Mid-day Balloon-Jobs Thread

We haven’t had one of these in a while.  You all know how it works.  If you need work or know of people who do, post some basic resume/work wanted info and so forth.  If you have work or know of people who do, post that.  Let’s help each other out.

As always from me, please check out http:www.usajobs.gov because the US Federal government is a great employer, and we’re still hiring.

On a side note, Judge (COL) Lind has approved at least part of the Defense motion to combine charges for sentencing purposes, and reduced PFC Manning’s punitive exposure from a maximum of 136 years to a new maximum of 90 years.  Many of the people I’ve talked to expect a sentence in the 10 to 20 year range.  Testimony is continuing today with more personnel from the State Department.    Open thread.

One more thing: Drunk fish have no fear of robots.

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    And androids do dream of electric sheep.


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    NotMax says:

    Drunk fish have no fear of robots.

    Somewhat difficult to drink a fish.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @NotMax: Super Bass-o-Matic to the rescue.

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    As always from me, please check out http:www.usajobs.gov because the US Federal government is a great employer, and we’re still hiring.

    Impossible. Government never created a single job.

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    Eric U. says:

    I’ve heard that putting alcohol in a fish tank is a pretty good way to kill all the fish.

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    Mandalay says:

    @Tom Levenson: OT: In case you missed it, there is an interview with David Epstein on Fresh Air here. That guy knows a lot of stuff.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @👾 Martin: we steal them from the private sector, or so I’ve been told.

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    hildebrand says:

    It would be nice to think that the list could help – but academic hiring is simply the worst. You hope like hell that you somehow break through the sheer numbers of applicants and actually get a phone interview, maybe even an on-campus interview – but there isn’t a lot of hope out there. Your odds tank if you made the mistake of not getting your doctorate from one of the big name schools – even if you have a stellar teaching record, a good number of publications (six articles in the last two years, two books in the negotiation stage), service (even though you are not a tenure-track or tenured type), and graduate faculty status (as a lecturer).

    Sorry, just feeling a bit blue/cantankerous about my chances.

    I am a Medievalist with a focus on church history, specifically the papacy. I also do Religious Studies. I have seven years of full-time state college teaching experience. I have taught surveys, upper division courses, grad classes, and study abroad courses (the last four summers) – I think I have taught 16 different classes. My student evaluations are some of the highest in the college of arts and humanities at my university. If anybody wants to put in a good word or give me a heads up for a position, I would be most appreciative.

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    Mandalay says:

    To make Cole happy….

    The owners of dogs that attack and kill someone could face life in prison under new proposals for England and Wales.

    The current maximum prison sentence for allowing a dog that kills or injures someone to be dangerously out of control is two years.

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    @hildebrand: I have no inside track — your field is a long way from mine. But shoot me an email with some details and I’ll ask around.

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    EconWatcher says:

    Maybe I missed it, but I haven’t seen a thread to complain about Obama pushing Larry Summers as Fed chair. So I’m forced to use this one.

    Seriously, Larry Summers may be the biggest jerk in Washington. A bold statement, I know, but I think his record warrants it.

    He’s a classic VSP. Often wrong but never in doubt. He managed to dis just about everyone who was more prescient than he was leading into the financial crisis (a large crowd). He’s one of the geniuses who thought it was a great idea to leave credit default swaps and other derivatives entirely unregulated. He has to be one of the greatest recent examples of failing upwards.

    And he’s just temperamentally unsuited for any job that requires more diplomatic skills than a junkyard dog. For better or worse, markets follow every syllable that the Fed chair says, and can go haywire from the slightest inaptly worded statement. Does this sound like a job for Larry Summers? Larry frickin’ Summers?

    What is Obama thinking?

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    lamh36 says:

    @EconWatcher: wait a minute I thought I read somewhere he was looking at Geithner

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    raven says:

    @hildebrand: Here’s a link to a major university system employment page.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    @Eric U.: Well at least they die happy!

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    Billy Dilly says:

    Well I am in the warehousing field, done some Shipping and Receiving. Also I did some work in Deliveries, I live in the Seattle/Tacoma area so if there any shout outs I’d appreciate it.

