And then dance and drink and screw, because there’s nothing else to do…

The lovely harlana notes that:

Ordinary people have sacrificed enough already. Come on! I saw 2 people on the blog last nite who have recently lost their jobs. I really wish we could have an open thread for that, for their stories, nobody around here seems interested.

I don’t know very much about struggle and hardship (not least because I’m imaginary), but I am happy to admit that in a week when London is burning, stockbrokers are behaving like Michele Bachmann in a k-hole, and thousands of Somali children starved to death, listening to those in our little community who are having hard times is much more worthwhile than yet another post about Sullivan or McArdle or Brooks.

Have at it.

ETA: Via Arguingwithsignposts:

The Slacktivist does this, I just noticed. Here’s his post format:

Job seekers: Let us know where you are and what you’re looking for.

Everybody: Skim through and see if you know something, or know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who might help out one of our job seekers.

Duly stolen. And yes, feel free to mention friends or family.

[Image: David Vinckbooms (1576-1632) – Distribution of Loaves to the Poor.]






154 replies
  1. 1

    obligatory song link, pulp, common people.

    i imagine this song is what it would be like to be hit on by an economics editor at the atlantic.

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    My sympathies to those who have recently been amputated from the world of paychecks and are still bleeding. Been there, done that. Probably will again.

    Also to those who are not longer bleeding but are still hurting.

    Will the thread also accept friends and family of victims? Sort of Al-Unemployed? [AlAnon for the unemployed]

    Edited for clarity.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    The Slacktivist does this, I just noticed. Here’s his post format:

    Job seekers: Let us know where you are and what you’re looking for.
    __
    Everybody: Skim through and see if you know something, or know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who might help out one of our job seekers.

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    El Cid says:

    Not so fast — people can do both. Come here, tell their stories, and then have a pro forma ending of “fuck Megan McAddled” or whichever pundit they hate worst. It’s sort of like community theater.

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    bkny says:

    here’s a lovely tale about the forgotten and abandoned (a former teacher!) living in the wilds of new jersey:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....rstep.html

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    Chat Noir says:

    I mentioned my situation in a thread about a month or so back. Worked for the same company (a large multi-national that’s well known) for just under 20 years when I was laid off at the end of 2009. I had been doing the same job for 16 years; I don’t know why I was clipped because my boss at the time didn’t give me a reasonable explanation. In fact, the week before I found out my job was disappearing, I was given a 3% merit raise for excellent performance for the previous year.

    It irritates me to no end that there are many Republicans who say that folks collecting unemployment insurance would rather do that than work. That’s utter bullshit and it’s offensive. I’d rather be working and collecting a paycheck. And for the past year, all I hear is that employers won’t hire people who aren’t working or who’ve been out of work for more than six months. As if things aren’t tough enough.

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    burnspbesq says:

    We are truly living in bizarro world.

    Krugman notes this morning that the real (i.e., net of inflation) yields on short-term Treasuries are negative.

    That’s right, presumably rational people with money to invest are in effect paying the United States government a fee to store their money for them. And the Fed has sent a clear signal that these conditions will persist until at least 2013.

    The Administration’s refusal to even try to do a second stimulus under the most favorable conditions imaginable is, simply put, incomprehensible.

    I have been known to give people who can’t seem to count to 218 a hard time. And it is likely that no meaningful stimulus can be enacted. But you have to make the effort. You have to be on record as fighting for the well-being of ordinary Americans. That is the core of what it means to be a Democrat.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    ooh.. one of my favorite songs, Common People.

    My wife’s company just closed after 118 years. They started at the Panic of 1893, survived two great wars, the Great Depression, the 70s recession (barely), the 2008 depression and were finally killed by the Obama economy.

    There. Is. No. Demand.

    The good news is they were able to sell their building and land for millions so we should have a little time before deciding what to do next..

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    artem1s says:

    Also been there and done that. Thank the FSM I am currently employed in a fairly secure job that pays well with good benefits.

    Thanks SP&T, this would be an excellent thread to repeat once in a while. There’s nothing like some support when the rest of the world is treating you like you have unemployment cooties.

    good luck to anyone who is looking. and yes, I am willing to skim through and see if I know anyone who know someone who can help out.

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    LGRooney says:

    What’s a k-hole?

    I’m still digging out from my period of unemployment, and will be for some time since I have a wife, son, & 3 in-laws who rely on my paycheck and parents who have no means to support all of us because they’re too busy supporting my indigent brother.

    Communal living, anyone?!

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    bkny says:

    jennifer rubin needs to be added to the list of odious rightwing shills…

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    @LGRooney:

    At sufficiently high doses of the drug ketamine (often .25 grams (0.0088 oz) – .5 grams (0.018 oz) or more), it is common to experience a K-hole. This is a slang term for a subjective state of dissociation from the body which may mimic the phenomenology of schizophrenia, out of body experiences or near death experiences, and is often accompanied by feelings of extreme derealization, depersonalization and disorientation, as well as temporary memory loss and vivid hallucinations.

    Sounds like an ordinary day for Michele.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @artem1s:

    There’s nothing like some support when the rest of the world is treating you like you have unemployment cooties.

    After seeing an article in the local paper about my wife’s business closing, a local business owner called them asking if they had any accounts payable people. As many people are out of a job, looking for a job, this guy couldn’t be bothered to put an ad on craigslist and give someone out of a job an opportunity: he was looking for someone without unemployment cooties.

    Add to that the fact that health care costs haven’t gone down for businesses, making them reluctant to pick up employees 55 and older and you have a recipe for disaster.

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    I’m hoping I can maybe even help somebody here. I have a small non-profit, and I run it myself. I have found that I suck–and I do mean suck–at fundraising. It’s a skill and it takes the right kind of personality, and I lack the skill and I have the wrong personality, which makes me not want to learn the skill. So I’ve been casting about for somebody who is good at fundraising, and at least as important as that, who likes fundraising, who could help with that.

    The money I need to raise isn’t too awfully much; I could do what I’d like to do now easily on $10,000 a year, and I could do twice as much on $20,000. As it is, I scrape by on maybe $4-5000, and a lot of that is what my wife and I pay into the non-profit. (Needless to say, I don’t pay myself anything.) Anyway, I’d be thrilled to turn that part of the non-profit over to somebody else for a fair share of what they raise. I live in northern Virginia, so anybody in or near Washington would make a good fit.

    I hope somebody who reads this would like to help me here or knows somebody who would like to help me. I know that I can’t offer a good yearly salary or anything even near that; but on the other hand, raising $20,000 for somebody who is good at that kind of thing might not take all that much time, and it would be a good way to earn, I don’t know, $2-4000 for their work. My website is linked to my username.

    Thanks.

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    Robin G. says:

    My husband and I both work full-time — him with sales, me with childcare. We take home $1700 a month. Our rent is $850.

    It’s fun.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @burnspbesq:

    The Administration’s refusal to even try to do a second stimulus under the most favorable conditions imaginable is, simply put, incomprehensible.

    You call the House of Representatives favorable? More importantly, though, what would happen to said Treasuries if someone high up were to actually announce that people who buy them are losing money in the long term, but since they are, now is the time for a stimulus bill?

    Having said all of that, now probably would be the best time.

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    cleek says:

    @LGRooney:

    What’s a k-hole?

    it’s what you end up in when you do a lot of ketamine (an animal tranq)

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    Worked2Death says:

    I just got a job!

    My SO is opening a Jazzercise franchise and I get to be her assistant junior manager! I get no pay, no health benefits, and enough exercise to kill me! Plus all the customers are republicans – elder republican women, whom I find much more tolerable than the males, generally speaking.

    Half of me thinks this is a wonderful opportunity – the other half is quite willing to pay top dollar to have myself killed so my son can get the insurance money and go to college.

    WHEEEEEEEEEE!

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    efgoldman says:

    @burnspbesq:

    That is the core of what it used to means to be a Democrat.

