I’m Tracy Au and I have graduated from the Professional Writing program from university. I am an aspiring screenwriter, so this blog is used to promote my writing and attract people who will hire me to write for your TV show or movie.
I put up a lot of articles about jobs, entertainment (TV, movies, books), news, and my opinions on it. I also write about my daily life. I have another blog promoting my TV project at www.thevertexfighter.blogspot.com.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
job articles/ non-profits/ rent or buy
Oct. 23 Job
Career mistakes: Hazel Taylor sent me this
article "8 Career Mistakes New Grads Make and how to Avoid
Them." There are helpful tips like #1 "Holding out for the perfect
job." If you can get a career in your field with some transferable
skills, it will get you close to the job you really want.
"Choosing a job based on salary" like the best thing about is the
money. Can you imagine working at a job you really hate just for the
Also, don't blog or tweet about work, and acting entitled. Do
take some time to get to know your older employees.
The last few
are about quitting. #6 "Quitting after a few months." If you can
tolerate it, stick with it for a yr. If you hate it, get a new job
and stick with it for more than a yr. #7 "Moving on before landing a
new job." Start looking for a job before you quit, and keep it private
so your boss won't find out and treat you differently. They might fire
you because they know you're looking for another job.
depends. I got a 2nd job at the Fruit Place and it was at night, so it
didn't really have an effect on my restaurant job.
bridges" like quitting in a huff. Give your two weeks notice or at
least some notice. Be polite. One time I took a retail job in summer
2007. I had to wake up at 6am and work from 7am-3pm. I didn't like it
at all. After a lot of thinking, on the 3rd day I told the boss: "I
made a mistake by taking this job. I want to quit after today."
about that time in 2010 when I worked at Call Centre #4 for a day and
they dismissed me after I only got 9
completes? I thought of throwing an egg at their window, but what if I
got caught? Then I would have really have burned my bridges. I didn't
throw eggs, and I never have. In 2012, I did another interview there
with the same boss, but I didn't get hired.
#1 "Holding out for the perfect
"Choosing a job based on salary"
#3 "Blogging or tweeting about work"
#4 "Acting entitled"
#5 "Not getting to know older colleagues"
#6 "Quitting after a few months"
#7 "Moving on before landing a new job"
#8 "Burning bridges"
Inspiring Executives: Jay
Smith sent this "7 Inspiring Corporate Executives." They have some good
quotes that I will collect. I know Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos because
he was on 20/20.
Hsieh: “If someone is self-aware, then they can always continue
to grow. If they’re not self-aware, I think it’s harder for them to
evolve or adapt beyond who they already are."
Bram Cohen (found of BitTorrent) has Asperger's syndrome.
Houston sent me this article "10 Industries Attracting our Top Young
Talent." Entertainment and social media interest me.
at the top is quirky with a business man standing in front of a stand:
finance, accounting, tech, entertainment, social media, engineering,
pharmaceuticals, intelligence and law enforcement, healthcare, and
The article is a little funny like the
pharmaceuticals part: "No, not the more popular brand of pharmaceuticals
one finds on campus!"
Intelligence and law enforcement: "Oh, and the whole wanting to be a super cool agent or spy, which really
isn’t nearly as fun as TV and movies make it seem, by the way."
Oct. 24 Office job:
I was talking to a server at work today, and she plans on getting an
office job because it pays more. Is it the law of attraction working,
but when I got on the bus to go home, I overhead a woman talking on her
cell phone about looking for an office job.
Oct. 25 School: I was reading in the Edmonton Journal about
bible schools and how the Concordia high school closed down. It turns
out the high school is not associated with the Concordia University
College. I'm sure the teachers and staff could still get jobs at other
Intelligence analyst: I found this job. It's about analyzing and
researching. I Google it and it lead me to Wikipedia. It's about working for the CIA and MI6.
"...is the process of taking known information about situations and entities
of strategic, operational, or tactical importance, characterizing the
known, and, with appropriate statements of probability, the future
actions in those situations and by those entities."
Church sent me this article "The 10 Best Non-profits to work for."
There are these really good charities to help kids like Make- a- Wish
Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of America. I like the sound of
Year Up where it helps people in urban neighborhoods by teaching them
job skills and entry level jobs.
As I was reading it, I was like: "These are all American. I guess I can Google non-profits in Edmonton." These
are good charities to donate to.
Church also sent me this "25 Best Resources for Finding Non-profit
Jobs." They listed all these websites I've never heard of, except
Craigslist was on it. Boyle Street: A
lot of people think non-profit jobs don't pay well, but I think this
does. Here's one to be a winter drop-in worker and it pays
Carol Brown sent me this article "10 Greatest Social Entrepreneurs All
Time." This means entrepreneurs that start a charity to help others.
It mentions Scott Harrison who was on 20/20. I wrote about him before. He helps get clean water to 3rd world
Oct. 29 Rent or buy: Sarah Shirley sent me this infographic and it asks really good questions:
Have you saved enough money for a down payment?
Can you qualify for a mortgage?
Do you plan to stay in your home for the next 5 yrs?
If yes to any of these questions, then buy. If no, then
It then shows the US and how it can be cheaper to rent
than buy. The factors are "mortgage rates, taxes, insurance,
maintenance and other costs." I know you can't predict the future, but
do think carefully if you can really see yourself living in this city
for the next 5