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It was early September 2007 when I drove to the bank while contemplating my divorce. My intent was  to open my own checking account in order to begin separating the funds so I could start saving money for a new place to live. My home of nine years was no longer my home anymore.

After parking, I exited my car and was ready to start my new life when I heard the most terrified, desperate cry. I looked down to see a skinny, little black kitten, whose pupils were so large that the color of his eyes couldn’t be determined. I bent down to pick him up; however, he was so scared that he ran and hid in a nearby bush. There was a very busy intersection uncomfortably close by,  and my main concern was that this kitten would be killed.

For that moment, my looming life changes meant nothing, even though for months my thoughts were overwhelmingly occupied with how disappointed and bitter I had felt over my failed marriage. Wearing my favorite dress, I got down on my hands and knees, crawled through spiderwebs to the kitten, then I scruffed the little guy. I carried him to my car, sat down, and closed the door. Realizing that I hadn’t accomplished what I had intended to, and utterly puzzled as to what had just happened, I scratched the kitten’s  chin and said to him, “Oh great, what am I going to do with you?”

I then moved through the drive up teller and while I was cashing my check, the kitten perched himself upon my shoulder, rubbed himself on my head  while purring loudly in my ear. I asked the teller,  “Would you like a kitten?”

But, the teller met me with an answer I neither expected nor understood; she simply stated,  “I hate cats.”

I drove the kitten home and have had him ever since. This kitten has grown to be a very important companion for me. I look forward to coming home after my long work days. No matter how my day has been he is always very warm, welcoming, and filled with love.  I must say I’m thankful that he came into my life and rescued me.

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If you’re a Gen-Xer like myself, you’ll likely remember the days when you had to dress your best before entering employment establishments to fill out applications by hand. You were able to interact with potential employers, who then got a “feel” for your style and could determine if you were a possible fit for the company. I never would’ve pictured having the ability to submit multiple applications online while dressed in pajamas (or even your underwear) all in one day, let alone utilizing the convenience of Google Chrome‘s auto fill tool. Somewhere along the way, we’ve exchanged amiable personal interactions for less mileage on our cars and inadvertently, we’ve become impersonal search terms in a computer file scan; thus, making it far more difficult to have a chance at proving ourselves or meeting some kind of potential fit which would include personality traits.
Like many of my LinkedIn contacts, when I initially set up my account I did so with hopes of being that one contact a business would hand-pick for my skills and to enhance my career search; however, was this a realistic expectation?  I think not. Why? Because the majority of my employment applications haven’t required any of my LinkedIn information. Honestly, LinkedIn does have a lot of potential to help boost users with their career searches. Users are able to personalize their profiles which can include photographs, feeds, and endorsements from fellow professionals.
In conclusion, who do you think utilizes LinkedIn more? Do you have a LinkedIn account? If so, then this poll is for you! Let’s see, shall we?