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

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

News About Town | St. Louis on the Moooove! Sunday, Sep 13 2009 

I’ve been doing some pro bono work, while I’m working my three-day work week during this, ummmm, recession.

st_louis_misouri_mo_arch_a_great_city_postage-p172651931138317707anr4u_400I have to give props to Alex, my co-worker at Lawrence Group, who is a graphic designer and my partner in crime on one of the pro bono projects. Alex has designed a logo for the St. Louis Animal Care & Control Center (aka, the city pound), and he has gotten as far as the landing page for a whole new Web site for the “ACC.” Alex has been working with the manager there (Becky Smail) and her staff to get this site designed, approved, up and running. The city really needed something much better to support the efforts of adopting out the animals. The ACC has a dedicated manager, as I’ve come to know her, a hard working staff, and caring volunteers who are most anxious to get this site live. If you have time, please get over to the facility on I-55 and Gasconade to help with walking the dogs and cuddling the cats. Otherwise they don’t get out of their cages, they become withdrawn, and then they are less likely to adopted.

landmarks_logoI am also working on the publicity committee for the 50th Anniversary Gala of the Landmarks Association of St. Louis. It’s November 7, 2009, and our committee kicked off the publicity effort last Friday with a cover on the Ladue News. I will be posting more about Landmarks Association of St. Louis, the gala, the new executive director Jeff Mansell, their new office and gallery space on Washington Avenue, and other things of interest. For now, though, please consider attending this event, which will be held at the Palladium in Lafayette Square. This will be the public’s first look at that new venue. You know you like to be first, right?

Galas are fun, and that’s one of the messages we want to get out to the design community: That even though we usually see the Landmarks people when they are protesting the tearing down of an historic building, they are also a great group of people, who are also very proactive, and who like to have a good time.

This could be a great networking event for anyone in the job market (hint, hint.)

SAVE THE DATE: November 7, 2009


WHERE? At THE PALLADIUM, 1400 Park Place, Lafayette Square

St. Louis Postage Stamp courtesy of

Urbanism and the New Economy blog Thursday, Jun 25 2009 

A colleague of mine at Lawrence Group’s office in North Carolina is blogging on >Urbanism and the New Economy: Resources and Ideas for Sustainable Communities in the 21st Century.<

I’m linking it here, but also blogrolling it.

I don’t see a Feedblitz subscription option on the site yet, but it’s new. I suggested it to him today, and hopefully he will add that soon.

If you’re interested at all in sustainability, urban planning, city planning, town planning, architecture, quality of life or any related issues, this promises to be good and informative reading. The current post is titled “How do we re-center our suburbs?”

Craig S. Lewis, AICP, CNU

Craig S. Lewis, AICP, CNU

The colleague mentioned is Craig S. Lewis, AICP, CNU. He is managing principal of Lawrence Group’s Carolinas office and professionally affiliated with

o American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), 1999
o Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)
o Urban Land Institute
o American Planning Association–New Urbanism Division Executive Committee

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


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!

twitter logo

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????

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.


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!

Welcome! Saturday, Feb 28 2009 

The St. Louis design community is large enough to be interesting, yet small enough that I’ve run into a lot of the same colleagues at different job throughout my career. People come, and people go, no matter how great the company, or how hot the economy.

Life is change.

istock_000000291004xsmall  Sometimes things look better from a different perspective.

Right now, obviously, the economy is causing unwelcome changes in employment circumstances for many in the St. Louis design community, and I have set up this Web site as a resource particularly for those who are “between gigs.”

It’s open to anyone in the St. Louis design community as a way to reconnect with colleagues and swap personal stories, but especially to offer support to those between jobs, share job searching and networking tips and opportunities, share job leads and report successes.

This blog is not the place to be ugly, angry, rant, etc. I won’t approve any posts for public viewing that are not respectful of the purpose here, or that violate the rules.


No bashing current or past employers. This includes sarcastic or bitter posts.

No rumor mongering (exchange rumors by private e-mail, please.)

No bashing St. Louis.

No snark, please—it’s just not helpful. Snark is a form of sarcasm. If you’re not sure what snark is here is a link to a great conversation on it.

Otherwise, blog away, and tell your friends.

I’ve set up an AddThis social networking button in the sidebar, as well as FeedBlitz as a subscription service, if you want to receive updates when new information is posted.