Balloon Jobs – I pull to the left, I heave to the right…

Friday afternoon seems like a decent time for our (semi) regular job thread…

If you are looking for work, looking for talented people, or just have ideas as to how the aforementioned might contact each other, you know what to do.

Our first two threads are here and here in case anyone wants to go back and check if someone responded to their message. If you posted before, feel free to post again. As my great uncle Rupert (the pretender to the Perrott Baronetcy of Plumstead) used to say to me when I was just a young girl, “No one ever got their end in without asking. Several times, if necessary, eh what?” No matter how many times I kicked that man in the groin, he always tried on his next visit. Still, he came to a sticky end, so that all worked out alright.

Oh, and if I was asked, I would say that this is an open-ish thread. Don’t stomp on the job talk, my little loves, but feel free to chat amongst yourselves. ETA: Oh, and don’t feed the you-know-whats.

You might also like to go and visit the lovely Mr Clark at Slacktivist and see what’s happening on his jobs thread. Go for the jobs, stay for the glurge. Great post, even better word… “Glurge”. Like “moist”, only more so.

Speaking of work, this is an opportune moment to explain why I haven’t been posting as much. I have a job. Well, at least a volunteer one. I am, get this, traveling with Michele Bachmann’s campaign entourage.

Now Madam and I have a little bit of a history, but I’ve been playing good Republican woman for almost seventy years now, so it wasn’t hard to talk my way on to the bus. I just dropped a few mentions of “Dear Karl” and the odd “As Nancy said to me at the funeral…” into the conversation with her campaign manager, and flashed around the 4 carat Tiffany (which I won from Nancy Astor in a game of strip cribbage), and before I knew it I was gazing into those crazy snake eyes and being pressed against a perfumed and shapely bosom. That Marcus sure does smell good.

I even have a business card. “Sarah Howard” it says. “Community Liaison”. The other side has a picture of Michelle looking notably crazy (and that, my dears, is an achievement) and staring up at a dyspeptic-looking eagle. I’m not sure if the eagle is supposed to be America or Jesus or what, but whenever I look at the damn card, I hear Rush playing in my head and get a brief sense-memory called “3am-pot-smoke-filled-Mystery-Machine”.

I am liaising with the community. In particular, a rather cute, but horribly conflicted Log Cabin Republican youth with gold-dusted Idaho farmboy thighs, who appears to want only two things in life – to elect Michele Bachmann as President, and to crush out the last flickering flame of his heterosexuality on little old me. I live to serve.

Would you believe that on the first night, they wanted me to stay in a Motel 6? I just found out which hotel Michelle was staying in each night, and then booked into the biggest suite they had. You should have seen her envious glances at my complimentary fruit baskets. However, it used to make the oranges sour and the strawberries positively mealy, so I stopped inviting her to visit after about a week. There was no more mention of the Motel 6, let me tell you.

Anyway, I have my weekends free, so I will be posting here and at my little blog then, and keeping you all up to date on the goings on.

Finally, a couple of you have asked how to get in touch. You can email me from the link on my About page. I do try to respond to emails and website comments, but I’m an old woman who spends her days trying to win the Republican nomination for a pair of false eyelashes, a blouse and a grudge, and her nights pressed against a boy who smells like fresh mown hay and squeaks when you bite his nipples. I barely have time to eat, let alone respond to things like lawyers’ letters, so please be patient with me.

Oh. Finally, finally, I created a new category for the job threads. I hope John will forgive me. A box of hash brownies and a meat offering for the Tunch are on their way by courier.

Much love,

Sarah






84 replies
  1. 1
    Yutsano says:

    and her nights pressed against a boy who smells like fresh mown hay and squeaks when you bite his nipples

    This is possibly quite more revealing than you intended.

    I hope John will forgive me

    You’re a 93 year old fictional woman. What’s to forgive?

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    “Balloon Jobs”…lol!

    I can hear it now:

    Hey guys! I got a BJ!”

    Well good for you. :)

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    kindness says:

    Too funny. If only….

    Please slip Michelle one of John’s brownies. It would either bring her back to earth or bring her closer to seeing Jesus.

