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Jurgis

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Re: Summer job
« Reply #30 on: March 30, 2016, 07:48:37 AM »
This thread is shaping to be fun.

Perhaps someone should make a movie about it. Hint, hint.  ;D
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Re: Summer job
« Reply #31 on: March 30, 2016, 08:36:58 AM »
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Re: Summer job
« Reply #32 on: March 30, 2016, 08:38:36 AM »
Don't do your son's work for him.  Tell him to get a job and see how it goes.  He's a university student - I consider that an adult.  If he was interested in getting hired by anyone here, maybe he would've joined and started messaging people?  I'm guessing he hasn't done that, so maybe you can draw some information from that fact.

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Re: Summer job
« Reply #33 on: March 30, 2016, 09:52:41 AM »


A few years later I wanted a job doing computer stuff during the summer.  I typed up a resume and letter and went in person to a number of different companies that I found in the phone book that all had tech-y type names.  Looking back that was a ballsy move, but it was good experience.  No job from it, but some interesting conversations.  Most places were just impressed that a kid showed up trying to pitch themselves for a job.

Before anyone told me it wasn't correct my m.o. for finding a job was to go to an establishment, ask to see the owner, give them a resume and pitch myself.


I did a period of dropping resumes in person, and cold calling people on the phone, in the early 1990s during our most severe recession.  I figured just mailing them was pointless.  I would tape myself on my little cassette recorder to rehearse, build up the courage, and make a call.  It took an enormous amount of will power to do it.  Among the most terrifying things I have ever done.  The personal visits didn't amount to much... too many gatekeepers.  The phone calls bore fruit.  I went and talked to one guy about my most recent job... he didn't have anything but gave me the time.  At another company I talked to the VP.  He said to send a resume.  So I did, and noted in the cover letter that I had called him and spoke with him.  I got called for an interview and the person I met with had the fact I called underlined on my resume.  I got the job. 

I truly think direct contact is best whenever possible.  Everyone can email resumes all day long.  I have done many jobs (some of the dirtiest you could imagine),  run a couple of small businesses, and even worked three years in an office ( torture).  In the mid 90s I had dozens of job interviews (I dont interview well - the very characteristics that make me a good investor).  Around that time I read Lowenstein and decided I had enough of trying to impress stupid people and was going to get wealthy enough to never have to look for work again.  I am there.  No linked in.. no pimping on FB... ooh the joys I have missed.

So, I am in the camp of getting out there and doing something, on your own, no matter what it is.  As they say, one thing often leads to another.  In the rearview mirror, everything looks connected now. 
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Re: Summer job
« Reply #34 on: March 30, 2016, 11:54:35 AM »
Yeah I'm going to disagree with just about everyone here. Get him an office gig, it gives him a pedigree which makes it easy to get the next one, etc. etc. etc.

It's real easy to be a plumber, film maker, or whatever other barely-profitable passion project you have when you're 35 years old and have enough cash in the bank and a house paid off.
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Re: Summer job
« Reply #35 on: March 30, 2016, 12:01:57 PM »
Yeah I'm going to disagree with just about everyone here. Get him an office gig, it gives him a pedigree which makes it easy to get the next one, etc. etc. etc.

It's real easy to be a plumber, film maker, or whatever other barely-profitable passion project you have when you're 35 years old and have enough cash in the bank and a house paid off.

Hear, hear. He should do Mike Lewis ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Lewis_%28author%29 ) 8)

Sorry Buffett_Groupie, this thread has taken a movie life of its own
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Re: Summer job
« Reply #36 on: March 31, 2016, 12:45:26 PM »
This is his short-film which won him US$200 when he's in high-school: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRl8wUyUfmI  :'(