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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

GF can always be a dog walker. Lots of bitches.



Serious.

FTFY

FTFY

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I was thinking about the promoted ex coworker thing, and I realized I'd probably bitched about her at some point when I still worked there. I searched, and found this from nearly four years ago:
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Oh, and she works 20% more than everyone else in our division, yet she's somehow always behind and being asked to make corrections to her work.

I think I found out why she got promoted
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and what is advanced excel? Srs. Stuff like embedded formulas, perfect formatting, and pivot tables? Or like macros?

srs because you can do a lot of advanced stuff with only a basic knowledge. Or you can go full geek and get the same results faster.

I wouldn't expect VBA/macro stuff unless it was explicitly mentioned...but I would expect formulas even if you didn't use the word "advanced". If you can't do that, it doesn't belong on your resume...just put "familiar with MS Office" or something.
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This is an omnibus post of things that have pissed me off as of late. (No need to artificially inflate my post count by making separate posts I am already an IC superstar so to speak.)

1. On radio ads for beer, they put a microphone device near a glass to record the sound of beer being poured in to it. I hate that sound so much that it distracts me from what I am doing.

2. On radio ads for golf courses, they put a microphone device near the hole and record the sound of the ball going in to it. I hate that sound so much that it distracts me from what I am doing.

3. I don't like the verb "sully." It is just a ridiculous sounding verb.
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MrG - I've seen this happen many times too. Actually, one of my former direct reports who I put on probation is now a Vice President with the company. In fairness, some of them are lucky enough to go from terrible job fit to good job fit, or they're going through some shit and finally get it together.

But the others just make you want to strangle the hiring manager.

GF - sorry about the layoff. I hope they at least gave you a severance package

Thanks. I received two weeks pay, which I think is standard for someone who's been there for a year (just one month shy of one year, actually, which ticks me off, because none of my options or 401(k) matching will have vested).

I'm just grateful that I have a nest egg and don't need to stress about money. It could be a lot worse.

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sorry to hear that dude. weren't you looking for a different opportunity anyways?

Thanks. Indeed, I was. Was only lightly looking to see what positions in different cities were out there for the past several weeks, but now it's time to fire up the resume and get cracking.

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Hey GF, I was laid off the week of Christmas. Same sort of situation. Take the UI, and take some time to figure shit out. I hadn't had any real time off since I moved to Boston 4 years ago. I know you were working on that side business of yours. See if it is financially viable for you to do that full-time. I had a ton of projects and people approach me over the years, I just couldn't take the opportunities because it was a pay cut and I didn't want to take the risk. 3 other guys and I have started a whole sale and wine import business in the mean time. Things are looking good. Do something for yourself.

Thanks for the advice Bhowie, I genuinely appreciate it. My friends suggested I take several weeks or a month off to just travel and get out of the daily grind. I'm highly considering that. As for the side business, it's still in the validation phase and I can't really work on the meat of it for another several weeks, as it's contingent on a not-yet-available product. But now I can use this layoff as motivation to put in my all towards market research and building my website.

I think..or rather, I know, that the biggest struggle for me over the next several days will be making sure I don't wallow in a pool of self-pity and become depressed. I'll need to stay busy and pre-occupied.
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Good luck, GF. I strongly recommend you follow your friends' advice about taking some time off to travel. The job and money things will sort themselves out. Opportunities to take some time and travel when you're not still mentally half at your job and feeling like you're just squeezing in time between obligations, are rare in grown-up life. I'm certain you won't regret the decision -- and fairly certain you'll be kicking yourself in the future if you pass up the opportunity.
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You need to go party with Harvey and/or B.
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Agreed on the traveling 100%. If you're looking to keep yourself busy you can spend a lot of time planning trips, finding places to go/stay, figuring out how to cross borders without getting ripped off etc. Lots of stuff to do and see out there. 

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Yeah, definitely travel. If you have the money and aren't concerned about being able to find something, it is a no brainer.

I don't know what you have to do to qualify for unemployment benefits, but they usually take a while to kick in, and you can probably meet requirements while traveling (don't have to be home to send out resumes).

Montreal was pretty neat...you should go there.
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+1 to traveling, GF. Do it.
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We have an intern right now who put advanced excel on his resume. Let's just say his excel skills are barely mediocre. Why should you even need to write that coming out of college in 2015? I would think students, especially business school students should know how to use excel at a working level.

She wasn't even barely mediocre. The joke I made above is verbatim what I found her doing at one point. She had to do an analysis of a budget, and I walked into her cube to find her with a paper budget report (which could have been exported to Excel) and calculator in hand. She was going through the report and keying in the values one at a time. When she came to a point where she needed, say, a total, she'd punch it all into her calculator and then enter the sum by hand. I don't recall how I phrased it, but I got out of her that this was the way she used Excel. To her, it was just a bunch of boxes where you type in numbers.
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

and what is advanced excel? Srs. Stuff like embedded formulas, perfect formatting, and pivot tables? Or like macros?

srs because you can do a lot of advanced stuff with only a basic knowledge. Or you can go full geek and get the same results faster.

This is a good question. It certainly has to include formulas and the ability to work with pivot tables, but I don't know exactly how I'd define "advanced." I guess it's one of those I-know-it-when-I-see-it things.
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I think I found out why she got promoted
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Note that I didn't say she was doing 20% more work; I said she was working 20% more. There's a huge difference. This wasn't a team player burning the midnight oil; it was an inept employee who needed more time than the rest of us to do the same amount of work. In fact, I recall there being issues because she was working far more than the rest of our division, and we accrued comp time. Because she had to work so much, she'd accumulate enormous amounts of comp time, but she wasn't actually accomplishing more than we were (it was usually less). This meant that she was receiving substantially more compensation (in the form of PTO) than the rest of us for the same, or less, output.

At some point, it was pointed out to her that comp time was supposed to be approved, which she wasn't getting done, and that she was expected to do her work without having to put in so many extra hours. In order to avoid getting into trouble for this, she stopped documenting the hours she was putting in, which is its own issue.
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Montreal would be such a waste.
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I love ironing. I find it very calming and zen like. I generally iron most of my clothes sunday night while watching a television program. Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Star Trek Porn, whatever is on.

Same with polishing shoes for me. I enjoy a movie or some television and it is a pretty good use of my time.

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People judge how good they are at excel by measuring how good they are at doing what they know it can do.

It turns out that its an extremely powerful tool and has way more functionality than most people realize.

People that use it for basic stuff don't know about the advanced stuff. Or in a lot of cases, the shortcuts, or the formulas and functions that are available.

I live in excel and would never tell a stranger I'm really good at it because there's always someone else that knows a million things you've never even thought of. It's mind-bottling.

This is the same as many technical jobs. When I was still an engineer, almost always people who listed themselves as an expert for certain skills were awful. The guys that were humble were always the stronger candidates because they knew enough to know how little they knew.

I don't even know what "expert" in Excel means though. I write macros, and I'm pretty good with more complex formulas and functions, but I wouldn't ever say I'm anything more intermediate.
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Montreal would be such a waste.


Agreed. It's basically New York except they speak ancient French. 

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Originally Posted by MrG View Post

She was going through the report and keying in the values one at a time. When she came to a point where she needed, say, a total, she'd punch it all into her calculator and then enter the sum by hand. I don't recall how I phrased it, but I got out of her that this was the way she used Excel. To her, it was just a bunch of boxes where you type in numbers.

 

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I wouldn't lie to you, E.
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Montreal would be such a waste.


Agreed. It's basically New York except they speak ancient French. 

and yet are still Canadians. ugh.
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