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    Served says:

    Hello Balloon Juice world! I’m currently covering my eyes and ears to all broad economic news, because if I pay attention, I’ll just crumple and wither to ash.

    I’m currently contracting for a digital marketing agency in Chicago (while working on relocating into the city for good), and the project end date is in mid-September. I’d like to settle into something more permanent and stable, because freelancing and contracting gives me heartburn of unimaginable heights.

    I’ve got a B.A., and a background in non-profit business development, for-profit business development/start-up, freelance writing, and some technical experience on the web side of content delivery.

    Looking for anything entry-level really, clerical, admin, or something more in my field, as long as it’s a place where I can grow into a role and really dig into the work. I work hard, I love to learn new things, and I have a great energy in the office. Also, I hate cover letters and “Branding Myself” and have no tolerance for baloney.

    For anyone else looking: I may have a minor lead on a job for anyone looking in MIS/Business. It’s in rural Illinois, great small town and within driving distance of several large cities.

    Have a great weekend everyone!

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    MattF says:

    Maybe off-topic in a jobs thread– but Greg Sargent does a job on Charlie Krauthammer right here:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....ml?hpid=z3

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    Yutsano says:

    @efgoldman: :: whistles innocently ::

    Oh look! A squirrel!

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    Sam Houston says:

    Right now I have a job but whether I get paid depends if I can talk the CRE agent down from $12/sqft to $9/sqft on a space in a strip mall.

    These guys kill me. They built a strip mall in 2007 with variable pricing $9 to $12. It’s 2011 now, 75% of the bays are unused, and they act shocked, shocked I say, when I suggest that $12 is too much.

    I’m tempted to print out some charts from Calculated Risk and ask the CRE guys what planet are they living on.

    Edit: LOL “Balloon Jobs” – “Employment with a happy ending!”

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    Yutsano says:

    @efgoldman: Irresponsible, even.

    I have knowledge of things. I shall just leave it at that.

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    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 also have a background in academic and business editing/proofreading.

    If you’re looking for more multi-media kind of work, I’m a talented animator (2D or stop-motion), illustrator, photoshopper, and video/audio editor. I’d be happy to make your wordpress or weebly site a bespoke beauty for ridiculously little money.

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

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    Paul in KY says:

    @MattF: IMO, he could have whopped on him alot harder. But he’s a fellow vllager and all that.

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    Violet says:

    @Yutsano:
    Is that knowledge in the Biblical sense?

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    Anarchaeologist says:

    Wow, I should read this blog more often-

    I’m a 35 year old with a geology degree. I’m a veteran of the USMC (engineer-1341) and the Army (cavalry scout). I will be seeking employment in December following my graduation from the University of Iowa with a second BA in anthropology. I am considering seeking a PhD in Geoarchaeology so will be seeking employment in Cultural Resources Management near a school with an upper-tier climate studies program. I am also extremely creative and skilled with tools- I operate an auto unlocking service with 100% success rate thus far. I cut and shape my own unlocking tools on the spot as necessary. I am a great troubleshooter for mechanical processes with experience in manufacturing startups and military communications systems.

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    @efgoldman:
    @Yutsano:
    @Violet:

    Is that knowledge in the Biblical sense?

    I’m still in the room, you know. Honestly, you young people.

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    Violet says:

    That photo of Michele Bachmann in the ad is really strange looking. She looks like she’s wearing an ill-fitting American flag apron.

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    ArchTeryx says:

    I’m a molecular virologist that just finished a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. To make a long story short, a year of job hunting prior to the end of my fellowship yielded zero.

    So, with my scientific career in ashes, I’ve been volunteering at a science museum (specifically, the Koshland in DC) and been developing an educational card game centered on microbiology.

    I now am the Test Tube Phoenix.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @duck-billed placelot: Other than getting us in a war that requires conscription, Pres. Obama can’t (by himself) create jobs. There has to be a bill passed thru Congress. Currently, Republicans would rather chop off their willies (and willetes) than give the President a ‘win’.

