Where have I been?

by Rich DeMatteo on December 15, 2009 · 14 comments

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I owe you an apology.  The last week or so has been a tad nutty banana party and I haven’t been able to post as much as I like to.  There has been a whole chicken kabob of wonderful things going on in my life, and I think I’ll use my post today to explain where I’ve been lately, and what you can expect in the coming weeks on COTJ!

Hello PHR Certification, Goodbye Graduate School

villanova_university_wool_pennant_20334bigFor most people, grad school will take around 2 years.  Well, call me the Van Wilder of graduate school because after 9 semesters, and 5 years, I am FINALLY finished my degree.   I joined Villanova University’s Human Resources Development Masters Program in Fall 2005, immediately after undergrad.  Back in May I completely all required coursework, but staring me in the face was one more challenge – The PHR Certification.

PHR stands for Professional in Human Resources and is a complete bitch of a certification test.  For two weeks now I’ve been reading and studying for hours on hours each day.  This recent studying bonanza is on top of a preparation course that has held me captive since September.  My test was scheduled for last Saturday (December 12), so last week I threw my studying game into overdrive.  While new content for COTJ was placed on the back burner for a few days, I successfully passed the PHR exam and satisfied my final graduate school requirement.  I can now say that I am Rich DeMatteo, PHR certified, and have a Masters Degree in Human Resources Development from Villanova University.  End Chapter.

Corn Head Community

If you haven’t noticed yet, I’ve added a new page to COTJ called Corn Heads.  Maybe you’ve clicked to that page to see what the fuss is all about.  Or, maybe you haven’t.  Either way it’s all gravy.  Let me explain how it will work, and what you can expect in the coming weeks!

COTJ has built a diverse community of bloggers, job seekers, recruiters, HR folks, and readers looking for a place to hang out.  Connecting with each of you has been the most rewarding aspect of hosting Corn On The Job, and I want to offer that same connectivity between readers.  The Corn Heads Community page will bring a truly innovative way to promote yourselves as well as gain valuable exposure.

How does it work?

Step 1 – COTJ T-shirts have been created!  The design on the t-shirts are a lot of fun, and I think you will enjoy them.  The shirts will cost somewhere around $12.5o to $13.00 (including shipping), and I promise you that this is not just about selling shirts.  There is much, much more.

Step 2 – Corn Heads will take a picture of themselves wearing their t-shirt and e-mail it back to me.  Be creative with this!  If you live in Seattle an amazing picture would be to go to the fish market and catch one of those big bad fish wearing the COTJ shirt.  Be creative and have fun.  The more fun, funny, or creative the picture, the more chances you have of other readers connecting with you!

Step 3 – Along with your picture, send me a 40-45 word bio about yourself.  Promote your blog, your job search, your company, or your business.  Feel free to include links back to your blog, facebook, twitter, linkedin, or wherever – as long as it’s clean!

Step 4 – Your picture and bio is inserted into Corn Heads page for all to see!

This is something I’m extremely excited about, and I already have close to 20 Corn Heads interested!  If you are interested please E-mail me – CornOnTheJob AT Gmail.com.  Below you can see the image that will appear on the T-shirts!

COTJ Twitterrr backg

My guilty obsession – I am T-Pain

Last week I’ve become part of the iPhone users cult.  I’m growing increasingly addicted to it each day, and my recent acquisition of the “I am T-Pain” app isn’t going to help.  Before you canI-Am-T-Pain-1 call me one, I fully admit that I’m a nerd.  I spent 2 or 3 hours last night free styling on this app, laughing as my voice took on the autotune sound.  If you have an iPhone I suggest looking into this, it’s worth the $1.99 price tag.

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12 comments
Elisa
Elisa

Nutty banana party, chicken kabobs, and corn heads...did you forget to eat before you posted?! :) Congratulations on everything you've accomplished. From grad school to certifications to really cool ways to build community on your site to discovering your inner rap artist, you are really making things happen. That's so awesome! I notice, though, you didn't include the MOST amazing thing you gave up, late night Skype chats. That part was just mindblowing!

Jenny
Jenny

First, CONGRATS, CONGRATS, CONGRATS! Second, I need to get on chat more often to catch up! Third, I want a shirt! And this is such a great community building idea Rich. Fourth, when are you, me and Matt going to see the Lady G?!

Lindsey
Lindsey

Proud to be on board with the Cornheads! You can count on me to wear the shirt around Paris and undoubtedly be subjected to glares from stylish Parisians who think I'm a fashion disaster :) Congrats on passing the exam! I knew you would!

Cheila Esquilin
Cheila Esquilin

Once again, Congrats on the PHR Certification! :) Glad your done with it whoohoo!! I am proud to say that I will and am a CORN HEAD!! I can't wait to be part of that project. I support you on this one ;) Count me in for sure. YOU NERD!!! Thehee. We all have the nerdiness inside of us, well, at least me. How I envy you!! I want the Iphone so bad, but don't want to switch providers ( I heart Sprint). I have the HTC Hero Google with Android. It's ok, but it can't be compared to the iphone. Hopefully Sprint will carry it sooner than later :) PS. "nutty banana party" Love that phrase, hehe.

Srinivas Rao
Srinivas Rao

My favorite part of this post was "Van Wilder" of graduate school. I always think if that movie had come out when I was in college. I think How to be the Van Wilder of life would make an interesting blog post :). Good to finally connect with you man. Editing your interview right now.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Wow, I guess I was pretty darn hungry when writing this one out! Thanks for the compliments and your strong support since really the beginning. I recorded a song called "Biscuits" that I'm not ready to release on the world. I guess that's further proof that I'm not feeding myself the right way! Skype chats soon, that's for sure!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Thanks Jenny! Yes, where have YOU been? I'll send you the info about the shirts, and lets Gaga it up, Rawrrrrr

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Lindsey, thanks, and so glad you are ready to show off the Corn Heads to Paris! Hopefully some of them think its fashionable, and want to join in!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Thanks for the comment Cheila. Also appreciate your congratulations. Looking forward to seeing how creative you are with the "Corn Head" picture! Sometimes, its just a nutty banana party day and thats the only way to describe it

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

The Van Wilder of life would be an awesome post, I think you should tackle it! Interested to see how the interview comes out. Hope I sound somewhat intelligent! :o)

Matt Cheuvront
Matt Cheuvront

You know I'm there....SO there. And love this idea Rich - excited to see what you do with it.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Matt and Jenny - We will be dancing like dinosaurs in no time. I just sent you information for it, if you'd like to take part. No obligations ever of course, just let me know :o)