Kinda EarlyPosted: December 27, 2012
There’s an old Ma & Pa Kettle movie where Ma says to Pa, “Why don’t you go and get a job?” Pa responds thusly, “Kinda early, Ma.”
Carpentry is a dead trade. I nose around on Craigslist for jobs, but most of the carpenter jobs listed are like this:
Must have complete tools to do everything from concrete to painting, rough framing to fine-furniture finishing, have reliable transportation, and be able to show up on time and sober. Pay: up to $10/hr DOE
As for the tools, I do have them, but it would require a 40′-long enclosed trailer to get them all to the job. It would be a great sadness to beat all those tools to death for ten bucks an hour. As for reliable transportation, I would consider that and a sober ability to show up at the appointed hour a bare-minimum qualification for any job on the planet. That it is even mentioned makes me weep for my trade brothers.
So perhaps it’s time to look around for another occupation. I considered my abilities and looking in the ads I find a need for security guards. Here’s a typical ad:
• have a valid AZ DPS Security Guard Card
• have a valid AZ DPS Armed Security Guard Card or ability to obtain and have own weapon
• have excellent customer service skills and a professional demeanor
• be able to read, write & communicate in English
• have High School Diploma, GED or DD214
• be 21 years of age or over
• have current telephone number
• be able to pass a drug screening, background check, reference check and personal history questionnaire (PHQ)
• be eligible to work in the U.S.
Ooooh, I am really close on this one. I lack any kind of license, though, and jumping through bureaucratic hoops is not my forte. Also, my “personal history” is personal, and I’m offended by any “investigation” of my background. I’m a very private person. I’ll have to pass on this one.
OK, moving on. Trucker. Yeah, I might be able to do that. Here’s an ad:
Truck driver–must have CDL with The Following endorsements: (Hugely Long List)
I checked into getting a CDL. It’s not easy. Truck driver schools charge thousands, and I’m not sure that I would ever get that investment back at that pay rate. Pass on that.
One more thing I might be good at. I’m pretty fair with AutoCAD. I’ve drawn lots of house plans and I used AutoCAD to lay out all the jobs I’ve worked on in Vegas. I’ve got a reasonably good knowledge of land surveying, and I can draw boundary maps. Ahh, here’s a job for an entry-level survey tech:
Survey tech. Minimum qualifications:
College degree in land surveying.
PLS license in at least 3 states.
Ten years verifiable experience in road design and utility network design, and expert in use of ForniCALC 2013 and PenisWorks 8.
Must be team player in a fast-paced office, juggle 30 jobs at one time, work in the field supervising others, and meet all deadlines.
Pa was right. It is kinda early.
Posted by Dave