    I think that has been the real story. Although I will concede Pres. Obama has done a poor job of educating the voters about where the blame lies.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Anarchaeologist: A) Woof. :)

    B) You would probably be in high demand just a few states north. North Dakota is hurting badly for skilled workers especially in your field. Oil booms tend to do that.

    @Sarah Proud and Tall: O HAI hon! Sure you pip up right as I have to go chase tax cheats.

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    Violet says:

    @Anarchaeologist:

    I am considering seeking a PhD in Geoarchaeology so will be seeking employment in Cultural Resources Management near a school with an upper-tier climate studies program.

    What schools might those be? Sounds a bit specialized. And what is Cultural Resources Management? What sort of work does that entail? What companies or institutions might hire someone for that work?

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    Paul in KY says:

    @efgoldman: I wouldn’t call Mr. Sargent’s column an ‘attack’. He was just pointing out some hypocracy. Although I bet Nazitool would just simper that he’s just a lowly opinion writer & Pres. Obama is supposed to be Pres. Politenessman.

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    J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I’m looking for some supplemental income and have decided to start a grandmother sitting service. Your grandmother is lonely and needs me to provide companionship. Other services I perform include cleaning your grandmother’s house, driving your grandmother to the grocery store, shaving your grandmother and bathing your grandmother. I will wash her back, but not her front, unless she asks. I’m a nice boy. So, for the love of god, will you let me bathe of your grandmother?

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    Bulworth says:

    @MattF: It does pain me that Krauthammer’s fee fees have been hurt by Obama’s inexplicably gentle treatment of the GOP.

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    Oh! I almost forgot: anybody looking for work in the Sunnyvale or San Jose, CA area? Or willing to relocate for a short period. Apparently Peter Thiel’s one-girl-allowed after school club is looking for a director of development – which is generally a fundraising position in non-profits – and is willing to pay a $2500 referral fee: http://seasteading.org/contrib.....lunteering. I propose to nominate someone for this position and split the referral fee with him/her.

    I mean, if you’re not working and you have at all a resume that could work in this direction (probably an MBA and a sailing cert would work), I think you could probably get three months salary or so out of these people before they realized that you’re not really raising money. That and $1250 is maybe worth it, isn’t it? You’d get to hang out with Milton Friedman’s grandson, apparently. And pretend to care about libertarian paradise!

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    Violet says:

    @J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford:
    That’s hard work and pays poorly. My former neighbor was a 95-year-old woman whose adult children took care of her with the help of home health nurse. I got to know all of them, including the nurse, pretty well because they took care of her for about 15 years before she passed. The nurse was a lovely woman and worked so hard doing all the things you listed. It was hard, hard work and paid very little.

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    Liberal Sandlapper says:

    I am looking for three operators for CNC Woodworking equipment: two in Atlanta and one in Phoenix. Gotta have experience in the wood field, but good company with good pay and benefits!

    Email to liberalsandlapper AT yahoo.com

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @ArchTeryx: You should be up there with that group at MIT killing viruses.

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    @Paul in KY: I think this was meant for someone else, as my comment was all about the awesome job I can do for you or someone else. However, I have a question: could Obama reorient Homeland Security? I mean, I’d say the unemployment levels have reached emergency status. And rotting infrastructure is, you know, a million emergencies just waiting to happen. Instead of buying more naked scanners, could the new Homeland Security Mission be to employ people to fix said infrastructure? (I have no idea if this is possible or not and am genuinely asking.)

    Also, if he got rid of the groping TSA, I’d vote for him twice.

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    jacy says:

    SP&T —

    Just wanted to let you know that your good works are not in vain. I posted on the last jobs thread and made a contact with a Balloon Juicer who I’m quite enjoying working with and I’m not in the poorhouse yet! So, thanks — you don’t know how much that means.

    And to anybody else — I’m a do freelance transcription, proofreading and editing (20+ years professional experience). If you are in need of any of the above services my email is jacypods-at-gmail-dot-com.

    And best wishes to all those out there looking. My thoughts are with you.

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    @jacy:

    I’m very happy to hear that, dear. You have my best wishes.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @duck-billed placelot: I went to your website & read a couple of your posts.