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    maurinsky says:

    I had to read some of Summers’ publications for a research paper I was writing in Microeconomics last term, and the ones I read were so….nothing. Just nothing of any value in them. This was all stuff he wrote during the Clinton era, he was very excited about the opening of international trade barriers, but I walked away with a dim view of him.

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    raven says:

    I wrote an email to a new hire about a project he will be working on. His reply started with “thanks for reaching out to me”. Jesus, no one has ever actually said that to me, that a bummer.

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    Ajabu says:

    Nothing any of you can do for me except buy an occasional CD from my website (as a jazz musician I have to create my own venues). If you want the website info, let me know.
    HOWEVER, my wife recently left a job as a Catholic school principal and is having a terrible time finding a position. (She hasn’t been unemployed in 25 years and it’s doing a job on her psychologically)
    As a Catholic Principal she wasn’t required to be certified. Public schools require that — which she can get, but it’s a process. In the interim, she can’t get anything lower level because, with a decade of admin.
    experience, she’s overqualified. Please help. Masters in Ed. Leadership, extraordinary skills,and, so as not to waste anyone’s time, African American. Apparently, in response to President Obama leading the country, lots of schools have decided it’s problematic to have a Black person in charge of white teachers.
    Appreciate the leads. We’re currently in Georgia but from California (and would be happy to go home…)

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    lamh36 says:

    Next months Ebony magazine will have 4 separate covers. The issue is about the Zimmerman trial and how it as spurred renewed interest in AA community for activism against racial profiling and inequality. The covers have the remaining members of the Martin family and 3 big name AA celeb fathers with their sons. You can check out the pics here: http://instagram.com/ebonymagazine

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    I write well; totally awesome to get some writing or editing offers.
    Feel free to put a note on my Facebook page. :)

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    Augie says:

    The problem with USAjobs.gov is that it is a REALLY involved, TEDIOUS, job application process. Like, you could ship off four resumes and cover letters to other employers in the time it takes you to fill out one job application with usajobs.gov

    I couldn’t really recommend it.

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    Butch says:

    Well, taking a chance that I don’t get caught here…..technical editor with a master’s in communications, division has gone from 1,200 a few years ago to 400 now and is shrinking fast and I don’t need a crystal ball to see the future. Problem is that I live in a pretty out of the way place….

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    Somewhat difficult to drink a fish.

    Depends on how big it is.

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    raven says:

    @Ajabu: Here’s a link to the small Catholic High School in Athens. I have no idea if they have any openings but a buddy of mine that teaches history left for a public school recently.

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    NotMax says:

    Have done all sorts of things, including running my own store (since closed) for over 25 years, teacher, journalism (print & TV), advertising agency numbers-cruncher and placement, and other jobs and avocations too numerous to list here.

    B.A. (triple major) and M.A.

    At this point, at-home work of any type on the ol’ computer machine would be ideal, with editing/proofreading/transcribing a beloved specialty.

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    geg6 says:

    We have a few positions open on my campus. Go to http://psu.jobs/Search/Opportunities.html and put in Beaver campus. Here’s what we have:

    Education Program Associate 1
    Campus/Location: Penn State Beaver Date Announced: 07/24/2013
    Work Unit: Penn State Beaver Job Number: 40097
    Department: Academic Affairs Level/Salary Band/Classification: 01 – G – Non-exempt

    Perform academic and administrative support functions related to the administration of Adult Education Literacy Programs with an emphasis on adult education. May work with other grant programs as assigned. Schedule and conduct intake interviews with potential clients; prepare educational assessments and placement recommendations; coordinate learning plans with appropriate faculty and agencies; maintain student and program records; collect and analyze data; assist in the preparation of reports and presentations. Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree plus one year of work related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. This is a fixed-term appointment funded through June 30, 2014 with fair possibility of re-funding. This is an 80% full-time equivalency (FTE) job. Will work 32 hours per week. Full Penn State benefits included.

