I dunno why I group them in 7’s.
Yeah. I did 7 more. They’re on Instagram.
Hit me up with solutions in the comments, via email, or via social media.
I have been posting them to Instagram, just not here much. I have a few I have drawn but haven’t shared. I may share them here. Is anyone interested in them? Should I save them for a publisher or Etsy shop? I need to get with CI3 and make some mugs!
Yeah, that one is on my guitar case. It would be killer if someone could complete that one… just not on the actual case. Ha ha.
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Here's another recent #maze. Solve it & tag me in it. Print it & use a pen or crayon. Snap a photo. Scan it. Use an app on your phone or tablet to draw on it. @instagram it, @twitter it, @facebook it, @pinterest it. Just tag me, @AiXeLsyD13 in it. Can you dig it? #mazes #solvethismaze #canyoudoit? #wannasolveamaze?
Thanksgiving is my favorite. Maybe after Halloween.
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Molly Mae drew a #maze along with me today! I am impressed, although she said she needs a bit more practice so the lines don't touch. I am so glad she caught the drawing bug. Also, she sounded out the words "start" & "finish" all by herself! It's so cool to see a reflection of your own interests in the little ones. She is wondering if anyone out there will try to complete her maze? #prouddad #mazes
I am so proud of my little artist!
You know you wanna print one and try it, or use an app on your phone/tablet to draw right on it. Then you wanna tag me in social media with the solution or leave it here in the comments.
Got anywww.instagram.com advice? I still feel like I should do something with all these things.
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So, I drew a #maze with the new laptop/tablet PC. I used Paint 3D. I upgraded the Sketchbook app and downloaded Paint.NET. Not sure which I like best yet. Anyone else draw on a tablet? What do you use? Bonus if it's free. The lag with the pen is weird. It recognizes my handwriting pretty well. I have a bad habit of resting my hand on the "paper." Have any advice, #Bamboo pen users? #Wacom #WacomBamboo #WacomBambooStylus
The Wacom Bamboo pen is really a fun toy. I need to learn to use it better, and find a program to latch on to.
Looking at my WordPress stats, I found a really weird day on Feb. 27th, apparently Yahoo! Image Search was inundated with the word “maze” that day. Check out all these crazy hits, click on the image to the left for the full size.
Did I miss national maze day or something?
Was there a maze in the news?
I really need to work on putting together a book, or trying to sell some prints online somehow. It would be nice to do something productive with them.
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I rarely ever blog about or post on social media about work. My work life is work, and my personal life is personal. I’ve never felt the need to discuss, vent about, or provide detail about my job. I’m going to go ahead and break with that for this post.
Unfortunately, the time has come where I need to update my resume. About a year and a half ago, the company that I was working for was sold, shut down, & liquidated. A core group of people decided to try to move on & start a company in the same industry, and I was invited to be a part of it. I was honored to be asked to participate, and glad to be gainfully employed. Sadly, things didn’t pan out as planned, and the company is also in the process of shutting down. Basically, I’m no worse off than I was a year ago.
At that time, I had an updated resume, and went on my first job interview in a long time. I was offered employment elsewhere. It may have worked, but the pay wasn’t where it needed to be for me to comfortably continue to pay rent and put food on the table. I went with the group I knew & salary I needed. I have no regrets, I’m just illustrating that I don’t have much job interview experience, but it has mostly all been positive.
Basically, I’ve been at the same job for 10 or so years. In 2002, I started at an a/v integration company as the shipping guy. That company was purchased in 2005 and I was hired by the new company, which closed in 2011. Then on to the newest one where I was doing all slight variations of the same thing. I liked my work, it was a nice mix of desk/paperwork & physical warehouse work sometimes, it was always different & challenging. I have learned many rules, processes, & things about the equipment over the years. I was able to adapt to many changes, and survived them all (up until now).
I need help with my resume. I think I first updated this format in 2005, when it looked like I may have needed to search for other employment. (Luckily, I was able to work temporarily for the new company, proved my merit, and was hired full time.) In 2012 this format may be stale. I’m not big on titles. I call myself a “shipping guy” but I do much more than that. I have more skills than a simple shipping guy needs. I hate phrases like “team player”. I am, but it sounds goofy. Who reads that & doesn’t roll their eyes? I’m generally not boastful (other than in jest), but this is one time when you need to be. There’s a lot riding on a resume. It gets your foot in the door.
I’m confident in my writing (thanks to this blog), but thrown into a resume it looks braggadocios, fragmented, & boring. I love bullet points, but breaking things down into them, I feel like I lose cohesion.
I need this to grab someone’s attention, highlight what I can do & what I can offer, and get me a job.