    Fixt
    OK, I don’t really believe that. Or maybe I do. I’m 66 years old, still working, reasonably secure. I’ve never, ever been this confused. No, its not my age.
    I mean, there’s no doubt that I’ll vote, and no doubt about for which party. As I’ve said often here, the last Republican I voted for was Frank Sargent for governor of MA. Left of Bernie Sanders and Al Franken, by today’s standards.
    But that fucking Overton window….
    I used to believe Arthur Schlesinger’s dictum that there’s a political pendulum that takes about thirty years to swing. But this pendulum defies the laws of physics, momentum and gravity, going ever more rightward.
    Also, since the Bush elections and What’s the Matter With Kansas, I have begun o doubt the basic commons sense of the American people that we used to take for granted.
    As has been pointed out many times, attitudes, stances and proposals which would have been considered just plain crazy – and politically poison – even in Saint Ronnie days, are now part of the accepted dialogue from one of the two major parties.
    This might be the first ever I actually contribute real money and time for candidates. But where I live, in RI, the Dems really don’t need any help.
    I have no conclusion. I have no suggestions, except to follow Kay’s lead however much you can, and work like hell to elect more Dems.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @efgoldman:

    “But where I live, in RI, the Dems really don’t need any help.”

    I have the opposite problem: any effort put forth on behalf of Democrats in CA-40 is wasted. The solution to both of our problems is the same: export your time and money to places where they can have an impact.

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    Ivan Ivanovich Renko says:

    @burnspbesq: Unfortunately… if Obama is for it, ALL the Republicans are agin’ it. Add in a couple of fuckin-ass Blue Dawgs, and…

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    PurpleGirl says:

    I’ve been unemployed since Dec. 2008. NYS has it’s own rules on the tiers and the timing of when you applied for benefits and I had only one year of benefits. Since they stopped I’ve used up my savings and most of the 403(B) I had. Now I’m getting support from relatives but it’s iffy. I just beat being evicted twice this year.

    My most recent position was in a non-profit, where I worked for 15 yrs, 8 months. (I started there as the secretary for the field staff, also created the the desk top publishing position and ended up working in development.) I have 34 years of experience in many different fields but with similar skills; I’ve worked in law, in publishing and when I was trying to get a degree in Therapeutic Recreation (a long story) I tried to operate a freelance business. Any HR person can figure my age by the length of experience. I don’t take off past experience because then I’d be cutting out the reason for applying for any one job; for example, the paralegal work.

    And it seems like there is always one or two requirements that I just don’t have and can’t fudge — driving, speaking a second language, a track record of successfully getting grants, even my typing speed. And there is my age now. (I won’t lie on an application or my resume; when I worked at the legal firm, my department hired someone who was fired within 3 months when they checked the references and former employers.)

  23. 23

    Hey all,
    As a freelancer, times are tough. I’m a grantwriter, business writer, any kind of writer, with reasonable rates and a 10% Balloon Juice discount. I have a very high funding success rate for my grantee clients, and I love to work with nonprofits to develop their projects.

    I’m also moving into some web design work: flash animation, general design (not programming!). If anybody needs a company site overhaul or a personal site, now would be an excellent time as I’m looking to build up a portfolio (i.e. very, very cheap website for you). Here’s a link to a flash animation/basic site design I put together for a local photographer: http://www.amandaloyphotography.com/.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me at duckbilledplacelot@gmail.com

    ETA: If you’re in the Denver area, that photographer was also recently laid off from her corporate job, and she would love to shoot your headshots/family portraits/wedding shots, etc, for incredibly affordable prices.

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    Legalize says:

    Rent a flat above a shop,
    cut your hair and get a job.
    Smoke some fags and play some pool,
    pretend you never went to school.
    But still you’ll never get it right,
    cos when you’re laid in bed at night,
    watching roaches climb the wall,
    if you call your Dad he could stop it all.

    /obligatory

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    13th Generation says:

    I finally start a new job on Monday after being layed off in 2009. If it weren’t for extended unemployment benefits, my wife and I would be living in a cardboard box at this point.

    So fuck you, Reality Check.

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    LGRooney says:

    @Sarah Proud and Tall: Thanks. Was just about to say, “Now to see what ketamine is.” then…

    @cleek: Thank you for filling in that bit.

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    soonergrunt says:

    Here are some resources–
    http://www.usajobs.gov –come to work for one of the best employers around, the US Government. We’re still hiring. About half of the positions available right now do not require previous or current status. If you a Veteran, this should be your employer of choice, especially the VA.

    If you work, or have worked in IT, http://www.careerbuilder.com is pretty good. Every job I’ve gotten (except my current one as a GS employee with VA) started with an HR person or headhunter seeing my resume on Career Builder.

    Lastly, there are employers in OK that are hiring. There is a shortage here of qualified people to do jobs that don’t require an inbred bloodline or a full set of teeth, or that do require the ability to recite the alphabet without singing. Come to OK, and turn it purple, or slightly less red. Property is cheap.

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    Amanda in the South Bay says:

    I’m a community college student here in the Bay Area, and this fall I’m graduating with an AA in computer science. I really, really need some actual experience, which unfortunately I’m not getting at my current part time job, which is as a grocery store cashier.

    I’d love some sort of programming internship-outside of school I’m doing some C# development on my own, and would love to leverage that into something career wise. Got my data structs final next week, then its a long 5 weeks of breaktime till fall quarter starts (and alas no Gi Bill housing payments either-tyvm last Democratic controlled Congress).

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    Redshift says:

    A good friend is currently unemployed in Indiana and would like to move back to the DC suburbs. She has worked in electrical engineering, QA, project management, and tech writing. She speaks German and Spanish and picks up languages quickly (and is generally one of the most brilliant people I know.) If you have any leads, I can send you her resume or put her in touch with you; email me at razorsharpwit AT gmail.

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    soonergrunt says:

    Redshift and Amanda in South Bay;
    You both need to open the usajobs.gov portal and search. specifically, the career field you are both talking about would be 2210 (Information Technology Management).
    Amanda, you might even qualify for a status appointment, depending on how and when you left the military.

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    Linnaeus says:

    I lost my job a few weeks ago, and I’m holding steady, but I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to do that. I’m also working to finish my Ph.D. dissertation; I’d really, really like to get that out of the way or at least make some significant progress. I don’t expect to go into academia because the jobs just aren’t there and I’d like to stay where I am now (if possible, I do accept that I may have to move). So I’m looking around; I’ve got varied experience working in labs, as an office manager, as a lecturer at my university, etc. I don’t know yet how I can fashion that into a coherent argument about me and what I can do, but I’m working on that.

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    Shinobi says:

    I have 3 friends in Chicago currently looking for work

    1. Looking for an entry level IT position has experience with phone support for proprietary technology and working with cable techs. He’s been unemployed for the long haul (2008) also has experience working in the culinary industry, he’s hard working and a fast learner. Part time or internship opportunities would be great too.

    2. Video editor’s assistant, she recent lost her job at a post house that mostly worked on internet videos. I don’t actually understand all the stuff she knows how to do, but she has a degree in film and is always learning new stuff that I’ve never heard of. She also just had an add she created bought by a major cosmetics company.

    3. Market Research associate, worked at a full service shop for about a year, working to finish his masters degree at Loyola. He’s got an excellent design sense for creating presentations and also a good understanding of the quant side of things.

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    Comrade Dread says:

    Spousal unit lost their job and health insurance that was covering the family.

    Now, we can make it on my income for a while as long as it’s supplimented by unemployment benefits, but we’re now facing either paying 800 a month through my work to cover the family or paying 1500 a month through COBRA, and either option is unaffordable.

    Pretty sure I don’t qualify for Medicaid, WIC, or any public assistance programs to cover my kids, so I guess it’s pray for a new job for the spouse and see how much a high deductible emergency policy would cost to cover us and our kids.

    But hey, I’ll feel really great sleeping at night praying that nothing horrible happens to my precious kids knowing that Wall St. is getting taken care of.

    Sweet fucking Buddha.

    But I saw a couple that was living out of their car this morning on the way into work, so I suppose I should shut up. Things could be worse.

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    ruemara says:

    My mate has been UE since 2007. I’ve been underemployed since 2000 (yay for GWB!). It’s been a hodgepodge of fortune, creativity, rare freelance supplemental, jewelry sales, and a President willing to do something to extend UE benefits that’s kept us going. And if anyone needs a marketing person, hit me up at my email ruemara@gmail.com, because the man needs a job. Like, 7 months ago needs a job.

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    @13th Generation:

    Congratulations on your new job! And good luck on it lasting and lasting and . . . .

    :-)

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    @Comrade Dread:

    There are programs for health insurance for kids and your children might qualify. It’s worth checking into.

    And good luck on the rest of it.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Comrade Dread: Does your state have a SCHIP program. A former office manager at my last job was able to get his kids covered through a program NYS has. (His wife was covered by her college as she taught there and was doing a Ph.D. But the charges for covering his kids through the office were more than they could afford. IIRC, he was making in the area of $45,000. ) That was in the late 1990s but you should look into it.

