WBEZ | Hard Working http://www.wbez.org/tags/hard-working Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Give me a job, please! Manufacturing professional loves birthday cake http://www.wbez.org/bhealy/2010/01/give-me-a-job-please-manufacturing-professional-loves-birthday-cake/11152 <p><em>Paul Smith is next up in the <a href="../ahill/2009/11/give-me-a-job-please" target="_blank">"Give me a job, please!"</a> series.‚  After you've read Paul's entry take a second and leave him a job lead or some advice on finding a job. (If you're currently unemployed and want to be a part of this series, email us <a href="mailto:hardworking@chicagopublicradio.org" target="_blank">here</a>.) </em> <p style="text-align: center"><em><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//mugshot4.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-11154" style="border: 1px solid black" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//mugshot4.jpg" alt="Paul Smith" width="251" height="318" /></a> </em> <strong>Name:</strong> Paul AE Smith <strong>Looking for work as: </strong>Quality/Continuous Improvement Manager or Production/Operations Manager in manufacturing, medical, hydraulics, automotive or related industry or corporate setting including logistics, customer and product development, &amp; sales. <strong>If you were to write a song about your dream job, how would the chorus go? </strong> <strong></strong>"Ooh, sha-la-la, turning the world into‚ a better place; lean it out, make it robust-- kaizen's the action and our actions are just."<!--break--> <strong>True or false: "I party hardy." </strong> Only true if you count that I had too much cake at my daughter's birthday party. Otherwise: not so much. <strong>How do your friends describe you?</strong> Quiet, ambitious and focused. <strong>How well do they know you?</strong> They know me pretty well. <strong>What else should we know about you?</strong> I am driven by a desire to improve and simplify, through the application of logic, DDX, and any other available tools, any process that I can. I am a results-oriented, hands-on professional with backgrounds in sales, education, management, manufacturing, and I am not finished yet--my appetite for learning is voracious and I am never in my element so much as when I am out of my element. <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/?last=smith&amp;first=paul+ae" target="_blank">View my professional profile</a> on LinkedIn.com. <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Vitae-2009-2-1-1.doc" target="_blank">View my CV here.</a></p> Wed, 06 Jan 2010 15:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/bhealy/2010/01/give-me-a-job-please-manufacturing-professional-loves-birthday-cake/11152 Give me a job, please!: Librarian, filmmaker and super-villain paraphernalia collector http://www.wbez.org/ahill/2009/12/give-me-a-job-please-librarian-filmmaker-and-super-villain-paraphernalia-collector/10592 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Jobs-final.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-10626 aligncenter" title="Jobs-final" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Jobs-final.jpg" alt="Jobs-final" width="500" height="300" /></a></p> <em>Please welcome job-seeker MG Farrelly to the <a href="/ahill/2009/11/give-me-a-job-please" target="_blank">"Give me a job, please!"</a> series.‚  Thoughts, ideas, leads for him, post away. (If you're currently unemployed and want to be a part of this series, email us <a href="mailto:hardworking@chicagopublicradio.org" target="_blank">here</a>.) </em> <strong>Name:</strong> <a href="http://www.mgfarrelly.com/?page_id=712">MG Farrelly</a> <strong>Looking for work as:</strong> Librarian, working with young adults and kids of all ages. I'm also a freelance writer and editor with a Master's in History and another in Library Science. <strong>If you were to describe your dream job to a small child, what would you say?</strong> I'd use the medium of storytelling. "There once was a history major named MG, who loved to story Caliphs and Fatimids but could not find much work doing that. So MG went to library school and learned the ways of Dewey, LOC, and OCLC. With a head full of learning MG wants to work somewhere he can tell stories, teach about history, help people answer questions, organize information, and make the world a smarter, more well-read place" This story would be illustrated by <a href="http://www.mowillems.com/" target="_blank">Mo Willems</a> and I would provide a number of funny voices for the audio edition.<!--break--> <strong>Are New Yorker cartoons ever funny, and if so, when?</strong> Yes, but only when they are Charles Addams cartoons. Or if you cover up the caption and make up your own. <strong>Where do you want to be in 5 years?</strong> Knee-deep in books and helping people bail out fast. I'd love to be working in a library setting, developing programming for children and young adults. Designing spaces for young adults. Or working on "This American Life" as their chief archivist. I'd also like to be just a couple inches taller, but that's just wishful thinking. <strong>If you could choose one book that everyone would have to read before their 21st birthday, what would it be?