Grey Friday Morning

It had been a strange morning, and made me think back now that it was a good prediction of the day.  This was what I saw when I walked Lee to the bus stop, and by the time I left for work the Eastern sky was completely dark grey.  The rain clouds had spread evenly across the sky and it started to drizzle.  I looked back in my rear view mirror and saw fluffy clouds and orange hue of sunrise.  It was kind of strange since the sun always rise in the East and not the Northwestern sky.

As for my day I think it is all in the attitude, my perception of things and understanding of the situation, so I think it went well. Life, work and living is not like a picnic in the park anymore, this morning sky portrayed of what is to come and to remind myself to expect the unexpected.

exif data: Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/13 at 2.5 sec, ISO 100, 40mm, tripod mounted

Mind Over Matter

I think the power of positive thinking can heal a lot of things, even a painful body.

Photo taken at Wat Greensboro during Lao New Year 2010

I was amazed on how fast I’m healing, the doctor took out my drainage tube yesterday and I’m back to work today. The encouraging and kind words from you all put a smile on my face, I know I’ll be able to make it to the Lao New Year celebration at our local temple this year.

Laos celebrate Peemai Lao on April 14th to the 16th, and I hope you and your family have a Happy and Safe Lao New Year.

Photo taken at Wat Greensboro during Lao New Year 2010

Make the First Move

I came across an interesting idea from Effective Business Communications about job application.  I’m like most people, I would only apply for a job from an advertisement, and would never thought of sending out an unsolicited application letter in fear that the company might think it’s a waste of time, and kind of surprised to read that it’s the other way around.

It’s actually a good idea to send out an unsolicited application letter, for several reasons, firms like to receive applications for jobs that they have not advertised.  With a file of unsolicited applications, a firm can achieve several objectives such as save advertising costs; fill jobs more quickly because the personnel department can look in the file and be in touch with an applicant in a short time; save personnel department time because the department may find a suitable worker from a small file of unsolicited letters, otherwise an advertisement may bring fifty or a hundred invited applications, all of which require some attention; avoid possible goodwill-losing situations because some who have applied may be embittered when they are not employed; get applicants who possess the qualities of initiative and foresight, and be fairly certain that any present employee who may not be measuring up to performance standards can be replaced.

As from the applicant’s point of view, the unsolicited application letter also has advantages that it increases the number of jobs from which you can select.  It meets with less competition than it would have if it were sent in response to an advertisement.  It could create a job if it persuaded the employer to believe that a worker was needed to do something that is not now being done.  It may assist in getting a better job because the highly preferred jobs are often filled before any applications are invited.  It may also suggest initiative on your part.

Basically, the unsolicited letter of application is a sales letter that sells you.  Its goal is to secure an interview in which you can continue to sell yourself, so it’s best to try to get attention, arousing interest, presenting convincing evidence, and asking for action.