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a shot in the dark [Jul. 22nd, 2008|12:06 pm]
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Hey this is Mary Beth Widhalm c/o 2003. I just recently moved to Austin for graduate school and am desperately looking for a (non-food service industry) job. I've got experience with public libraries, private/public archives, bookrooms, and offices, but I'm going to school for Historical Preservation/Conservation. I know that gifties would be drawn to a city like this, so if there is anyone who may know a good place for me to start or who has any tips at all please let me know! I'm getting pretty sick of Craig's List.

Also, if you live in this city you should let me know! Maybe when I find a job I can buy you a drink and we can have those oh so cool lsmsa conversations that exclude everyone who didn't go there.

Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you.

From: ciata120
2008-07-22 07:08 pm (UTC)
heh heh: oh so cool lsmsa conversations that exclude everyone who didn't go there

so cold, but so true!
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[User Picture]From: kiltypleasure
2008-07-22 10:17 pm (UTC)
If I'm not mistaken, Samantha Hoekstra (shiftwhore) is in Austin these days. She might be able to give you a heads up.

As an aside, what the hell have you been up to, MB? (This is Kathy Picard.)
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[User Picture]From: mb0585
2008-07-23 05:25 am (UTC)
hey kathy picard! thanks for the tip.
well i just graduated in may after transferring everywhere from nyc to natchitoches. it's always a little depressing for an lsmsa alum to get a degree from nsu, but it seems to be turning out alright. i worked with the cane river creole national historical park in natchitoches and figured out that i want to do preservation/conservation with my life. now i'm trying to find my place in austin...but it's going better than expected. for the month of july i've been house sitting/dog watching for my boyfriend's sister, so it's basically been a vacation in the best city ever with the best dog ever. i actually got an interview for a public library here about 2 hours after i made this post, so things might not be as desperate as they seemed!
what about you? what are you getting yourself into these days?
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[User Picture]From: shiftwhore
2008-07-23 12:31 pm (UTC)
Yes I am living in Austin and I'm percolatin' on an answer for ya...but I'm running late for work. I'll comment later!!
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[User Picture]From: shiftwhore
2008-07-24 02:58 am (UTC)
What sort of job are you looking for? Something part-time while you go to school? My experience with City of Austin/State of Texas/UT jobs involved hella slow turnaround--like minimum one-two months for them to call to schedule an interview. I see that you have an interview lined up though, so congrats!

When I first moved here I temped for awhile before I found a permanent job. The pay was ok-ish, some of the jobs were soul sucking but all were mindless, and the variety was interesting. I used Ashby Staffing and Career Consultants, but the folks at Ashby were a lot nicer.

Welcome to Austin! Historical Preservation/Conservation--is that in the School of Information? If you have any other questions/want to hang out holla!
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[User Picture]From: mb0585
2008-07-24 04:19 pm (UTC)
awesome thank you! that's more help than i've gotten from any other place i've looked. i've actually got 2 interviews the next two days, but if those don't work out i will definitely call those guys up. i tried doing temp jobs when i worked in natchitoches but it turns out 99.9% of their temp jobs were at that chicken slaughter house on the bypass. as soon as i heard that, i walked out.

anyway i'll be out of town and officially moving in the next two weeks, but maybe once i get settled we can hang out!
thanks again for the help.
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[User Picture]From: kiltypleasure
2008-07-24 05:56 pm (UTC)
Are you looking into historical preservation? Man, that sounds awesome.

I'm currently wrapping up an M.S. in evolutionary biology and applying for doctoral programs. As good as UA has treated me the past few years, I'm ready to get the hell outta dodge.

Best of luck with the job hunt, and tell your Pops I said hey!
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[User Picture]From: lucisptera
2008-07-23 12:43 am (UTC)
Hi. I don't think we know each other, but I'm currently in Austin.

There are TONS of jobs out there. I'm sure you've already been told to look on Craigslist.org. It takes some sifting through to get something real and good, but they exist on there.

Downtown there are several museums, and there are libraries scattered all over time, if you want to do the same sorts of things you've always been doing.

There are also companies like Manpower and Volt who can set you up with something unitl you find something more permanent. It always seems easier to get a job when you already have one.

Welcome to Austin.

Nicole Roach '01
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-06-05 12:35 am (UTC)

job networking

Realize this is an old post and MB probably has a cool job and tons of friends in Austin by now. For anyone currently relocating/job hunting, there are several options for giftie networking. check www.lsmsa.edu/alumnidb for giftie alums where you're going. (Don't forget to update your info. while you're there.) LinkedIn now has a section for LSMSA grads. Hopefully that will become a way for alumni to network for jobs and for current students to find someone for job shadowing/internships.
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