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    Brian S says:

    I just became unemployed because we relocated to Des Moines–Amy got a much better job, but that meant I had to leave mine. My recent experience is in teaching college level English, but at this point in the academic year, to keep doing that would mean adjuncting for less money than it’s worth to even get into the classroom, so that’s out for the moment. I’m trying to put what I’ve learned editing for The Rumpus to use, but anything I could make off that won’t come in for a while, so I’m hunting for anything else. I don’t need a lot of money, and part-time would be fine, but I’m afraid my local companies are looking at my applications/resumes and saying “he’s going to want too much for this job.” Or that I’m just going to jet after a couple of months.

    For those of you who’ve been dealing with this for months or years, I don’t know how you do it, but whatever good will I can send your way is yours.

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    I am a BJ lurker, commenting only every so often. Thought I’d give this one a try.

    I am a political operative, who ran into some bad, bad press down in Houston over a voter registration campaign. Haven’t found work in almost a year since (August 27th will mark the one year point). Recently I and a friend started a consulting firm trying to help nonprofits and small campaigns (city council, school board, etc) get a good start. Since times are tough we only have pro bono clients, with the hope that those pro bono clients turn into something that can help my cover rent and buy food. If you know of any nonprofit, small business, or campaign that needs experienced help, please let me know–neil (at) frontporchconsulting.com. We do fundraising, strategy, grant writing (not to infringe on the grant writer above), management, and media and design. Right now the few clients we have are in Colorado, Indiana, and New Jersey. We are, obviously, willing to work anywhere in the nation.

    Thank you!

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    Hi, my heart goes out those suffering from this mean economy. I can offer some free resources to help people:

    http://hillaryrettig.com/books/the-hiapy-guide/
    A lot of the information out there on job searches is bunk. I wrote this ebook to help good people find work – it offers a more effective strategy than what you’ll generally read.

    http://hillaryrettig.com/downl.....engineers/
    Techies tend to make a few characteristic mistakes when looking for work. And by “techies” I mean anyone with a technical specialty, could be graphic designers, accountants, etc.

    If anyone reads these and wants to follow up with me via email at hillaryrettig@yahoo.com I’ll answer a quick question or two.

  42. 42

    For the businesspeople like Duck-Billed and Ulysses:

    Google “microenterprise YOUR STATE” or search on SBA.gov for small business support programs in your state, especially the PRIME program. I run a program like that in MA and RI and we provide services like free Websites, free marketing and strategic support, free legal support, and free help connecting with customers to qualifying small businesses.

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    @6 Chat Noir – the fact that you have no idea why you were let go after nearly twenty years is horrible, and in my view, would add greatly to the pain and insult.

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    gene108 says:

    @burnspbesq:

    The Administration’s refusal to even try to do a second stimulus under the most favorable conditions imaginable is, simply put, incomprehensible. I have been known to give people who can’t seem to count to 218 a hard time. And it is likely that no meaningful stimulus can be enacted. But you have to make the effort. You have to be on record as fighting for the well-being of ordinary Americans. That is the core of what it means to be a Democrat.

    People need to demand their politicians enact another stimulus.

    If we, the American people, cannot convince politicians to act, they will not act.

    Right now, there is no political will to try and create another stimulus.

    Maybe we need to start wearing funny hats and demand another WPA, CCC, and other work programs, when our Congressmen have town hall meetings this month?

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    Hillary,

    Thank you. I’ll check it out.

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    Cheryl from Maryland says:

    I noticed some one mentioned foreign language skills. If you are fluent, check out registering at an interpreter with your local courts or even hospitals. It’s not a regular job, but some of my friends who do this say the money isn’t bad.

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    13th Generation says:

    @Linda Featheringill:

    Thanks. Lots of valuable lessons learned the last couple of years. I do not exaggerate when I say unemployment kept us from losing our home.

    Advice to all job seekers: Job boards are mostly useless.

    Network, network, network.

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    Nutella says:

    @Amanda in the South Bay:

    Amanda, in your field you can be your own intern. Think of some app that you can write and publish and then go ahead and publish it. Even though it’s a free app you will have a much stronger resume when you finish school because you can include a completed public project.

    I don’t know anything about C# but presumably you could write some handy Windows utility program in it. Then do a web page to make it downloadable. There’s lots of free web software and hosting available (one example) so you can do all this with no cost beyond a pc, an internet connection, and your time.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Cheryl from Maryland: That’s a good idea for people who have other language skills. I hope it helps some people.

    I’m the one who mentioned language skills. My problem is that I don’t have another language and that’s something that I can’t change. I stutter and when you get to the point of being able to or needing to be thinking in the other language, I start to stutter in the new language. It happened in French (high school) and German (college).

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    @13th Generation

    >Advice to all job seekers: Job boards are mostly useless. Network, network, network.

    This is absolutely true. And you should network with employed, not unemployed, people.

    And network actively and professionally. Don’t just join your professional organization, for instance – help plan a meeting (you’ll meet lots of people and they’ll get to see you in action), or write an article for the newsletter (you can call ANYONE in your field and they’ll talk to you). Do these things in the service of your larger strategy.

    btw, I like Penelope Trunk’s career blog. A lot of people find her hype-y or oversharing, but I find her entertaining, and I think a lot of her advice is spot-on. For example:

    http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/.....-a-dollar/

    Even though it’s a cliche that unemployed people represent themselves as employed, if you try small business with some authentic enthusiasm and panache, you’ll make contacts and become a much more attractive candidate for some jobs.

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    Comrade Dread says:

    Thanks, folks. SCHIP does exist, and I think we do qualify, and it’s a LOT more affordable than private options.

    I’m hoping we don’t have to be on it for long, but that, at least, will let me sleep better knowing that my kids are covered until we can afford another option.

    This entire situation has reinforced my decision to never vote for the GOP again knowing that they’re trying to kill these types of safety net programs.

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    gene108 says:

    @efgoldman:

    I used to believe Arthur Schlesinger’s dictum that there’s a political pendulum that takes about thirty years to swing. But this pendulum defies the laws of physics, momentum and gravity, going ever more rightward.

    Not true.

    We feel it because of the rhetoric and the right-wing domination of the media.

    In many respects America is becoming more liberal.

    We have a black President, who was the first Democrat to win Virginia since 1964 and eked out a win in North Carolina, as well. The first time a Democrat won NC, since Carter in 1976.

    South Carolina not only elected a female governor in 2010, but one who is a second generation Asian Indian and in an interracial marriage. I’m betting interracial marriages were illegal in South Carolina, until the Loving decision in 1967 forced SC to change its laws.

    What we cannot do is get a large scale government jobs program off the ground.

    That doesn’t mean America has swung hard to the right in many respects.

    We just need to change the attitude of politicians to get a big public works program passed.

    I don’t know why that’s become so hard.

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    Amanda in the South Bay says:

    South Carolina not only elected a female governor in 2010, but one who is a second generation Asian Indian and in an interracial marriage.

    You mean a female South Asian who converted to fundiegelical Protestantism? Tell me, what are the odds of her getting elected, has she stayed a Sikh?

    ETA: elected as a Republican, I should say

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    Starfish says:

    I was working as an engineer for a defense contractor in the DC suburbs which was an hour commute for me from Baltimore. Eventually, I didn’t have enough to do to feel highly ethical about billing the government for my time.

    Because I had a child under one at home with food allergies, I left to see if I could get him to eat better. I am worried that I will be penalized for the hole in my resume for this period. With taking care of a baby, I don’t even have the time to look for work right now. I would like to find an mid-level electrical engineering job in Colorado.

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    harlana says:

    Sarah, thank you so much. :D

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    Elie says:

    I was a director of client services for a proprietary data warehouse outfit. I had survived three years of excruciating staffing and carried a heavy client load. During the last two years, our management brought in some very difficult managers with aggressively negative attitudes, but I initially managed to survive that too.
    Back in March, after an excellent review and my annual bonus, I was called into a meeting with my immediate superior (a good friend, recently promoted to VP), and my boss and stripped of two major accounts. My “friend” proceeded to harass me te next two to three weeks where I was excluded from senior meetings, badgered about minutae and completely humiliated in front of my peers. Since I knew where this was going, I didn’t want to be fired without any severance, so I quit and negotiated a three month severance — thankfully.