    College Student Personal and Career Counselor
    Campus/Location: Penn State Beaver Date Announced: 07/22/2013
    Work Unit: Penn State Beaver Job Number: 40063
    Department: Student Affairs Level/Salary Band/Classification: 03 – H – Exempt

    Penn State Beaver, a small university campus in Monaca, PA, seeks an innovative and caring individual committed to enhancing student success. The counselor provides low to moderate level mental health support and conducts developmental training to facilitate college student adjustment and career development. The position serves as a liaison and campus consultant making appropriate referrals for psychological follow up and career matters with community agencies, professionals and employers. The counselor conducts student assessments and improves the quality of available resources. Participation in relevant trainings, workshop presentations, development groups and other duties as assigned. Candidate should demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and organizational ability, follow-through, initiative, energy, attention to detail, and an ability to work with students. Collaboration with staff/faculty in student personal counseling and programs complimenting classroom instruction is a priority. Typically requires a Master’s degree or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience working with adolescents and/or college students and holding a PA Professional Counselor license preferred. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

    Laboratory Preparation Technician (Life Science Laboratories)
    Campus/Location: Penn State Beaver Date Announced: 07/18/2013
    Work Unit: Penn State Beaver Job Number: 39450
    Department: Beaver Grade: 05

    Prepare and oversee the preparation of various slides, culture media, and other materials for use in biology and microbiology laboratory exercises; maintain both live and preserved specimens in proper manner, and assure of proper disposal. Prepare and oversee the preparation of chemicals and reagent solutions for use in various laboratory courses. Maintain laboratories and stockrooms in an orderly condition; check fire and safety equipment; bring old or hazardous materials to the attention of appropriate person for safe disposition. Develop and maintain an effective inventory of materials, supplies, and equipment; confer with faculty members to determine course needs; order materials, supplies, and equipment based on faculty instructions or recommendations; determine ordering information, costs, vendors, etc. from vendor catalogues; receive and verify incoming shipments. Assist faculty in assembly, use, and disassembly of materials and equipment prior to and after laboratory sessions; assist faculty in various laboratory and classroom demonstrations. Stock and maintain student equipment lockers and shelf chemicals with necessary laboratory supplies and equipment based on courses being offered; oversee students during periods of check-in and check-out for laboratory courses. Perform and oversee proper maintenance of animal and greenhouse facilities, including care and feeding of animals on prescribed schedules, and care of greenhouse specimens as prescribed. Oversee and perform cleaning and inventory of laboratory glassware and other reuseable materials. Assist faculty by requesting Audio-Visual equipment and material; instruct in the set-up and use of audio-visual equipment, and operate equipment for movies, slides, video tapes, etc. Check operation of student laboratory equipment to assure proper working order; arrange for maintenance and repair as necessary; calibrate certain equipment using standard methods and procedures; maintain cleanliness and preventive maintenance of equipment. Maintain and operate the various storerooms prior to, during, and after the closing of each academic term; assure proper stores are on hand; dispense and replenish items; inventory and order materials. Instruct students in the use of various laboratory equipment and apparatus. Assign and oversee the work of part-time, student work-study, or CETA personnel as assigned to the laboratory. Organize and maintain catalogues and inventory files. Job Requirements: Requires the use of mathematics, together with the use of complicated specifications, charts, tables, and various types of precision measuring instruments. Equivalent to one to three years applied trades training in laboratory type work.Over one up to and including two years effective experience. 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Great place to work, Juicers!

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    liberal says:

    Near the beginning of Obama’s first term my dad claimed that Obama is overly impressed by people with certain academic credentials (Harvard, etc). Seems to be reasonably predictive as a model of what O is doing.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    As Senator Pittypat patronizingly praises Obama for learning the lessons of Benghazi, an assertion unchallenged by any liberal media solons, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy PDB Day

    On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda. That morning’s “presidential daily brief” — the top-secret document prepared by America’s intelligence agencies — featured the now-infamous heading: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal.

    Still nine shopping days till “Okay, You’ve Covered Your Ass” Day.

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    @EconWatcher: Kay, I, PeakVT, Roger Moore have been discussing it in the thread below.

    Also posted about it on my blog, last week. Larry Summers do not want.

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    flukebucket says:

    Just saw where another responsible gun owner lost his shit and killed three in Pennsylvania last night. Oh well. Nothing we can do about that I guess.

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    raven says:

    @geg6: Damn, that first one is right in my wheelhouse!

