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She wakes up early
And goes to work
Doesn’t take care of the house
She is the bread winner – not a homemaker
The kids complain
Food feels like plastic
No taste – no spices
The world is practical
More laundry to do
Dust covers the furniture
Husband works hard
She pays the expenses
Get children in the shower
TV is calling
It’s midnight already
No time to turn the dial…
She answers the emails
A little wired
And the day comes too soon
Full of routine
And smoke
And pranks

She takes a deep breath
And faces the world
Fights the traffic
Her personal daily war
Modern woman
Like sardine in a can

Feels robbed of her instincts
Cannot listen to intuition
And – to hide her shame
She has a pill
To stop her monthly menses


Trying to get a job is exhausting when the economy is good, but it is really, really a joke when the economy is bad…

It’s been 11 years since I’ve had to apply for jobs – and it was totally different then – you did not rely on the Internet. You called the companies, faxed your résumé, saw someone face to face. Now I feel I am fishing – not knowing what lies in the murky waters of the corporate world – or the job market… which fish will “bite” my bait? Big, small, real? The amount of fake, scam offers I got since I started applying is unbelievable! And the real ones will bite based on a virtual impression of me. I don’t lie on my résumé or job applications, but it is funny to see that some interviewers considered me overqualified, while others not worthy – others said I was too analytical. None of them understood that I have to get a job! It’s not a choice, not a luxury – it’s a necessity! None of them even considered contracting me to see how I worked, to see that I can deliver results… and with all the applications I submitted (I think over 100), I was only able to attract 8 interviews so far… and some of them were surprised I’m still in the job market, as if I’m plagued or, worse, lying about my experience!

To make matters worse, now companies check your credit – how am I supposed to have an outstanding credit when I haven’t been paid in 6 months or more? And the worse the credit, the dimmer the chances to land a job!!!!

Now, I heard something the other day that really shocked me: companies are going to start checking current and prospective employees on their social network behaving – I’m sorry, but my profile in Facebook or whatever other social network I join is private – for friends only! As long as I don’t talk about work and confidential work stuff, I think it is my right not to want my employer or prospective employer to put their nose in my social life. I, personally, only use FB to connect with friends that I haven’t seen for a while or my peeps in Brazil. And wouldn’t that invasion of our privacy actually pose as a liability to an employer? Suppose you express your spiritual beliefs, or your sexual preferences and they use that against you: can they not be sued for discrimination?

At any rate, I’d like to be selected for my skills and talents – for my experience and work ethics and values  – not because I was forced to go delinquent on a bill because of harsh economic times and no jobs!!!! I’d like to have the opportunity to be interviewed and tested, if needed, and contracted, if that gives a company a sense of security – a chance!

On a sadder note, I’ve been seeing more and more people on street corners, near a traffic light, holding signs asking for a job – usually older, in their fifties – in the heat… or with an unemployed sign trying to sell something to make ends meet… I thought I would never see these types of things here, I thought that there would always be a job – no matter what job…

I was listening to NPR, as usual, on my way to work the other day and the piece was about Stay at Home Dads – how the economy has cause an increase in stay at home fathers that were laid off. They created networking groups and are learning the tricks of the trade from each other – which I thought it was kind of funny, as they could have learned from their wives, who’ve probable been very much up to date with all the new gadgets for kids and babies! But what most shocked me was that these dads are being advised to add their parental skills to their resumes as it may increase their chances of landing on a job – managers see those skills as an ability to multitask and it gives these men a human quality that cannot be described in other jobs. Now, that’s quite interesting: Men will have an easier time getting a job by having parental skills, by being a stay at home dad, while women, who have been doing this for thousands of years, better not add the mothering skills to their resume or they may be seen as weak, limited, outdated, and an inconvenience. Why is that? Because those managers probably know that, once the men get back to working, the wives will take the parental role back and the male employee won’t have to worry about the children, but if the mother goes back to work, most likely the father is not going to be her backup… even when it comes to something at which we master (such as parenting), men always have the upper hand…

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