Thursday, July 30, 2015

I Get A Job Very Soon

I got this feeling. I got this gut feeling. It sounds crazy. There is a company hiring me very soon. The feeling is similar when my last two companies hired me. The number of job openings I qualified decreased. I was tired self job-training. My staycation Jul 14-19 extended one more week of self job-training Jul 20-24. I continued self job-training yesterday; however, the hot temperatures convince me to delay self job-training for the week. I'm taking it easy completing other productive tasks.

Also, I attended job networking seminars. The first seminar was a resume workshop. The second seminar was a recruiter Q&A panel. The third seminar was an interview workshop.

Finding fewer job openings I qualify, exhaustion from self job-training, and job networking seminars were signs I got a job. It was a 2-0 record. I'm hoping for a 3-0 record. Forget about jinxing my new job. I know I'm being foolish. The patterns are clear. My next job is either a permanent or a temporarily which strengthens my resume. I refuse jobs hindering my future career.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Timeout Good Raymond Mar

I search for a job six days a week. I refresh my job skills and learn new job skills seven days a week. I'm unemployed. My contract was satisfied on May 1, 2015. I'm in a sense of urgency getting a new job. I accept a contract job if it strengthens my resume. I increase my chances getting a job learning new job skills. For example, I self-taught myself dashboards and forecasting.

There are two reasons for my sense of urgency getting a job. The first reason is I want to live my life independently now. There is no more waiting to live my life tomorrow. The time is now to live life my way. The second reason is to avoid too much fun. Life was too much fun after I graduated De Anza in Mar 2011. I failed to take job searching seriously. I failed to search for a job intelligently.

On the other hand, I'm working too hard job searching and job self-training since May 1. I took a risk if I may say so from Tue Jul 14 to Sun Jul 19. I took a break from job self-training. It was my staycation. I reduced my gym workouts in half. I turned off my sense of urgency getting a job. Was that okay? I rested my mind, body, and spirit. However, I continued job searching applying to potential job opportunities.

The last time I took a vacation was December 2009. I exclude the vacation when I went back to school from Mar 2009 to Jun 2011. The relaxation last week gave me more appreciation for vacations. We must take vacations. We must rest. My highlights below:

Podcasts. I caught up listening to Sex With Emily, Car Talk repodcasts, and Awesome Etiquette.

Movies From My DVD Collection. I watched Wall Street, Good Willing Hunting, Aliens, Clerks, and Goodfellas.

Baseball On TV. I watched the first, second, third, fourth, and bottom of the ninth innings in the All Star Game. I watched the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh innings in Giants Vs Diamondbacks game on Fri Jul 17.

Japanese Restaurant. I ate all you can eat sushi for the first time.

The staycation last week was successful. I'm refocused. I'm back to my normal routine job searching and job self-training; for instance, job training in the afternoon, working out at the gym in the evening, and job searching before bedtime. I take care of myself and my family between those events. I pace myself while in a sense of urgency.

Furthermore, listen to my heart. Trust my intuition. I keep looking for the next job which fits me. I take a risk refusing job interviews I believe aren't a fit. There is no settling down. This is it. I'm ready to move on.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Half Ass Is Better Than Nothing

Have you ever done something half ass? It could be an assignment, an errand, a task, a responsibility, or a project. Exclude school and college. The work was accomplished. The recipient said good job. However, knowingly in your heart the work was completed half ass.

In addition, you said to yourself, "I put little effort". Your 50% or less effort attitude was at the start of the work process. The attitude wasn't the midpoint of the work process. The attitude wasn't the end of the work process. You were lazy. Maybe you were tired. The work wasn't worth your 100% effort.

I don't have the data to prove it. I believe the workmanship in the USA continues going down. The half ass workmanship similarly applies to education, taking care of our bodies, and all relationships. Lower standards are accepted.

I believe fatigue is the reason we accept lower standards. Everyone is tired. The world is getting less sleep. The world forgot how to turn off before bedtime. The information age is stimulating too much. We hear people, companies, and advertisements stating we strive for higher standards. I want to believe it. I don't see the higher standards most of the time. There are success stories we don't hear. There are failure stories we do hear.

Second Language Requirement In Junior High

Some foreign countries require schools to teach students to be fluent in a second language. Spanish was offered to some students in my junior high school. Studies shown it's easier to learn a second language at a young age. Let's make knowing a second language a junior high school graduation requirement. The requirement is an example of raising standards.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

SOMT: Dependent On Computers

Blogger’s Note: SOMT stands for Sign Of My Times, an occasional blog sharing my thoughts how time changes life from when I was young to today.

Murphy's Law: If anything can go wrong, it will. My life is dependent on the computer. The common examples are email, Excel, social networking, and job searching. We live in the information technology. Information is a few clicks away on the internet: trivia, history, learning how-to, research, education, and entertainment.

My life is on pause when my laptop or desktop goes down. My computer broke on Dec 27, 2014. My failure analysis concluded the motherboard was at fault. Fortunately, my laptop worked which provided limited uses when I needed a computer. My priority outside work was upgrading my desktop Jan-Mar 2015. The research, advice from my family and friends, and shopping around occupied lots of my free time. I wanted the upgrade to go smoothly. I wanted to buy new hardware at the lowest price possible.