    In answering your question, I think technically it could be done. Would expect a 9.5 level Repub freakout if he attempted that. The current employees, however, are not construction specia1ists, so he would probably either have to fire who’s there & replace them with the correct specia1ties or hire a bunch of new people (which I wouldn’t mind, but if they were GS type employees, once again the Repubs would go apeshit).

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    ArchTeryx says:

    @Belafon (formerly anonevent): I wish I could be! But it seems that it’s only the best of the best (on paper, anyway) that get the academic jobs these days. I’m a middling scientist by publication record — hardly at the bottom but not the elite, either.

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    jacy says:

    @jacy:

    Also – FYWP as I can’t edit out my false start. Argghh.

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    @Anarchaeologist: Speaking as an archaeologist with a phd… don’t do it if you’re looking for a job. THere are more jobs available to archaeo people with BA/MA than to phds. PhDs are useful in contract/CRM work (a) if you already have professional experience in the field and want to become a consultant or start your own company or (b) if you want an academic career. Really though, for non-academic work it’s often a liability because field archaeologists tend to see phds as people who lack field skills, experience and willingness to do honest labour AND a phd on your cv will make most field people (incl the fed govt often) think you’re overqualified for a given job (largely because they think your payscale would be higher than what they can afford).

    I know the govt is hiring archaeologists right now, but i’m currently based abroad so I’m not sure what help I can offer. If you want to email and talk it’s mightytrowel at gmail

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    curiousleodog says:

    @ArchTeryx: Have you (or any science PhD type looking for work) considered applying to American Journal Experts? Someone I knew lost her full time biology collegiate teaching gig and managed to fill the income gap by editing papers for this company. It wasn’t the best job evah but definitely got her through a rough patch of no income.

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    @TheMightyTrowel: ps fywp

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    MikeJake says:

    Can you apply the “Balloon Jobs” tag to those earlier posts?

  36. 36
    curiousleodog says:

    do comments with links automatically get sent to moderation?

    I’m sure my comment will appear eventually.

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    Violet says:

    @curiousleodog:
    If you have three links, then yes. That includes a reply to another post, which counts as one link.

    Sometimes post with just one link just vanish for no reason. Even if the link name doesn’t contain a “forbidden” word, it still vanishes. I’m still unclear on that one.

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    @MikeJake:

    Indeed I can. ETA: And have.

    @curiousleodog:

    do comments with links automatically get sent to moderation?
    __
    I’m sure my comment will appear eventually.

    Who knows why the cruel and dark gods of the wordpress do anything? You’ll usually get rescued by one of the frontpagers when we notice…

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    ET says:

    OK we need a laugh around here…..

    I got sent this. It is a spoof on who makes the cat videos.

    All I can say is that there is a lot of free time in some peoples lives and that there are a lot of funny people out there.

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    Anarchaeologist says:

    @Violet: Cultural Resources Management (CRM) is the non-academic side of archaeology. Federally-funded projects require archaeological surveys in order to avoid or at least document historic and prehistoric sites which may be disturbed or destroyed. As to which schools I’m looking at, well Texas A&M is the one which comes up first almost every time.

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    @Paul in KY: Republicans might go crazy and lash out if Obama governs/talks/eats/sneezes? That would be a new and shocking development. But I don’t want to politic all over the job thread, so if you want to talk about this more I’d be happy to move to email or over to my blog.

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    curiousleodog says:

    Thanks for the fyi about the links & moderation. I’m a long time lurker (mostly for the pets ;) )

    If any science (hard or soft) types want more info about the journal article company, post your info here and I’ll pass it along. They do generally require a PhD.

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    This is in no way an admonishment, but I have also started a new Open Thread over here if you want a clearly marked open thread for your less job-related musings.

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    p.a. says:

    Currently on strike against Verizon, so I may be back job hunting soon. Here’s some vids of our replacements screwing up.

    Here’s one of 2 managers not knowing how to take a ladder off a truck. They used to have retired managers who knew what they were doing and would come back and scab during a strike, but they’ve treated them like shit for the last decade or so no one seems to want to come back and work for these assholes.

    Here’s an interesting one. Go to 2:40 and watch. You’ll hear someone say “You might want to get your 188 out now.” That’s the voltage tester we use to test for hot poles.