What do I want to do? I’m certainly qualified for shipping, warehousing, and inventory jobs… entry level or supervisory. Sadly, entry level pay may no longer be acceptable. I could certainly do something else though. I’m a quick learner. I’d love to get paid for this writing / blogging / insanity thing (I mean… show/album/food reviews, photos, humor, goofy letters? I can do a bunch of stuff there). Unfortunately I don’t have a degree. Can you get one in shipping? Certainly 10 years experience in shipping I would have learned anything that I could in 2 or 4 years of school? I do have some training in graphic design & commercial art, I have experience in drafting (by hand even… does anyone remember that?), some talents that have yet to get me paid like drawing mazes and photography, and I recently completed classes in Microsoft Project… so I could even fill a “Jr. Project Manager” type role where I can learn as I go. I’m certainly adept with computers, know old school (& also useless) html coding, and can pick things up rather quickly with any kind of program. I can promote things like my band, the blog, and Food Allergies like mad online. I think I’d be a good PR person, I just lack formal training or experience. Maybe it’s time for something different.
So, I need help with my resume. What works, what doesn’t? 1 page? 2 pages? If so, how do I fit it all on one or to pages (I think it kicks into an atrocious 3 now)? What do I need to express? Do I need a cheesy cover letter? Do letters of recommendation help? References right on the resume, or “provided by request”? 3 Personal/3 professional? 3 total? Cover letter? No cover letter? Cover paragraph?
I’m laying it all out here and asking for your help. Take a look at this resume and tell me what you think?
Please excuse the format, it needs a new look… something anyway, and Google Docs may have messed with it a bit. Other than that though… I ask you to be honest, brutal, constructive, and hopefully helpful.
Also… know anyone that’s hiring? Are you hiring? Point me in the right direction here. I’m confident in my in-person interviews, and with anyone that already knows me or has worked with me.
Thanks in advance for your help. I need to start hitting up InDeed, PA Career Link, etc. with my resume. I know I have a lot of friends, family & readers that can help me out here. It would be crazy to not use all of the resources at my disposal, right?
- How to improve your resume: 6 tips (cbsnews.com)
- How to Explain Unemployment on Your Resume (mplicjob.wordpress.com)
- Why Sending Just Your Resume Just Doesn’t Cut It (money.usnews.com)
- How to Create an Outstanding Resume that Will Get You Noticed (thebloggersbulletin.com)
- Tips for Resume Preparation Resumes: To Lie or Not to Lie? (easwari22.wordpress.com)
- The New Workforce: Part 2 “Looking For A Job” (beseencommunications.wordpress.com)
- Blog on ” Top 7 Resume mistakes That You Should Avoid” (easwari22.wordpress.com)
- Five Tips for Using Volunteering on Your Résumé (everestcollege.wordpress.com)
- Turn That Drab Resume Into a Must Read (money.usnews.com)
- Resume Tip: Cover Letters Matter (rackspace.com)
- My Tips: Cover Letters (asksolutionshrservices.wordpress.com)
- Tips to start – and end – the job interview process (cbsnews.com)
- 5 Secrets to Making Your Cover Letter Stand Out (thedailymuse.com)
- The Cover Letter is the Most Important Document. It May be the Only Thing I Read. (hiringlibrarians.com)
- 5 job application cover-letter disasters (cbsnews.com)
- The Cover Letter Is Dead. Long Live the Cover Email. (robbieabed.com)
- 5 Secrets to Making Your Cover Letter Stand Out (denverbreaktime.com)
- Please Dress Up (hiringlibrarians.com)
I haven’t forgotten about blogging. There’s just been a bunch going on lately. The band had a few gigs back-to-back, & we’ve been trying to come up with new stuff. The real job has been rather taxing of late, the workload and hours have increased. The wife & I seem to have some sort of scheduled social or family function every weekend lately. Our week at Living Waters is coming up & I’ve been preparing for that. I started to work on my New York Pro guitar & chronicle that, but got to a stopping point & haven’t had time to get back to it. I’ve been trying to pull together some mazes, new old, some unfinished… I want to get a bunch ready to go, then look at my best publishing options. I’ve also been battling a nasty stuffy nose coupled with a summer cold & fatigue.
I’m certainly not complaining, there’s just a bunch of stuff going on. I felt the need to explain the lack of posts. I even have some drafts written on what I feel to be some entertaining subjects… I just need the time to sit, make the graphics & write the posts that go along with them.
If you need some blog feed, check out:
- Guitar Fail
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- The Guitarz Blog
- Guitar WTF?
- Distracted by Star Wars
- Bat Blog
- Food Allergy Fun
- Geeks of Doom
- Guitar Squid
- Ya Jagoff!
- Geek Mythology
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