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    Steve S says:

    I’m helping build a business that I really believe in. It’s a web services company. The three of us really, really know our stuff. If you need web sites built, graphic-designed, hosted, maintained, taken over from a developer you’re not satisfied with, or promoted through SEO, shoot me an email. I’ll get back to you with links to our portfolio and we can start a discussion about what you need.



    (take out the 9’s)

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    NotMax says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist

    Also the anniversary date of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    Ten to twenty years too long.

    Whatever it takes, though, to protect the Bush/Obama war legacy.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Augie: I didn’t say it was great. Only that the employer is great, and that USAJOBS is the only way to apply for those positions unless one is a specialist doctor.

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    ruemara says:

    I’m still waiting to hear back from my 2nd interview. And my touching base email of 2 weeks ago. I don’t even know if I should apply for anything more at all. Maybe I need career counseling to see what I can actually do, instead of what I’ve been doing.

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    Looking for 3 accountants and help desk personnel in Ann Arbor/Detroit area
    Operations analyst, research analyst and 2 paralegals in Orange County CA
    Account manager for an east coast territory
    my nym at g mail

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    Trollhattan says:


    What would they make of this guy?


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    Comrade Colette Collaboratrice says:

    The City and County of San Francisco, CA is hiring like crazy. We need everybody in every area – public works, public health, HR, social services, finance, transit, you name it. I work for the Planning Dept.; we have or will soon have openings for planners at all levels from recent college grad up to Director of Citywide Planning. As with any gubmint job, it’s a long, tedious, involved process to get on a civil service list and then into a position, but once you do, you get good pay, good benefits, and often interesting work. My colleagues are smart, engaged, and dedicated – exactly the opposite of the public servant stereotype I’d feared being stuck with before I started working here. Of course, if you’re not in the SF Bay Area, you’d eventually have to move here, but there are worse places.

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    Ajabu says:

    Well, as long as my wife is unemployed and it all depends on my dangerously nebulous income to feed and house the family – here’s my website in case any Juicers would like to invest in a CD or two or three.
    Or perhaps the DVD?


    Thanks guys!

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    WereBear says:

    I am looking for someone with WordPress/server experience to tech and tweak my growing cat blog a few times a year. For instance, I got tangled up in Cloudflare trying to optimize my page load speed, and didn’t know what to do next, and I don’t speak Apache.

    Contact page on my site.

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    Trollhattan says:

    Even though the WaPo-Bezos thing has been beaten to a pulp, there’s still room for the Borowitz take:

    Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, told reporters today that his reported purchase of the Washington Post was a “gigantic mix-up,” explaining that he had clicked on the newspaper by mistake.

    “I guess I was just kind of browsing through their website and not paying close attention to what I was doing,” he said. “No way did I intend to buy anything.”

    Mr. Bezos said he had been oblivious to his online shopping error until earlier today, when he saw an unusual charge for two hundred and fifty million dollars on his American Express statement.


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    The Moar You Know says:

    HOWEVER, my wife recently left a job as a Catholic school principal and is having a terrible time finding a position. (She hasn’t been unemployed in 25 years and it’s doing a job on her psychologically)
    As a Catholic Principal she wasn’t required to be certified. Public schools require that — which she can get, but it’s a process. In the interim, she can’t get anything lower level because, with a decade of admin.
    experience, she’s overqualified. Please help. Masters in Ed. Leadership, extraordinary skills,and, so as not to waste anyone’s time, African American. Apparently, in response to President Obama leading the country, lots of schools have decided it’s problematic to have a Black person in charge of white teachers.
    Appreciate the leads. We’re currently in Georgia but from California (and would be happy to go home…)

    @Ajabu: First off, sorry, that sucks.

    Now, the problem: In Cali, you cannot get hired in public education, period, without certification/credentialing. She’ll just have to suck it up and get the admin credential. And she should.

    Also: thanks to “Race to the Top” and “No Child Left Behind’, principals of public schools are responsible for their test scores and can be shitcanned if those scores don’t show year-over-year improvement. We have a fair number of job openings for principals in California. It’s not because not enough people got trained or certified. It’s test scores. And the job, for want of a better term, fucking sucks. You make maybe 20% more than a teacher and deal with about 1000% more bullshit. Parents, the board, the kids, the teachers – for every one of them the principal is the first punching bag. She’s also going to have to deal with the special ed kids and the behavioral issues kids and the violent kids and a bunch of surrounding issues that I know Catholic school admins don’t have to deal with, as they can and do just throw those kids out. Not so in the public schools.