    Its been excruciating — not so much the searching, which is bad enough, but trying to understand what happened and why a friend would do what she did to me. We went back over 14 years and to this day, I have no real idea (nor any of my peers) about why I was pushed out. She had already received her promotion, so I was no threat that way. I was very popular within our very flat, informal organization and was unfortunately known to speak up. I am sure that did not help, though I did not see my style as confrontational in any way. Obviously, that may have played a role but I will probably never know for sure.

    In the meantime, I have had some very good and to me, promising interviews, but so far nothing has landed. I am going to take the advise upstring from soonergrunt to apply for government and/or IT on the web sites he notes.

    Thanks so much for doing this post. I am late coming on since its just about 9:30 am here on the west coast…
    You guys are great…

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    Elie says:

    @Hillary Rettig:

    Very generous, Hillary. thank you.

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    harlana says:

    btw, and most of you all probably already know this, but try joining linkedin dot com – I do know that recruiters check that site regularly

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    Palindrome says:

    I’m posting this at Slactivist also but if it helps anyone here I’ll be happy.

    Hello Everyone,

    Here is the list of open positions in TUSA for August. You can always find the detailed openings on the Telvent website at http://www.telvent.com/en/care.....enings.cfm. Please contact the appropriate Recruiter if you are interested or have additional questions.

    Utilities Group – Kara Cutter is recruiting for:
    Smart Grid Business Development in Any TUG location
    International Strategic Account Manager in Any TUG location
    DMS/OMS Subject Matter Expert in Any TUG location
    Sales Software Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Technical Services Developer in Fort Collins, CO
    Technical Support Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Custom Support Analyst in Richmond, VA
    3 Product Owners in Fort Collins, CO
    5 QA Engineers in Fort Collins, CO
    Multiple Software Engineers in Fort Collins, CO
    Software Engineer Intern in Fort Collins, CO
    Technical Writing Intern in Fort Collins, CO
    Director of Smart Grid Projects in any TUG location
    Smart Grid Infrastructure Analysts and Technical Leads in Houston, TX
    Database Administrator in Fort Collins, CO
    Quality Analyst in Fort Collins, CO or Houston, TX

    Energy – Kara Cutter is recruiting for:
    Controller in Fort Collins, CO

    Solar – Kara Cutter is recruiting for:
    Automation Industrial Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Drafter in Fort Collins, CO

    Transportation – Heather Albarano is recruiting for:
    2 HOV Gate Operator in Virginia
    Maintenance Technician in New Hampshire
    Receptionist in Rockville, MD
    38 SSP (Safety Service Patrol) Drivers in Virginia
    TMC Shift Supervisor in Fort Myers, FL

    Transportation – Tomas Garcia is recruiting for:
    Middleware Architect/Engineer in Austin, TX
    3 Software Developers in Austin, TX
    Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    ITS Utility Technician in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Corporate Recruiter in Rockville, MD

    Corporate Services – Tomas Garcia is recruiting for:
    Temporary GHG Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Accounts Receivable Accountant in Houston, TX
    HR Intern in Houston, TX
    Accounts Payable Senior Analyst in Houston, TX
    Business Development Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Business Development Manager in Fort Collins, CO

    Corporate Services – Tomas Garcia is recruiting for:
    VP, Sales in Houston, TX

    Recruiter Contact Information
    Kara Cutter kara.cutter@telvent.com 970-223-1888 x224
    Heather Albarano heather.albarano@telvent.com 301-354-4662
    Tomas Garcia tomas.garcia@telvent.com 713-744-4726

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    Elie says:

    @harlana:

    Yes and I have been contacted two or three times..

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    harlana says:

    @burnspbesq:

    And it is likely that no meaningful stimulus can be enacted. But you have to make the effort. You have to be on record as fighting for the well-being of ordinary Americans. That is the core of what it means to be a Democrat.

    A hundred times, THIS! I’m looking to the Dem leadership to stand up, waiting and watching.

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    @Hillary Rettig: Thanks, Hillary!

    @UlyssesUnbound: No problem – I don’t begrudge anyone work. Also, maybe we should put our heads together? I’m in Colorado and sometimes do consulting for non-profits..maybe some of your clients could use some face-time?

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    harlana says:

    And why don’t we have a Supah-Committeh on job creation, hmm?

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    Arclite says:

    I am happy to admit that in a week when London is burning, stockbrokers are behaving like Michele Bachmann in a k-hole, and thousands of Somali children starved to death, listening to those in our little community who are having hard times is much more worthwhile than yet another post about Sullivan or McArdle or Brooks.

    Here’s a little youtube to cheer you up: first world problems.

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    Brachiator says:

    Meanwhile, out here in California we have Cinderella budgets. They are pretty and balanced, but turn into back into mice and pumpkins at midnight.

    California revenues miss mark by 10 percent in July
    For the second straight month since Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state budget, California has fallen behind in revenue projections, this time 10.3 percent for the month of July.
    __
    The state budget relied on a last-minute optimistic assumption that California would receive an additional $4 billion over the course of the 2011-12 fiscal year. Should the state determine in December that it will fall short, California would impose as much as $2.5 billion in further cuts to higher education, social services and K-12 schools, depending on how much it misses the revenue target.
    __
    Controller John Chiang released data Tuesday showing that California received $538.8 million less in July than the $5.2 billion that budget writers projected for the month. Of that gap, only $120 million is due to the big three tax sources — personal income, corporate and sales.

    I agree big time with those posters who suggest that another stimulus is needed. Without it, I think that the economy will continue to drag downwards, and the stories of the pain of unemployment will increase.

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    jacy says:

    @duck-billed placelot:

    I agree, this is a tough time for freelancers.I just lost my largest client, which effectively has cut my income in half. I’m already working without health insurance and last night outlined the new “austerity measures” for the kids. If anybody needs transcription, editing, or proofreading (22 years professional experience!) I’ll also give a Balloon Juice discount. jacypods-at-gmail-dot-com.

    Still I feel lucky to be able to stump for work. My heart breaks for folks who don’t have freelanceable skills and have to depend on getting an outside job.

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    Lysana says:

    Not-so-recently amputated here. Been over a year now. I’m facing what will likely be my last UI extension this month. I keep reassuring myself that it’s 99 weeks when I lose it all, and it hasn’t been that long yet.

    My husband lost his job over 8 years ago. We both have had the same song-and-dance of “what few jobs there are ignore our resumes” problem. He can count the interviews he’s had on one hand. Problem of being a lower-end software tester when those jobs keep getting bounced to the southeast Asian market and being in his 50s. I was making too much for him to go back to school with financial aid, though it was barely adequate for us to keep up. Then I got let go, and we’re not homeless due to a combination of charities, friends, and a tolerant landlord who hates lawyers.

    As for me, I burned out so badly on my last testing gig that I won’t touch that again with a stick. I tried to a year ago and quickly discovered that I couldn’t even marshal basic understanding of how certain browsers work even though I’d been testing with them for four years.

    I’d sooner see the husband working again right now. He’s been out of the game longer. He is in need of desk work because his active youth led to a dose of arthritis in every joint below his waist.

    I’m trying to write these days, but that’s bringing its own burnout issues. The repetitive nature of how I can’t seem to get past a wall in my head of 18 months or so in a given occupation barring significant new tasks has me wondering about the usefulness of going the SSI route.

    On that end, at least I got into a county program to access cheaper health care, blessings on Obama’s head for the HCR that kicked in first. I’ll be having long chats with those people about my situation and options.

    Back to the husband. His skill set includes manual software testing, web design, graphic design, and desktop publishing. Every time I remind him to start advertising his T-shirts, he sells a couple despite how small-market the ad placements are, so clearly he has a talent. He also has DJing skills and our music library is vast. Anyone in the SFBA who may be able to help can contact me at bdaverin at gmail dot com and we can take it from there.

    Hillary, I’ll be sure to look at and pass along what you provided. Thank you.

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    @13th Generation:

    Advice to all job seekers: Job boards are mostly useless.

    Network, network, network.

    How? This is what I keep asking people. How does someone with Asperger’s, who is scared of talking to strangers in most situations and has an irrational fear of imposing on people network?

    The people at the Graduate Career Center of the University of Minnesota business school kept telling me to do things that just don’t work.

    I’ve been working with a career coach, and she hasn’t had any useful suggestions, either. She recommended contacting the contacts of my contacts on Linked In. I fixated on the fact that this isn’t any different than just cold contacting people at random, since I don’t know any of them. I tried it anyway, but got no responses.

    I tried contacting people I knew in the past who have risen to useful positions, asking if they knew anyone I could talk to that might help. None of them, zero, responded.

