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Using Craigslist to find a job

Since just about everything else is on Craigslist, I took a look to see if my next job was there. Not only were there writing/editing jobs,  but some of them sounded too good to be true. craigslist

Check this one out:

Exec. Assist./Writer: $75K with No Exp. Nec.; Med, Venture Cap. Firm –

And then there is the posting from a deep-pocket grad student ($1,000 to edit/mold/type a 50-page thesis):

Need editor/typist for MA thesis Art History –

There are some jobs that are right up my alley — like this one on providing content for a bankruptcy site ( Content Writer For bankruptcy Website ) — but I have no clue who the employer is and if it’s worth my time to apply. Perhaps in such tough economic times I shouldn’t worry about applying. But privacy and safety do count.

That’s not to say that these aren’t legit jobs, but why give out my info if it’s not. Prospective employers pay little if any fee to post a “help wanted” ad on Craigslist. Makes you wonder about some of the gigs. For tips on navigating their job ads, read Craigslist’s tips on personal safety and avoiding scams by CLICKING HERE.

On the flip side — you can post your resume or business on Craigslist. Here’s one that caught my eye — because I hope this isn’t me at year’s end:

Impoverished, soulless writer will do LITERALLY ANYTHING for cash – (You name it)

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Who can get CA unemployment money?

I spent part of my day trolling the state’s job site and filling out my own online form for unemployment benefits. It took about 10 minutes tops to fill out the form — and I only paused when I was trying to figure out how much I might be eligible to receive. philly3

Reading the  state’s unemployment insurance code is kind of fun though. Did you know commercial fishermen are eligible — generally speaking — if there was an “absence of fish in fishable waters”? Yeah, yeah, yeah — we all know you’re probably not going to get any money if you were fired because you kept coming into work drunk, but the code says it so much better:

“He or she otherwise left his or her most recent employment for
reasons caused by an irresistible compulsion to use or consume
intoxicants, including alcoholic beverages.”

But my fave? Who is not eligible — like pro athletes between seasons:

“Unemployment compensation benefits, extended duration
benefits, and federal-state extended benefits shall not be payable to
any individual on the basis of any services, substantially all of
which consist of participating in sports or athletic events or
training or preparing to so participate, for any week which commences
during the period between two successive sport seasons, or similar
periods, if such individual performed such services in the first of
such seasons, or similar periods, and there is a reasonable assurance
that such individual will perform such services in the later of such
seasons, or similar periods.”

Like some of those pro athletes need it anyway, eh?

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More than 12,000 jobs up for grabs at Vegas project

Some ways of earning dough don’t change all that much in Sin City. The guys who line the Strip, shoving those little nudie girl cards at you with that annoying flicking noise, are still there even in January — a dead time for tourism. And by the end of my stay I simply said “No timeshare” whenever a suit approached me with discounted show tickets. vegasworkers2

But what surprised me? All of the construction workers. I watched a huge shift change at MGM Mirage’s $9.1 billion CityCenter, a mix of casinos, hotels and condos set on 67 acres between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts on the Strip. It’s scheduled to open at the end of the year. One construction worker said there was still a wait list for jobs at the union hall, but all in all, most folks in his industry were busy. Another said work would slow soon because of the economy (profits are down at casinos) and project delays at the site.

But CityCenter is hiring. Its Web site says it is taking applications to fill more than 12,000 jobs and says that makes it “the largest single new employment opportunity currently offered by any corporation in the U.S.” Jobs include: hotel and casino operations, retail, entertainment, finance, human resources, security and food/beverage. Start dates begin in September and go through December.

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No. 1 destination for a fresh job start?

According to, an online consumer resource for moving services, it’s Las Vegas! And I’m posting this just as I roll into Sin City with the hubby for a few days of R&R (he’s still working). lasvegassign says:

Despite being battered by the housing market and bloodied by a recession that’s pinching its gambling-heavy economy, Las Vegas still beckons to people looking for a fresh start … The data revealed that on a per-capita basis, Las Vegas retained its top spot as the No. 1 destination for people looking to make a long distance state to state move. (READ MORE HERE.)

Also, no one coming to California, where I live now:

The Northeast, the Great Lakes and the Midwest showed a greater propensity for moving requests out to exceed moving requests in, while the South, the Mountain West, and the Pacific Northwest showed gains. The notable exception is California, a state hard hit by the housing market – it saw more requests to move out of state than to move to the state.

Other hot destinations: Vegas was followed by Denver, Charlotte, N.C., Phoenix/Mesa, Portland, Ore., Seattle, Orlando, Fla., Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg.

Stay tuned. If I see any cool jobs while I’m here Friday — will post.

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I’m looking for jobs in all the wrong places …

My quest to find meaningful employment — and something that helps pay the mortgage — began in earnest this week. Those of you in the job hunt already know you have to network like crazy and keep asking folks for tips and help. It’s a bit like pestering your parents to drive you somewhere before you had your driver’s license.job_search_indeed

As a journalist — former business editor at The Orange County Register — I’m on all of the media Web sites, as are all of my fellow scribes, who are also out of work. (And most of those jobs are back East.)

For a reality check — because I’m told there are jobs out there — I called up, which let me simply search by region (in this case I used “Irvine”) and key word. I found out that if I were a nurse, engineer, technical writer — I could probably land a job. In fact, there are lots of job listings in Orange County for professional services, such as accounting. If you have any mechanical experience, you’re in luck, too. I saw job listings for people with knowledge about certain heavy equipment. Even saw a post for a gourmet coffee attendant.

As for the old writer/editor — nada thing. I’m looking at the wrong profession!

Happy trolling.

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Where Obama says to look for new jos

Looking to retool your career or just wondering where to find the next hot job? President-elect Obama gives some direction in his latest economic speech:imageresizehandler

And that’s why we’ll invest in priorities like energy and education, health care and a new infrastructure that are necessary to keep us strong and competitive in the 21st century.

That’s why the overwhelming majority of the jobs created will be in the private sector, while our plan will save the public sector jobs of teachers, police officers, firefighters, and others who provide vital services.

To finally spark the creation of a clean energy economy, we will double the production of alternative energy in the next three years. We will modernize more than 75 percent of federal buildings and improve the energy efficiency of 2 million American homes, saving consumers and taxpayers billions on our energy bills.

To read the full text of his speech CLICK HERE!

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Economy: Find out the latest

planet_money_animatedNPR’s PLANET MONEY: This is a cool NPR podcast that’s on daily and serves up a solid explanation of the daily economic news and what it means to you. I like it because not all of their editors and writers are experts and so if you don’t know what the TED spread is or that a swap is not a swap meet, it’s OK. They do a great job getting experts to explain it. Particularly fun: Economist House Calls — where an economist evaluates a caller’s financial circumstance. (WARNING: Given the nature of the news, it can be kind of a downer when you’re in a job funky mood.)

Download from iTunes or go to the Planet Money blog, where you can post comments and read about everything they’ve yakked about that day by CLICKING HERE.

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