Job Seekers Open Thread

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

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

Some links you probably already know about:

  • http://twitter.com/DavidTWeaver David Weaver

    Seeing as there are apparently quite a few slacktivites who are also coders I was wondering if any of you would like to join me on SourceForge?

    Maybe we could start a project or a simple game together.

    If that sounds like something you’d be into then come and find me over at:

    https://sourceforge.net/users/syllable17

    I’m not amazing but I am persistent. Come and find me

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=822600033 Sharon Foster

    Technology librarian, former software engineer, currently employed, but desiring to return to CT or vicinity. Anywhere along the I-84/I-91/I-90/I-290 corridor.

  • Graham Dethmers

    Reference/Instruction Librarian, pretty recently graduated with Master’s from the University of Michigan, but unemployed long enough to be panicking. My family is highly mobile, and willing to move, so anywhere would be great, but currently we are located closely to the Michigan/Illinois/Indiana area. I would also be interested in any writing/editing jobs.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, I posted in the old thread, but I was way at the back and I figured I should keep trying…

    I’m a freelance illustrator with a particular focus on comics and cartoons. You can see some of my work here:

    http://www.webcomicsnation.com/prankster/lemuria/series.php?view=archive&chapter=38383
    http://www.webcomicsnation.com/prankster/lemuria/series.php?view=archive&chapter=41116

    Anyone who needs illustrations in this style or others, I can be reached at that site via the “contact” link, or in this thread, or at my email address of prankster36 at hotmail dot com.

    And even if you’re not looking for an illustrator…hey, check out and enjoy my comics!

  • Anonymous

    Well, I have a part-time job, but I’m trying to work my way into a full-time job.  I do mostly system administration work for the place I am, but I also am capable of analysis.  I’m not a big programmer — I can do basic stuff, but that’s about it.  I have a master’s degree in information management from UC Berkeley.  I’m in the Sacramento area, but would consider relocating if a good offer came up.

    David Weaver: I might be up to helping with documentation if we get a group together for an open source project.

    It’s worth a shot. :)

  • Samantha C.

    I’m currently trying to offer freelance editing, but damned if I know where to reach people who actually need it – the vast majority of my friends self-select for language proficiency, being people I met through writing or literature. I’m cheap as heck right now just trying to make some pocket cash, so if anyone knows anyone who could use a proofreader for academic papers or any kind of narrative, throw them my way. Craigslist ad here – http://boston.craigslist.org/nwb/wet/2481932651.html

    I’m also looking for whatever kind of work I can get (although I’m still trying to avoid food service/waitressing if I can hold out longer, I’ve heard notoriously awful things about them) in the area around Lowell, MA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sue-White/1605859612 Sue White

    That sounds like a good idea.  I think I signed up on Source Forge but haven’t really looked at it yet.  I don’t know how else to get back into the field, now that I’ve been “retired” for about 8 years.

  • Patches365

    I’ve found a lot of companies nowadays aren’t hiring direct anymore.  They’re all hiring through contracting agencies where they keep people on “probationary” employment for a year or so before committing to hiring them on permanently.  Though a company may have a position advertised on its website, it’s quite often the case that you can’t apply for it directly (well, you CAN, but it most likely won’t result in anything).

    I’d been working part-time for five years before applying to a contracting agency that specialized in my field.  I was placed in a full-time contract-to-hire position within a month and am quite happy with the job I landed in.  It sucks, but in today’s economy, you pretty much have to have an “in” to get anywhere.  No one’s willing to take risks.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone looking for a programming job in NYC (if you are out of college, you don’t even need to have studied CS.  Any engineering, and even social science (if you have a little program experience) would do.  I can refer you to my company, which is looking to hire a lot of people.

  • Anonymous

    I really like this idea, and am most definitely in.  How would you propose we kick it off?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sue-White/1605859612 Sue White

    Okay, I found my Source Forge account,  suew0.  ButI don’t have any ideas for a project.

  • Mackrimin

    You know Fred, this isn’t going to help any. At the best it’ll just result in one bunch of people instead of another getting whatever little jobs there are. The thing is, industrial production has hit the same point food production did: we’re producing enough, so any further advances in efficiency go into reducing manpower employed, rather than increasing production. And services can’t absorb the extra, because apart from some highly specialized skills (like plumbers and lawyers) they are already at the saturation point too.

    The economy is not going to recover. The jobs are not going to come back. They aren’t going to come back because they simply aren’t needed anymore; and what are left are going to continue disappearing as automation replaces humans. And that isn’t a bad thing, if you really think about it: why should humans have to waste their brief time on this Earth to do hard, dangerous or just plain boring work when machines can do it faster and better?