</strong> That's a truly hard question. Every reader finds a book and vice versa. In terms of sheer universality, I don't think you can beat Dante's "Divine Comedy". Action, violence, love, passion, revenge, joy, madness, poetry, history and a love story all wrapped in what is almost assuredly the world's longest poison pen letter. Dante ground up all his axes and turned the into a story people will still be reading when the sun goes dark. But as a librarian, I would have to give you at least three books for your birthday. I would add Umberto Eco's "Foucault's Pendulum" because it is a mystery that you will only unravel by living and Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" which will make you want to explore the whole of America trying to understand just a little bit of it. <strong>What else should we know about you?</strong> I have a tireless commitment to getting young adults excited about libraries, programming, and reading. It comes from my own life being saved by the librarians at the Albany Park branch of the Chicago Public Library. I've produced six short films with a small film company. I write a column for "Public Libraries" magazine. I have somehow amassed a collection of super-villain paraphernalia (including the hat I'm wearing in my photo). I once dressed as Willy Wonka for a program and also as Professor Snape, neither of whom I resemble at all. I am a sucker for fancy sushi and very cold diet coke.</p> Mon, 21 Dec 2009 11:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/ahill/2009/12/give-me-a-job-please-librarian-filmmaker-and-super-villain-paraphernalia-collector/10592 Wait Wait... there's a typo in that program! http://www.wbez.org/bhealy/2009/12/wait-wait-theres-a-typo-in-the-program/9973 <p>Last week on <a href="/blog/hardworking?cat_id=456">the Hard Working blog</a> <a href="/bhealy/2009/11/give-me-a-job-please-storyteller-art-lover-wordsmith-and-factory-tour-enthusiast/9621">Laura Browning</a>, an out-of-work writer-editor, mentioned that she had gone to see "<a href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/WaitWait.aspx">Wait Wait"¦Don't Tell Me!</a>" earlier this year and discovered a number of errors in the program. Check out what she found!<br><object codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="doc_88990365415352" name="doc_88990365415352" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" align="middle" height="500" width="100%" > <param name="movie" value="http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf?document_id=23792461&access_key=key-gu5evhnt8r4d4k98rgs&page=1&version=1&viewMode=list"> <param name="quality" value="high"> <param name="play" value="true"> <param name="loop" value="true"> <param name="scale" value="showall"> <param name="wmode" value="opaque"> <param name="devicefont" value="false"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff"> <param name="menu" value="true"> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"> <param name="salign" value=""> <param name="mode" value="list"> <embed src="http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf?document_id=23792461&access_key=key-gu5evhnt8r4d4k98rgs&page=1&version=1&viewMode=list" quality="high" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" play="true" loop="true" scale="showall" wmode="opaque" devicefont="false" bgcolor="#ffffff" name="doc_88990365415352_object" menu="true" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" salign="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" align="middle" mode="list" height="500" width="100%"></embed> </object></p> Mon, 07 Dec 2009 12:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/bhealy/2009/12/wait-wait-theres-a-typo-in-the-program/9973 How to (try to) hide your internet past http://www.wbez.org/ahill/2009/12/how-to-try-to-hide-your-internet-past/9710 <p>Have a few less-than-ideal internet appearances?‚  Want to hide them from possible employers?‚  You can try to un-google yourself--<a href="http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Un-Google_Yourself">Wired </a>has a few tips, as does the site <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Ungoogle-Yourself">Wikihow</a>. Among the advice from the <em>Wired </em>wiki : <blockquote>"Many of the scariest websites are most often from people you know. For example, members of wedding parties will often find themselves on a wedding website. Lucky for you, if you're on a wedding website, you're probably friends with the person who owns and hosts the content on the internet. A simple e-mail should straighten up any wayward information."</blockquote> <blockquote>"Though wedding websites are usually safe, public photo albums are probably not. It's therefore a good idea to politely request removal of your last name from friends' public photo albums. Think of how embarrassing it would be to find your full moniker attached to a caption reading "butt contestant," no matter how tame or innocent the context."