Notification and key code etc. arrived Friday pm. They ship 1-3 day
fedx so I should have it by Tuesday latest.
On other fronts, searching Youtube.com for "IOUSA"... as in .
I.O.U...United states, is a preview of a film by the same title just
out from the Sundance Film festival.
a must see imo. I am posting this here because CAD people,
especially designers or engineering trained CAD people will be among
the relative few in private enterprise who will still be able to
afford an occasional starbucks as this economy melts down, especially
since a very high percentage of this work can be done from home or
even 100% by telecommute to a national if not international market.
Those with famlies, or people wishing to be in the best financial
shape no matter what will get a side line going as well.
Last year I ran some ads in a local chamber of commerce directory...
on my sebatical from my current engineering project (stalled because
it needs a new roof and structural debug)... I got 1,000 dollars worth
of low end trade work... not so bad. I didnt particularly need it
now, but in a worse economy it would be a life saver...even 500
dollars a week would be a life saver.
Along those lines I was thinking that since the new chamber of
commerce book comes out in 6 months ....now would be the time to pay
for a bigger ad... a big ad as everyone else is tapped out with no
work would be perfect timing.
My experience with advertising... 45 years worth, many different
states, and nationally.
Yellow pages doesn't work for the small guy, at all... you need a
quarter page to make even a small dent... thats thousands of dollars a
month. Chamber of commerce ads in a small population work very
well...these are affordable... cold calling also works but its labor
Craigs list and ebay work well also. Newspaper ads don't work, trade
journals not much better. Even a front page banner (1" at the bottom
in color failed for me in one attempt , not a single call..
distribution over 100,000.).
Recruiters and the job market generally have been a gross
dissapointment... exceptions being those who will work way below
market and a few in very rarified qualifications market...maybe 1%.
You are dealing with a meat market run by people with no clue about
the business or life in many cases.. they make bad decisions... 4
interviews and rave reviews for instance then a decision to hire
someone else because they have 'lived in the area an extra year'...
13 years ago