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    Anarchaeologist says:

    @TheMightyTrowel: Thanks MightyTrowel. I’m not really looking to make money at this point of my life, I figure the less I have, the less they can take away :) thanks, will be in touch

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    i need a clever progressive (preferably) shooter/DP type with HD camera in mississippi, today would be good. pays some amount TBD.

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    Cassidy says:

    Well, I’m recently separated from the military. I have 11 years of leadership experience. I’m a qualified expert on multiple weapon systems, NREMT-Basic, Advanced Burn Life Support and experience as an advisor. I’ve designed and implemented classroom programs and sustainment training. I’ve written and presented SOP’s. I’ve worked in small team elements my whole career and can pick up just about anything if taught. And lastly, I can pick up large things and put them down where they need to go.

    I have a resume ready to email. I’m currently living in North Florida, but willing to relocate.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @ET: Man, that was funny! Loved the writers hashing out the ideas.

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    WarMunchkin says:

    Hey all –

    I graduated with a degree in physics in May 2010, and after that, I worked abroad in research. Since I got back to the U.S. in Mar., there haven’t been a lot of places that have replied to my job applications.

    I’m particularly interested in an R&D job, and I was wondering if anyone knew of companies that do hire physics majors without engineering sub-specialties, besides the ones listed on the American Physical Society (which I already tried).

    Thanks!

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    Elie says:

    I’m a bit depressed today and the last two weeks… two rejections from what I thought were promising interviews and opportunities.

    On the up side, had a successful meeting on an environmental issue that I have been leading opposition on, so it hasnt been completely devastating.

    I am an experienced client services/account manager with IT and clinical experience in health care, seeking work in data warehouse business. Will travel, work from home is great or a DC location, though I am in WA now.

    I am trying to be strong and not get too carried away with self pity. Thank God I got some severance … I hope that I find something while I still have some confidence left.

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    Violet says:

    @Anarchaeologist:
    So you’re looking for federal employment, then? Sounds like you’d be a good fit in the oil business, what with the geology degree and all. Are you considering that?

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    Elie says:

    @WarMunchkin:

    I don’t know if this is a good lead or not, but have you tried some of the governmental agencies? I am not conversant in your area of expertise, but there are government agencies that regulate and monitor nuclear and other technical operations.

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    Elie says:

    @WarMunchkin:

    I don’t know if this is a good lead or not, but have you tried some of the governmental agencies? I am not conversant in your area of expertise, but there are government agencies that regulate and monitor nuclear and other technical operations.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Cassidy: Maybe try out the merc companies or the businesses that made the weapons systems you are expert on. People with valuable real-world knowledge of how these things perform in the field should be a wanted commodity at the places they design/make em.

    Best of luck to you.

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    WarMunchkin says:

    @Elie: I did, the problem is a lot of them require special certifications or experience in nuclear engineering (in the case of those types of jobs). I did actually apply to one job that was about radiological monitoring though, never heard back from them.

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    ruemara says:

    @duck-billed placelot:

    1. I don’t understand a libertarian asking for volunteers.

    2. As an advertising/marketing/media person, I understand whoring, but seriously, $2500 is too low for even a handjob and a smile.

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    Jennifer says:

    I’m not looking for employees or a job, but I AM looking for business and vendors…so if there are any Arkansas folks here, give me a shout-out.

    I own a school fundraising company – yes, those folks you curse under your breath whenever a kid shows up and asks you to buy something. The difference is, I carry only good-quality, locally-sourced products – the idea being that it’s really quite stupid for a school to shill for a company that’s going to take up to 60% of the money they collect out-of-state as soon as the sale ends. With my company, all of the money collected stays in-state, benefitting local businesses, workers, families, communities, and schools. I have stuff like Petit Jean hams, Bath Junkie products, soy candles, organic meals & mixes from War Eagle Mill…all good stuff made here. So again, if you’re in Arkansas and have any connection whatsoever to a school, or if you know of a good product made here, let me know.

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    J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford says:

    @efgoldman:

    You left out: Help her revise her will…

    For the love of God and all that is holy, will you let the Shackleford boy wash your grandmother?