Likewise when my smart phone stopped working. People with smart phones are connected 24/7. Currently, I'm job searching. It's difficult to find a job when the only communication between the job prospect and me is email. My number one out of many reasons I own a smart phone is communication during an emergency. If my smart phone stopped working, my life is paused. I devote all my time replacing my smart phone immediately.

I was a child during my life without a computer. My dad brought home an outdated HP computer from work. It was the family's first computer. I used the computer to play baseball and to write. I never programmed. I never learned anything more about computers. I don't know how to live life without a computer. I don't know how adults lived without computers and without cell phones in the past. My adulthood is dependent on computers and cell phones.


Saturday, July 11, 2015

40 For 40: Pix Perry

Introduction: I start a new blog series titled "40 For 40." I share moments and experiences I lived in my 40 years. The ESPN 30 For 30 inspired me to create my 40 For 40 blogs. The sport documentary series detailed people, sport teams, moments, events, and controversial situations. The same ideas apply to my 40 For 40.

My third 40 For 40 blog is my senior year high school math teacher.

I thought about my high school teachers. Two of my teachers were the best. The rest were average at best. The two teachers were my math teachers. One of them taught Algebra I in my sophomore year and Algebra II in my junior year. The second taught Trigonometry and Pre Calculus in my senior year. I blog my senior year math teacher Mr. Pix Perry.

Perry knew his material. He could teach in a junior college. He was serious in a good way. He taught the class his way. There was no dumbing down the material. The lectures were a balance teaching college level math concepts high school students understand. He succeeded even thought class participation was low. He wanted to keep us engaged by asking questions to the students. Unfortunately, few students responded. I believe two reasons why few students responded. The first reason was my class during the second period starting at 8:50am. The second reason was two high schools merged into one high school because the second high school closed. There was little school spirit. I give Perry credit because he lectured consistently always engaging the students no matter the response. His lectures were important during Pre Calculus because there was no text book. Perry's lectures were my introduction to note taking at a college level.

I remember the longest Trigonometry assignment. Proofs. Students were given Trigonometry equations. We proved the equations equal each other; in other words, manipulate either the left side or right side of the equal sign in the equation to be exactly the same. I remember tan a = sin a / cos a. Perry spelled "sign" s-i-g-n because "sign" and "sin" sounded the same during his lectures when positives and negatives were involved. We spent four weeks learning proofs. Some days we practiced proving equations in groups with no lecture.

Perry's grading system was fair. He graded on a curve like many college level classes. Part of the final grade included keeping his green sheet named "Perry's Procedures" and his study tips. I'm confident if he had more class time, he spent the time teaching his students how to study. Many of his students including me never read his study tips or didn't take his study tips seriously.

Perry taught two Trigonometry and Pre Calculus classes. The second class was the sixth period. My sixth period class was R.O.T.C. My math classes in my freshmen, sophomore, and junior years were in the afternoons. I earned A's and B's. I earned a C in Trigonometry and a B in Pre Calculus. He said Pre Calculus was easier than Trigonometry because what we learned in Trigonometry applied to Pre Calculus. His class helped me passed the Calculus assessment at San Jose State University.


Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Did I Make A Difference?

I'm living in my middle years. I ask myself the question, "Did I make a difference?" for the first time. Did I? Many friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintances, past and present, made a difference in my life. Some people I met briefly made a difference, too. They made my life better. I'm a better person today.

A friend told me to improve my gym workouts. My mom made costumes to have more fun at anime conventions when I was an anime fan. I was challenged to learn Mahjong (Riichi) for the second time; it's one of my all time favorite tabletop games. My dad showed me how to change the oil in a car. I consulted my techie friends for building a PC and buying a smart phone. Another friend introduced me to buy used books at library sales. My out of state friend shared investment knowledge. My sister introduced me to ballroom dancing. There were people who called me out my bad behavior. There were many little things: wet shaving, drinking wine, finding a good restaurant, cooking tips, learning the RMA process, downloading useful apps, suggesting a new place to visit, and much more.

I'm in debt to life. I'm in debt to people. I want to pay life and the people back for these differences. I really don't know how. The best I do is become a better person. I hope the stronger, smarter, kinder, and wiser Raymond Mar pays back life helping people become better soon. I conclude today's blog quoting Steve Jobs, "Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Um, once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again."


Friday, July 03, 2015


This is it. One of my life manifesto is live an independent live moving out of my parent's house. My mind, body, and spirit have the desire to get out. I want to leave the nest. I break the life restriction glass with a carbide tip window piercer. I'm a smart and wise adult making mature choices. I'm a strong adult who wants more control of my life. I'm a kind adult who wants more circle of friends.

I continue working hard doing my best. I job search seven days a week. I self-learn new job skills seven days a week. I'm currently learning more Salesforce and more data analysis. I learned standard deviation, forecasting, and dashboards. I reviewed Excel, Access, and SQL. I workout four days a week at the gym. I have nothing to lose. I have everything to gain working hard for independence.