</blockquote> One problem I'm not sure there is a way to solve--having the same name as someone else. For the record, I'm‚ not the Adriene Hill that has the Twitter bio: "<span>Love music, films, crafting, my handsome little kitten &amp; everything."‚ ‚  I'm also not a chiropractor in Florida. </span> <span><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Googling_Yourself-final.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-9715" title="Googling_Yourself-final" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Googling_Yourself-final.jpg" alt="Googling_Yourself-final" width="513" height="415" /></a> </span></p> Tue, 01 Dec 2009 14:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/ahill/2009/12/how-to-try-to-hide-your-internet-past/9710 Give me a job, please!: Storyteller, art lover, wordsmith, and factory tour enthusiast http://www.wbez.org/bhealy/2009/11/give-me-a-job-please-storyteller-art-lover-wordsmith-and-factory-tour-enthusiast/9621 <p>Laura Browning is the latest job-seeker to take part in the <a href="/ahill/2009/11/give-me-a-job-please" target="_blank">"Give me a job, please!"</a> series.‚  Thoughts, ideas, leads for her, post them here‚ . (If you're currently unemployed and want to be a part of this series, email us <a href="mailto:hardworking@chicagopublicradio.org" target="_blank">here</a>.) <strong>Name: </strong>Laura M. Browning <strong>Looking for work as: </strong>Writer/editor (on a full-time or project basis) for non-profits, magazines, or organizations with connections to the arts or environment. <strong> Please sum up your life experience in 140 characters or less. </strong> I'm curious. Intellectually stimulating experiences open up my world and allow me to be storyteller, art lover, wordsmith, factory tour enthusiast and more. <strong>What kind of job are you looking for? </strong> <strong></strong>Writing/editing for organizations with employees who work hard, have fun, and believe that what they are doing is making the world a little better. I love digging into long feature articles and finding stories in the everyday. I'm also experienced at cutting through jargon to write memorable member newsletters, annual reports, and other marketing collateral.<!--break--> <strong>When have you thought "outside the box"?‚  Also, using descriptive words, please describe the box.</strong> My first job was cleaning out litter boxes at a cats-only boarding facility in Dallas. I think I'll skip the description of <em>that</em> box. But then there was the time I wrote an essay about graffiti in Chicago, and I decided to approach it as art rather than brightly colored street periphery or gang tags or community-painted murals. Could graffiti offer an experience similar to an art museum? Could a crumbling viaduct on Chicago's South Side really bring sacredness to a forgotten graffiti mural the way museum walls would to an early Georgia O'Keeffe painting? The first thing I do when I start to write is to describe the box. What's the obvious approach? You have to recognize the box before it will open up. It might seem dark and uncompromising, but writing allows me to find a window or skylight and clamber out of it.<strong> </strong> <strong>Rumor has you copy edited an episode of "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" -- what's up with that? </strong> It was actually the printed program they hand out at the live tapings, not a transcript of an episode (but if those are available"¦). I'm a devoted WWDTM listener, and I took my dad to a live taping this past February. I took the program home and copy edited the entire thing, which was enormously satisfying. Yes, I may have some slight obsessive-compulsive tendencies. <strong>What else should we know about you? </strong> My favorite punctuation mark is the serial comma. I've run eight half-marathons. I am currently working on an essay about my love of factory tours -- the best one was the Sechler Pickle Factory in St. Joe, Indiana. Did you know Frank Sinatra used to order his pickles from them? You can follow me on Twitter (I'm <a href="http://twitter.com/ellembee" target="_blank">@ellembee</a>), check out samples of my writing at <a href="http://www.artcanthurtyou.com/" target="_blank">www.ArtCantHurtYou.com</a>, and email me at <a href="mailto:lmbrowning@gmail.com" target="_blank">lmbrowning@gmail.com</a>.</p> Mon, 30 Nov 2009 16:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/bhealy/2009/11/give-me-a-job-please-storyteller-art-lover-wordsmith-and-factory-tour-enthusiast/9621 Are there jobs on the (distant) horizon? Forecasters say it could be next month, 2012, 2013 or 2014. http://www.wbez.org/bhealy/2009/11/are-there-jobs-on-the-distant-horizon-forecasters-say-it-could-be-next-month-2012-2014-or-2016/9234 <p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=38277">Illinois' unemployment rate</a> in October was 11 percent, the highest rate in 26 years.‚  The <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm">national rate </a>topped 10 percent last month. When do economists think the jobs will begin to return? According to a report out today from the <a href="http://www.nabe.com/">National Association for Business Economics</a>, we might be talking months instead of years.