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    Halcyan says:

    Elie

    Are you in the Seattle area? I am not clear on what you are looking for, but my partner works at Virgina Mason, and they are always looking for talent.

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    MazeDancer says:

    @Elie:

    This may be useless, and not what you want, but with your IT/healthcare experience just wanted to mention that most of the big hospitals and medical schools in the NE do actually advertise their jobs in the NY Times. Need for transparency or something like that.

    The Sunday print copy has the listings. Not necessarily all of them are in the national edition. So maybe you have a pal who can check on Sundays? Also can’t hurt to check the Times web site even though it seems to also include Monster.

    Healthcare and IT experience, with ability to deal with clients are a great line-up on a resume. Hang in there, something interesting will appear. Or at least something.

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    cs says:

    I’ve debated whether or not to post this in a jobs thread but, what the hell. This company of mine is currently going nowhere and maybe someone has an idea for the next step.

    OneTree Learning was a company I started seven years ago to teach Langauge Arts to ESOL students, thought it would work just as well with native English students. This was a relatively new area in ESOL at the time: the idea was to teach academic concepts in ways that would also strengthen the student’s ability in English. Curriculum of this sort was thought to be needed to supplement traditional ESOL classes which wouldn’t spend much time on the vocabulary used in an academic setting.

    Language Arts was the first module. There were plans to add a Science and Geography course as well, but the revenue wasn’t ever enough. So there’s around 60 hours of lessons, fully narrated, with Spanish, Haitian Creole, Brazilian Portuguese, and Vietnamese audio translations available.

    Enough of the sales pitch. This project of mine has been sitting in limbo for a few years while I was busy with other things, but I’d like to do something with it. Any ideas are welcome. Job offers, if you’re impressed at all with my work, are also welcome. Feel free to use the Contact page on my site and say something nice or just subscribe me to any or all obnoxious tea party mailing lists you can find.

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    PeteH says:

    Hey Balloon-ers!

    I graduated in the height of this mess (2009) with my degree in architecture and enviro. studies. What a time to enter the building industry! Been looking ever since.

    I am not an unexperienced grad (i was a returning adult student, am nearing 29 now) and am very much a jack of all trades. I am a whiz on the computer, everything from design to databases to graphics to web programming. If anyone knows of something in the DC area, pref. related to sustainability/enviro issues (double plus if it’s design), please please PLEASE feel free to holler at me. I am willing to do anything at this point and am a highly creative type person and apply that 15 dimensional skill of architecture to nearly any problem. I think fast on my feet, love learning new things.

    THANKS!
    [pete henne at gmail dot com] (no spaces, add symbols)

    Again, i’m in the DC area, but can also relocate

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    Sister Machine Gun of Quiet Harmony says:

    @Elie:

    Elie,

    Look into opportunities at the VA or FDA. Plus, several private companies (like Reuters) do data warehousing & analytic work.

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    Lori says:

    PhD computer science (wireless network routing and security). Looking for work on west coast, but currently living in midwest. Have been applying through websites, with two phone interviews (but both for same job). Thinking to go to a Chicago job fair, but don’t know if they’ll only have local jobs. Worth trying, anyways – should be an interesting experience!
    I’ve been out of the industry 3 years (traveled and started own business). It is very hard to get back in, I’m finding. Luckily for me, I’m looking for a fulltime job. A lot of women I did grad school with had a similar issue – for them because of taking time off after having a child. A number of them wanted to return, but work halftime, but couldn’t find work. What a shame, highly trained and accomplished PhDs (and women PhDs in the field are very much a minority compared to men PhDs), but those women aren’t working in their field (even though they were willing to take a major pay cut, significantly more than 1/2 of their previous pay). I feel optimistic that I’ll get back into the industry. I hope someday the industry will better accommodate returning and part-time workers.

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    harlana says:

    Sarah, thank you so much for doing this again!

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    PaulW says:

    @J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford:

    Any relation to the Kinzers?

