sorry to hear, courtney
my only advice to offer as someone who frequently interviews and helps hire people is that gaps in employment are red flags. people also like to hire people with jobs for some reason, so the sooner after your lay off you can get a job, the better. if you're going to take a break/vacation, perhaps you could do some volunteer work or something very part-time or even a class maybe to fill in the gaps to show you just weren't doing nothing during that time.
i hope this helps and definitely enjoy the time while you've got it. and if you do move somewhere and want to go to school, i recommend working for the school to take advantage of free tutition. best of luck
I am the worst networker ever. I'm always afraid of being perceived as being the sleazy guy handing out business cards at cocktail parties. It would probably behoove me to get over that fear, in terms of using contacts to try to get jobs.
Last edited by Courtney; 09-30-2008 at 11:20 AM.
I can't believe a New Mexico discussion got going and I was at lunch (at a good NM pizza place called Dion's). Yeah, Gallup and Grants are pretty bad. That's pretty hard to argue. If you enjoy the outdoors, there is a lot to do in New Mexico. Especially the more central you get in the state. There's nothing good in western NM. But places like Taos, Santa Fe, Penasco and Ruidoso are nice spots to hit. I've only lived in Albuquerque, so I can only speak on that. I love it here. The weather is great. We have the mountains right here. It's getting big, but still kind of a college feel to it. It's a good spot for the artsy types. Not many great concerts come around, but Phoenix and Denver are easy drives if you're the road trip type. I'm actually driving to Phoenix this weekend for a football game.
[QUOTE=thefunkylama;749710]12. Yuba City, Calif.: 8.2
Where is Yuba City? Just curious-never heard of it...
Are your jewelry crafts made from baby ears? Cuz if so, yes.
The working for a school idea is terrific, and something I hadn't actually considered. Hmmm.
i've worked for a for-profit university for 6 years and i attend one of their subsidiaries. my dad worked for arizona state part-time as a janitor for 10 years and recently retired. he only took the job for tuition, and now that he's "vested", he gets life-long tuition benefits. not too shabby. not to mention it would open the door to other extra-curricular or research opportunities. and help with the whole networking thing.
the tuition benefit thing is great if you take advantage, though you have to realize your pay might be less than it would in other companies. also, since universities offer free tuition, you're generally competing against people with multiple degrees for jobs, so be sure to showcase what you can bring to the table besides a degree.
it's the way to go though if you really want to go to school, IMO. unless you get a bunch of grants or scholarships, who really wants to pay back a bunch of loans for school? especially if you're going into an arts related field.
Blog Your Way to a New Job!
blogging is good too. but i don't mean like "professional" message boards, i mean more like "message boards that are relevant to your peer's interests". for example, fark is just a news forum where geeks post, but geeks have found jobs from each other there. maybe if there was some sort of like "talk about art for fun" type message board, you may meet other people like you in a non-professional way who can help you out professionally. would be more natural than a professional society, but probably the help would be minimal and random. just a thought
Honestly, I don't know where 18 out of those 20 cities are.Where is Yuba City? Just curious-never heard of it...
courtney sorry to hear 'bout your loss of income!!! I'm in construction and was let go from my previous company last year and was out of work for 6 months $1600/month is peanuts and makes it really hard to pay rent, gas, groceries with 2 little ones to care for.
I got a lot of interviews through employment agencies,on line employment networking sites and craigslist...I found that I had to maintain my search at least 3 days a week so that there was always something in the pipeline and coordinated interviews 3-5 times a week. It sucks when you haven't had an interview in several weeks...
Good Luck and enjoy the days at the beach while you can!!!