    I wish you and her all the luck.

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    Not my gig but Upworthy is hiring, some of the jobs include benefits and I think a few of them are work-from-home gigs. Check it out.

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    raven says:

    @Ajabu: Takin me back to the Hamp!

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    ruemara says:

    @Comrade Colette Collaboratrice: Yeah, but would they consider someone from not quite in the SF Bay Area? I get the impression they believe Capital Corridor commuting is too traumatic for people to do on a regular basis.

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    Trollhattan says:

    Good luck. Have ridden that same avalanche myself and despite taking on as many billable tasks unrelated to editing as I could find, I eventually ran out of slope.

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    El Caganer says:

    @Ted & Hellen: Agree that it’s too long – I’d let him go with time served (not that I have any say in it). Given what’s come out so far about the proceedings, though, it might be a whole lot more than 10-20.

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    In other economics related news Raghuram Rajan, formerly of the UChicago, one of the saner voices profiled in the Inside Job, but since been absorbed by the banking Borg is to head the Reserve Bank of India, India’s Central Bank.

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    gbear says:

    @raven: I’d be willing to say that to a new boss who actually took time to explain things to me. So many supervisors hate supervising and don’t like to be bothered with the difficulties that their employees are having performing their jobs. My boss’s usual suggestion is to go ask a coworker, although if you come to him and say you’re getting advice from certain coworkers, he’ll tell you to not take their advice. He creates a climate where no one feels like they’re learning anything about how to do their job.

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    raven says:

    @gbear: The sentiment is great, I know that “reach out” is common in stuff like TV news. I just never had a real person say it to me. This fellow is new and we’ll be working together, no hierarchy for this old goat. I’ll probably be too casual for him.

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    Want a challenge? Planned Parenthood of Middle & East TN is seeking a senior field organizer.

    Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee (PPMET) is currently seeking to hire a full time Senior Field Organizer to carry out grassroots advocacy work in Tennessee. The Senior Field Organizer will implement strategic plans to build Planned Parenthood’s base of supporters and keep them engaged with the organization across the state.

    The Senior Field Organizer will be based out of Nashville. Candidates must be able to work flexible hours, including evening hours and weekends when needed. Travel throughout the state is required.

    Need someone good for this position. Preferably with their own private security.

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    Ajabu says:

    @The Moar You Know:
    Now, the problem: In Cali, you cannot get hired in public education, period, without certification/credentialing. She’ll just have to suck it up and get the admin credential. And she should.

    I know. And she will. Our son & grandchildren are back in California and we need to go back.
    The problem remains that she got too comfortable in Catholic education and now we have a lengthy process (including C-BEST) to deal with before she’s eligible. If she could find something outside public education that would utilize her formidable skills, she’d grab it. We both know the downside of public education but someone who loves being a role model for children just does what they have to do.
    Right now, we have to find her a suitable J-O-B.

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    Butch says:

    @Trollhattan: That’s what’s happening here. If we’re not billable we have to use vacation to fill the timecard to 40 hours. I am way, way in negative numbers on vacation and the problem doesn’t look to be getting any better.

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    Ajabu says:


    Hamp was my childhood hero. Saw him get out of the wheelchair at 91 & play a tune.
    Hope I’m still upright at the age.
    Buy a CD!! You’ll love it.

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    raven says:

    @Southern Beale: Body armor and ammo?

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    PaulW says:

    I’m coming up on my 6-month anniversary at work here at the Bartow Public Library. I’m hoping to make it past probation.

    I just want to note that being out of full-time work for 4 years was a mental drain, and so for everyone out there facing the long-term struggles of finding good employment, I am with you. Keep going, keep looking, keep interviewing.

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    Comrade Colette Collaboratrice says:

    @ruemara: As best I can tell, we don’t care where you live as long as you show up at work when you’re supposed to be here. Until a few weeks ago I worked closely with a guy at another City agency who commuted from Irvine (400+ miles, for the non-Californians). He quit because he couldn’t stand it anymore (duh!) but it hadn’t stopped him from being hired.