‚  "While the recovery has been jobless so far, that should soon change," said Lynn Reaser, President of the N.A.B.E. "Within the next few months, companies should be adding instead of cutting jobs." Great news, right? But if you're waiting for a bunch of new jobs to spring up in the next few weeks, don't hold your breath"¦there's some fine print. <!--break-->Economists at the N.A.B.E. say a complete recovery of the job market won't occur until 2012. More than a third of economists surveyed by the <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2009/10/30/news/economy/when_will_jobs_return/index.htm?postversion=2009103013" target="_blank">National Association of Business Economics</a> said that jobs won't return to pre-recession levels until 2013 or later. And Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the Economic Policy Institute, says the sluggish job market <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33384835/" target="_blank">could continue through 2014</a>. Still concerned? President Obama is on it. Before he left for Asia, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/12/AR2009111210563.html" target="_blank">the President announced plans for a White House forum on job creation</a> next month. Critics of the President have said that the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/19/AR2009111904111.html" target="_blank">stimulus package‚  hasn't produced the jobs that he promised</a>. And as <a href="http://www.newdeal20.org/?p=6519" target="_blank">James Carr of the Roosevelt Institute</a> points out , "A recovery without jobs is meaningless for families worried about paying their mortgages, purchasing food, affording health care, sending their kids to college, and saving for a decent retirement."</p> Mon, 23 Nov 2009 11:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/bhealy/2009/11/are-there-jobs-on-the-distant-horizon-forecasters-say-it-could-be-next-month-2012-2014-or-2016/9234 A simple idea for the CTA...borrowed from NYC http://www.wbez.org/ahill/2009/11/a-simple-idea-for-the-cta-borrowed-from-nyc/9244 <p>The Metropolitian Transporation Authority in New York <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/20/nyregion/20metrocard.html?_r=1&amp;partner=rss&amp;emc=rss">distributed seven million </a>transit cards with the word "optimism" on the back. Nice, right? (<a href="http://aestheticsofjoy.com " target="_blank">via</a>) <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//2009_MC_ARTS_FOR_TRANSIT_-_OPTIMISM.jpg"></a> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//optimism.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-9248 aligncenter" title="optimism" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//optimism.jpg" alt="optimism" width="600" height="450" /></a></p></p> Fri, 20 Nov 2009 13:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/ahill/2009/11/a-simple-idea-for-the-cta-borrowed-from-nyc/9244 Give me a job, please: What color is your parachute? 'Not golden, that's for sure!' http://www.wbez.org/bhealy/2009/11/give-me-a-job-please-what-color-is-your-parachute-not-golden-thats-for-sure/8922 <p>Jennifer Rice Epstein is the fourth job-seeker in the <a href="/ahill/2009/11/give-me-a-job-please/">"Give me a job, please!" series</a>. Jennifer worked at a industrial supply company before going back to school. She completed her MFA this summer and is currently revising her thesis, a novel called <em>Mr. Eclipse</em>. (If you want to be included in this series, email us <a href="mailto:hardworking@chicagopublicradio.org">here</a>.) <p style="text-align: center"><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/jenniferepstein.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8928" style="border: 1px solid black" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/jenniferepstein.jpg" alt="jenniferepstein" width="302" height="227" /></a><!--break--></p> <strong>Name</strong>: Jennifer Rice Epstein <strong>Looking for work as</strong>: I have an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from the University of Arizona and would really like to pick up some classes teaching‚  creative writing. I taught while at UA and loved it. I also have experience as a journalist and editor, and would welcome writing or editing work, too. <strong>What color is your parachute?</strong> Not golden, that's for sure! <strong>When can you start?</strong> January. <strong>What are your weaknesses as an employee?</strong> Trick question! I am a good employee, actually. My weakness as a candidate is that I am relatively early in my career. In this economy, it seems that there is not much room for a new graduate. <strong>What is your favorite word to say out loud?</strong> <strong>Why.</strong> While I was in grad school, Lydia Davis visited our program, and she detailed the wonderfully evocative qualities of the word balefully. Just say it out loud. Balefully. It's wonderful! <strong>What else should we know about you?