Mid-day open thread and Balloon-Jobs thread

It’s cold here.  25 degrees F.   I know it’s colder in other places, but this is Oklahoma.  This is very cold for this part of the country. Cue some dumbass conservative: “It’s cold so climate change isn’t real suckit lib, lol!”

It’s been a while since we’ve done a jobs thread.  If you or someone you know needs a job or would like a shot at a better one, let us know in comments.   Similarly, if you know of position that is or soon will be available, let us know that too.  As always, http://www.usajobs.gov should be the first stop for just about everybody.  If there’s a profession, the US Government likely employs somebody to do it, and may have positions open.

Also too, congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens.  Bastards.

 

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84 replies
  1. 1
    Raven says:

    Um, there is sort of a tradition to have NFL Playoff threads.

  2. 2
    Raven says:

    70 and rising in Georgia. We’re gonna pay for this.

  3. 3
    Ronzoni Rigatoni says:

    It’s only 79 here in S. Central FL, so a bit cooler than it’s been. Working outside painting Tom Sawyer’s fence. Can’t wait for summer when I can get serious about moving to Nome.

  4. 4
    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    OH COM’ON BEAST MODE NO SKITTLES FOR YOU!!!!

  5. 5
    JPL says:

    @Raven: My dogwoods have buds on them. Next months snow is not going to help.

  6. 6
    Raven says:

    @JPL: I’ve been replanting all morning for the princess. The ground is super-soft!

  7. 7
    Soonergrunt says:

    @Raven: The playoff games are later. I assume that one of the other FPers still cares (Bernard is a Ravens fan I believe) and will post one then, I’m sure.

  8. 8
    Raven says:

    @Soonergrunt: It’s 12 minutes in to the Falcons game. The late setup was yesterday. But it’s cool either way.

  9. 9
    jeffreyw says:

    It was in the 60s here yesterday, freezing rain and sleet right now. Glorious Southern Illinois!

  10. 10

    Fuck the 49ers. I heard some dude today refer to them as being “underdogs”.

  11. 11
    double nickel says:

    idlenomore….protest coming to a country near you. Soon. http://wagingnonviolence.org/2.....or-canada/

  12. 12
    Raven says:

    10-0 Falcons!

  13. 13
    JPL says:

    So far so good for the Falcons.

  14. 14
    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    This Falcon team is rested, much faster and it is showing.

  15. 15
    Raven says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: And they’ve been DISRESPECTED!!!

  16. 16
    Corner Stone says:

    Also too, congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens.

    That was intense. I can’t wait until next weekend when more NFL games will be aired on TV!

  17. 17
    RobertDSC-iMac G5 says:

    Fox needs to fix their audio feed. it’s flopping out.

  18. 18
    JPL says:

    haha.. Miss Moxie has already left the room due to my talking to the tv…

  19. 19
    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    It hit 60 in Detroit yesterday. Back to the 30s tomorrow. I hope we don’t have an early thaw like the one last year that killed 85% of the fruit tree buds.

    Dunno how many Techies we have here, but anyone interested in traveling constantly to work on industrial lasers, and who has backgrounds in electronics, computers and machine tooling (optics a bonus) should check out the Field Service Engineer postings at TRUMPF Lasers US.
    It would be nice to spread the work out a bit. And it’s a pretty nice company to work for.

  20. 20
    Raven says:

    JACQUES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. 21
    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    You have to TACKLE!!!!!! Hawks!!!!

  22. 22
    Raven says:

    @RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist: Yea, you seem to really enjoy the travel.

  23. 23
    auntie beak says:

    i would like to put my name forward as someone who is looking for work of some kind… i do most any kind of print design and production work, as well as dabble in html, css, and wordpress (see my website for that). if you’re interested, you can contact me through my website for samples of my work.

    also, just fyi, but most if not all dod jobs give preference to returning veterans. and what with all the wars we’ve fought recently, there are a crapload of vets to fill those jobs.

  24. 24
    geg6 says:

    Gotta be in the mid-60s here. Ridiculously warm for Western PA, even taking into account that we usually get a January thaw. Going back to more normal temps during the week, though still warmer at the mid-30s than normal. The 18 inches from after Christmas is long gone.