    How do I network? I don’t get it.

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    Lysana says:

    @J. Michael Neal: As someone with ADHD and anxiety issues, I’m with you. I can’t focus long enough to keep in touch with people I don’t have things in common with anymore.

    The job market is discriminatory toward people with disabilities in ways that many can’t even BEGIN to see.

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    @jacy: I sent you an email.

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    Lysana says:

    Sooner, that government jobs website just plain does NOT load. You sure of that URL?

    ETA: Nevermind, it loaded on the second try. Figures. :)

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    jacy says:

    @J. Michael Neal:

    And don’t worry about using me to network. I’m now a extrovert hermit. It can be done! I know how frozen you can feel reaching out — you’re not alone. I’ve emailed back.

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    Matthew Reid Krell says:

    @Too Many Jimpersons (formerly Jimperson Zibb, Duncan Dönitz, Otto Graf von Pfmidtnöchtler-Pízsmőgy, Mumphrey, et al.): A little advice from someone who has worked in that sort of position (and is not looking to do so again, thank you very much):

    1) Pay a base salary that is dependent on raising X dollars, where X is AT LEAST twice the base salary.

    2) Pay bonuses based on a percentage of the funds over X.

    Hiring a first fundraiser is awkward, because you need them to drum up their own salary. And it’s also generally helpful to have the first month or so of money in hand before you make an offer.

    Good luck!

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    Arclite says:

    @Lysana: We’re not hiring right now, but I’ll keep you in mind (I’m a SQA manager). In SoCal though, not SF.

    Tech hiring is strong right now. You should be able to find jobs, esp in the SF area, I would think.

    We found that off shoring to India was more trouble than it was worth, so all staff is in house now. I think a lot of companies have found the headaches not worth the savings, so it’s going by the wayside. Also, as India’s econ picks up, the savings evaporate.

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    srv says:

    @Amanda in the South Bay: I would advise any CS college student to try to participate in an open-source project while in school. Experience, develop contacts, get your name out there. Check monster or other jobsites for hot keywords. Something hot right now is Drupal:

    http://groups.drupal.org/jobs

    There are lots of jobs out there in CS, but you have to find the niches. Drive up to Stanford and crash their ACM meetings, hang out, listen to what people are talking about.

    Even if you have to work another job while you build your own rep, check out places like: http://citizenspace.us/. These are people renting a desk and running their sw business out of a communal work area – shape of things to come, and much better than sitting at home and trying to do it.

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    Arclite says:

    @J. Michael Neal:

    Network, network, network.

    How? This is what I keep asking people. How does someone with Asperger’s, who is scared of talking to strangers in most situations and has an irrational fear of imposing on people network?

    The best way I can think of networking is to get on Linked In and look up all the people you ever worked with. Then contact those people and see if they know of anything available. Unfortunately, it means having been working for the past decade, but that’s the best way I know of. That, and maybe Facebook, if you look up your former workmates.

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    worn says:

    My sympathies extend to all the good folks hurting out there.

    Inadvertently went freelance in 2006, when what I thought was to be the formation of a new architecture firm with me in the door as #3 didn’t quite work out that way. First couple of years the work was good, slowing down a bit in 2009, but totally petering at year’s end. 2010 saw almost no income (thank the FSM above for my family!) at all. 2011’s been better, and I had meetings yesterday & last Friday that will most likely lead to some work in the next couple of weeks.

    My wheelhouse is architecture, both in creating construction documents & 3D visualization. The latter is what I’ve been focusing on the last few years, more recently on adding the ability to do photoreal work to my skill set.

    Not being the most social of creatures, my professional network is fairly shallow, but I have to wholeheartedly agree with the other commentors who emphasize working your connections. That is certainly where all my work this year has come from.

    Not sure I’m so enamored with the freelance lifestyle anymore, today’s later trip to the coast notwithstanding…

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    piratedan says:

    ahhhh well it’s complicated…. like life I suppose. Laid off at the beginning of 2009. Made too much money, knew too many skeletons. Former software tech solutions, no degree but 20 years in troubleshooting software/hardware/user problems with proprietary software. Knowledge of hospital lab procedures and data transfer protocols. Took first year to try a career change, wrote the great american sf novel. Couldn’t sell it. Been writing and looking after 1st year off, some nibbles, even a second interview, but it is Arizona. Fortunate enough to have a spouse who earns a very good wage. Work availability now uncertain after having to perform caretaking of Mother and her 2nd husband. Think I have that settled, but I’ve only been home two weeks post two month intervention.

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    Nutella says:

    @J. Michael Neal:

    Social interactions with strangers or (shudder) cold calls where you’re asking a favor from a stranger are difficult to impossible for non-extroverts. Is it possible to meet people in a more structured way?

    Can you check meetup.com and other sources for groups related to your profession or business in general and then as a group member volunteer for some of the tasks they need to have done? Like setting up the meeting room, picking up supplies, doing the books. Most groups have those kinds of things that need to be done and not enough volunteers. It’s a lower-pressure way to become known and talk informally to people in a work context that could lead to helpful contacts.

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    Nutella says:

    @Hillary Rettig:

    I find that some of Penelope Trunk’s career advice is excellent and some is terrible or even downright offensive. This is one of her best columns for job-seekers.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @J. Michael Neal: Add in someone who stutters. I find talking to unknown people a torture — most times I can hardly say my own name.

    Most of the personal contacts also left the work force about the same time I did.

    Many of the disability employment organizations do not know how to help someone who stutters — some don’t even consider a stutter to be a disability.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Amanda in the South Bay:

    Write an iPad app that allows users to view and edit tracked changes in Word documents, and a million lawyers will line up to throw money at you.

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    Nutella says:

    @burnspbesq:

    Word runs on iPad?

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    Bruce Webb says:

    Bruce Webb, Seattle Washington. Will take a clerical job full or part time with or without benefits for minimum wage plus a penny an hour (because I got my pride).

    I have been kicking around the blogosphere since there was such so you know me or not or can find me via Google. And no one wants to hear my sad story, because it is not so much sad as banal:

    Middle class bureaucrat turned private sector real estate researcher immediately prior to the housing crash. Over fifty and on paper over qualified (M.A. Berkeley plus some PhD program classwork) and unemployed more than three years so in the new reality the closest thing to unemployable.

    Will shuffle paper for rent money. You can send e-mail via one of my blogs: bruceweb.blogspot.com. Medieval celticist turned zoning tech turned social security wonk. You would think that combination would open every door in the world. Oddly no.

    And as to the comments on this blog they seem overly focused on professionals rather than people who just want a job, any job, in the face of an environment where there are 4-5 job seekers for every opening even at entry level and where increasingly a period of unemployment is an automatic disqualifier and often as not advertised as such. And no ‘networking’ isn’t the solution, not for a knowledge worker knocked out of their particular niche. I spent a dozen years administering a particular body of County Code in support of real estate and community development. That knowledge base doesn’t transfer well and yet people would want to know why I would take a 60% pay cut from my last job if need be. Because I want to be able to make rent on a studio apartment? Ya think?

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    Elie says:

    @Arclite:

    Be sure to join the many groups on LinkedIn and also follow companies. Job notices are frequent and calls from recruiters definitely happen..

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    Erin says:

    @Hillary Rettig:

    Interesting advice from your link from Penelope Trunk:

    Don’t report sexual harassment (in most cases)

    and this gem:

    Advice to Wisconsin protesters (and everyone else): Instead of protesting change, adjust your own career

    But it doesn’t matter, because the demise of government benefits is inevitable. It’s inevitable that unions would be killed – either by lack of interest or government action. Their time has come. Stop blaming people and just move on.

    Even Andrew Sullivan wouldn’t go so far..

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    harlana says:

    @Erin: ok, i just glanced at that and had to click back out again before my brain exploded in white hot rage, how many times is one person, in a lifetime, expected the “adjust” their own careers (go back to school while trying to hold down a full-time job, if you’re lucky enough to have one, and possibly raise kids all at the same time) just to stay employed somewhere for perhaps even half the salary? BULLSHIT! WE ARE DONE WITH THIS!

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    Irving says:

    I’m a staffing agent – aka, a temp agency guy – in Medina,OH. If you need a job and you’re in Akron, Canton, or Cleveland, raise your hand. I’ll help.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Nutella:

    Not hardly. There are a number of apps that can open Word files, but nearly all of them do nasty stuff to Word files. Pages doesn’t play nice at all.