</strong> I am nearly finished with revisions on a literary novel called Mr. Eclipse. I review books for Publishers Weekly on a freelance basis. My undergraduate degree is also in English (from UCLA). You can view a more detailed work history via my Linked In profile <a href="http:// bit.ly/1sJW7m">here</a> and I can be reached at <a href="mailto:jriceepstein@gmail.com">jriceepstein@gmail.com</a>. Check out Jennifer's resume <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/wbez_resume.pdf">here</a>.</p> Fri, 20 Nov 2009 11:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/bhealy/2009/11/give-me-a-job-please-what-color-is-your-parachute-not-golden-thats-for-sure/8922 4% Unemployment Rate for White Women College Grads, 31% Unemployment Rate for Black Men Without HS Diploma http://www.wbez.org/bhealy/2009/11/4-unemployment-rate-for-white-women-college-grads-31-unemployment-rate-for-black-men-without-hs-diploma/9109 <p>We stumbled upon an interesting <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/11/06/business/economy/unemployment-lines.html?ref=economy" target="_blank">interactive graphic at the <em>New York Times</em></a> (thanks to a tip from <em>The Chicago Reporter</em>'s <a href="http://chicagoreporter.typepad.com/chicago_reporter/2009/11/labor-department-numbers-dont-reflect-real-economy-draft.html#more" target="_blank">blog</a>) that highlights how race, gender, age and education level affect unemployment rates. It's worth checking out. Most startling: Black men ages 15 -- 24 who hadn't graduated from high school had the highest unemployment rate: 48.5% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Prominent minority organizations including the N.A.A.C.P. and the National Council of La Raza are <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/17/us/17labor.html?_r=2&amp;ref=politics">calling on President Obama for help</a> in creating more jobs. Which group is faring‚ best in terms of employment? The answer: White women, ages 25 -- 44 who are college graduates.‚  They have‚ an unemployment rate of only 3.6%.The news isn't all rosy for women, though. Unmarried women, particularly mothers and caregivers, are among the hardest hit by the recession, <a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/11/employment_decline.html" target="_blank">according to the Center for American Progress</a>.</p> Thu, 19 Nov 2009 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/bhealy/2009/11/4-unemployment-rate-for-white-women-college-grads-31-unemployment-rate-for-black-men-without-hs-diploma/9109 Give me a job, please: Pleasantly Personable Project Manager http://www.wbez.org/bhealy/2009/11/give-me-a-job-please-perfectly-pleasant-project-planner/8909 <p>Our <a href="/ahill/2009/11/give-me-a-job-please/">series of interviews with Chicago area job-seekers</a>‚ continues with John Newfy, a project manager with more than 10 years of experience in web development. John says, "My wife and I have been sustaining members of WBEZ since long before there was even a plan around that kind of member.‚  When I got laid off, we had to suspend our membership, but if I get a job, we'll go right back to it.‚  So the way I see it, it's win-win for you, help me find a gig and we'll help support the station." Be sure to leave advice for John ‚ in the comments section. (If you're interested in being a part of this series, <a href="http://mailto:hardworking@chicagopublicradio.org">email us here</a>.) <strong>Name</strong>: John Newfry <strong>Looking for work as</strong>: Project Manager, preferably in Web Development <strong>Please describe your work style and work ethic using only words that begin with the letter "P".</strong> Punctual, Probably perspicacious, pleasantly personable, plus purposely polished pithiness <strong>What is your 5 year plan? </strong> 5 years is a long time for someone that's been working mostly on internet related projects for a while. ‚ Five years ago the idea of mobile phone development was barely a thought, now it's clearly a concern. I would like to be involved in a big idea and want that idea to take off and will do what I can to help it along. <strong>What is your plan for the day?</strong> Currently I'm studying for my PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, which I do between sending out resumes.‚  ‚ I also try to get in a good walk and do what's needed around the house. <strong>If you see another employee stealing someone else's sandwich from the fridge, would you report it?‚  Why or why not?</strong> Depends on what you mean by report.‚  I would confront the poacher and let the poachee know what happened.‚  Lunch theft is an aggression that should not stand, but there's no need to run to management about it. <strong>What else should we know about you?</strong> My work history is available here.‚ <a title="View public profile" href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnnewfry">http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnnewfry</a> . Feel free to contact me at<a href="http://mailto:john@newfry.com">john@newfry.com</a>. Check out John's resume <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/Newfry-Resume-2009.pdf">here</a>.</p> Wed, 18 Nov 2009 10:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/bhealy/2009/11/give-me-a-job-please-perfectly-pleasant-project-planner/8909