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Misconception #4: The imaginary friend

I was talking to a friend on Facebook a while ago about his dream job and what he would want to do. He told me that he hasn’t got the courage to do it because, he said, people will make fun of him, regardless if he will fail or not. He has a twisted view of the world, it seems.

A lot of people have the same problem. Since we were kids, parents and other children say to you that you are not the best, that there will always be someone smarter, faster or with a better education. In my opinion, this is not the way to educate your children or to support your friends.

For me, this was not the case. My mother and my grandparents always supported me to such extent that I thought I am perfect (not that today that isn’t the case anymore). But the most important was my imaginary friend. Although I was a shy kid (and I am still a little shy).quote-Lee-Ryan-i-still-have-imaginary-friends-who-i-211749

I had an imaginary friend who listened to every dream that I couldn’t share with anyone. I used to tell stories to my friends when I was little, but my imaginary friend was the one who loved them all. Continue reading “Misconception #4: The imaginary friend”

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My personal (real bad) experience with CDiscount

DO NOT SHOP ONLINE ON CDISCOUNT.

What do you call someone who takes somebody`s money and doesn’t return it?  I would say embezzler.

What does someone gain from taking someone’s money and not giving it back (for a period hopefully)? If you just think of the interest, it`s enough. But you can also think of a higher profit declared (and the tax deductions that come from this) or that they can use that money for something else. I would call this fraud.

Here`s the story, with quite a few details.

Well, in November 2015, the baby was on the way. We were searching what to buy, from where, wanting to make sure that everything will be just right for when he comes.

That`s when we decide to buy a new washing machine, as ours is a couple of years old. CDiscount had the right price-quality offer. A Samsung washing machine at 400 Euros sounded like a good deal. On Amazon, the same model was at around 550 Euros. And, as a soon-to-be parent, every euro counts.

So we ordered the washing machine from CDiscount France. We got scared the first time when they said that it will take about one month for the washing machine. After we finalized the order, we saw that it was just 2 weeks. The washing machine was scheduled to be delivered on November 23rd (if I remember correctly).

Well, we were happy for just 3-4 days. We received an email saying that the delivery was cancelled and it will be done at a later date. There was no reason mentioned.

Anyway, the baby came on December 14th, Christmas came and we didn’t have the time to call them. At the beginning of January, we called (after searching for a number for about one week). We asked for a refund (in our bank account) and he said that we`ll received it in 72 hours. As you can imagine, we didn’t get it. We spoke in the following week with two other client service counsellors. The third one helped us. But he only transformed our money into a coupon.

We called a fourth time to get this mess sorted out. The guy told us that he will help..in 72 hours we will get the money (he said). After a few days, I receive a notice that I have to send them a document from the bank. I did it in the same day.

We called a fifth and sixth time in the last two weeks. We still haven’t seen our time, although every counsellor told us that we’ll get in 72 hours.

We spoke with the seventh counsellor last Thursday. She said, again, that she took all steps necessary to receive our money, (last) Friday or early next week.

The complaint to the police (both French and Belgian) is almost ready. We are bringing it the finishing touches. I checked the law (France and Belgium) and, besides fraud and embezzlement), it also constitutes transnational (cross-border) crime. That is almost the equivalent of organized crime. I hope the Mafia won`t be jealous on CDIscount :D.

Also, we are looking into a lawsuit. We still want our money back, but…after three months of waiting, who knows…

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Career counseling #15: Is omission a lie?

In my “career counseling” posts, I usually write things from my point of view: what to do and what not do.

But this time is a bit different. I want to ask you if you believe that leaving something out of your CV is actually a lie.

'Yes, I suppose certain narrow-minded people would call it a ‘pack of lies' - I prefer to think of it as creative up-selling.'

For example, I hold quite a few diplomas and have experience at various levels.

When applying for a job that requires a Masters, should I leave my PhD out of my CV?

When applying for a job that requires 1-3 years of experience, should I leave some prior experience out?

The reason that I am asking this is because, well, I can`t find a job. The answers that I get, either before or after an interview (if I get there), is that I am either underqualified or overqualified.

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Provisional results of the #HelpGreg campaign – Day 3

It has been three days since I started this campaign to #HelpGreg get a job.

This is just a caricature. He`s not the real Greg
This is just a caricature. He`s not the real Greg

But the results are not showing. Here are the temporary results after 3 days of work:

  • 18 emails;
  • 24 Facebook private messages;
  • 12 LinkedIn messages;
  • 5 Twitter private messages.

Continue reading “Provisional results of the #HelpGreg campaign – Day 3”

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Provisional results of the #HelpGreg effort to get him a job – Day 1

When I started this campaign, I assumed that some people will share the blog post or the tweets, Facebook posts etc. I was right, but, unfortunately, not as many as I expected.

This is just a caricature. He`s not the real Greg
This is just a caricature. He`s not the real Greg

Please continue to share this link on any social network (or through emails): #HelpGreg get a job. We need all the help we can get. Continue reading “Provisional results of the #HelpGreg effort to get him a job – Day 1”