    Took advantage of the nice weather to check out the piece of land on John’s parents’ property (his brother lives in parents’ old house) where we are thinking of building a new house. Current house is much too big for us (2500 sq. ft.) and has too many stairs. We’re thinking an A-frame with one big greatroom/kitchen combo, two bedrooms and the bath if my dreams with walk-in closet/laundry room. About 1600 to 1800 sq. ft.,most likely. Best part of the property is that it’s right across the street from my campus and I could walk to work in five minutes.

  25. 25
    Corner Stone says:

    @RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist:

    It would be nice to spread the work out a bit. And it’s a pretty nice company to work for.

    May I humbly suggest you are not their best recruiter?
    Accounts of being in 4 different airports in 24 hours on multiple days does not exactly sell the job.

  26. 26
    muddy says:

    @Raven: I always think what a great husband he’d be, pays his way and is not constantly underfoot. ;-)

  27. 27
    BGinCHI says:

    I would like a job writing uninformed, unresearched columns, no more than once a week, for the WaPo or NYT.

    What qualifications do I need for this?

  28. 28
    Raven says:

    @Corner Stone: And here I was being subtle!

  29. 29
    Schlemizel says:

    I have a need for a decent hacker with the technical skills to find and exploit application weaknesses in a white hat role.

    This is a full time hire but the job is contracted & you actually work at the customers site in Eagan Minnesota.

    To be honest, if you are really good and really ambitious you may be bored & frustrated but you will get some limited chances to ply your trade.

    Experience with Nessus, Core Impact, Metasploit and WebInspect would be great but if you can hack those are easy to learn.

  30. 30
    geg6 says:

    Gotta be in the mid-60s here. Ridiculously warm for Western PA, even taking into account that we usually get a January thaw. Going back to more normal temps during the week, though still warmer at the mid-30s than normal. The 18 inches from after Christmas is long gone.

    Took advantage of the nice weather to check out the piece of land on John’s parents’ property (his brother lives in parents’ old house) where we are thinking of building a new house. Current house is much too big for us (2500 sq. ft.) and has too many stairs. We’re thinking an A-frame with one big greatroom/kitchen combo, two bedrooms and the bath if my dreams with walk-in closet/laundry room. About 1600 to 1800 sq. ft.,most likely. Best part of the property is that it’s right across the street from my campus and I could walk to work in five minutes.

    Now if we could just find a buyer for this place quickly, I’d be very happy.

  31. 31
    Corner Stone says:

    @RobertDSC-iMac G5:

    it’s flopping out.

    You mean like Peyton in a playoff game?
    Oh!!

  32. 32
    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    @Raven:

    Yea, you seem to really enjoy the travel.

    Mostly. Nine airplanes this week.
    Weds I did Hartford CT/Philly/Detroit/Philly/Hartford to fix a problem I probably caused. 20 hours of travel to get back to where I started. But the company takes good care of us.

  33. 33
    geg6 says:

    Gotta be in the mid-60s here. Ridiculously warm for Western PA, even taking into account that we usually get a January thaw. Going back to more normal temps during the week, though still warmer at the mid-30s than normal. The 18 inches from after Christmas is long gone.

    Took advantage of the nice weather to check out the piece of land on John’s parents’ property (his brother lives in parents’ old house) where we are thinking of building a new house. Current house is much too big for us (2500 sq. ft.) and has too many stairs. We’re thinking an A-frame with one big greatroom/kitchen combo, two bedrooms and the bath if my dreams with walk-in closet/laundry room. About 1600 to 1800 sq. ft.,most likely. Best part of the property is that it’s right across the street from my campus and I could walk to work in five minutes.

    Now if we could just find a buyer for this place quickly, I’d be very happy. Probably take forever, though, knowing my luck.

  34. 34
    Soonergrunt says:

    @Raven: you have one now.

  35. 35
    Schlemizel says:

    Oh how I wish I could type faster – thanks for the other thread

  36. 36
    Raven says:

    @geg6: We’re fixin to add on to our 100 year old mill house.

