Sunday, January 13, 2013

Work and Play - The Job Hunting Story Continues

Hello Ladies!
Hope your weekend was fantastic!
Mine resembled the ones i had when i was working - Funny  isn't!
 Grocery shopping, cooking, baking, errands with Mr. D
This is what i wore to the agency's interview this week



The top is colorful and funky and the bottom is neutral

I think it did the job nicely!

Now the interview....

I wasn't interviewed for an actual job this week even tough there was a position available at an advertisement firm -

Agencies put job offers on the Web to get potential candidates for job orders they'll get - I knew that -

 As expected they give me French and English grammar tests

Believe or not English was way, way easier than French

French is a nightmare when it comes to grammar

But i did ok

Same top but Play version wore after the interview


After that the grammar tests they have a little chat with you, kind of an informal interview

What do you want to do, where do you want to work, and bla, bla, bla you know what i mean

Frankly i don't really know what i want to do- if i stop and think about it...

I kind of shoot to left and and to the right all week - sending CVs all over just because i have in my mind that i have to find a job quickly...


I don't have too - In fact i have to stop this nonsense,  cause i will be in a job again that i will find absolutely boring!

 Stress made me buy those Boots at full retail price!

But aren't nice!

I have decided -
That i will take my time and find this non-boring, stimulating job that  i want so much
By joining a Job Hunting Club recommended by the Volunteer Coordinator at the YWCA
She found her job at the YWCA through this Job Hunting Club

During 3 weeks from 9 to 4 in Feb I think,  I will be actively looking for a job supervised by professionals
I will learn to -
Stand out from the crowd, yes! funny isn't!
Use  my contacts in order to find non- advertised positions

Write, well it's already written, lets say improve my  CV and learning interview techniques
In the meantime Ladies  I will perfect my software skills  and still look, in the relax mode for that job
You never know!


Today i indulged in one of my fav pastime
Cooking and baking
I did -  Clock wise
Osso Bucco
 Molasses Cookies ( Mr. D's favorite)
Butternut squash and home made apple sauce bread
I used for my baking sweet with sorghum flour and chickpea flour
Delicious and gluten free!
See you soon!
Je vous fait la bise


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

The boots are great...you deserve them Ariane...a little retail therapy never hurts. AND, your interview outfit is perfect...you look so creative and professional that I believe someone will snatch you up...just take it one day at a time!

Rachel The Hat said...

well you look wonderful in this outfit! i love both skirt options with the top too. and those boots were totally worth it! i know how you feel job wise... i really hope you find the perfect job for you! xx

Alex said...

Wow. Just wow. Your style is amazing, your clothes are fantastic and your hair - I LOVE IT!! Very happy to have found your blog :)

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

I really love your outfit both ways - for an interview and for play! The lace up boots are the best! I like the way you are contemplating your future -- not to rush into anything, easy does it. Thanks for sharing all the joy with Visible Monday!

Paula Ruta said...

Ari~love your interview look but of course I like the place one better! Love the orange!
I went thru the same job thing a couple of years ago--wanting to change careers etc. I ended up back at what I usually do--office manager with design skills. Course I'd love to do my artistic design thing all the time, but that hasnt happened...yet!

Kitty said...

Your post today reminds me of the advice/story.....a person never calls up the mail order company and says, "Please send me something you think I'll like." Oh, no - we are very specific about the item number, color, size, delivery method, etc. Yet when we are asking the universe for something important like a job we tend to revert back to "send me something you think I'll like." It can't hurt to be very specific in asking for what you want!

Also, since I am thinking about going back into the workforce I wonder how you deal with your gluten-free in an office? I experience three days of flu/hangover symptoms after even a sprinkle of contamination. For years I didn't know (except that I was always miserable). Finally my health caved in under me and I've been lucky to have time off to investigate and find the problem. How do you manage in an office when nearly everything around you will make you sick?

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Love the 'Play" version of the outfit!!! I really wish we weren't all so severely judged by the style of our clothes and could just dress to please ourselves all the time :) "Stress made me buy those Boots at full retail price!" This is too funny. All that food looks so yummy!! I wish I was a good cook/baker *sigh* So jealous-- Mr. D is lucky he gets to eat all that!

gracefully50 said...

Wow! Love both outfits!!
I buy shoes when I'm stressed, too....I must be stressed a lot! haha
All the best to you on your non-boring job search!

Val Sparkle said...

I'm sure you'll have no problem standing out from the crowd! The booties are beautiful - you did the right thing buying them.

If you love cooking and baking, it seems like that would be a good direction to go for new work. But it might take the enjoyment out of it, also. You're right to take your time, if you can, and find something you like.

Bonne chance!

Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell said...

You look great in both versions of the outfit. I wish you good luck on your job search.
Oh and your food looks delish!

Ms Bubu said...

T'as raison, c'est beaucoup plus intéressant de trouver LE job qui te stimulerait plutot qu'une job... En tout cas, bonne chance pour ton club de recherche d'emploi! J'imagine que ca doit etre stimulant de voir ce que les autres font etc.

Cambria said...

Your loaf of bread is so pretty! I like that you put a design in the top. Also...loooooove teh bright print on your skirt :)

<3 Cambria

Joni said...

I've been working toward avoiding gluten too. I think it may have something to do with my sinus issues. I'll have to check in to that flour you use. I don't like some of the gluten free breads I've tried because they're so darn heavy.
You sound like you've been busy, and believe me I've made that same mistake many times over. Hastily grabbing a job only to realize I was in the wrong place because I didn't take my time with decision making.
I sure like your playful version but the more sophisticated is perfect for an interview.

pastcaring said...

