Job Opportunity! NO CALLS, PLEASE. Wednesday, Feb 10 2010 

Lawrence Group is currently seeking a marketing services coordinator to

join their team. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to handle

multiple projects and meet tight deadlines. Responsibilities would include

production of marketing collateral for proposals, qualifications,

interviews, award submittals, etc. Excellent computer skills, including

Adobe CS, required. Bachelor’s degree, 1-3 years of related

experience preferred.

NO CALLS PLEASE!!!! Send resumes to michelle.yates at thelawrencegroup.com

Michelle is short staffed and requests that all contact be by e-mail.Thank you for your understanding.

I have no additional information—I am only the messenger!

How are you using your time away from the paid job? Friday, Oct 9 2009 

83304769 -0 I had envisioned more sharing of information on employment on this site by multitudes of people vs. me posting whatever I know–which often isn’t much. The multitude of contributors (or just sources of info) have not materialized, and I have found that when people are hit by furlough, pay cut, temporary lay off, or just plain let go by their employer, they are very self-protective about their situation, preferring to keep a low profile.

I guess because I’ve been through this before (two or three times, now), I get spooked by an economic downturn, but I know that if I keep my paddle in the water, I will get to another good spot, eventually.

I have heard from lots of people who have found new jobs. It’s actually very encouraging that so many have done so. They often ask me not to post about it, though. Rats!

I have another idea; always have another idea. This is something to which any reader can contribute, from anywhere in the world (are you listening, “world“?) and you don’t even have to give info about your paid work, or lack thereof to do it. Let us know what kinds of community service things you’re doing.

How are you giving/giving back? Lots of people do this even when they are working a 60 hr. week, but many of us have upped the amount of community service work we’re doing, if we’ve had our work week reduced or are between gigs, due to the economy.

200482268-001_muttI have been doing a lot of things. For example, I have been working with Alex, a colleague here at Lawrence Group, and Rebecca, the manager at the St. Louis Animal Care & Control Center, aka “the city pound,” on a pro bono project.

seal-border-white-shadowAlex created a logo, which they’d never had, and designed a Web site around the content that Rebecca and her staff and Alex and I suggested and developed. The new site is not up yet, and the current page is part of the St. Louis Health Department’s Web page. The Health Department is over the Animal Care & Control Center, and the ACC has been “hidden” in all the Health Department info.

The address for the new Web site will be announced soon and, meanwhile, you can get some info from the current site linked just above, or stop by or call them at

The City of St. Louis Animal Care & Control
2120 Gasconade Street, St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 353-5838

88977946_left facing catHaving a beautifully branded and designed Web site will help get animals adopted at this out-of-the-way facility, as well as recruit volunteers and staff, when needed. There are photographers who are getting good pics of the adoptable animals now in anticipation of the new site going live.

I don’t have the photographer’s names at hand, but if you see this and have that info, please give them a shout-out, and a thank you from the animals! Also, thank Candice & Noreen for putting me onto this idea and keeping me energized with their own passionate support of animal welfare.

So, tell us: What are YOU doing … ?

Image Credits:
Getty Images

Project Architect | Construction Company [new] Friday, Jun 26 2009 

Just saw this on Twitter this morning from StLouis_Jobs. I posted this source some weeks ago, so I hope everyone made note, and if you are in the job market that you are signed up for Twitter and at least monitoring StLJobs Tweet stream.

StLouis_Jobs searches multiple sites and posts job openings to Twitter. Saves a lot of time by letting interested persons look in one place. Here’s the link to the >job listing< (which St_Louis_Jobs found on “Simply Hired) and a link to >StLouis_Jobs on Twitter< (Set up an account—what are you waiting for? It’s free! If you’re already on Facebook, you can monitor Twitter with a Facebook app right from your Facebook home page!)

StLouis_Jobs found me on Twitter: Will they find YOU? Sunday, May 24 2009 

StLouis_Jobs

StLouis_Jobs on Twitter

Most of those whom I “Follow” on Twitter include far-flung friends, whom I don’t get to see or talk to as often as I’d like. Twitter is the most quick and casual of social media, and for me this is a great way to use it. It’s fun to reconnect a few times a day reading their “Tweets” to all their followers. Sometimes I read & laugh & wish I had more time to spend with them in person; sometimes I respond (using @theirTwittername in my reply, which sends a message to all my followers, including that person); sometimes I even forward their Tweet to others (using RT, i.e., Re-Tweet in my reply.)

Twitter-press bird

Twitter-press bird

Generally just “being out there” on any social media doesn’t get you noticed. You have to work it, be active in some strategic way to be visible to the readers you want to attract (and of course different audiences respond to different bait.) Once you’re active, though, and have started attracting the attention of some of your hoped-for audience, you will also begin to get Followers you hadn’t known were out there. That was the case today when I got a Follow from StLouis_Jobs.

I got the notice in my Yahoo! e-mail, went to my Twitter account and clicked on StLouis_Jobs to check out that account’s Tweet Stream. In the first 10 or so jobs listed there, I found both entry level and high level listings. So I returned the Follow. I can always Unfollow at any time.