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    PaulW says:

    Unemployed person here…

    My work history is librarian: public library and university librarianship. Mostly working the Reference / Public Services, assisting library patrons with locating books, researching topics, and accessing library computers. I have basic troubleshooting skills with computers as a result (with A+ certification backing me up) so I can handle desktop support duties as needed. I’ve supervised two computer worklabs with Broward County Libraries (supervising between 4-6 employees at each) and I’ve worked as a branch manager for Pasco County Libraries for one year (supervising 14 full-time and part-time staff).

    I’ve been published a few times – a humor article for American Libraries in Feb. 2000, annual book reviews of history bibliographies for RUSQ between 2003 to 2006 – and am an active member with the American Library Association.

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    Jibeaux says:

    @Jennifer, not in Arkansas, but that’s a great business idea. I’m tucking that one away. PaulW, where are you? I’m guessing NCSU might list a position or two at it’s library. There’s some turnover.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    @Anarchaeologist: Some State-funded projects also require a cultural resources survey. I work at an ~800 person engineering / construction management company and we have a few full-time archeologists. Check the Engineering News Record for possible employers. You’ll probably want to be looking for design firms.

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    Felanius Kootea says:

    @Elie: You might also want to check out the American Medical Informatics Association job board – sometimes healthcare-related data warehousing positions get listed there.

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    Micah says:

    I am a software engineer at Google. We’ve been hiring a lot, and while things are slowing down a bit towards the end of the year, if you’re a very competent coder (or know someone who is) please take a look at this:

    http://www.google.com/intl/en/jobs/index.html

    And feel free to send me your resume along with a note telling me what positions you’d like me to put you in for. I can’t guarantee an interview, but I can at least make sure someone looks at your resume instead of having it lost in the massive pile we get every day.

    Send to mlamdin AT google DOT com

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    Interrobang says:

    Hi, everybody,

    I’m a resume expert — MA in Language and Professional Writing, taught Business Writing for a year, and got a former client a job offer on the strength of the resume I put together for him and a phone call.

    If you need a resume done or redone, I’m your person. Because I like all of you Balloon Juicers so much, I’ll even make you a deal. You let me do your resume no money down, and if you get a job using the resume I did for you, you pay me whatever you think it was worth to you. Sound good? E-mail me at shgstewart@gmail.com.

    I am in Canada, so we’ll have to do this digitally, but I can help you through it.

    Looking to go overseas? I can do resumes and CVs for people looking for international positions as well (my abovementioned client is in London, England).

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    Elie says:

    Thanks and Blessings to all who gave/give me encouragement and ideas…

    REally appreciate and feel recharged for the hunt…

    BTW — Thomson Reuters is “on the block” — for sale of all things. Weird Reuters wanting to unload this given the information needs for healthcare in the next 2-5 years, but as we have discussed in the HP thread, corporations use their own logic.

    I still have two opportunities going — its just a long wait. My background fuses several areas and I don’t fit exactly into either project management or just IT. My clinical experience is a plus but believe it or not, most warehouse companies don’t really use our expertise in the clinical area to their best impact.

    Well anyway, feeling better and loving my BJ tribe

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    Madeleine says:

    @PaulW: If you’re willing to relocate: Darien Library is looking for someone for a position that sounds right up your alley.

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    Madeleine says:

    If someone thinks they could do an academic research job in public health, and is in the San Diego area, drop me a line – mvlee86 at gmail dot com. There isn’t a concrete opportunity yet but I have it on good authority that my workplace will be hiring soon.

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    jafd says:

    Hello,

    To ArchTeryx http://www.balloon-juice.com/2.....nt-2733760

    How would you compare your game to _Pandemic_?

    Assume you’ve got BoardGameGeek.com bookmarked.

    If you’re looking for a playtest group and/or rules editor, drop me an Enote.

    Now for my $0.02:

    Dwelling in NJ between Trenton and Philly, at the moment, (courtesy of some friends who are keeping me out of the homeless shelter)

    Experienced in sales (autos, real estate, retail); IT sales and consulting; technical writing, editing, and proofreading; tech training; computer and network configuration, installation, and repair.
    Also event planning, paralegal and database research, general office work, etc.

