I had some dreams ... they were klowns in my koffee.

(With apologies to Carly Simon)

This is my journey through job transition from a toxic environment to a better life. Join me for a few thoughts and a few laughs along the way.
What are "klowns in my koffee"? They are the factors large and small that make you less than you are. A "klown" can be a grossly incompetent boss,
a short-sighted policy or a moronic coworker. They won't kill you, at least not immediately, but they abrade the soul
as you scrape past them to get through the day. Sometimes it's best to dump them out of the cup.


Day 348 - And How May I Help You Today?

Daily Kup (My Life on the [Phone] Line)
A few months ago, I came to the conclusion that the best solution to the time/money tightrope act would be to find a part-time job with flexible hours that paid really well.

Note that there are three factors to this equation. There's an old theory in manufacturing that products can be characterized by the product cost, the quality level, and the speed with which the product can be produced. Of these three, you can only optimize two at a time. This is where we get cheap, fast and lousy or slow, high quality and expensive.

Like all flawed theories, there is an inner core that rings true. The same idea certainly seems to apply to part-time employment, though I'm somewhat surprised by the number of poorly paid, inflexible part-time jobs there are. "You've crossed the line from being a person to being a resource." "I'm not a number. I'm a free man!"

Siding with Meatloaf that Two Out of Three Ain't Bad, I interviewed today for a part-time home-based call center position with a well-known national company. I'm sure it doesn't pay very well but there's level of flexibility that can't be matched in traditional employment. Compared with the last "real" interview that I had, this went swimmingly and I got passed to the next level.

Job search experts will tell you differently but I don't think all the preparation and practicing the answers to "What kind of tree...?" questions is worth it. The best interviews I've ever had were when I clicked with the interviewer and the worst were when I didn't. We'll see what happens next.

Who knows? The next friendly voice you may hear on the phone might be ... mine.

Jobs That I'm Not Applying For

Conservative Radio Host
Celebrity Apprentice
Contestant on Dancing With The Stars
Lead character on Two and a Half Men

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