It seems every city has these salt float places now and the Charlotte version is the franchise True Rest Float Spa. First-time floaters (like me) get the introductory rate of $39 versus the regular $79 price. Every blog I read talked about the owners and the history but didn’t really prepare me for the experience. I dragged Joe and we went to try it out.
My goal this year was originally 75, then I changed it to 100, and now I’m at 104 books in mid-September. I read a mix of fiction and non-fiction although lately, it’s just been a TON of fiction which makes reading a lot of books pretty easy. When people ask how I can read so much, I wonder, how can you spend so much time watching TV or surfing social media on your phone? Each year, I’ve increased my goal bit by bit and here’s how I read so much.
When I first started working with recruiters, I was so nervous about their questions. Then I noticed that every single recruiter regardless of their agency or the job opening asked the SAME questions.
Remember how I said that luck favors the prepared? That works for conversations with your recruiter too. The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll come across and the smoother the conversation will go.
1. What’s your current salary?
Did you know that several states across the US are banning this practice? This question needs to go away because it’s not relevant, it deters women (or anyone) from equal pay for equal work, and most people lie about it anyway.
Push back on this question especially if you’re in a career transition mode. Let’s say you were a school teacher and now you’re going to be a project manager at a bank. Why does your pay today have to do with your pay tomorrow? If you’re comfortable with a target range, feel free to share it. If not, go on to the next question.
2. What’s your desired pay?
This is a bit tricky. If you know a target range and want to share it, then the question is answered.
If you’re doing a career transition, this is sticky because you’re not entry-level yet you may not be sure where you slot in the pay scale yet. In that case, do your research beforehand. Research salary insights online and have an idea of a decent range. You could use a line like this.
Since I’m in career transition, I’d like to see what opportunities you have available regardless of the pay range. If the right opportunity presented itself, I may be willing to take a step back in pay to get my foot in the door for relevant experience.
But if that statement isn’t true, if you’re not willing to take any job for any price, then be honest. In my case, I said,
I’m in a career transition mid-career and I have relevant experience. I’m not interested in entry-level roles although I may be willing to take a slightly junior role if it helps make the transition. My absolute minimum is $$ although I’d much prefer in the $$-$$$ range.
<< Fill in your numbers for the $$.>>
3. Where do you want to work? Are you willing to relocate?
Be prepared to answer this. If you’re not willing to relocate and you live in a big city, be prepared to drill into details. I live in Charlotte, NC which is the biggest city in my state. Recruiters wanted to know specific neighborhoods and I had that information ready to go. I also knew where some of the big firms were in local towns and areas that I wasn’t willing to commute. I let my recruiter know ahead of time. If location is a deal-breaker, be honest and don’t waste the recruiter’s time.
4. When can you start?
If you’re currently unemployed and are willing to disclose that, then tell them you can start anytime. If you’re currently employed, then say that you’ll need to provide at least a two-week notice. If the recruiter pushes back, I like this line:
I want to be respectful of my current employer and give at least a two-week notice. If my next employer won’t respect that, then I’m not the right fit for that company anyway.
Pro-tip: Another thing to be careful is once you get the offer, don’t put in your notice at your current employer until you’re sure you can work “the next day.” That means you’ve cleared all of your background, credit, drug, and reference checks. I’ve watched folks put in the notice and then failed a check for some reason.
I’ve also seen recruiters (first hand) try to bully candidates into putting in notice right away. After all, the recruiter can’t get paid until you start working. The recruiter doesn’t care if you have a gap in your paychecks. I’ve also seen folks put in notice at their employment job only to have the background process take longer than two weeks. Then that person gets to sit around for weeks unemployed until the next job starts up.
Don’t let the recruiter bully you into putting in your notice until you’re cleared to work!
5. Why are you job hunting?
If you’re unemployed and/or underemployed, then your answer is easy. If you’re gainfully employed but looking for a transition, be prepared to share your why. Don’t make it too complicated. The recruiter doesn’t want or need your life story. Recruiters just want a simple explanation for why you’re in the market. Changing jobs is longer frowned upon, it’s simply a way of the world now. Job hopping is on the rise per this NBC news article.
Here are a few simple reasons:
- My significant other/spouse is (or I am) relocating and I’m looking for work in this city.
- I’m looking to transition careers for better opportunities.
- I recently graduated and am wanting to utilize my new credentials.
Is the recruiter hiding under your bed? Probably not. Recruiters are a funny thing. At first, they’re really elusive and once you’ve figured out how to bait them, they won’t leave you alone. Here’s how it worked for me (and that’s not me in the photo).
As a job seeker, are you the client? Think about who is paying for the recruiting services. I’ve seen variations of this quote but they all point to the same thing:
The recruiter works for the client and that’s NOT you. Then who is the client? Who is on your team?
The client is the company that has the job openings. The company is hiring recruiters to find qualified candidates for the jobs posted. I live in a banking town so some of the biggest clients in town are Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Ally Bank, and BB&T.
When the recruiter contacts me with a job opening, I’m not the client. The bank is. If the recruiter finds me a job, I don’t pay him/her, the bank does.
Why is this important? As a job seeker, you must understand what motivates the people around you. If you are working with a recruiter, they may act like they have your best interests in mind. At the end of the day, remember that you are not the client. You are not paying for the recruiter’s services.
Recruiter rule #1 – Know who pays the recruiters and who the client is (not you). It will help you understand the recruiter’s motivation.
Party like it’s 2003. What? That’s the same confusion I felt when I was looking under the bathroom sink and stumbled across Joe’s body splash.