    Was out of the labor force for most of ’01-05 caring for my parents in their final years, been trying to get back into a full-time career since

    Looking for almost any ethical work that will support me.

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    TrishB says:

    @Elie: I’m currently working for an IT consulting firm called Sogeti. My background was with Project Management and Lean Six Sigma in the IT outsourcing business, with heavy experience in data analysis. It was beginning to seem like my skill set didn’t fit anywhere when I found this gig. When I had checked Sogeti’s website, none of the openings seemed to be a fit, but I sent a resume anyway and had a job within a month. The SW Ohio area location is doing a huge amount of hiring, but they also have offices across the country. Oh, and the firm that laid me off last year, just recently picked up Thomson Reuters’ IT support contract. Wonder how that will work out for them?

    If you look up Sogeti and have any questions, let me know. This also applies for any other IT types.

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    Seanly says:

    I am an experienced bridge engineer currently residing in SC. Looking for work almost anywhere in the US & Canada.

    Senior Structural Engineer with over 16 years of professional experience designing short and medium span bridges. Designed superstructures and substructures for new bridges and rehabilitation projects in various phases including conceptual, preliminary and final design. Lead engineer on bridge replacement projects with aesthetic and context sensitive solutions. Lead engineer for several steel bridges with curved or complicated geometry as well as light and heavy rail structures. Coordinated review of shop drawings and construction consultation of structures. Supervised other engineers and CADD technicians as well as mentored junior staff and interns. Experience with project management, business development and project pursuits.
    Registered Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. NCEES Record established.
    Degrees: BSCE and 2 MSCE (long story)

    I thought I was going to get an offer this week for a position in Boise ID (not a progressive haven, I know), but they’re re-evaluating if they want to spend relocation expenses. Been out of work for 6 months now. Seems like every time I get close to a job, the company flakes out.

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    Robert in Dallas says:

    Another unemployed guy here. After fifteen years in various roles in the telecommunications industry (data analyst, business analyst, project manager, release manager…), and most recently as the director of operations for a niche software company, my position gets eliminated and I can’t even get an entry-level PM job.

    Currently living in Dallas, but open to relocating just about anywhere, especially Northern Virginia/DC area.

    Basically I’m a pointy-haired manager, but one who is very supportive of my team, and able to recognize when I don’t know something so I can step out of the way and let more experienced people do their job.

    @Anarchaeologist: The one gig I have managed to find is being a bio monitor on a solar plant project in California. Work involves tramping around the desert wearing a shed-load of safety gear, trying to save endangered species before the dozers roll over them. I attended a training session to get certified to recognize desert tortoises, and several of the attendees mentioned backgrounds in anthropology. All solar plants being built on public land require cultural resource monitors (the bone guys), as well as other specialists like reptile monitors (herp guys), and Native American liaisons. Might be worth checking out Brightsource Solar, First Solar, etc. and seeing who they’re working with for contracting.

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    El Cid says:

    @Seanly: Good fucking god. When I see that someone like you can’t get a job, it just really burns the fuck out of me how god-damned stupid our system. Good luck, hopefully someone will come to their senses.

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    2liberal says:

    Insight is a reseller of IT products. This is a Fortune 500 company. Cisco, HP, EMC, etc. Just started selling Apple. The company is hiring in multiple locations for multiple sales and technical jobs including some that are home based. The company is doing well and has had double digit growth for 5 consecutive quarters.

    http://jobs.insight.com/jobs/

    Tempe, AZ (corporate HQ)
    Bloomingdale, IL
    Waltham, MA
    Plano, TX
    Costa Mesa, CA

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    BobS says:

    @Anarchaeologist:@TheMightyTrowel: @Robert in Dallas: My son has been working in CRM and related areas for about 5 or 6 years now. His academic background is biology, anthropology, and archeology, with certifications to work with the desert tortoise, wetlands, etc. which has allowed him a broader range of jobs to select from as well as experiencing the networking that occurs when one is actually out there working. It seems to have paid well and allowed him to travel (I count 10 states he’s worked in), but I think he’s growing tired of living out of motels, not to mention the toll the lifestyle takes on relationships. He talks more and more about going back to school and studying medicine.

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