Erik Bates | February 20, 2004
So I'm on the hunt for a job in Residence Life. I'm heading up to Oshkosh, WI in two weeks for a massive ResLife job fair. So far I have 8 interviews lined up. I'm actually excited about a few of them.

Really this discussion topic has no real meaning to it. I just wanted to share a bit of what's going on in the life of Big E.

So, for your viewing pleasure (and because I'm bored), here's a list of the places I'm scheduled to interview.


Hiram College
Lawrence University (Current #1 pick)
Alaska Residential Schools (partially a joke, but also a last resort)
Midland Lutheran (Nebraska, close to family)
University of Indianapolis
South Dakota State University
University of Southern Indiana
The Indiana Academy
Carleton College


Soon to hopefully have an interview lined up with North Dakota State University. Go Bison!

I'll update after Oshkosh to let you know how it went, you know, just in case you care.

Denise Sawicki | February 20, 2004
I live in Fargo btw, and my dad works at NDSU. And Jeff goes there (occasionally (he only has one class)). Hey, most people just make fun of North Dakota, few actually visit there :). Good luck, sounds like you're going to be doing a lot of travelling :)

Er, I don't read carefully enough, I guess you are having all of those interviews in Oshkosh, so I made a dumb comment....

Erik Bates | February 22, 2004
North Dakota State interview has been officially set up. 9 interviews and counting!

Jackie Mason | February 23, 2004
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Erik Bates | March 4, 2004
Well, tomorrow is the big day. I fly out at 7am and arrive in Appleton, WI at 2pm, and interviews start on Friday morning!

For those interested, here's the list of schools:

Hiram College (Ohio)
Buena Vista University (Iowa)
Lawrence University (Wisconsin)
Alaska Residential Schools (Alaska)
Midland Lutheran (Nebraska)
Manchester (Indiana)
Central Michigan (Michigan)
University of Indianapolis (Indiana)
South Dakota State University (South Dakota)
North Dakota State (North Dakota)
University of Southern Indiana (Indiana)
Indiana Academy (Indiana)
Carleton College (Minnesota)
Briar Cliff (Iowa)

I'll be setting up an interview with Missouri Western State College once I arrive in Oshkosh, and, if possible, with Beloit College. That would bring my interview total to 16 interviews in 2 days. Then, if I'm lucky, I get 2nd interviews on Sunday morning. I just have to be very selective on which schools I do 2nd interviews with because of the limited time.

Wish me luck!

Scott Hardie | March 4, 2004
Good luck!

Erik Bates | March 8, 2004
I'm back!

Wow, what an experience. I had the best time in Oshkosh, despite the freezing temperatures and the sore throat I couldn't get rid of no matter how hard I tried.

Several colleges seem promising. Let's go through my original list and mark off those who won't be happening:

Hiram College (Ohio)
Buena Vista University (Iowa)
Lawrence University (Wisconsin)
Alaska Residential Schools (Alaska)
Midland Lutheran (Nebraska)
Manchester (Indiana)
Central Michigan (Michigan)
University of Indianapolis (Indiana)
South Dakota State University (South Dakota)
North Dakota State (North Dakota)
University of Southern Indiana (Indiana)
Indiana Academy (Indiana)
Carleton College (Minnesota)
Briar Cliff (Iowa)

Of the remaining, Briar Cliff, Hiram, Alaska Residential Schools, Manchester, and University of Southern Indiana are still high on my list, and it appears as if I am high on the list of Briar cliff, Hiram, Manchester, and Alaska.

I hope this will be a tough decision for me.

Melissa Erin | March 10, 2004
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Anthony Lewis | March 10, 2004
Tale of two friends.

One friend (who lives here in NY) has been looking for a job for months. No luck. Another friend just moved to Austin, TX about a week ago. She may have a job by next week (hopefully).

Good luck to all who are looking. I don't envy you one bit.

Erik Bates | March 10, 2004
Melissa, I hate to be captain obvious over here, but sometimes it's all about how you structure your resume.

Of course, I present a resume-writing workshop here at Texas Tech, so I'm just tooting my own horn a bit :)

Melissa Erin | March 10, 2004
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Scott Hardie | March 10, 2004
Welcome to the site, Melissa! Anna will be happy to have another friend on here, and so will the conservative authors. ;-)

I don't really want to get into my own job hunt because it depresses me terribly, but to add my voice to the chorus, I've been unemployed here in Tampa for six months now. All I can do is keep trying (I send out about 10-12 resumes a week, each one specially written for that position) and not giving up hope. That last part isn't easy.

Anna Gregoline | March 10, 2004
Keep your chin up, folks. I know how it feels - I was six months looking after I graduated college, and was lucky enough after having one position to find another one after only being unemployed a month. It's tough out there. All of my friends are either: employed and doing school part time, unemployed, or doing school full time. I'm sick of it. I wish I could get you all done with school/jobs already, so I can relate! (Full time here, no school).

Melissa Erin | March 10, 2004
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Erik Bates | March 10, 2004
Yay. I'm going to Iowa next week! I have an on-campus interview with Briar Cliff University!

Melissa Erin | March 10, 2004
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Jackie Mason | March 18, 2004
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Jackie Mason | March 18, 2004
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Melissa Erin | March 18, 2004
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Dave Stoppenhagen | March 18, 2004
Good luck to you both.

