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Old 05-04-05, 12:42 PM   #1
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cleveland sucks

i've been here for a month and still cant get a job. cant even get hired by a messenger company.

and isnt it weird how if you are going east the wind is in your face and if you are going west right after, then wind is still in your face? ive been going back and forth for a month and i havent once gotten a nice tail wind.
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Old 05-04-05, 12:47 PM   #2
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I know what you mean. I've been trying to secure a position as a corporate kite flyer for months with absolutely no luck.

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Go hang with the freaks over on Coventry for a while to de-stress. Buy something at Big Fun that you don't need.

For work, have you tried temp agencies? I know they can suck, but they can get you work. I spent a summer doing warehousing for Steris in Mentor, easy and $8.50/hr. Just a thought.
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Perhaps this is an inappropriate question, but...

Unless you are a huge fan of Drew Carey, or Lebron James, why the he!! did you move to Cleveland if it wasn't for a job?
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Cleveland really isn't all that bad, especially around University Circle. Granted, you wander two blocks too far in one direction and you end up in East Cleveland, but it's still cool. A much better city than it used to be.
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It's cheap to live there, but watch out for the pollution! Tremont's cool, too.
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yeah i moved here because my girlfriend got a sweet job. it really was too good to turn down. but now i realize cleveland isnt like most big cities in that it isnt big at all. can you believe i tried 4 temp agencies and no one even gave me a call back, and i got a degree from MIT? WTF
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Any place that has combustable rivers scares the hell out of me. Maybe I'm just picky.
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I guess she can support you then.
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and i got a degree from MIT? WTF
That might be part of your problem. Remember that guy awhile back that was told he had too high of an IQ to be a cop, and sued the PD? It's kind of like that. They're not going to give you a job stuffing envelopes or loading freight with a degree like that - they'll think that you will be way too bored and likely to drop at the first sign of a real job that uses your talents.

Just a guess...
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not putting you down or anything...with a degree from MIT...why not shoot for a higher paying job then bike messenger or temp?
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Old 05-04-05, 05:36 PM   #12
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Most engineers leave, sad to say. For the few jobs that do become available too many people with connections are in front of you If you are looking for chump change and benefits and can recommend some light duty social service type jobs working with teens.
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have you checked out the Ohio City Bike Co-Op (http://www.ohiocitycycles.org/) in the flats? one of the guys who's most involved, Jim, is really cool, and a former messenger. if you got involved there, im sure you could make some connections to get a job.

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Whats your degree in? I work for a small company in Brooklyn Heights that seems to always be hiring. They are usually looking for ASIC/FPGA designers, embedded software developers, and right now a Unix/Linux/Windows system admin. As far as the rest Coventry is pretty cool and University Circle has got things happening but there is a whole lot of bad areas between there and Downtown. The only reason I'm in Cleveland is all of my daughters grandparents are near.
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I am sure the city stinks, but since it is my home I can't smell it anymore! If you don't like going East and West try North and South. You got at least 25 miles of north and south riding on the west side of the Metroparks. I think you'll find that you do get some good tail winds heading in that direction!

Good luck finding a job. Seems to me that unless you are a lawyer, doctor, banker, or insurance analyst Cleveland's job market is in the dumps.
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yeah yeah, i got my degree in brain and cognitive science. actually i am just looking for some job not a career. see i will hopefully be going and doing peace corps for two years starting in july. the big problem is that after living in san fran before clev i developed a bit of credit card debt, and peace corps wont take me with it, so i just need a mean time inbetween time job to pay off my debt, then im out.

yeah clev's job market does indeed suck. i talked to a messer the other day who is only doing it part time after 11 years. he said the cities drying up... quite sad.
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Doesn't the Peace Corp send you to places like Cleveland anyway?
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have you checked out the Ohio City Bike Co-Op (http://www.ohiocitycycles.org/) in the flats? one of the guys who's most involved, Jim, is really cool, and a former messenger. if you got involved there, im sure you could make some connections to get a job.
Thanks for the plug.
We appreciate all the new members we can get (especially if they have skills).
If you are interested in volunteering until you find a paying position come on down.
But please do not bother if you are going to sit around and whine about the city we try to serve.

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ha... sorry, there are some great things about clev too. clev has a bunch of great restaurants and culture. maybe i could volunteer sometimes. right now i am just doing the basic house-bf stuff which includes cooking cleaning and buying more stuff for the apt.
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have you checked out the Ohio City Bike Co-Op (http://www.ohiocitycycles.org/) in the flats? one of the guys who's most involved, Jim, is really cool, and a former messenger. if you got involved there, im sure you could make some connections to get a job.
I've got to get down there some day to check it out. Sounds like they are doing some good things there. I'd love to volunteer but I don't even have the time to get down there.
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