Monday, April 21, 2008

How to Get Job Help from Your Friends

The text of an email I sent to most of the people for whom I have email addresses:

Hey, everyone -

After launching a job search in October, leaving the waitressing job in January, taking a long-term temporary assignment in February and becoming very discouraged and lax in my job searching, it's time to get busy again. Bob and I have been trying our best to live on his salary (my very-underpaid-earnings go straight into savings) but two people need two incomes. I have GOT to find a job.

Does anyone have any contacts at non-profits such as the American Dental Association, American Student Dental Association, MacArthur Foundation, Dermatology Foundation, Posse Chicago, etc.? Or contacts at any colleges or universities such as Northwestern, Loyola, DePaul or any of the city colleges?

My new job criteria:

Executive assistant or general office administrative position (corporate, academic or non-profit)
With writing and editing tasks (please)
Salary in the 32-40K range
Downtown, northside, southside, I don't care anymore. I'll commute anywhere (but for no longer than an hour one-way).

I'm also open to teaching jobs (adult ed), entry-level publishing jobs, other writing/editing jobs and anything that requires strong Internet, communication and interpersonal skills.

My resume is attached. I'm open to feedback, including plain old hang-in-there encouragement. Thank you, all!


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