D. R. | March 19, 2004
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Denise Sawicki | March 19, 2004
I heard the Fargo story and yes, it's absurd. From my point of view it seems like almost everyone here works in low-paying service jobs. Jeff has said the same thing. I miraculously acquired a good job myself though, after just a couple months of looking, and despite my degree being in physics :P.

Melissa Erin | March 19, 2004
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Anna Gregoline | March 19, 2004
It's tough out there - I have many friends looking for work, and my dad too. I wish I could look more, but I don't even want to think about it right now.

Erik Bates | March 21, 2004
Would you consider this line to be good or bad?

"Erik, if I never see you again, I will be very disappointed."

This was said by the Dean of Students.

Yeah, I thought it sounded good, too. :-)

Erik Bates | March 26, 2004
I got a job! I got a job! I got a job!

Briar Cliff University figured it would be a good idea to hire me.

I figured it would be a good idea to accept.

Melissa Erin | March 26, 2004
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Jackie Mason | March 26, 2004
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Scott Hardie | March 26, 2004
Well done!

Steve West | March 26, 2004
Kudos & huzzah!

Dave Stoppenhagen | March 26, 2004
Congrats Eric and welcome to the Midwest.

Jackie Mason | March 29, 2004
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Jackie Mason | March 31, 2004
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Anna Gregoline | March 31, 2004
Well, I majored in English, so the job offers are limitless! Ha.

I'm working at a law firm, and my previous job was at a law firm too. I hope to eventually work at a zoo or aquarium in an admin position. Or, just have my own business.

Melissa Erin | March 31, 2004
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Denise Sawicki | March 31, 2004
I majored in physics and miraculously got a job as a computer programmer, which I do count as a real job. I program in FORTRAN. It's a dead language. I fear I might have some trouble if I ever needed to get a different job.

Kris Weberg | March 31, 2004
I work at Starbucks, despite having an MA from the University of Chicago....in Humanities. Come fall, I'm taken care of, though.

But some of my fellow grads are even less fortunate. One, a former writer and editor with five years of experience, is still out of work almost a year later. So is a good friend of mine. Both have been actively looking for work, too.

Scott Hardie | March 31, 2004
English degree, currently unemployed, for several reasons.

Nadine Russell | April 1, 2004
Working as a graphic designer, majored in english in college, dropped that half way through and decided to go into web development. Still trying to figure out how I managed to get a job as a graphic designer.

Steve Dunn | April 1, 2004
Majored in poli sci in college, went to law school, am now a lawyer.

Which is not to say I'm doing what I "studied" in law school, because that was mostly playing guitar, throwing tennis balls for my dog, and playing Sega at 4:20 every afternoon.

Nadine Russell | April 1, 2004
I'm sure everyone's secondary education had some similar traits to yours Steve. It's a wonder anyone gets a job after graduation. We dug up an old Atari in college. To this day I still hold the high score in Galaga.

Jackie Mason | April 1, 2004
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Scott Hardie | April 1, 2004
Well, if we're going to put it that way: I "majored" in running this site, and I still run this site as a part-time job today. (If only I could get paid for it...)

Melissa Erin | April 1, 2004
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Nadine Russell | April 1, 2004
Jackie, it's a great job, I actually managed to get my position after working with the company for 2 years. One day the head office called and said "Hey, we see you used to design webpages, come up here and design stuff for us." I had to learn pretty quick, but I did it and I really love my job. They're actually looking to bump me up to senior designer in the department within the next couple of years. Everyone I talk to who studied graphic design said the best place they worked just after college was a print shop. Gets you the hands on experience I suppose.

Jackie Mason | April 1, 2004
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Robert Phillips | January 15, 2005
Software Engineer...Math/Physics degree univeristy of Minnesota. Been employed as a software engineer since then. My company is still hiring. Any good systems programmers need a job in Minneapolis or Orlando..

Robert Phillips | January 16, 2005
Or is any body a good UNIX admin who has been in the business for a while. There are also jos available in Minneapolis or Orlando as support analysts. This is a great job...60 to 70 grand a year.

Dave Mitzman | January 16, 2005
Computer Science degree, currently at Best Buy. Worked as a tech support monkey for 2 years (which I'll refer to as the 'dark times' from here on). It sucks especially for software engineers and developers since they've been sending all the jobs overseas.

Scott Horowitz | January 17, 2005
Yes, somebody get Mitz a job so he stops bothering me about it.

Dave Mitzman | January 17, 2005
How bout somebody get me a job so I can earn money which can be traded for goods and services.

Amy Austin | January 17, 2005
You can provide "services" that can be traded, Mitz -- c'mon, get creative! ;DDDDD

E. M. | January 17, 2005
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Robert Phillips | January 17, 2005
Dave...send me your resume...

robert.phillips@veritas.com

We may have some services related jobs in NYC, but I am not sure. What I mean by services is such things as on-site system engineers and business critical services engineers, but there are no development jobs that I know of.

and Dave you seem handsome enough...:)

Dave Mitzman | January 17, 2005
Sure thing. Although my "services" have been lacking lately, I'm sure I can provide some sort of goodness to a systems job :)


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