Wednesday, June 22, 2011

How the internet has ruined the job application process and created more unemployment.

I am writing this entry, completely unrelated to my business, to share a viewpoint I have on how the internet has made finding a job almost impossible. Being a an artist is rarely a high paying profession. Most of us have to find part-time or supplemental income to help pay the bills. In the past two years I have looked for jobs online and have only been called in for two interviews. I have applied for so many jobs I cannot begin to tell you how many that number may be. I usually find a listing online, send them my information and required documents via email, and then wait, and wait..and wait some more. Some of them respond with an email that simply states, "we have had an overwhelming response to this job opening and we did not get a chance to look at your  resumé." The majority of them never respond at all. Not even a 'thank you' or auto-responder. It is though the internet has removed the human interaction from the equation and made applicants players in some sort of sick game of Life. The faster you are the more likely you might get an interview.

In the past, that is pre-2000 years, I always got the first job I interviewed for. I would be called in for an interview and always got the job. Back then I didn't have a B.A. and only had an Associates. I thought that a B.A. would definitely put me in the running for a better job, one with security and higher pay. That turned out to be completely false. Since completing my B.A. in web design and graphics in 2004 I have had one interview in that field. Yes, one. That is seven years of looking for a job in my degree field. And I have looked for jobs out of state even in other countries. Personally I think I am a pretty good designer and I can do most anything people need me to do. I am a photographer, web designer, illustrator, I can edit video and audio. None of this matters. Both of my degrees have proven to be useless except for a two year illustration job before returning to college and that paid $9.00/hr.

What are some of the problems that the internet has created in finding a job?
- Hiring companies use secretaries or personal assistants to weed out possible candidates. They use their knowledge and biases to pick through the stack of candidates and toss the rest.
- They send emails for interviews instead of calling you. So if the email is returned to them, your internet has no service, or the email is delivered to the spam folder, you have no chance. You will most likely miss the opportunity to interview.
- The number of applicants has increased and many applicants never have their résumé or email even looked at.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Art in the Park - June 11th, 2011

We had a good day at Art in the Park. As always the morning set-up is a bit stressful but after that everything seems to settle nicely. I think the high for the day was 90 degrees so it was a hot 9 hours. I hope that the 25th is a little cooler. Here are some photos of June 11th.




Wednesday, June 8, 2011

How to hang stained glass for an art fair or craft show.

Because stained glass comes in a variety of sizes and shapes it is difficult to find a creative way to juggle everything. Stained glass is heavy and needs support. When we set up a craft show we typically hang most of the panels from our tent. You will have to have a tent to vend at most craft shows outdoors. Usually craft shows assign each person a 10x10 foot space which is the exact size of the tent space. Even if it is not required I would suggest getting one. As soon as the first drop of rain starts to fall you will be glad you have one. We have a pretty heavy duty tent (not the kind you get from Walmart). Using one with steel bars and some kind of weighting system works best. Weights are essential outdoors.

I am attaching some photos of how we have hung work in the past. You will need to use a chain that can be opened with needle nose pliers. This is how you will secure your work to the tent. Zip ties work even better. Lowe's sells them in the electrical dept. These work great for hanging most anything. They will hold very heavy panels with ease. To take them down all you have to do is cut it with scissors or a razor knife. (Watch the fingers! My boyfriend had a small incident recently doing this.)

You may also check out the hook section at your local Ace hardware store. They have a variety of them in all sizes. You might be able to rig something up for easy set-up and release.

As for using panels or stands. I do not think this is a good solution. The weight and instability of the panels is most likely going to cause it to fall, if you get just the right gust of wind, someone bumping into it, or a slight earth tremor that is.

A tip from me to you -  You should never sell at an outdoor show during a storm or heavy winds. You will most likely have a disaster. We attempted to do this recently thinking that we could get through it and ..it was a nightmare. Wind is NOT a friend to stained glass. Rain is not as bad but you end up cleaning everything in the end.

Things to bring that will make the day much easier:
Extra wire, scissors, two pairs of pliers, lots of small chain, duct tape and packing tape, cardboard and bubble wrap for wrapping things, extra price tags, a table, cash change in small bills, business cards, zip ties, a step stool, and razor knife.