It’s not the first time I’ve seen it. When I first saw it, I thought it was odd that a man have Bath and Body Works body splash but I let it go. So when I was going through the bin under the sink a few months later, I took a closer look and noticed it was from 2003.
One of my favorite podcasts is How I Built This and at the end, Guy Raz always asks:
How much of your success do you attribute to luck, or just hard work?
I love thinking about this. Your words manifest your reality so be careful of what you say (and think). I’ve started to reframe and rethink my lucky career breaks and recognize them to be hard work in preparing for that moment.
I had a bracelet made on Etsy that was a simple metal band with the word FOCUS written on it. I wore it so much that it broke and so I ordered a new one.
Today, I got an email from a company that might be the opposite of Macro-Hard about my work collaboration vs focus time. The emails says this:
23 minutes to refocus? I believe it. So many business productivity books I read constantly preach against multitasking. Our brains can’t and don’t multitask. They switch but the switching doesn’t happen as fast as we’d think or like. In fact, according to the email I got, it takes 23 minutes.
I hate the cold and I’m always cold. I’m also the one that doesn’t wear shorts until it’s 85 degrees outside. I had seven ClassPass credits left for the month and I see this Cryotherapy pop up as a new option. If you want to help a girl out, feel free to use my ClassPass referral link where you get $40 credit and I get the same. I’ve been using ClassPass for years and love it.
I know my BFF Julie has tried it and had a great experience. So with only 30 minutes until the appointment time, I book on ClassPass and head over to Restore Cryotherapy on Montford in Charlotte.
(4 minutes – check in) Giovanni, takes me through an intake process on an iPad where I have to read about all kinds of scary things that might happen to me in Cryotherapy. Then I have to agree that I don’t have a bunch of unusual medical conditions I’ve never heard of.
(4 minutes – dressing room orientation and getting changed) I’m led to the Cryo Zone which looks like several dressing rooms that all open into the Cryotherapy area. I undress and get a choice of two robes – standard tie around waist and the one pictured below. You can’t wear a bra with underwire and men must wear underwear but interestingly, women do not. No jewelry is allowed either. I have to put on tall socks and slippers that are provided. Once I enter the cryo zone, I’m given thick mittens. He measures my body temperature behind my knees – 86 I think. He didn’t seem too concerned.
(5 minutes – cryo experience explanation and actual cryo time) The whole time, Giovanni is there telling me exactly what will happen to my body like blood rushing to my organs and away from my arms and legs leaving them tingling. I’ll get a blast of cold for 60 seconds which will be the worst of it. There’s a timer running next to the temperature (pictured below) of -186 degrees. He tells me to move around so the cold will get to all of my body but when I turn to the timer, he says I don’t have to look at it. Evidently most people don’t like seeing it. Whoops.
The first 60 seconds are definitely the toughest especially since I’ve never done this before. Then the blast slows down. Giovanni is talking to me the whole time reassuring me that I’m doing great and much better than other first timers. I’m not so sure about that but I was quite focused on getting some photos taken 🤤
First timers can only stay in two and half minutes. Giovanni tells me that another quick 30 second blast is coming and then it will almost be done. It’s cold. I turn around a bit but my legs and body feel stiff and frozen. It’s almost over. I glance at the timer and just five seconds left. Next thing I know, he’s opening the chamber and I’m done. I get out and he measures my temperature at 54 which he says is normal. He said that seasoned folks can stay three minutes but I’m good with my time.
(2 minutes) By the time I get dressed, I’m already feeling the effects of thawing out. The blood is rushing back to my extremities. I’m told that this burns 500-800 calories. I had no idea! Giovanni warns me that I may be hungry and that my metabolism is going to be boosted. Who knew all this was happening? He said he does it daily but he does work there after all.
In the end, I’m so glad that I tried something new and it was a really cool (pun intended) experience. I don’t see myself going back daily but with my monthly ClassPass credits, I could see using it every few months. I needed 12 credits and I already had seven so I had to buy 5 credits for $12 – not too bad. Plus the whole thing took about 15 minutes. Now that I’ve done my intake and not needing all the orientation and pep talk, I can see how this appointment can be done in about 5 minutes.
They sell memberships and by the looks of the “regulars” breezing in and out and being called by their first names by the staff, folks are buying. I haven’t even scratched the surface of restoration therapy for athletes but I know my Cryotherapy is definitely a popular thing to do.
Give it a try! If you want to be kind and share the $40 referral credit, you can try it through my ClassPass referral link (shameless self promotion here). Enjoy!
For those eagle eye folks, you may have noticed the H is missing from my domain name now. It used to be CaroleenHB.com and now it’s CaroleenB.com.
You wouldn’t think one little letter would be such a big deal but it actually is. I had to migrate my WordPress site to another which entailed:
- Adjusting my CPanel upload limits
- Editing my .htaccess file
- Setting up FTP access for my old and new sites (to migrate image files)
- Using plugins for bundling the sql database and other core WordPress files
- Two calls to GoDaddy tech support for hitting my I/O limits (yep, I have cheap shared hosting)
GoDaddy charges $100 for migration services and I’m cheap. Plus the plugin I chose had limits for the free version and I didn’t want to pay for the paid version (note the cheap comment). So I used the workaround and had to FTP my own files to stay under the plugin limits.
In the end, it took most of a Saturday afternoon but I sorted it out. Plus I flexed some ol’ troubleshooting muscles that I haven’t used in a while. It was worth the savings 🤑
Welcome to the new site! I hope you come back and visit again soon!