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    Nutella says:

    @burnspbesq:

    So your suggestion for an iPad app that allows users to view and edit tracked changes in Word documents was a joke, then?

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    t jasper parnell says:

    I’ve got a PhD in History and was, until the economic crises, a tenure-track prof. I am currently adjuncting for little to no money. I am fluent in German and, recurrent typos to one side, a fine, in fact award winning, writer, researcher, and editor.

    ETA if not for my family’s letting me live rent free I would be on the street. UE ran out some time ago and the savings are disappearing fast.

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    Starfish says:

    @harlana: You should read Penelope Trunk in the context of everything else she writes. She has learned how to be a crazy person for fun and profit. It is admirable that someone can do that. Half the people in her comments talk about how very wrong she is on everything.

    The thing she is really good at is explaining her thought process and rules she uses to deal with human interactions which she has difficulty with because she has Aspergers.

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    MazeDancer says:

    @PurpleGirl:

    Do you – or anyone interested in jobs in non-profits – know Idealist.org? It has listings of almost every non-profit position there is. Maybe there is something there that fits well with your skills.

    Idealist.org has jobs all over the world, and it’s free to look, so anyone looking – why not peruse?

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    Earl in CA says:

    any balloon juicers looking for a gig in the san jose / monterey / salinas california areas in the field of autism support / behavioral health? our company is always looking for good candidates who want to work with children on the autism spectrum or those children with developmental disorders. reply to this thread and we can exchange information.

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    TK-421 says:

    I’m probably committing a faux pas because technically I’m still employed, but I’ll tell my story anyway because I have to get it off my chest. Rather than depress my wife and friends, I may as well unload on you guys. What are strangers on the internet for, right?

    My father started a business and hired me/asked me to join him. That was 15 years ago, we’ve had ups and downs, I’ve learned how to be an adequate entrepreneurial businessman, and my father and I have grown closer because of this experience.

    The last few years, however, have been extremely tough and frustrating. Oil companies are making so much money that they don’t want to do anything new, frac pumpers (yes, we work with them) are too busy fighting PR wars to do anything new, and our best hope, wind operators, are so tightfisted and shortsighted that I’m surprised they can even tie their own shoelaces. We have a little under 6 months left before we have to close up shop. I don’t know if our “last gasp” effort to get new business will work, and if it doesn’t then both my father and my mother (who has serious health problems) will be destitute, foreclosed on, etc. My wife and I will be in the same boat, except without the health problems (although very soon I’ll need throat surgery so that will be fun).

    I wish I could say I have savings but we have been pouring tons of money into infertility treatments for 3+ years and we’re going paycheck to paycheck. So…yeah.

    What always strikes me is that as bad as I think we have it, relative to a LOT of people across the country I imagine we’re lucky. I honestly don’t know how people are surviving this, I’m not exactly sure how we’re going to survive this, and it’s all so heartbreaking that it’s very hard for me to talk about.

    Good luck to everyone, and thanks for the Slacktivist link. I’ll keep my eyes and ears open for people that are hiring.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @MazeDancer: I get Idealist.org emails. So far there have been seemingly good fits until they want someone who drives or speaks Spanish, or some other requirement I don’t meet. Unless you have EVERYTHING they want, they won’t look at you.

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    Linnaeus says:

    @Erin:

    Wow, I’d heard of Penelope Trunk, but didn’t realize she was so ardently anti-union. Ugh.

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    MazeDancer says:

    @PurpleGirl:

    Sorry no fit yet. Maybe something will appear. Maybe Idealist.org will help someone else. Many blessings to you, may your spirits stay steady and keep you buoyed.

    @Bruce Webb There are West Coast jobs at Idealist.org. Non-profits may find your rich and diverse resume appealing.

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    Lolis says:

    @J. Michael Neal:

    Try applying for government jobs, they seem less about who you know and more open to people with disabilities. A lot of government jobs are just listed on their individual websites so check out their own websites rather than go through a huge job search engine.

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    wrb says:

    I left Stanford 30 years ago and started building and designing house. I built a $40m company holding entitlements that would generate around $1bn. We specialize in cutting-edge sustainable communities. Extensive experience recruiting and managing international teams that included some of the world’s most highly regarded professionals in architecture, engineering, urban design, environmental sciences, law and government relations. Successfully managed extremely complex and politically sensitive entitlement processes from neighborhood to city, county, state to federal levels.

    With a couple of million dollars I could probably save the whole shebang, but I can’t seem to find it no matter how much security and how much return I offer, so I think it is time to figuring out to what I should devote the next stage of life.

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    Robert Green says:

    i do what you see at the link. i produce a ton of web and movie and TV content. i’m always open to people who are self-contained (have their own HD camera, including but not limited to the canon 5 or7 D, the ability to edit, and the ability to shoot non-narrative stuff).

    i often need people who are “on the ground”. for instance, i’m looking right now for someone in the west virginia/tennessee area for a job. pay is usually shitty but not nothing. depends on the client.

    i’m also always looking for work, so this one works both ways!

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    Evelyn says:

    I’m a freelance graphic designer and illustrator in Chicago (you might recognize my stuff, since I drew all the stuff in the Balloon Juice store). Things are pretty tough right now, much tougher than they’ve been in years, and I’m not the only person I know in my field who is crying for more work. I’m at the point where I think I might have to find another part time job just to make my rent.

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    Lysana says:

    @Arclite: Trust me, the SFBA is NOT friendly to people in my or my husband’s skill set. The boards are shite. He’s been out of touch so long attempts to get back to managers who he worked well with have been fruitless. And we both have the age and resume gap issue to contend with. If we were sysadmins or actual programmers, we’d be sitting pretty, though.

    ADDENDUM: Or if we had the funds to relocate. Those are exhausted and then some. So we’re trying to get more creative, like him doing the slow steps to launch a store on Etsy.

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    Lysana says:

    @John D Crews: Why does it figure someone would come into this thread to spam with their pyramid scheme fake diet crap? Just bugger off. I am SICK of your kind of predatory behavior. If it’s not MLM marketers, it’s people trying to talk me into selling insurance to the elderly on commission. OVER it.

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    JR says:

    I’m in the DC area. I just graduated from Georgetown Law. I’d like to do political or labor law, but I’ve had no luck getting work. My previous career was a campaign writer and consultant (communications and online fundraising). I’d either like to stay here in DC or move up to Hartford, where my pregnant sister lives.

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    eric says:

    @Evelyn: are you interested into working on some childrens books? is there a way to contact you?

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    Madeleine says:

    I may have some job opportunities to post later. For now I’ll toss information about two of my close friends out there to see if anyone can help. I’m lucky enough to have a job that I like that pays well.

    1) Certified history teacher with some subbing experience (until the Chicago Public Schools fired all their subs) in Chicago who has also worked in an alderman’s office.

    2) Lawyer in the Austin, TX area who can’t seem to get hired at non-law jobs and there aren’t any good law jobs. His experience is mostly in the non-profit sector.

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    MazeDancer says:

    Here are some actual jobs from local papers and posted in places in the Berkshires. Western Massachusetts is not the worse place to recover from shellshock of having your life destroyed. Like you need to just do a little something, get yourself back together, talk to trees, find some peace.

    As I am very blessed – and grateful – to be able to run my business from anywhere, I have lived or test-marketed almost anywhere with low humidity, four seasons, beauty, plus creative and spiritual bounty. Western Mass is not the grim story of say the wondrous, but economically challenged, Santa Fe.

    Housing is high, but that’s true anywhere desirable. Have seen much worse. And if you have a car, you can find places not as insanely overpriced.

    And if the job doesn’t have insurance, there is RomneyCare. If you have a serious pre-existing condition, MA, NY, and NJ are all “must-issue” states. No exams, no discussions, no one pays more because they’re so ill. If you can pay for the insurance, you’re covered. Not that I recommend, but if you find yourself chucked out, and have big deal medical stuff, say kids with special needs, or astronomical chronic medical expenses, find any job at all in those states. If you have a “freelance” biz of your own you can usually join the Chamber of Commerce and get insurance through them, even lower, as well.

    And, also recommend everyone who can fake a “consulting biz” do so. Uplevel freelance/temp to be your own Consulting Biz. Name it, get cards, have a web page if needed. Fills a lot of resume time gaps. Even if you’re giving it away. And when you interview you can say, “I found out I really prefer contributing to/leading/whatever a big organization. I found out I like teamwork (or leading teams/whatever.)

