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Inspiration


I haven’t really been posting on here have I?  Well I there’s a reason for that…

OK gimme a sec here.  This isn’t exactly easy to say.

<Deep Breath><Long Exhale>

I live at home with my parents.

<cringes>

Now please note that is not the reason I haven’t posted.  Its a contributor to the main problem. Its also a good starting out point.  You see the one thing I’ve never really figured out is how to be comfortable in public situations.  I would like to thank my experiences in elementary school for putting that little nugget into my psyche.  So I never really figured out how to socialize.  Now you give me a goal to meet that will give me a foreseeable outcome and I’ll be fine.  When I go to conventions, go to classes, or go to my job, I can walk up to anyone and sweet talk them till they are my best friend.  But going out just to go out to converse with people I’ve never met is very difficult for me. I also have a small problem making friends with people i work with.  I become social with them and friendly, I’m really nervous that I’ll say something disastrous and working with them will not work.  So because of that, I have stayed at home where I feel safe.

Now you’re probably scratching your head and moving your cursor to that little ‘X’ button at the top right corner of your screen.  But here’s how all of that contributed to me not posting.  You see I just got home from seeing Captain America…Stop laughing.  I warned you guys at the beginning I was Comic book nerd.  Anyway, when I got out of the theater my mind was going again.  It was then I realized what I have been missing…Inspiration.

It’s very hard to be inspired when you live in the same surroundings you’ve lived all your life.  Nothing new, nothing to get the juices flowing.  No one new to give you new ideas.

Now When i got out of the movie and realized that I was inspired again, I thought back to when the last time was that I felt like this.  I realized that it was every time i was at or leaving a comic book convention or a really good movie.  Reason I know this is because I always write after these things.  I come up with more stories for my world, a new character, or I kick ass on a design project…which i denigrate later, with this blog, because I know I can do better.   But due to my current circumstances (both domestic and work related), that inspiration doesn’t last long.

Now I know what many of you are saying right now, <Ahem> “GO OUT AND HIT THE BARS!  MEET A WOMAN YOU JACK ASS!” <cough> Ouch, you guys yell too loud for my throat.  Maybe you should stop smoking or something.  😛

But in response I would say…you’re right.  I should.  Can you lend me a fifty?  I’m broke. I got a credit card but I’m trying desperately to get it paid off.  But i can safely say I am changing.  I’ve already got tickets to a concert in Chicago and I’m considering checking out a burlesque show around the same time.  I’ll be going somewhere for a whole week in September and I’m flying to new york in October for the New York comicon.  If you’re there say hi.  I’ll be wearing the brown fedora.  I am trying to get better. So hopefully I’ll be posting more of these.  So I apologize that I haven’t been as able to entertain you like I was hoping to be doing since April.

I would like to ask one thing.  Post responses if possible.  One thing that would help inspire me is to know that people, whether they are enjoying it or hating it, are reading it.  If I knew that, I would be inspired so much.

Well I’m off, got to work on my podcast and my on-line entertainment company…Oh yeah, I also got an internship to redesign a company’s web site.  I guess things are starting to look up…though my pocket book is probably not too happy that I decided to start buying comics again.  😀

type ya later,
James McGill

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A little Frustrated


Not a big deal.  When ever I start something new I get a little frustrated.  Why?  Well mainly because I’m doing something I’ve never done before.  This Blog is a big example of that.  I have no idea how profiles are made and i have no idea who most the people who are reading this are.  I would like to make the profile from scratch but I know nothing about PHP.   This blog is how I’m going to try and teach myself PHP.   So over the next two days you will see certain aspects of this blog change.  I’m going to do the easy changes.  It will be simple-background image, header image, etc etc.  I know CSS so that will be the next thing i’ll be working on but I checked the CSS File for the current Theme i have which is the one WordPress selected for me.  It has over 1350 lines of code to go through.  I have no idea what parts of my blog are connected to what.  So for the next week I will be logging on and researching not just the set up of my blog but i’ll be hitting the web looking for explanations on how wordpress works.  If any of you have a good site that helped you figure this place out.  Let me know.  Post a response, send me an e-mail, go to facebook and join my JHM Project group to post on the wall, or just send up smoke signals.  I won’t understand them but I’ll drive towards em and you can tell me in person.   So We’ll see how this goes. 

Type ya later,

James McGill

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in Attempt #1, WordPress

 

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Before we get started let me introduce myself


 Hey, for those of you who don’t know me, my name is James McGill. Nice to meet you…oh wait I’m sorry I can’t hear you. We kinda have an internet separating us and I don’t have the VOIP programs up and running at the moment to hear you. Plus this is a message so I’m probably off doing something awesome and spectacular that you just wish you were doing or wish you could do. I’m just that cool. Now if you’re reading this entry, that means either we are in the first week of this blog or you’re checking out my profile and reading my “About” section. You could also be reading my previous entries, if that’s the case…why weren’t you here sooner? Either way thanks for validating my existence. Otherwise I would probably just fade away and join my other forgotten godly brethren who are no longer worshiped.

