Category: Employment Counselor at Large

Connecting Disparate Dots

Connecting Disparate Dots

As an only child, when I was sick or we were on a trip, my family always loaded me up with the latest and greatest in interactive toys of the time: puzzle books. Yeah, that was my time – 1960’s, B.T. (Before technology.) The books I favored the most featured a lot of word searches and … Continue reading Connecting Disparate Dots

First Quarter Earnings and Learnings

First Quarter Earnings and Learnings

Dear Shareholders: Mr. Lucker’s first quarter 2015 did not live up to the high expectations expressed as 2014 drew to a close, due primarily to his unexpected layoff on January fifth. This occurrence necessitated a quick retooling and reshuffling of prospects and potentials, and a reallocation of resources, including, but not limited to, time, resourcefulness, … Continue reading First Quarter Earnings and Learnings

Onward we go

Onward we go

My pink sip was eggshell white, with jaunty blue-and-yellow letterhead; feigned cheerfulness that, bureaucratically, told me nothing of substance, yet spoke volumes. Terminated. ‘Let go’ and my personal favorite, ‘released from your contract’ – like I was a Hollywood star jettisoned by a studio and not an inner city high school teacher who enjoyed his … Continue reading Onward we go

A Teachers Summer on the Road; Episode 1

My first Monday back in my hometown of Minneapolis. Reupping with an employer you haven’t worked for in over ten years is a bit like having dinner with a former lover. You start by discussing your separate, mostly unknown here-and-now’s before you move on to on shared pasts, getting each other up to date, filling … Continue reading A Teachers Summer on the Road; Episode 1

Dream dissonance

My dreams set themselves to music. My search for a new teaching gig is stretching on into the first week of the new school year – not unusual here in New Orleans, where historically, a lot of teachers simply don’t show up for the new year, and where, with the shifting charter landscape and open … Continue reading Dream dissonance

Résumé

Paperboy. Mower of lawns, painter of fences; ice-cream-scooper- slash-soda jerk, lumberjack. Old- folk odd-jobber, potato peeler dishwasher donut seller Early vocations of a professional amateur, experience invaluable; financed my adolescent frivolity while banking interest-compounding life lessons. I still make regular withdrawals. Radio announcer, sales consultant, commercial producer; census taker, construction worker, radio station manager. Boss? … Continue reading Résumé

Hiring?

Heed a one-trick pony; clunky transferrable skills, short careers at stud.