    But it keeps you from being turned away from consideration because you’ve been “unemployed” too long.

    Western Mass Jobs in Paper:

    (Not including sales jobs in high-end stores for $10-11 an hour. There are plenty of those. In very nice, interesting stores.)

    Part-time Web programmer at this place: http://housatoniccreative.com/ Usual skills, plus they say bonus points for Query, AJAX,et al – contact info@housatoniccreative.com

    2 jobs at Jacobs Pillow, important dance org, fundraiser and business associate/store manager.

    The Great Barrington Food Co-op
    also had two very nice jobs with benefits open. (Nice because it’s a nice place and you get discount on healthy food. Very good recovery job.) One was in the Wellness department, one was stocking. Will go check out tomorrow if that’s still open (they fill fast) and post here.

    Or hope BJ keeps a click here for job chat link in the sidebar. And will post there.

    And, if you have any inclinations in this direction, and can afford to do the training, there is lifetime job security in becoming an Occupational Therapist of any kind. Hospitals under the gun in all other areas even still see their OT areas growing.

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    Kifaru1 says:

    @J. Michael Neal: My son is an Aspie:) Are there any Asperger’s meet up groups in your area? The people I meet in the Asperger’s community are usually well connected and they would accept you easily as a member of the group….Just a thought.

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    Evelyn says:

    @Eric: Yeah, absolutely! I’ve got plenty of experience with that kind of work. I think I just realized that my contact button is broken on my site (oops), but I’m reachable at evelyndehais at gmail.

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    Chris says:

    Maybe not an ideal time to post this since I’ll be out of town (Wash. DC) for the next two weeks, but what the hey. I’m a 2009 college grad, who just finished (end of July) a ten-month contract with the Export-Import Bank as a records clerk, have a background that mostly involves a lot of research or data management. Am back to looking for jobs in these backgrounds, as well as jobs that develop analysis skills (analyst is what I ultimately want to be, but not much experience in that).

    It’s been awhile since I’ve been in intensive job-hunting mode, but I just wanted to give a shout-out to the Idealist.org website someone mentioned – one of the better sites I’ve seen. Usajobs, eh – I’ve seen better websites – but it’s the federal government, and that’s still better than a lot of the private sector.

    @TK-421:

    What always strikes me is that as bad as I think we have it, relative to a LOT of people across the country I imagine we’re lucky. I honestly don’t know how people are surviving this, I’m not exactly sure how we’re going to survive this, and it’s all so heartbreaking that it’s very hard for me to talk about.

    Yeah, I know what you mean. Being unable to pin down a job two years out from graduation is frustrating, but I also consider myself in the “lucky” category (very lucky, in fact) compared to most of the stories I hear. The news tells me the job market’s still much better here than in the rest of the country, and I can’t imagine what it’s like trying to make ends meet when you’ve got a family to take care of or when you’re old enough that your age starts being a liability.

    Thanks a bunch to Sarah for the thread and to all the people who posted here – and best of luck to everyone looking for employment.

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    Kifaru1 says:

    @JR: Check with the local County offices….County Attorney’s offices and Economic Development maybe?

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    Chris says:

    Oh, yes –

    @Cheryl from Maryland:

    I noticed some one mentioned foreign language skills. If you are fluent, check out registering at an interpreter with your local courts or even hospitals. It’s not a regular job, but some of my friends who do this say the money isn’t bad.

    I’d never even heard/thought about this. Silly of me, but, fantastic tip, so thanks! I don’t imagine they get much demand for French, but it’s worth checking out and at least now I know a couple places they need interpreters that I’d never thought of before.

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    Here are two other possibilities:

    1) The Federal fiscal year begins 10/1, and many nonprofit agencies, schools, etc., will receive new funding and do some hiring then. It’s not too early to approach agencies that get a lot of federal funding AND that have initiatives you might want to work for. Make known to them that you would love to get hired on the project should it be expanded and/or do some volunteer work, and you might be positioned to get a job if/when they get new funding.

    2) The Obama admin has pledged to double U.S. exports by 2015 (from 2010, I think it was), and a lot of money is being spent to bolster the export capabilities of small firms in particular. Plus with the growing global economy, export is a good field to be in. Several people have mentioned foreign language skills/cultural competences and they might be able to get jobs helping companies develop their export capacities. // Note that export is complex, which means there’s a learning curve – but that also ensures your ongoing value once you’re “in.”

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    @MazeDancer -interesting Berkshire jobs. My dream job would be to run the store/manage things at Arrowhead, Melville’s home when he wrote Moby Dick.

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    BarbCat says:

    Late to BJ as usual.

    Airbnb.com does not offer jobs but the possibility of receiving income from your space. Apologies for those who know about this. You can jazz up an empty room and market it when and as you like. Payment is smooth. Who would have thought my toilet cleaning skills would come back into play at this hour of my life? I’m glad to have those skills, and a resource people will pay for since public art commissions are non-existent now, the savings I’ve been living off for 4 years is almost gone & the university I taught at for 16 years has laid off adjunct faculty.

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    MazeDancer says:

    @Hillary Rettig:

    Well, almost every non-profit cultural org has turn over, so be careful what you wish for.

    Or, may all your dreams come true.

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    cynn says:

    @Cheryl from Maryland: I second this suggestion. You will most likely need certification in simultaneous interpretation (plus familiarity with legal or medical concepts), but good candidates are in high demand. Courts and hospitals are required to provide the service. And Chris, many of the African or various former French imperial islanders speak French, so that is a language the courts often use.

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    PigInZen says:

    I work for Wiley Publishing, publisher of For Dummies, Betty Crocker Cookbooks, Frommers Travel Guides and numerous other professional & trade and higher ed titles. We currently have numerous job openings in various locations around the US (and internally as well). Check http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/.....11100.html for starters.

    Currently, by location:

    SF, CA: 3 openings
    Indianapolis, IN: 2 openings
    Malden, MA: 4 openings
    Hoboken, NJ: 36 openings (headquarters)
    Somerset, NJ: 1 opening

    Field operations: 5 in the following locations
    Tallahassee, FL
    Raleigh, NC
    Milwaukee, WI
    Atlanta, GA
    Northeast USA

    Jobs vary from editors, sales reps, marketing, IT functions and graphics/art direction. Great company to work for, been around over 200 years. Board of directors still has many Wiley family members and is run like a family business. Mostly Progressive/Liberal (at least here in Indy!) employees.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @PigInZen: When the hell did they move to Hoboken? If they were still in Manhattan I would jump at the chance to work for Wiley. But a commute to Hoboken from Queens would be long and hard for me.

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    MazeDancer says:

    @PigInZen:

    Wow, great post, 107 global jobs at Wiley.

    Was interested to see the situation at a prominent established house like Wiley, because one hears such dire things about Publishing. But clearly not completely dire at your place.

    Click, people, click, the jobs are all over the country and the world.

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    MazeDancer says:

    @PurpleGirl:

    Clicking’s free. Look anyway. A great job is worth an ick commute.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @MazeDancer: I did and I looked for directions on Google Map. Commute would be 3 buses. An hour and a half one way by Google but that doesn’t take into account delays and traffic and bad weather. I know it sounds like I’m finding things wrong but I have herniated disks and the commute to my last job’s downtown office began at being an hour and a half and was close to 2 hours by the time I lost it. My back hurt every day.

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    priscianusjr says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    My wife’s company just closed after 118 years.

    Grand Rapids Brewing or Norfolk Sash and Door? — both opened in 1893 and both just went out of business.

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    Anoniminous says:

    @Chris:

    If you are fluent in French think about contacting French companies needing translation work.

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    WarMunchkin says:

    Hi all –

    Graduated May 2010 and studied physics. After that I got a research internship-ish position abroad for a semester, and after I came back to the U.S. in Mar, I’ve been looking for jobs.

    People who have been saying job boards are useless are right, I’ve applied to a ton of those listings and gotten few replies or acknolwedgements and zero interviews.

    Adding – I’m looking for a research job. Alternatively, I do have some basic software skills, and in my free time, I’m trying to develop an android app as a resume-builder project.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Nutella:

    Hell No! Deadly serious! The one thing keeping the iPad from being a serious tool for professionals is crappy word processing capabilities. And for professionals who collaborate on documents, track changes is an absolute must.

    The person who nails this will have more money than he or she can possibly spend.

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    Dollared says:

    @burnspbesq: This. This is exactly where I get shrill.