Great outfit choice for your meeting with the agency, and lovely switch for the playtime version! Those studded boots were a good buy, they are fab - hope they eased your stress levels!
If there is not too much financial pressure, then taking your time to find a job is a good idea. That way, you can really consider what you would like to do, and you won't get caught up in a boring role that doesn't suit you.
The food sounds and looks gorgeous! xxxxx

triggermyfashion said...

Loving all the outfits..What colors?!?.Happy new year ariane...

Keep rocking!

grunge-queen said...

Love both versions of the outfit and I agree with Val: you stand out brilliantly in a crowd, Ariane. Good for you for getting yourself out there and dedicating yourself to finding your dream job. I love the cut-out booties and they look fab with the blue tights. Have a great week! Xoxo

Ms. Dainty Doll said...

You look so nice, love the top photos. I would have bought the shoes too from the stress. I do hope you find something you enjoy and not feel pressured to do. It's not easy. The food looks amazing, I do love to eat :)) Have a wonderful week ahead xx

Marla Robinson said...

I love that second outfit with the flower skirt. So cute. This orangy color looks great on you.

Megan said...

I do love the booties but I love the floral skirt more. You look great in reds and oranges!

Madeline Quaint said...

The food looks gorgeous, as do you! I really like the work and play versions juxtaposed. :)
Good luck with job hunting!

Krista Gassib said...

Beautiful outfits still fun but professional too. Good luck with your hunt, take your time and find the right one! Hey Bob's red Mill is like in my backyard!!!!!

sabine said...

Hello Ariane,
the Job Hunting Club sounds interesting. Focusing the things we like to do is always a good idea. What we like to do we do best.
I wondered what you would wear for the interview. Now I see you found a solution looking serious and elegant and nevertheless yourself. I like the business look. And I love your cute new boots, so nice with this rivets.
Have a good time my dear!
Lieben Gruß

Luna Tiger said...

J'adore la 2ème tenue, tu as l'art d'assortir les couleurs !

Style Higher™ said...

Too cute. The colors made me smile. :-) The food made me hungry. Any chance you will post that squash apple sauce bread recipe? :-D

Miss Simmonds Says said...

I want this non boring and stimulating job too! I love your interview outfit. It's fantastic, professional and funky! X

Forest City Fashionista said...

From the look of that yummy Osso Buco and fabulous baking, I'm thinking you should have your own bake shop. I know I would order things from you ;)
Your interview outfit was very nice, but I am totally in love with the post-interview relaxed outfit; the colours and pattern mixing are just glorious!!
The job-hunting workshop sounds like a great idea.

Sacramento Amate said...

I have to wear orange inmediately.
Much love always dear Ariane.

Misfits Vintage said...

I love this fantastic colour combination! The dagger collar on the shirt is fabularse and the vibrant colours are so wonderfully vibrant. I think you are wise to wait for the perfect job - giving away a third of your life to something you find dull is a crime! Good luck with your job hunt! Sarah xxx

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

I so admire you and your ease with two languages. Have you considered contract work? Sometimes the contract positions offer a chance to try something new so you can test the waters so to speak.

You look darling in both outfits by the way.

Too cold in Montreal for outdoor pics right now, I suppose.

Sue xo

Izzywizz said...

I love the red and orange outfit, the different patterns and variations in colour are fab!!! Best of luck with your jobhunt, I know you will get lucky sooner or later. :)

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

Last, but none the less sincere ... so pretty any way you wear it!

The Style Crone said...

Interview and play versions of your outfit are outstanding. It's so much fun to watch your hair and how you change it over the time that I've followed you. Never a dull moment!

Wishing you the best with your job search and hoping that you find the perfect fit, which you so richly deserve.

Melanie said...

Ariane - excellent outfit. And I like the at-home variation too. Of course, new footwear is a known good luck charm for job-hunting!
I wonder if Mme Cupcake helped you with the baking...? It all looks too delicious so probably not.
So put your feet up in those great boots, and eat the delicious food to feed your brain. The job club sounds like a good idea. Hugs!!

Bohemian vanity said...

I'm sure you'll find a job you like, don't stress yourself dear ! Your outfit looks really nice and suits you so well ! Take care, no stress and read you soon ! xx Tani

Sarah Hulbert Style said...

I LOVE the second look, Ariane! Though as a former interviewer, I do think the first look was very appropriate to the setting. Best of luck to you, walk with confidence in those fabulous booties!!! ~Sarah

Frocktasia said...

Job hunting is horrid, I don't like writing silly backside buffing CVs and as for interviews...when you get that question "Why do you want to work here/why should we employ you" the first thing that pops into my mind (but thankfully not out of my mouth) is usually "Truth is I'm skint and if I wasn't I'd most definitely not be sitting here in front of you begging for a crap-ass job in this soul killing establishment". It has to be said though that besides working for myself I have never had a job that I actually loved doing.
I think you nailed it with your outfit, it's formal enough for a job interview but your vibrant personality still shines through; needless to say the home version is my fave by far.
I wish you luck in finding a job that you will enjoy going to in the morning.
As for French grammar, I absolutely loathed it at school, couldn't wrap my nut around it for love nor money...xXx

CityScape Skybaby said...

They are really nice boots Ariane! I think you deserve a little treat, you've been working so hard, always busy. My daughter decided to leave school even though she only had until the summer to go to have completed sixth form, and she is at college doing a course somewhat similar to yours, looking for work, writing CV's etc. So it's interesting to me to see how you get on. And your baking looks delicious, I've never heard of apple sauce bread but it sounds and looks really tasty. Good luck with all you are doing Ariane. xx

DC in STYLE said...

What a beautiful floral skirt and you styled it beautifully!!!

EveryDay Bloom said...

I haven't interviewed in a long while, but I was thinking all of your outfit combinations were appealing! You carry off playful well. Best of luck with your (more relaxed and purposeful) job hunt! Lynaea @ EverydayBloom.com