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    Glenda says:

    Job openings in the Cedar Rapids Iowa area at the Grant Wood AEA (http://www.gwaea.org) for a Reading Program Consultant (Master of Education needed along with Iowa certification), Programmer (probably Coldfusion/HTML/JavaScript preferred, but not required), Secretary (high school diploma), and off-site teacher (Bachelor of Education needed along with Iowa certification).

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    raven says:

    @Ajabu: OK, I’m trying to get Back to the Islands. I sent an email asked requested and then hit the paypal link (three times) and I get an error message. CD baby pops it up to almost $18. Talk to me.

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    Mike in NC says:

    I subscribe to Virtual Vocations, an email list of work from home opportunities. Nothing has materialized for me, but maybe someone else will luck out.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    Well, the job gods have finally taken pity on me. I am in the final leg of the hiring process for a pretty sweet position as an environmental floodplain manager for the state of Floriduh. Apparently I will get my first ever business credit card, which I suppose means I will need to actually own a suit and get used to taking two hour naps while in regional airport lounges.

    Does anyone have any experience dealing with FEMA NFIP that might want to pass along some wisdom?

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    geg6 says:


    Aw come on, you know you want to move to Beaver County, PA and hang out with me and Koda and Otis and John. ;-)

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    raven says:

    @geg6: I crashed on someone’s floor in State College on my way to see the Allmans in the summer of 71!

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    raven says:

    @Ajabu: Killin it on the Sunset Jazz vids!

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    Skippy-san says:

    The government is a great employer-but getting hired by it is very hard. Its the biggest piece of insider trading I know. USA Jobs gives you the idea there is a level playing field-but most HR offices ensure it is not. Nothing is more unsatisfying then applying for a job you know you are qualified for and not making the cert.

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    raven says:

    @Arm The Homeless: I have a buddy, PhD in geology from Vandy, that has worked for FEMA for years. He really likes it but he spends a great deal of time in motels in awful places.

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    aymp says:

    If you are in the Boston area, I’m trying to fill a .NET developer position, and an Online Marketing Manager role at an education company. Full time with benefits.

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    TrishB says:

    I’m an IT consultant in the Cinci area, and from what I can tell my company is always hiring experienced folks. Sogeti is a division of Cap-Gemini and I see new hiring notices weekly. A few years back, I sent my resume and an have had a gig ever since.

    Also, a neighbor does recruiting for Ohio school districts and she is looking for a high school French teacher for the Bethel-Tate district.

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    john says:

    I don’t post frequently, but I am a longtime lurker. I live in the San Fernando Valley and have been looking for work for about 3 months now. I have an extensive IT background and was director of IT for several small companies. I have excellent customer service skills and my technical skills are not bad either. Anyway, if you know of a job in the Los Angeles area, It would be appreciated. I am just looking for a stable position in a good company.

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    kindness says:

    So sorry to hear about George Duke’s passing. I saw Zappa at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester NY in 1975 & George Duke was an integral part of his band (the Apostrophy/Roxy & Elsewhere era). Sad, sad, sad.

    Say hello to Frank for me George.

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    Bobby D says:

    OK, long shot, but what the heck:

    I am a mid-career, 40yo env engineer, currently managing the environmental division of a military installation. I have five direct reports who are engineers, chemists, etc. Located in SoCal and not looking to relocate, but looking to get out of the public sector (or at least the federal govt, anyway). Not a PE, and no desire to be. Bachelors in Civil, Masters degree in an Admin field. Broad background in water, natural resources, capital projects, NEPA, etc.

    Liberal, for sure. Reasonably active in politics (mostly via donations, as free time is in short supply), most recently in Obama and Elizabeth Warren campaigns.

    Open to LA, Riverside/IE, Palm Springs, San Diego. Possibly Vegas if the opportunity is compelling. Not sure how to establish contact, as I’m not exactly stoked on putting my email out there for every spambot to snag.

    Anyway, if there is a need to connect, I trust our gracious blog hosts can arrange communication.