    The problem is our economic system is built around the assumption everyone needs to be motivated to work, and does this through penalizing those who don’t in the extreme. That assumption is what makes large-scale unemployment such a problem: rather than being able to do whatever you want while untiring mechanical slaves till your fields, you end up having to beg those who own the fields and machines for food. So what was meant to increase the quality of life for all turns a dream into a nightmare in the new situation; that means it needs to change.

    Marshall Brain

    http://marshallbrain.com/

    has gone through these problems in his Robotic Nation essays and the book Manna. I can’t say I agree with him on everything – for example, I wouldn’t put a remote-control switch into my nervous system no matter how convenient it might be – but it’s still an interesting take on our current problems. Since you return to the subject every now and then, how about commenting on that suggested solution?

  • Anonymous

    You know Fred, this isn’t going to help any. At the best it’ll just result in one bunch of people instead of another getting whatever little jobs there are.
    It may not help everybody, but it helps *these* people.
    The economy is not going to recover. The jobs are not going to come back. They aren’t going to come back because they simply aren’t needed anymore; and what are left are going to continue disappearing as automation replaces humans. And that isn’t a bad thing, if you really think about it: why should humans have to waste their brief time on this Earth to do hard, dangerous or just plain boring work when machines can do it faster and better?

    Fantastic. How do you propose we bring about this utopia before people’s unemployment benefits end?

    Also, Google “peak energy.” You might find it enlightening.

  • Anonymous

    There are a number of freelancer sites out there you might check out, including Elance.com, ifreelance.com, and guru.com, where people post job listings. I’ve definitely seen calls for freelance editors there.

  • Anonymous

    No one’s willing to take risks.

    Except for you!  No, I mean that.  It’s ludicrous – the entire risk structure of the economy has been shifted from capital to labor –  but the whole reason capital “deserves” the fruits of labor is that they take all the risk.

    We don’t have capitalism anymore.  We have some kind of weirdo reverse-marxism.  I’m not enough of a systems theorist to know what this is even called beyond plutocracy.

    “To each according to what he already has, from each according to whatever he’s got left.”

  • Mackrimin

    Fantastic. How do you propose we bring about this utopia before people’s unemployment benefits end?

    Gee, maybe you could, you know, extend those benefits? Seeing how actual production hasn’t decreased (which is why there isn’t an increase in job openings – we’re already producing enough), so there’s no actual economic reason why you should be deprived of anything you had previously just because your labour is no longer needed to produce it?

    But tell me: why would it make any difference if it’s you or someone else who gets a job? Sure, it’s good for _you_ if you do, but that someone else is every bit the human you are, with similar needs, and it would be just as good _for him_ to get that job instead of you. Why would it matter to the economy, and why should it matter to me?

    Either we accept that one of you is out of luck, or we change the system so that neither of you is. I’m advocating the latter, and asking Fred’s opinion about one possible way of doing it. I’m sorry if you find this somehow insulting. Or perhaps you’re falling into the trap of thinking that actually going for the root cause of the problem doesn’t require any “hard” choices, and therefore is not realistic?

    Also, Google “peak energy.” You might find it enlightening.

    Even solar power alone could produce orders of magnitude more energy than we currently use, and continue doing so for billions of years. In fact, I’d say that if you absolutely must have made-do jobs for the unemployed, forget playing a gardener on rooftops; instead, fill the Death Valley with concentrating solar plants (and dig the two sea-water tunnels needed to bring and dispose of cooling water).

    Also, please understand that if energy production actually will hit a peak and then decrease, all of this is irrelevant, for almost all of us will die while the civilization collapses as the world reverts to an agrarian society and stays that way until doomsday. We simply can’t produce enough food to feed all of us that way, there aren’t enough easily-accessed resources left to allow us to rise again, and in a few hundred million years the Sun will be old and hot enough to start boiling the planet alive.

    We evolved at the last possible moment to save this world, the only known one with life; either we do that, or we’ll die with it. And this really is the only chance we have; any future civilizations don’t have coal to power their steam engines. So you’d _better_ hope that peak energy is rubbish.

  • Anonymous

    Gee, maybe you could, you know, extend those benefits?

    That’s fantastic. Why don’t you start on that, instead of telling others that they should work towards *your* goal?

    But tell me: why would it make any difference if it’s you or someone else who gets a job? Sure, it’s good for _you_ if you do, but that someone else is every bit the human you are, with similar needs, and it would be just as good _for him_ to get that job instead of you. Why would it matter to the economy, and why should it matter to me?

    You’re missing the point of this blog: it’s a community. Most people here (or, at least, the regulars, which you do not appear to be one of) care about each other. When people we know are suffering, we help them to the best of our abilities. Because they’re one of us. Believe it or not, this is not an unfair advantage — I guarantee you that other unemployed people out there are also looking for jobs through their own networks, both online and offline.

