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Over 60 companies publicly warned by special Task Force

Note: All links in this article direct to FDA published resources on COVID-19.

March 11, 2020. It was a regular Wednesday. I got the trusty email I receive every Wednesday morning from FDA on the newest warning letters that have been posted publicly. Excellent resource if you’ve never seen it. This time though, seven of these warning letters were different. …

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If I ever have to do it again

When I was unemployed, it threw everything in my life out of balance. I felt as if my foundation had been ripped out from underneath me and the source of much of my contentment in life was sapped out. I had to cope with it by altering my life in many ways, but there are still some things I would have done differently if I had to do it all again.

Give Yourself the Time You Need

First of all, I would have given myself only the necessary grieving period. I was let go on a Thursday and didn’t do anything but lay on the couch the next day, after I went and got my last pay stub. That was a good thing, but come Monday or the Monday after that, I probably should have pulled myself together a little and re-established a routine. …

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Six Online Career Evaluations that can Help you Know Yourself

After being laid off, I decided that I needed to find a job that truly suited me, not one where I felt like a square peg trying to fit in a round hole. …

You’re interviewing the company as they’re interviewing you!

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If you don’t need to take the first job offer that comes your way, or even if you do, realize that you have just as much power as the person sitting across from you in an interview. This will help your confidence going in, and if you come prepared with some good questions and possible follow up questions, you can determine whether they have their ducks in a row, too. Make every interview a positive experience, and the interview process will become a positive feedback loop that you will be happy to participate in .The …

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So many questions, but I had to keep going.

I was taken aside into a conference room at the end of the day after all of my coworkers had gone home or were out on assignments to “go over some things,” sat down with the new sales manager to and she informed me this was my last day with the company, and that the owner had decided they didn’t need a full time person to do what I was doing. They didn’t need me. I went back to my cubicle and my computer had been logged out by IT, I guess they didn’t want me to get back into it. …

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I think it’s worth being real about this, as it seems to be a slightly taboo topic. The first thing I was told after it happened was not to broadcast it and to just dig deep into looking for a new job. I took that advice, possibly to my disadvantage. This happens to employees every day all over the world, yet few talk about it. I wrote out these lessons as a way to process them and to remind myself of what’s important while I was still looking for a new job.

  1. I really liked that job. It let me marry my two passions, animal science and social media, as well as stay in my home state.

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I was laid off and here’s how I got through it

I was laid off from my first corporate job in October 2017. I took it pretty hard, but now I have a new job and I want to share what I went through. I’d like to write a series of articles about the emotions, the processes and specifics, and the fun. I’ll post the links to each here as they get published.

Here are the articles I’ll be writing:

Being Laid Off and how I dealt with the emotions

Re-evaluating my life and my choices in a methodical way

Lessons I learned from being laid off

Top 3 questions I ask…

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Photo of my lamp and light timer.

When having a reason to wake up isn’t enough

I’ve always known that I’m sensitive to the changing of the seasons, and used to fall asleep on the couch all the time if I forgot to turn on an overhead light in my living room before it got dark outside. This winter, I had more trouble than ever to get up and get the day started, especially without the wonderful prospect of going to work every day. I recently read a book called Habit Stacking and it gave me lots of ideas but my main issue of getting out of bed was nagging me. My most important takeaway from this book was the instruction to find a trigger for starting a new routine. …

Just don’t show me your creepy ways okay?

I had a package delivered yesterday and, to my surprise, when I tapped on the push notification and then checked the updates to see who the carrier was and where they may have delivered it, I found a photo of my doorway with the little box sitting in front of it that had been taken just five minutes beforehand. Immediately I got a few tingles up my spine. It is a bit creepy. Luckily they did provide space to give feedback, but that box had a character limit and only accepted one sentence that ended up something like, “This is great for accountability but I’d prefer not to see it in my amazon account.” …

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Screenshot of my instagram profile on March 1, 2018.

Experimenting with going All-In

Instagram has integrated live streaming as well as the features of Snapchat along with its original photo and video sharing capabilities. The only things it’s missing are text status updates and audio-only posts. I want to see if I can create a full social media experience just using Instagram because it seems like their angle is to be the all-encompassing social platform in the future. I can’t go without a nod to tumblr because it does accept all of the content types mentioned above, but it’s much more niche and doesn’t have near as big of a potential audience. …

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Lela Perez

Science. Animals. Food. Social Media. DFW. Texas A&M '15.

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