  37. 37
    Raven says:

    @Soonergrunt: Thanks bro.

  38. 38
    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Accounts of being in 4 different airports in 24 hours on multiple days does not exactly sell the job.

    Not everyone hates airports. I did have a strange insight on the way home Friday: that I was 30,000 ft in the air in a machine packed with 74 other people all acting like they were completely alone. That ought to be a profound and wonderful experience but instead it’s a frustrating ordeal. Maybe I just have a skewed outlook on technology and travel, but it’s kinda fun for me.

  39. 39
    Amir Khalid says:

    @BGinCHI:
    Chunky Bobo and the 58-year-old Mean Girl take their dumps on the New York Times’ op-ed page twice a week each. You want a gig like that? You’ll need to match that, um, work rate.

  40. 40
    Schlemizel says:

    @RossInDetroit:

    Given its nearly 100% travel I would suspect that living near Detroit and Farmington are not required?

  41. 41
    Yutsano says:

    @RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist: I’m one of those bizarre people that loves air travel. I mean, the only reason you’re even up there is because of a quirk of physics that two Ohio boys exploited on a North Carolina beach just to see if they could. It’s really an amazing technological accomplishment and really the foundation of the modern world. I hope an alternative viable fuel gets developed soon, because this planet gets a whole helluva lot bigger without a working 747.

  42. 42
    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    @Schlemizel:

    I don’t think it is necessary. Some of my colleagues live in Ohio, NC, NY, etc, and dispatch from there. Hardly ever see them.

    They hire a lot of people out of the Navy, other service branches. Comm techs, etc. They’re used to moving around a lot.

  43. 43
    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    @Yutsano:

    I hope an alternative viable fuel gets developed soon, because this planet gets a whole helluva lot bigger without a working 747.

    I know. I look at my air mileage, think of the carbon footprint and cringe.

    It surprises me how cranky people get about flying. It’s damn near a miracle that this works at all, and you’re gonna complain because they’re out of peanuts?

  44. 44

    Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of my first date with my now-husband. On Jan 12, 2003, the day was brilliantly sunny but bitter cold. Since we couldn’t really walk around town, we ended up going to his home, which you are NOT! supposed to do on your first date with someone you met on Match.com, but it was just too freakin cold. Yesterday it was cloudy and about 50. We strolled through town for about 45 minutes.

  45. 45
    Just One More Canuck says:

    @BGinCHI: I would say you’re overqualified

  46. 46
    Corner Stone says:

    @RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist: I don’t mind the flying but I find the last couple years a couple things a) even a short flight like 3 hours or so really takes it out of me and b) even with all the tech tools at my disposal I seem to lose a half day of productivity no matter what workarounds I try.

  47. 47
    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    @Corner Stone:

    I don’t mind the flying but I find the last couple years a couple things a) even a short flight like 3 hours or so really takes it out of me and b) even with all the tech tools at my disposal I seem to lose a half day of productivity no matter what workarounds I try.

    Exactly. I love the work I do, but the distances between tasks keep me in limbo. That’s why I beef about travel: I’d rather be doing something productive and fun for 8 hours a day than being paid for 12 hours, 8 of which is getting there and back.

  48. 48
    Yutsano says:

    @RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist: I’m pretty picky about the airlines I’ll take (seriously, Alaska is worth the dinero) so that helps a bit there. Plus you might want to have your company look into purchasing carbon offsets for your flights. They sell those through Expedia I know.

  49. 49
    handsmile says:

    @BGinCHI:

    Get in line, pal, it’s already out the door and around the block. And if that sheepskin you’re clutching’s not issued from Cambridge, New York, or DC, you’re shit outta luck. Go write on that Faceblog thing.

    @Amir Khalid:
    @BGinCHI:

    Sorry Liverpool failed to show up for the first 45 today; second half heroics just not enough, sadly. That Sturridge/Suarez partnership looks promising. But do tell why Borini is on the pitch? (oh and no razzing about Arse-nal; most of that memorabilia is in the dustbin.)