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    Shinobi (@shinobi42) says:

    Looking: Entry level Help Desk/IT/Customer Service in the Chicago area. Very hard working member of the long term unemployed.

    Hiring: Java Developers in the Chicago area


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    geg6 says:


    Well, Beaver County is NOT Happy Valley, but we are also not in the boondocks either. We have Pittsburgh. And John Cole only about an hour away.

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    Ajabu says:


    Good Googa Mooga! You’re just chasing down my whole career.
    Glad you like it.
    (Try Virgin Islands Rhythm Section on YouTube.)

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    Shinobi (@shinobi42) says:

    Looking: Entry level Help Desk/IT/Customer Service in the Chicago area. Very hard working member of the long term unemployed.

    Hiring: Java Developers in the Chicago area

    Me42 at gmail

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    brendancalling says:

    I’m a professional grant writer, mostly human services, in Philly. 7 years experience, solid resume. Second career is post-production. Resume and reel on request. Willing to relocate fir right situation, can telecommute as well.

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    elmo says:

    Damn, wish I’d visited earlier before the thread started to die.

    We are looking for an experienced technical writer with govt proposal experience, in Northern VA.
    We are looking for project managers with military/law enforcement experience, in multiple locations nationwide.
    We are also looking for administrative help.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    @raven: Yeah, I get the feeling that there is a lot of hanging out in bumfuck nowhere, getting to walk the swamps and backwaters of the South’s finest hellholes. But it’s a full forty hours and the pay is decent. Plus, I don’t have to write grants, which is a big win for me.

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    Aaron Fown says:

    @hildebrand: Science isn’t much better. I’m three years into my job search and I’m treading water at an IT job that is very close to what I was doing out of high school, for a third the pay and no benefits. At least it’s not a part time/min-wage job anymore. Much more of that and I would have been burning my master’s degrees for warmth. I can do anything (science, agriculture, IT, media), and I’m willing to move anywhere that doesn’t have heavy air pollution (smog allergies are the pits). Here is my CV.


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    Trollhattan says:


    And John Cole only about an hour away.

    Feature/bug? :-)

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    @Southern Beale:


    I’m not saying I want to see more gun violence, but there would be a pleasing irony in some forced birthers protesting at a clinic being gunned down by a scared patient trying to get past them.

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    Stefan BC says:

    Hi there! Former law student who is waiting on bar results and blogging to pass the time. I’ve written for Wonkette and the Good Men Project and live in Long Beach with my giant assortment of rescue animals.

    Here is my Linkedin profile for those who might be interested in giving me money

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    @Roger Moore:

    Can you IMAGINE what Fauxx News would do with that?? Seriously! OMG.

    Sounds like a satirical movie or something.

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    cdmarine says:

    If you are in the Chicago area, ByteManagers is hiring.

    Take a look at the Services section and see if any of that sounds like you. They’re primarily in the business of organizing and “cleansing” clients’ product data for ecommerce (thought that’s not all they do). If you’re good at research (and some steep learning curves), organizing ideas, and designing intuitive ways of presenting those ideas, then you’d fit right in.

    They’re hiring Project Managers, Consultants, Analysts, Jr. Analysts, Graphic Artists (Adobe Illustrator), Jr. Copywriters, Technical Reporting Analysts, and Software Developers.

    Some of these are full-time employment positions, and some of these are independent contractor situations. Working remotely is even a possibility if you’re an exceptional candidate, but they greatly prefer locals.

    If you’re keen on any additional info, please e-mail me at cdmarine at gmail dot com. I can send you job descriptions, tell you a bit more about the place, and put you in touch with the hiring manager.

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    @Comrade Colette Collaboratrice: Hmm, finance you say. My friend from this post (the Hypatia part) would be very interested in that. Thanks for the tip, I’ll send it to her.

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    Buffalo Rude says:

    Anyone who works or has worked in the real property title insurance business as a title reader/examiner, abstractor and/or escrow agent there is a demand for landmen and leasing agents. Hit me up at my nym, with no spaces and gmail affixed to the end. Yeah, you’re most likely gonna be indirectly working for Big Oil/Gas, the work is mostly contract or piece work and can sometimes be intermittent, but the pay is good if you’re willing to travel.

    That’s all I got.