If you’re not on Twitter, you may not know this, but you can return the Follow (so now you both see each other’s Tweets), you can Block that Follow (sometimes you will get adult sites with live cams, etc., sent out by Spam bots, and I just block those), or you can do nothing, which lets the other follow you and keeps you free from their Tweets. The follows you accept, block or ignore will depend on what you want to get from your Twitter account, and you can define that (and refine that) on a daily basis.

not-a-geekSo, I hope this helps get some of you on Twitter if you’re not yet on it, if only to be knowledgeable when it comes up in conversation. Nothing makes someone look more like a workforce dinosaur or a workforce newbie who’s missing the train than saying, “Duh, I don’t know a thing ’bout Twitter … .”  Techno-savvy is a job requirement today. Being able to talk knowledgeably about these things is also good for your self-esteem, which is critical when you’re in job search mode. Every contact, every conversation is a potential link to the next job lead. Don’t waste a single one of them telling anyone, even a good friend, how dumb and out of it you are when it comes to technology!

See you on Twitter!

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PS  In addition to following far-flung friends, I also follow a few local people I have never met, but whose lifestyles inspire or intrigue me. They have become pen-pals of a new age technology over the past several months.

Senator Claire McCaskill

Senator Claire McCaskill

I also follow my Senator, Claire McCaskill, and a few others who are important to my world. It is definitely Senator McCaskill, personally, sending the Tweets from her account. No doubt about it. Some public figures don’t send their own, but she does, including pix from the Senate floor, etc. I sent her a picture taken of her speaking at UMSL last week (shown here), and it went out from me about an hour after she finished over Twitter using TwitPic, a mini-application for sending photos over Twitter. My tweet said, “Senator Claire McCaskill at UMSL today; taken w/ Blackberry by the Marketing Manager at Lawrence Group.” Talk about news traveling fast, plus I got our company name in front of the Senator, whose vote on certain issues affects our company, directly!

Brent Spiner, 2008

Brent Spiner, 2008

I also follow Brent Spiner, aka Commander Data from Star Trek: TNG. He tweets infrequently, but you can tweet him directly with an @BrentSpiner message.

Most recently he was tweeting about American Idol. Apparently he is a fan.

His “update” is usually turned off, meaning he won’t be sending you a message back, but regardless: HOW COOL IS THAT????

Free! Yes, free! Tuesday, May 19 2009 

Now that I have your attention, here is your reminder:
Please volunteer for this & pass this on to everyone you know.  Let’s make a difference. Thanks.

Shelter Dog

Shelter Dog

The Animal Care and Control Center (the St. Louis City Pound) is in desperate need of volunteers to walk the dogs or cuddle the cats.

These animals do not leave their small kennels unless there is a volunteer to take them out. That’s right they are in their kennels 24/7.

Animals fail to thrive when they are caged like this, making their adoption less likely, when they stop responding to human attention.

Shelter Cat

Shelter Cat

If you or anyone you know who is downsized, furloughed, between gigs, retired, works evenings, or is a stay-at-home mom or dad—anyone with time and/or a flexible schedule—could give a couple of hours a week to these animals, it would really help in keeping the animals healthy for possible adoption.

Shelter Dog

Shelter Dog

There will be volunteer training this Saturday, May 16.  Training takes just one hour.

Please, please call Kathy Jarowicz, the volunteer coordinator at 314.353.5838 to sign up for your training.  After you are trained you can walk starting a 9:00 a.m. on Monday–Saturday.

Not  only will you be helping the animals, but walking is the best exercise for humans, too! You can burn some calories and generate endorphins (happy-brain hormones) in the process. See? Feel-good volunteer opportunity!

The pound is located at 2120 Gasconade at I-55.

Shelter Dog

Shelter Dog

“I can’t fix all the problems of the world today, but I can fix all the problems of this one animal’s world today. So can you!”

side_adoptpetMany thanks to dogguide.net, narfrescue.org

Feel-Good Volunteer Opportunity Wednesday, May 13 2009 

Please volunteer & pass this on to everyone you know.  Let’s make a difference. Thanks.

Shelter Dog

Shelter Dog

The Animal Care and Control Center (the St. Louis City Pound) is in desperate need of volunteers to walk the dogs or cuddle the cats.

These animals do not leave their small kennels unless there is a volunteer to take them out. That’s right they are in their kennels 24/7.

Animals fail to thrive when they are caged like this, making their adoption less likely, when they stop responding to human attention.

Shelter Cat

Shelter Cat

If you or anyone you know who is downsized, furloughed, between gigs, retired, works evenings, or is a stay-at-home mom or dad—anyone with time and/or a flexible schedule—could give a couple of hours a week to these animals, it would really help in keeping the animals healthy for possible adoption.

Shelter Dog

Shelter Dog

There will be volunteer training this Saturday, May 16.  Training takes just one hour.