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    Erin says:

    @JR:

    How did you become a campaign writer?

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    Llelldorin says:

    Amanda in the South Bay, any interest in switching fields to biology or to business and going for a bachelor’s? I teach at a small liberal arts college over in East Bay; we’re seriously hurting for students with solid programming skills. There’s at least one student job that’s been open for a year because none of our students can code.

    Downside, you’d probably be building up student loan debt. Upside, you’d have a chance to build skills and get off the market for a few more years.

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    Yutsano says:

    I just glanced at my old workplace job board and there’s a few things open around and about. Decent employer with great benefits and growth potential (when the economy sucks we did better) so I do recommend it for other people. I just got sucked into ebil gubmint work. :)

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    PigInZen says:

    I think Wiley moved from the old location (5th Street?) shortly after the acquisition of Hungry Minds (nee IDG Books) in 2001. Maybe 2003-2004? My memory of things like this is terrible.

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    jwest says:

    TK-421,

    I do business with Gazprom and Rostnef and I’m always looking for something new. Post a website let me know what your company does.

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    Amy says:

    I will throw my contact information in here if I can be of any assistance to folks. I’m a long time lurker here. I work in Boston as a staffing consultant. If there are any people with backgrounds in HR, Accounting, Finance, Marketing, or Administration looking for work, I’ll do what I can.

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    soonergrunt says:

    @Yutsano: Are you one of us GS-xx types?

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    Lawnguylander says:

    Re-posting from the newest jobs thread at the suggestion of poopyman:

    I didn’t read any of those threads but good luck to all the job seekers. Did anyone suggest applying for work at an Apple store in any of those threads? A friend of mine who was out of work for over a year started working for them about 6 months ago and likes it a lot. He had to swallow his pride to take a retail job after having had jobs like a VP at Amex but he just went full time and now has pretty good benefits and is interviewing for a manager job tomorrow. And even if he doesn’t stay there for the rest of his career he’s picked up a lot of knowledge that he can take else where when the job market gets better. And he’s employed so he won’t face the anti-unemployed bias if and when he starts sending his resume around again. They’re opening 30 stores this quarter so there are plenty of positions available. If this sounds interesting to anyone I can get some details and advice for applicants and post it here or in a future thread.

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    I’m probably going to make the job thread a weekly thing, and see how we go. We’ll all work it out together.

    In the meantime, if anyone would like to repost their details, story and/or requests in the new thread, and in every job thread from now until they get a response and/or a job, please do. Squeaky wheel and all that…

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    I would LOL hard if someone did a BJ ipad app. Just sayin’

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    Grace51 says:

    My husband started his own housecleaning business (having no prior experience doing this) with minimal investment (liability insurance/bonding, he uses his clients cleaning supplies). He charges $20/hour, started getting the word out among friends who connected him with one or 2 people, put flyers out around town and it grew from there. He’s always getting calls and turns people away, believe it or not. He can make his own hours (within reason) and gets to listen to his favorite radio shows or talking books all day. If you’re interested in starting something like this I’m sure he would be glad to share his experience. I’ve also spoken to a couple of people that started their own dog sitting/walking businesses.

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    PigInZen says:

    Um, OK, I’m obviously not a NY’er, that should’ve been 5th AVENUE.

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    13th Generation says:

    @J. Michael Neal:

    Sorry to reply so late, hope you read this..

    When I mean network, I’m talking about friends, family, neighbors, people you may have worked with in the past, IOW, people you are comfortable with. You never know who may help you get an “in” when looking for a job. My wife and I gave my resume to everyone we knew and that she worked with. You never know where opportunity may strike..

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    @duck-billed placelot:

    Sorry about the delay in responding. Most of our clients are in NJ and Indiana, with just one or 2 in Colorado, however we are trying to find more. I wouldn’t be opposed to teaming up. Shoot me an email at neil (at) frontporchconsulting.com

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    TK-421 says:

    Before I ask this at the Slacktivist link (Balloon Juicers get first dibs, IMO): is anyone here a whiz at Python programming?

    I realize that’s probably makes me look stupid, but I don’t care. I may have need for a person who knows how to do some mathematical scripting in Python (i.e. NOT ME). Specifically, I’d want that done at this place called SensorCloud. Unfortunately it would be independent contracting, not a permanent job, because what we’re trying to do is extremely low budget. No, I really don’t know if it could turn into a permanent job. Sorry.

    I can explain in more detail if anyone is interested and qualified, just email me at tk-421@wolverineliberationarmy.com.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @arguingwithsignposts: I asked for that last week in one of the threads!

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    WaterGirl says:

    I posted this in the heartwarming pet thread from this morning, and it just occurred to me that maybe I should post it over here, as well.

    There is a lovely book called “Found Dogs” with photos and stories, one pet to a page. Really sweet. There were two sequels, as well.
    __
    I think we should create a version of Found Dogs at Balloon Juice. It would make a lovely holiday gift for pet lovers (or anyone with a heart) and we would likely all want one for ourselves, too.
    __
    It might be able to put a couple of creative out-of-work or under-emplloyed Balloon Juice folks to work for a little bit, too, if we were able to pay for the work with profits.
    __
    Does anyone think this is a good idea?

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    TK-421 says:

    @jwest:

    Thanks for the interest. Here’s my company’s website:

    http://www.ti-data.com

    In general, we are systems integrators that bundle unique/valuable pieces of technology together and deliver it as a managed outsourced service to industrial clients. More specifically, we do condition monitoring services on remote, mobile, and/or unmanned assets to enable the client to move towards a condition-based maintenance practice.

    I recognize Gazprom, and I imagine we have CM services to help with their upstream E&P business, and possibly pipeline monitoring. But…who is Restnef?

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    Skepticat says:

    I’m a proofreader, copy editor, and copywriter. I’m proficient in Photoshop as well. I create and produce newsletters and handbooks for several groups to which I belong, and I’d love to find opportunities to be paid to do that.
    My life situation allows me to work only online, but that also offers clients an extremely flexible resource who can be available almost 24/7.

    After owning an advertising agency for more than two decades, in semi-retirement I invested in another business–a debacle that cost me almost everything and left me in a terrifyingly deep financial hole. Shall we say simply that the threat of Medicare and Social Security being cut back hovers over my bed at night.

    I’m hesitant to include my e-mail address too openly, but I believe our charming and generous hosts can provide that information.

    In an attempt to squeak as recommended by Sarah P&T, I shall post in both threads.

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    MazeDancer says:

    In the @MazeDancer Berkshire jobs post above mentioned 2 positions at the Berkshire Coop. Checked, they’re still open.

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    btom89 says:

    @eric, as of comment 106, I’m a freelance illustrator as well. I have a website with some art I did and posted online for feedback. Actually everyone here is welcome to check it out and let me know what they think. I like Balloon-juice.com and come here a lot. Although you offered to Evelyn first, I think she should get first glance.
    My website is asimpleartist.wordpress.com —-
    Hope you like what you see there. Thanks.

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    KS in MA says:

    My company is hiring– mostly professional and/or education-biz people, but also software engineers (in Naperville, IL) and I noticed a posting for a web designer (in Washington, DC). Main office is in DC but we have satellite offices in a number of places.

    www dot air dot org

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    wes says:

    i doubt this will go anywhere, but I am looking for work in customer service in Merced, CA. i would LOVE to be a bank teller or customer service rep, but sadly our area has 18% unemployment and it’s really really tough, even with a college degree from the UC :(

    then again, if there are any BJ’ers in Merced, i’d be amazed!

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    300baud says:

    @J. Michael Neal:

    How? This is what I keep asking people. How does someone with Asperger’s, who is scared of talking to strangers in most situations and has an irrational fear of imposing on people network?

    Speaking from experience on both sides of it: medication, therapy, practice, going with a friend, and networking in contexts that draw people like you. Personally, I also find that large doses of exercise (2-4 hour bike rides) and small doses of alcohol help.

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    Marginalized for stating documented facts says:

    @burnspbesq:

    The Administration’s refusal to even try to do a second stimulus under the most favorable conditions imaginable is, simply put, incomprehensible.

    I have been known to give people who can’t seem to count to 218 a hard time. And it is likely that no meaningful stimulus can be enacted. But you have to make the effort. You have to be on record as fighting for the well-being of ordinary Americans. That is the core of what it means to be a Democrat.

    Better be careful.

    When I said the same thing several days ago, the response was:

    There is a crazy person on this thread. Everyone back away slowly, so you don’t get attacked.

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