  50. 50
    Anoniminous says:

    @BGinCHI:

    A lack of higher cognitive functions. A degree in Derp from some third rate bible school. An inability to write such that the first sentence in a paragraph has a valid logical connection to the last sentence in the paragraph.

    Despite rumors, having undergone a pre-frontal lobotomy is NOT a requirement. But it does push you higher on the list.

  51. 51
    Schlemizel says:

    @Corner Stone:

    I worked field service for a few years and think that lost productivity is just part of the job. Sometimes its running a test you know would work because you have to eliminate the possibility, others its trying to see what is not happening that should or waiting for some esoteric bit of info from the development team.

    To me the hardest part then was letting the customer know you were actually working & not just sitting around killing time.

  52. 52
    Jay S says:

    I just saw this ad yesterday, via facebook:

    Seattle Tilth
    Get this, we’re seeking THREE people to join our team! New position just posted: Community Kitchens NW Program Mgr. Other positions: Experiential Education Program Mgr and Resource Conservation Program Mgr. People of color encouraged to apply.
    Current employment opportunities at Seattle Tilth.

  53. 53
    handsmile says:

    @Corner Stone: , @Yutsano:

    Yes, it’s not the flying, I love the flying. Being airborne, peering out the window, gets me to musing about the very things Y. writes above (#41).

    It’s the physical and emotional endurance required at airports and the Kafkaesque airline companies that makes the current experience of air travel so wretched.

    Eno’s Music for Airports could not now be more ludicrous.

  54. 54
    Tom Levenson says:

    For some reason, I get junk-ish email from the Digiday folks. They just sent me the link to their jobs board. They do digital marketing, media and advertising, so folks can poke around there if that’s of interest.

  55. 55
    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    @handsmile:

    I’m finding through frequent exposure that competence varies widely among airlines. I will avoid American as much as possible after seeing the way they routinely botch boarding and turn minor issues into frustrating hassles.

    I do like the actual flying, which even after dozens of flights in the last 4 months still seems nearly magical. And I find ways to make the ‘down time’ of travel partially productive.

  56. 56
    PaulW says:

    I might be getting a full-time job offer in the next few days, wish me luck.

  57. 57
    negative 1 says:

    I got emailed with a Corporate Tax Accountant’s position last week. They want 3-8 yrs experience plus familiarity with corptax software, Boston area. Bachelor in accounting preferred, they are paying under scale for your services, but if anyone is interested I can forward the info.

  58. 58
    WaterGirl says:

    @Raven: Hey Raven, did you end up looking into that active release therapy that someone posted a link to this week? It looked kind of interesting.

    I googled locally, just for kicks, and there are two people who do that here in CU, so it must not just be a big city thing.

  59. 59
    Yutsano says:

    @PaulW: LUCK!!

  60. 60
    J. Michael Neal says:

    I’m still looking for an accounting position. I’ve trued USA Jobs. I’ve tried the IRS. I’ve tried places I have connections.

    No one wants someone with a master’s degree for an entry level position. I don’t have much in the way of accounting experience so I can’t get anything that’s not entry level. No one will hire someone who has been unemployed for seven years either way.

    I think that the rules are that I’m supposed to curl up and die so that I stop bothering human resources people around the Twin Cities.

  61. 61
    WaterGirl says:

    @BGinCHI: Well, you’re intelligent, funny, and not a blowhard. So at first blush, I’d have to say you don’t stand a chance.

  62. 62
    Schlemizel says:

    @J. Michael Neal:

    Mike, I would deff take the Masters degree off the resume if you are going to settle on an entry level job.

    Not sure how you want to handle the employment gap, you could start by not dating your resume (which can go either way as far as getting you noticed). If they ask you can always tell them you made a bundle & thought you would live off it forever but have now changed your mind. That might be sorta true

  63. 63
    BGinCHI says:

    @WaterGirl: BG Fail.

  64. 64
    J. Michael Neal says:

    @Schlemizel: One thing I’m debating with myself is whether or not, on the USA Jobs site, to just go ahead and claim my Asperger’s as a disability. No idea whether that would help or not.