Please, please call Kathy Jarowicz, the volunteer coordinator at 314.353.5838 to sign up for your training.  After you are trained you can walk starting a 9:00 a.m. on Monday–Saturday.

Not  only will you be helping the animals, but walking is the best exercise for humans, too! You can burn some calories and generate endorphins (happy-brain hormones) in the process. See? Feel-good volunteer opportunity!

The pound is located at 2120 Gasconade at I-55.

Shelter Dog

Shelter Dog

“I can’t fix all the problems of the world today, but I can fix all the problems of this one animal’s world today. So can you!”

side_adoptpetMany thanks to dogguide.net, narfrescue.org

CNNMoney.com + Forbes Magazine posts list of Fortune 100 companies now hiring! Sunday, Apr 26 2009 

> Link <

You are 1 in 5,598! Sunday, Apr 26 2009 

I’ve had as many as 350+ visitors from around the world come to this site on any given day.

Blogging, when I should be sleeping.

Blogging, when I should be sleeping.

This brings the running total of visitors to 5,598 since I launched the site on February 28, 2009. The “hits” that are counted are unique URLS, and do not count my own visits or return visits by anyone. The reach has been widely international.

I think it’s pretty amazing what one person can do working at a laptop in (her) living room in her pajamas.

The purpose of the site isn’t necessarily just to count hits. My primary thought, when I launched this exactly 8 weeks ago, was to provide a place for colleagues in the “creative class” to network. I was seeing (and continue to see) so many people locally at design-related companies being laid off, furloughed, have hours reduced, pay cut, etc.

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How about the readers here creating a little chatter?

While I’m totally jazzed about the number of hits, I’m really not sure why there aren’t more comments being posted, or more people taking me up on my offer to do a “Spotlight” on their work, if they are freelancers, reps or available for work as consultants, if they are between gigs. There is no charge to Spotlight you. There won’t ever be a charge. Take advantage of it now, because when the St. Louis area gets back to full employment, I may not have the time to continue the blog!

Can anyone help me out and get some lines of conversation and information sharing started among the readers?

Image of Karen Neuburger That Touch of Pink Stripe Shortsleeve Crop Pajama from sleepyheads.com via the Web (and I am a Karen Neuburger customer!)

Image of Chatter Matters game box by Mattel from Amazon.com via the Web

Save the Date: Friday, April 17, 2009 | 4:30 p.m. Monday, Apr 13 2009 

This is from my colleague at Lawrence Group, interior designer Beth Trueblood.

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Maryville University will host an opening reception for an exhibition of the work of the 20 graduating seniors in the university’s Interior Design Program from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 209.

The show may be viewed daily after the opening from April 17 – 24.

An e-copy of the maryville-university-senior-show-invitation is linked here.

Beth worked with the head of the interior design program department, Darlene Davison, at HOK. Beth goes to Maryville to do crits when they have a medical design project, which is the area of Beth’s specialty.

The show will be interesting, and it could be a great networking opportunity!

Update on job market from the Creative Group Monday, Mar 30 2009 

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted on the “temp agency for marketing and public relations” types, i.e., the Creative Group. Late last week I spoke with Elizabeth Pfitzinger, a staffer there, and she gave me some info on what she sees happening at her end with the job market.

now-hiringShe said they are busy and right now instead of seeing contracts for longer term work, they are seeing a lot of requests for project work. She also said that some companies are hiring permanent staff, and they are doing it strategically by using the Creative Group’s “contract worker to permanent hire” route. It’s kind of a “try before you buy,” to avoid adding head-counts with a bad hire.

Boss from Hell

Boss from Hell

Now, we all know that sometimes a “bad hire” is a great person who is just in the wrong job or at the wrong company or the boss from hell. Still, bad hires and the dreaded turnover are expensive propositions for the employer and the employee, and hiring managers are surely being scrutinized for turnover (plus none of us want to end up looking for work for weeks and then end up working for the worst boss imaginable!) So this idea of contract worker to permanent hire makes sense to them especially right now, when their own jobs are probably no more secure than anyone else’s.

So, keep Creative Group in mind, if you’re looking right now for opportunities. Elizabeth is now a subscriber, and I will check in with her on a sporatic, but fairly regular basis to see what the job market looks like from her end.

Elizabeth and another staffer, Greg, work in tandom on filling positions for their clients, and either one can help you, if you have questions. They would be glad to hear from you. She got back to me quickly and was very accommodating with her time and information.

Here’s a > LINK < to their Web site; you can upload your resume, search for jobs, and lots of other things here. Creative Group is a Robert Half International company, and they have a St. Louis office.

Their local office info:

211 N. Broadway
Suite 1250
St. Louis, MO 63102
Phone: 314.621.1121 — Elizabeth or Greg
Fax: 314.621.4621
Email: st.louis@creativegroup.com

 

If YOU have experience with Creative Group, I’d love to have you post about it!

Over the years, I’ve received many resumes, and when I am not hiring here, I refer people to Creative Group. I’ve always heard back that the experience was a good one.

Testimonials, anyone?

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