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    Big R says:

    My officemate is looking for at least one, possibly two legal assistants. Bankruptcy or real estate experience preferred, hiring immediately. Memphis area (I live and practice in the Mississippi suburbs). Pay starts at $9/hr, but quick raises if you turn out to be competent. Tops out around $28K/yr.

    If interested, call me at 662-469-5342 (Google Voice) and I’ll get you more details.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Nothing any of you can do for me except buy an occasional CD from my website (as a jazz musician I have to create my own venues). If you want the website info, let me know.

    Marketing fail! There’s a place in the comment form, “URI,” right below your name and e-mail address, where you can stick in your Web site address. Then people can just click on your nym to go there. And it’ll be there for every comment you ever make on Balloon Juice!

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    Steeplejack says:


    That’s hilarious!

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    Steeplejack says:


    If we’re not billable we have to use vacation to fill the timecard to 40 hours.

    Is that even legal?! Even if it is, it is fucked up as hell.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Roger Moore: No, the scenerio that would work is a clinic worker who shoots a protestor because the clinic worker felt uneasy and threatened. And, Goddess knows, clinic workers must feel that every day they go to work.

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    2liberal says:

    My company Insight is an IT reseller based in Tempe AZ and is hiring for various positions all over the USA.


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    Ajabu says:


    Your wish is my command, mighty S.Jack.

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    Ajabu says:


    Hell, if I knew anything about marketing would I have copped to being a jazz musician?
    Or actually be one for that matter?

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    MazeDancer says:

    Gartner the tech research firm is always hiring. (Have friend who works there.) All over the world. And they’re just looking for talent, don’t care about age, etc. They mostly want sales people, but if you’re looking for a career switch, can’t hurt to look. Benefits on day 1. http://www.gartner.com/technol.....itions.jsp

    Also on the career switch theory, Idealist.org has listings of many non-profit jobs all over the world. Many non-profits who are looking to hire list there: http://www.idealist.org/search.....ished_date

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    Gordon, the Big Express Engine says:

    Looking for my sister in law for a position in curation or otherwise museum related. Willing to relocate. Seems like knowing people in this field is a must.

    Separately I am aware of a senior financial position that has come available at a major enenergy company in Texas. Degree in finance and/or accounting and/or economics required. I’ll check back here tomorrow on both of these. Thanks!

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    Kavar says:

    I actually just saw a new posting go up at work for a Hydraulics Assembly Technician, if you’re in the Waukesha, WI area. It, and the rest of the current career listings for Force America (sales, management, HR, warehouse) can be found here: http://www.forceamerica.com/Ca.....nings.aspx

    The locations are all over the country, from Charlotte to Dallas, to Milwaukee, to Salt Lake City. I can only speak for the Waukesha location, but it’s a great place to work, with good people, and a nice benefits plan.

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    diana says:

    @Gordon, the Big Express Engine: this is just a suggestion but I spent some time in China this spring and took some time out to visit the sites … and, boy, do they need some professional museums. I think there are only three in the country at the moment, and while they are where you might expect them to be (the ancient capital, Xi’an, Beijing, and Shanghai) they are so crowded that anyone who wishes to get in lines up at 8:00am and waits — sometimes for hours — to be admitted.

    So if she’s willing to relocate to China she could have her hands full. Plus, she’d get to watch her museum get treated like a rock star.

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    diana says:

    @NotMax: I have some proof reading work. If you want to contact me for it, email me at diajarvis at gmail.com, we can discuss this offline.

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    Butch says:

    @Steeplejack: Probably too late for you to see it; the company is basically the WalMart of consulting. Low price is everything, so they prohibit billing to overhead. It sucks.

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    We need a junior to mid level system administrator / network administrator / IT help desk person like right now. RTP, North Carolina. If you live in NC, apply now! If you don’t live in NC, but want to, help turn our state blue while also working for the most awesome supervisor ever (me). http://www.dice.com/job/result.....spos251569

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    Lex says:

    My employer, a small, private college in Greensboro, N.C., posts its openings here. Currently we’re seeking a counselor, and we frequently have other openings. I’ve been here going on five years, and while the pay is not the best, it’s a great place to work if you like having colleagues who are not jerks.

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