  65. 65
    negative 1 says:

    @J. Michael Neal: have you taken the CPA exam? Sit for it, pass, apply to local CPA firms telling them you’re just looking for hours for the license. Eventually one wants someone who can do the work but that they can grab at a discount with no long term commitment. You’ll get experience that way.
    Also, take computer science classes. Most accountants don’t want to go into IT auditing for some reason, which is a huge opportunity. Just a suggestion if you’re frustrated.

  66. 66
    J. Michael Neal says:

    @negative 1: I passed all for of them. It hasn’t helped me in the slightest. I made all of the rounds of CPA firms in town and none of them wanted me.

    And I already dropped about $15,000 on the MAcc degree. I’m not really in a position where I can keep taking classes, given what they cost now.

  67. 67
    Ruckus says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    Work rate?

    The crap they turn out shouldn’t take more than about 1-2 hrs per week. Goes like this:
    1. Get loaded, drunk or both
    2. Sit at keyboard with eyes closed and stab at keys for 30-45 minutes, trying to remember to use punctuation.
    3. Repeat #1
    4. Repeat #2
    5. Collect check. I think they call that profit.

  68. 68
    Schlemizel says:

    @J. Michael Neal:

    I have never mentioned mine before they hired me. like so many other things I have no idea if it helps or hurts chances but think it is not helpful.

    I had to fill out a long form for this job after I was hired so I gave it all to them.

    Have you tried contract houses? Maybe they could get you a couple of 6 month gigs, at least it would be a start

  69. 69
    Ruckus says:

    @RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist:
    Had a job that I traveled about 30 weeks a year. Mostly by air. The flying part was OK except when I had to sit next to a really fat person, who always seemed to get the middle seat and would always sit down before me in the window seat, and would make like it is the end of the world to have to get up so that I could squeeze into the 12 inches left to me. Once the person would not get back up so I crawled over him. I may have injured his groin area in doing so.

  70. 70
    J. Michael Neal says:

    @Schlemizel: Yep. I’ve called the temp agencies. I haven’t figured out any way to get them to advance my name for anything but really oddball positions that come along once every six months or so and I haven’t gotten any of those.

  71. 71
    Mnemosyne says:

    @Schlemizel:

    I think negative 1 may be onto something. Drop the MAcc from your resume but leave the CPA testing (and results, if they were good) and see if that helps. If you have any tax experience at all, you may be able to find temporary/contract work at tax prep places which will at least give you another entry on your resume.

    Also, I’ve been advised to start leaving dates off my degrees so I don’t automatically get weeded out for being “too old” for a position.

    And keep writing, damn it. You will feel much, much better about yourself and come across better in calls and interviews if your self-image is as a writer looking for a day job to pay the bills rather than as a desperate failed accountant.

  72. 72
    Ruckus says:

    @RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist:
    Going to apply, one never knows. Do the ages of techs vary a lot? I’m basically an old geezer on the verge of retiring but would like to work a few more years. Don’t mind the travel but would rather live in the LA area. Had enough of snow.

  73. 73
    J. Michael Neal says:

    @Mnemosyne: 11,000 words into the second draft of Chapter 8 right now. The writing is going fine. Actually, my self-image is fine; it’s my opinion of the rest of the world that takes a continuous pounding.

  74. 74
    Ruckus says:

    @Mnemosyne:
    I recently took all the dates off my resume but so far it hasn’t made any difference.

  75. 75
    MazeDancer says:

    Real jobs info for jobs thread:

    Gartner International is a global consultancy that is growing. (They’re the leader in IT/info research and advising.) They are constantly hiring. Mostly in their sales/client services department. But in their other areas as well, from IT research to accountants to events planners.

    It’s a company scrambling to keep up with their expanding hiring needs. So you will be working in a upbeat atmosphere, not a downsizing threat of layoffs atmosphere.

    http://www.gartner.com/technol.....itions.jsp

    I know someone who works there and thought about the BJ jobs threads when they were describing the place. So hope people looking for jobs scroll down and see this.

    Apparently, they do not care how old you are. They do not care if you currently unemployed. They care who you are. If you have customer service skills, personality, energy, brains, you can get hired. They need talent.