Now you’re probably wondering “oh my goodness, this fine, handsome, and astoundingly smart young is trying to achieve god-hood. That’s sacrilegious. May (insert whichever deity you believe in) strike him down for thinking he could be so great.” Well I hate to disappoint you, but though I have the good looks and charisma needed to be worshiped by many beautiful Lingerie models, that is not my purpose here. The truth is far more…realistic.

Here’s the situation…Not the idiot from that Jersey show-the actual situation I’m in. This blog is all about me trying to get a new job. You see about six years ago I graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. (Bachelors of Science, there will be no naughty words in this entry sorry) in Marketing. I was 22 and the only jobs I could get interviews for were telemarketing and door to door salesman jobs. By mid-May I got hired to walk around Chicago and sell those Coupon books that some businesses give out as prizes for employees or customers. When I left my first day, I got really depressed as soon as I got into my car. This was not what I wanted to do. So the next day I called them up and told them that I really wasn’t interested. I apologized for wasting their time and I wished them luck in the future. I’m sure as soon as they hung up, they had some choice naughty words yelled at the receiver that no longer held a connection to my line.

So I went on Careerbuilder.com and started looking through the marketing jobs to see if there was anything that looked interesting. Most were telemarketing and door to door sales, but there were a few that sounded fun and creative. These jobs stated that I needed to have a good understanding with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Quark in order to apply. So I decided that I wanted to try and get those types of jobs. The ones where you used your mind and creativity to sell things rather than just coming up with a pitch and being a persistent pain in the butt. Now I know many of you reading this might take offense to that and to you folks I say…Suck it up. Those jobs just aren’t for me. It’s not a critique on you folks as people but I need something that challenges my mind more than my patience. So I took a job at a local Big Box store (Please note I will not be saying where I work, until I leave my current job. I would prefer to leave at a time of my choosing rather than at a time of theirs). The Big Box gave me a job pushing carts. Not glamorous but it helped to pay the bills.

The Fall of the next year I signed up at my local Community College to take the Graphic design classes that taught you how to use these programs. I also, just for fun, took an HTML Class. Skip to the end of the semester…I got hooked. I decided to go for the Associates degrees in Graphic design and Web site design. Now since I was a cart pusher I couldn’t afford a full semester of classes. At the time I was only making $8 and some change an hour. Plus the only reason I could afford to do it is because my parents decided to take on the task of becoming Catholic Saints by allowing me to continue to live at “home” rent free. Now this was difficult mainly because my parents aren’t catholic. But the simple fact that they were willing to put up with me should get a Papal Letter of Recommendation at least.

So given my limited funds, I took 1 to 4 classes a semester. Then, a few semesters ago I decided that I wanted to learn photography as well. So during a semester I decide that I’m just tired of my current job. I don’t want to work at Big Box anymore and would like to start my career. So the following semester I take one class that will get me my Web Design Associates degree. Then half way through the semester a friend of mine by the Name of Buddy Scalera tells me that I need to know WordPress. Now I haven’t even created my on-line portfolio yet, so yay something else for me to have to learn. So a week later, I had an epiphany. Cue Windows 7 commercial flashback “I should make a blog documenting the creation of my on-line portfolio”. I created this blog the same day and a week or two later, create its first posting on April 1st, 2011.

That’s the story, so here is what the blog is going to do. I will be doing a series of projects over the next six weeks and the following summer. While school finishes up, the first six weeks of this blog, I will concentrate on WordPress. I will figure out how to make profiles, decide which widgets/apps/whatever they’re called to be placed on here, and figure out the complete look of this blog. Then when the summer starts, I will begin making my on-line portfolio. Through this whole process I will be documenting what I do, where I get my info and how I did it. You guys want to steal the techniques, go for it. But please leave my creative ideas alone. I really don’t want to go into further debt suing people before I have a new job.

Now one word of caution before I end this. I AM A NERD! HAHAHAHA! That’s right, you’re dealing with a nerd, a fanboy, a geek, a computer enthusiast, a comic book aficionado. Many of my projects will be leaning towards those things that I love. Comics, video games, movies, music, writing, photography and…well…women. Hey I’m a full-blooded male. Of course I’m going to include the beauty that is the female form. ::he said nervously trying not to make eye contact with the women in the room who are staring suspiciously at him:: All of it will be in good taste. The furthest I will go will be cheesecake photography, 3-D artwork, etc. But there will be no nudity.

Now if you are an employer who decides not to look at the skill that the project were done with because you didn’t like the content. Then I do not wish to work for you. This is my Project and this is a reflection of my personality and my enjoyments. If you don’t like it then you probably wouldn’t like me. So thanks anyway for stopping by, I hope the proverbial door doesn’t hit you in the butt on the way out.

Anyway, thanks for reading and It was pleasure meeting you. I sincerely hope to have a long relationship entertaining you and informing you over the time period in which the JHM Project is in effect. I hope you come back and check out all of my posts.

Maybe you might learn to be as cool and suave as I am….

AW who am I kidding, No one can be as cool as I am.

Type ya later,
James McGill

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2011 in Introduction

 

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