerk Trevor at work is totally holding you back, and so on and so forth. Excuses. I’ve been thinking about them a lot lately and how they get in […]

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When it’s this easy…

… alternatively this post could be titled “I swear I don’t have a problem”. One of the first things I do when I wake up in the morning is to check my phone. I don’t even think about it anymore, I’m doing it practically before my eyes are fully open. I have near instant access […]

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My handwriting sucks

Now, proper old school job hunting etiquette tells us that you need to send a handwritten thank you note after an interview. Break out the stationery and your best cursive because an email just won’t do. It’s an important difference. Why? Well, it’s a professional gesture with a personal touch. Also, very few people send […]

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Interview Fears

Easily the most intimidating aspect of job hunting, there are a lot of rational and irrational things to be afraid of when it comes to interviews. There you are, about to meet with people whose opinion of you directly impacts your future and financial stability. Is it any big surprise that interviews make you feel […]

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Locus of Control

I have a confession to make; I have a high internal locus of control. What does that mean? Basically, it means that I believe that events result in ways that are mostly due to my own efforts (or lack thereof). Obviously, the opposite end of the continuum is having an external locus of control where […]

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You should be grateful

Last week Laurie did a great post on dick moves in the workplace that I think we can all relate to. You spend enough time around different kinds of people, you’re bound to be the perpetrator or recipient of a dick move. Probably both. I know I have. Now, I don’t want to be a self hating HR person and all, but dude, sometimes we can be major jerks. About things that we should totally know how to behave better too. What can I say, it’s like a nurse who smokes.

Case in point, I was having coffee this morning with an old friend and he was telling me about his job. We got to talking about the initial job offer and he laid this little gem on me: The HR person negotiating the offer told him the salary they offered was quite good for someone his age.

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