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I found my cuurent part time position through monster,
but then I may have been the only applicant. Too many
folks want full time, permanent and that leaves the
part time and short contracts open.

It might also be interesting to start your own dining
room table business while looking for a day job. There
are filters to convert Latex and such to PDF. Also,
several open source projects need documentation.

Part of what got me my current job was my Linux hobby.
How else do you keep up your skills cheap?

This gives me an idea. What would be the risk to the
club to have a voluntary list of folks willing to do
things computer for pay. I envision the online
equivalant to a business card bulletin board. Those
who want to be listed add their name and a description
of what they will do. (i.e. Marc Hasbrouck, will set
up LANs and Linux systems, reasonable rates, free
quotes. Contact at ...) Or, do you know of some outfit
that is already providing a service like this?

Underemployed tech, admin, etc.

--- Peter Jay Salzman <p@dirac.org> wrote:
> well, this may not apply, but i'll throw it out
> anyway.  the highest
> paying job i had was tutoring highschool math,
> physics, chemistry and
> biology.
> i charged $15/hr if they came to me or $25 to go
> there.  i ended up with
> too much work and the jobs were still rolling in.
> one guy called and i told him that i couldn't take
> any more jobs; i was
> already tutoring something like 15 people and was
> having trouble with my
> own schoolwork because of it.
> he said "how much would i have to pay you?".  i told
> him a ridiculous
> amount.  i said "$50/hr if she came to my place,
> $75/hr to go there".
> he thought that $50/hr was very reasonable.  i was
> floored.  we're
> talking basic physics -- relative motion and statics
> of rigid bodies.
> after that, i started charging $50/hr and found that
> high school parents
> were perfectly willing to pay that much.
> i reduced my tutoring load down to 5 people.
> i eventually dumped the tutoring gig because i felt
> my brain atrophy.
> there's only so many times i can explain equation
> balancing or how to
> use the law of cosines.  teaching college classes
> was more rewarding.
> plus, you're not guaranteed income.  i've been
> toying with getting back
> into tutoring high school.  with a sagging economy,
> it would be
> interesting to see if people would be willing to pay
> that much.
> it's also possible that my tutoring services passed
> around by word of
> mouth.  recommendations and whatnot.  dunno for
> sure.  i should've asked
> why they were willing to pay so much.
> fwiw, the only place i advertised my tutoring
> services was in the co-op
> news.
> most of the parents were content to let the students
> come to my place.
> there were a few that made special arrangements for
> $50/hr and meeting
> at UCD (since i was there anyhow).  with all the
> recent child abductions
> in california and elsewhere, it would be ... nuts to
> let a 16 year old
> daughter go to some stranger's house.  even if the
> stranger did seem
> like a respectible sort.
> nobody paid $75/hr.   ;-)
> other than that, my best jobs were found through
> college job postings
> (computer operator job was the best job i ever had).
> pete
> begin Richard S. Crawford <rscrawford@mossroot.com> 
> > My wife got laid off recently when CGI closed
> their Roseville office, and
> > she's now looking for work as a technical writer
> or documentation specialist
> > (something like that).
> > 
> > After several months of job hunting myself, I've
> decided that the Internet --
> > specifically, sites like DICE and Monster and so
> on -- sucks as a resource for
> > finding job openings.  Everyone else is looking on
> the Internet as well, and
> > very few jobs that actually exist are listed
> there.
> > 
> > So my question is, does anyone have any ideas
> where my wife could contact to
> > inquire about technical writing jobs?  I'm trying
> to convince her that the
> > internet isn't going to magically find her a job,
> but am having a hard time
> > doing so.
> > 
> > Here's another question: for all of those still
> employed out there in good
> > jobs, how did you find your job?
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