    If you don’t believe this, fine. Go find some group that doesn’t care for its own, if that’s the sort of morality you find appealing. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
    I’m sorry if you find this somehow insulting. Or perhaps you’re falling into the trap of thinking that actually going for the root cause of the problem doesn’t require any “hard” choices, and therefore is not realistic?

    I’m finding it rude that you’re harshly criticizing ideas when you’re offering very little to counter them.

    Even solar power alone could produce orders of magnitude more energy than we currently use, and continue doing so for billions of years.

    It could, but it won’t. Solar panels consume massive amounts of raw materials — and it’s very clear that we don’t have enough rare metals to produce enough solar panels to power the globe. (I’m a chemist; I have seen these talks geared towards academic audiences.)

    [snip meaningless threats] So you’d _better_ hope that peak energy is rubbish.

    I’m a scientist. Hope has nothing to do with anything.

    tl;dr: You’re being an ass, and I honestly don’t see why. If you want to create a future utopian society in which everything is run by machines and nobody cares about any individual more than another individual, that’s great. But don’t expect the rest of us to join you.

  • Saffi

    Opportunity in Chicago and Oak Brook, Illinois:  http://www.republicebank.com/about/about_jobs.htm

    Customer Service Representative – Jefferson Park neighborhood of NW ChicagoTeller - Ashburn neighborhood of SW Chicago  (part time)SVP / Compliance Officer / CRA Officer - Oak Brook, IllinoisSenior Network Analyst - Oak Brook, Illinois

    A guy I know posted a link to this on a different forum.  Good luck to anyone interested.

  • Saffi

    Sorry for the formatting problems above.  Second time this has happened to me after I cut&paste from a draft in a notepad window.

  • Mackrimin

    That’s fantastic. Why don’t you start on that, instead of telling others that they should work towards *your* goal?

    I did. “Citizen pay” is one of the first obvious goals towars “my goals”.

    You’re missing the point of this blog: it’s a community. Most people
    here (or, at least, the regulars, which you do not appear to be one of)
    care about each other. When people we know are suffering, we help them
    to the best of our abilities. Because they’re one of us. Believe
    it or not, this is not an unfair advantage — I guarantee you that other
    unemployed people out there are also looking for jobs through their own
    networks, both online and offline.

    Cool. Now does this, or does this not, make anything to solve the actual problem (lack of jobs)? And does it make sense to attack me for trying to solve it?

    Also, this blog has made it a point to support immigration. How do you harmonize this with supporting one of “_us_”? Or is dividing the world into “us” and “them” only bad when it’s not about who does or does not frequent an Internet forum?

    I’m finding it rude that you’re harshly criticizing ideas when you’re offering very little to counter them.

    I’m not “harshly” criticizing any idea. Please quote where I did so? And even if I did so, why would this be “rude”? Especially since I _am_ offering another idea to counter them (namely, that of MB’s robotic socialism).

    It could, but it won’t. Solar panels consume massive amounts of raw
    materials — and it’s very clear that we don’t have enough rare metals
    to produce enough solar panels to power the globe. (I’m a chemist; I
    have seen these talks geared towards academic audiences.)

    You don’t use solar panels to power the globe, you use concentrating solar power.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concentrated_solar_power

    Basically, you use mirrors to focuse sunlight, then you use the resulting heat to boil water and drive turbines, just like you would with any other power plant. This doesn’t use any exotic or expensive materials, it only uses mirrors.

    It’s both efficient and cheap, however, you _need_ to make it _large-scale_ to work; specifically, you need to allow the use of places such as the Death Valley and Sahara.

    Frankly, it would be far cheaper to power the globe with nuclear power, but we _can_ do it even with solar power. And, as I said, we don’t really have a choice, except death.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Mackrimin, maybe you can not try to make this thread about you. Just a suggestion.

    @3cbde8b585fe7a474cee3831a34027c1:disqus  A friend of mine does the Craigslist freelancing thing as a writer also. The best advice I can send (aside from just sticking with it a long time, it took him 2-3 years to build up a reliable clientele) is to put up ads in as many cities as possible to expand the number of people who might see them. Obviously don’t spam, but writing isn’t at all tied to location so the more people who see it the better. I’d throw up ads in as many large cities as possible. It’s likely you’re already doing this, so sorry if I’m just repeating the obvious. Best of luck!

  • Erin B

    Delurking once more.  Still a recent grad with religion and polisci degrees, looking for anything in the Boston area.  Writing, editing, illustrating…fetching coffee, sweeping floors…I’m flexible.

  • Anonymous

    Rhubarbarian82 has a point. I’m not going to comment any further.

    You want your own movement, go get it. Don’t try to co-opt the efforts of others just because you think that they’re misguided.