    Yes, you might have to relocate, but they have offices in many places. (Training, paid for by them, of course, will be in Florida, though.)

    If you need a job, an actual good job, where you can grow and expand, especially if you feel like you’re geographically challenged by the economy in your area, it can’t hurt to check out the almost 200 jobs listed on their site.

  76. 76
    MazeDancer says:

    @J. Michael Neal:

    Are the jobs listings at GlassDoor.com real? Like here’s accounting in Minneapolis: http://www.glassdoor.com/GD/Jo.....Id=1142551

    Or is it like send a resume, nothing happens kind of thing?

  77. 77
    WaterGirl says:

    I see tons of job openings for IT support people of all kinds at the university of illinois in urbana-champaign. I see notices in email, but I’m sure they are listed on a website that you could find with google.

    They were eliminating these kinds of positions 3 years ago, which is why I took early retirement, but now of course I can’t apply unless I want to return 3 years worth of retirement payments. Now it looks like they are creating a new batch of positions.

  78. 78
    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    @BGinCHI: Semi-seriously, become a speech writer. Wasn’t that Noonan’s path? David Frum was also a speech writer. So I guess that volunteering for a candidate and sullying oneself with all that professional politics entails (entrails?) is one way to proceed.

    I wonder what the hell I can do besides being an adjunct faculty member till I stroke out at 87 in front of a classroom of 20-somethings. (Oh, shoot, did that sound a little bitter?) I feel like someone changed the rules on me from what I was told as a child of the 60’s/70’s (graduated high school in 1980): work hard, get a degree, get a job and be happy. What a schmuck. There are fewer and fewer full-time positions these days, especially if all you’ve got is an M.A. from a school mostly known as a Playboy party school (Cal. State U., Chico).

  79. 79
    ruemara says:

    It’s been freezing, here in mid-North Cali. I’m still underemployed and looking, but I figured it would be best not to do much until I stop being a guinea pig for medications. Fingers crossed, I think this is the right combo, now I just have to work out the dosage. Then, PROFIT! Good Luck, Paul! And J.M.N., I’m sorry. The world is super stupid sometimes and the people, even more so.

  80. 80
    hitchhiker says:

    friend of mine posted on fb the other day that her company is hiring here in seattle area.

    link: http://www.playnetwork.com/#/our-company/careers/

  81. 81
    Nutella says:

    Not about jobs, but a fun picture that turned up in my Twitter stream.

    Translation of text is “The Flying Spaghetti monster flying over the streets of Jerusalem”.

    ETA: May the FSM bless everyone’s job search. Amen.

  82. 82
    BGinCHI says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.): Being an adjunct indeed sucks. I did it for several years.

    About about doing an MLS and try to get a good gig in a library? I’ve had quite a few students do that and get good employment.

    Without a PhD it’s very, very tough market.

  83. 83
    BArry says:

    Soonergrunt: “It’s cold here. 25 degrees F. I know it’s colder in other places, but this is Oklahoma. This is very cold for this part of the country. Cue some dumbass conservative: “It’s cold so climate change isn’t real suckit lib, lol!””

    I imagine the continuing massive drought will persuade some of them; to bad there’s no way to have all of the pain inflicted on the deniers. They deserve it.

  84. 84
    mea says:

    If anyone is trying to navigate the usajobs site to land a federal job, follow the directions and do NOT leave the year off your degree. What might be very good advice in the private sector could get your resume tossed by human resources when you try for a government sector job. The human resources folks there are really, really picky about complete dates and information.

    When in doubt, ask. They won’t help at all about telling you who is doing the actual hiring, but they will help explain the process. And don’t leave a federal job application until the last day!! It can take time to do it right (right = being honest and truthful AND putting a strong tailored application into the pile)

    And the preferences for veterans? I believe that it is all agencies not just DOD. So if you are a vet, feel great about your chances when applying for jobs for which you are also strongly qualified. If you are not a vet, factor that into your decision-making, but don’t let it discourage you from applying to jobs for which you are strongly qualified. The vets get a preference, but that means help being put in the top of the pile, not the ability to get the job in all cases.

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