I accept job offers paying a minimum to live independently. Long term contract jobs are accepted. I'm not settling on short term contracts. I refuse below market hourly rates. It's a risk to refuse short term contract offers because my resume gap increases. I've seen an increase in hourly rates. I have faith the job with good pay permanent or long term contract is my match. I worry about the discretionary costs such as leisure later. The present moment is earning money to pay rent, gas, groceries, and bare necessities.

My life reaches big heights I never reached before in time. I'm looking for one perfect day to get the job to move out of my parent's house. Thereafter, I look for more perfect days because the sky's the limit reaching new heights.


Thursday, July 02, 2015

It Was Unexpected

We experience unexpected events, results, conclusions, stories, people's character, and moments in our lives. I want to share a moment and an experience I never saw them coming.

The unexpected moment was I shopped at Toys R Us years ago. I walked to the board games aisles. I saw The Settlers of Catan. Unexpected. Toys R Us sells mainstream board games such as Monopoly, Battleship, UNO, and Clue. The Settlers of Catan is a board game for board game geeks. Examples of board game geeks include Puerto Rico, Dominion, Ascension, Alchemist, Carcassonne, and Tuscany. I'm happy Toys R Us and Target expanded their board game selection selling board game geeks including The Settlers of Catan, Munchkin, Dixit, and King Of Tokyo.

The unexpected experience was job searching in Jul 2011. I graduated with an AA degree in Accounting. I thought a BS in Economics and an AA in Accounting were a good combination. I was wrong. I initially thought I get a job because of my two college degrees and the economy improved after the real estate bubble popped in 2008. The continued slow job market was unexpected.

There were very few job openings. Salaries were on the low end. All of the jobs require years of experience. All of the jobs require acquired knowledge. There was no on-the-job-training. It was the worse time to be a college graduate. It was the worse time to be a job candidate with gaps in his or her resume. It was the worse time to lack job experience. Companies want someone with recent and relevant experience to start immediately. No job training for the new hire. No job education for the new hire. The two questions hiring managers asked which rejected my job candidacy were my resume gaps and my lack of recent job experience. I went back to school for two years which was a negative.

I'm happy the job market is improving, yet the market is still tough. The resume gaps and lack of recent job experience are no longer negatives. One reason is I worked in two companies to fill in the gaps. I thank the two companies for giving me the opportunities. Salaries are increasing, yet some companies believe they can hire skilled workers at below market salaries. One of these days my AA in Accounting is useful.


Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Top Ten Life Lessons From The Beatles

One of my friend's classmates was born in Russia when he attended San Jose State University. He learned English listening to The Beatles. I replied, "He also learned life lessons." The conversation inspired me to blog the top ten Beatles songs I learned life lessons:

10. Getting Better. Be optimistic. Paul McCartney was quoted, "It's getting better all the time." John Lennon replied, "Can't get no worse!" Lennon also admitted in reference to the song he was physically and verbally abusive to his women. He learned to be peaceful. He stopped being violent.

9. You're Going To Lose That Girl. Treat your girl with respect, appreciation, and kindness. Otherwise, she finds another man. Maybe the other man is a friend. Likewise for women. Women must also treat their man with respect, appreciation, and kindness.

8. Here Comes The Sun. My take on the song is the world didn't come to an end. The sun rises the next day. George Harrison wrote the song with Eric Clapton in April 1969. The month experienced the most hours of sunlight in London after an unseasonably cold February and March. The record was broken in April 1984.

7. Something. George Harrison was quoted in a Rolling Stone magazine on writing love songs, "All love is part of a universal love. When you love a woman, it's the God in her that you see." What is the something you see in a women you want to spend the rest of your life with here.

6. Carry That Weight. I believe Carry That Weight was the only song all four Beatles sang together. Don't carry your entire life on your shoulders. Successful people must have people to assist them.

5. We Can Work It Out. One of the lyrics states, "Life is very short. There's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend." I feel sad hearing relationships break off. I refer to any relationships: friendships, romantic, companionship, professional partnerships, neighbors, etc. Sometimes the break off is natural. Sometimes the break off is not natural—it can be saved. If there are conflicts, then people must find ways to keep it going. Wise up. Get stronger.

4. The Long And Winding Road. The song was The Beatles' 20th and last number one song in the USA on June 1970. McCartney was quoted, "It's rather a sad song." Sad songs can acknowledge a person's sad feelings. My take on the song is life is not a simple short road and straight shot to happiness.

3. I've Got A Feeling. I believe there are some human feelings which can't be explained in words. I also believe humans should trust their feelings. I'm going to follow the feeling. McCartney wrote the song for his late wife Linda Eastman.

2. Get Back The song was performed three times as part of the rooftop performance on top of Apple Studios in Savile Row, London. Police interrupted their performance because of noise complaints from office workers.

My take on the song is if I'm experiencing life problems, go back to my past. Remember my past successes and past failures to help me solve my current problems.

1. Let It Be. McCartney dreamed about his mother. His mother told him, "It will be all right, just let it be." McCartney was blessed to have the dream to inspire him writing "Let It Be."