  • Samantha C.

    thanks, I’m trying to figure out how to do so. Craigslist wouldn’t let me post the same ad in two cities at the same time, but I might try and put it in a few different cities over the next few weeks.

    Also thanks @Prankster36:disqus, I’m looking into an account on elance :)

  • Anonymous

    Small Boston area software firm is looking for programmers (Perl experience required), for both senior and junior levels.  They’re good people.

    http://bit.ly/qacypo

  • http://twitter.com/DavidTWeaver David Weaver

    @Sue White @addicted:twitter   – as far as SourceForge goes – I was thinking about maybe starting a simple android based RPG game. That has the advantage that it would be easy to sell through google, wouldn’t require expensive Macs like iOS would and lots of people could get involved.
     
    An RPG would require writers, artists, musicians and coders – I suspect a lot of unemployed Slacktivities have one or more of those skills. I’ve already found a 2D engine called AndEngine and am playing around with it. I haven’t got too far with it yet but I’m playing around with various tile maps and the like.

    Maybe we could do a post-apocalyptic rapture based RPG? Like Fallout but with the wrath of God, instead of nuclear weapons (and in a 2D SNES style). We could call it ‘Enraptured’ or something similar.

    How’s about it?

  • http://twitter.com/DavidTWeaver David Weaver

    @Sue White @addicted:twitter   – as far as SourceForge goes – I was thinking about maybe starting a simple android based RPG game. That has the advantage that it would be easy to sell through google, wouldn’t require expensive Macs like iOS would and lots of people could get involved.
     
    An RPG would require writers, artists, musicians and coders – I suspect a lot of unemployed Slacktivities have one or more of those skills. I’ve already found a 2D engine called AndEngine and am playing around with it. I haven’t got too far with it yet but I’m playing around with various tile maps and the like.

    Maybe we could do a post-apocalyptic rapture based RPG? Like Fallout but with the wrath of God, instead of nuclear weapons (and in a 2D SNES style). We could call it ‘Enraptured’ or something similar.

    How’s about it?

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    If you’re looking for a nonprofit job in Michigan, I highly recommend this job board maintained by the Michigan Nonprofit Association: http://www.mnaonline.org/jobs.aspx 

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    If this game gets made, I will definitely buy it for my Thunderbolt!

    I know what I’m about to say is a much more significant undertaking, but I have been craving a good Final Fantasy Tactics style game on my Android since I first had the original Motorola Droid… just sayin! :)

  • Samantha C.

    I’d be up for working on an RPG. The problem I’m running into as an amateur writer trying to find ways to be paid is I’m just not that prolific, I have a few finished stories and no prompts. If you do get a game starting up I’d be in for trying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1160394401 Jocelyn Koehler

    I’d be on board for working on story/writing for a Rapture RPG! How else can I put my D&D background to use? ;)  We could base it on the seven sins/virtues, not unlike Fable.  Choose your path…

    I also have an idea for a metadata program that could work in conjunction with ebooks and other electronic documents to make them archivally unique. Unfortunately, I’m a librarian/writer, not a coder.  

  • Anonymous

    Hey, I just got an email from a private Spanish immersion school in Pittsburgh announcing 4 new positions: Preschool Teacher, Admin Assistant, Facility Keeper (which appears to mean Janitor, but I don’t speak Spanish), and Lunch Chef. Don’t know anything about salaries or hours, but you can check it out for yourself here.

  • Anonymous

    While I’m at it, it’s possible that I myself could use freelance drafting services for my architecture practice in Pittsburgh. I don’t have current need, but I have a couple major projects that could happen. It would be primarily preparing base drawings of existing buildings – small scale, modest hourly rate, but better than nothing.

  • Anonymous

    While I’m at it, it’s possible that I myself could use freelance drafting services for my architecture practice in Pittsburgh. I don’t have current need, but I have a couple major projects that could happen. It would be primarily preparing base drawings of existing buildings – small scale, modest hourly rate, but better than nothing.

  • Chris

    I’m a bit reluctant to post this because I’m friends with my former employer so I kind of owe him more than I owe you but I did just leave a mostly decent job in downtown Boston.  The work is coding in C#, VBA and MATLAB for money-related stuff.  I was working for significantly below what I’m worth (the company got hit hard by the recession) but I needed a short-term job for a few months so it worked out. I believe they’re looking for a replacement for me.

    It’s a finance company but it’s small and nerd-friendly.  The money isn’t good but there are perks (T pass, occasional free meals at some awesome Chinese restaurants) and the environment is good.  They’re also amenable to teaching so if you’re trying to re-skill, this may be the way for you to go.

    Email me at chris at-sign blit dot ca for more details.  If you can convince me that you’re a good fit, I’ll email my previous manager and see if he wants to see your resume.  No promises, but I’ll do what I can.


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