Friday, June 26, 2009

More Fun With Craigslist

Anyone able to help this guy out?
email this posting to a friend new york craigslist > manhattan > media jobs

$1000 - Find me a Job - Graphic Design (Midtown)
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]
Date: 2009-06-26, 12:37PM EDT


$1000 Reward – get me a job, staff or freelance – Graphic Design, Packaging Design, Illustration, Visual Merchandising, Creative Assistance or Technical Design in Apparel, Home Furnishings or Consumer Electronic Products, adult or children's. Sound good?

I am highly skilled in CS3, MS Excel and Word and am familiar with other MSO programs and Flash. I am also experienced in office/studio management, creative assistance, art archiving and design sales.

I've been in this business for 20 years and have never had trouble finding full time work until this spring. So whats the problem? It's not really about skill, but the fact that my resume is buried under tons of others who are in line for the same job. Couple that with a tough economy.

How does this work?

-You give me a lead, which leads to an interview, or you arrange an interview which leads to a full time paying position or full time freelance work (MINIMUM THREE MONTH CONTRACT). BENEFITS ARE NOT REQUIRED.
-The first paycheck, you get 25%.
-The second paycheck, you get 25%
-The third paycheck, you get 25%.
-The fourth paycheck, you get 25%

If the position turns out to be part time or less than three months, we will work out something that's fair - about $500. I am a reputable individual with good references and credit rating.

What I need from this position:
-Ideally, I want a FULL TIME POSITION, staff or freelance. Will consider part time.
-Salary should be 50k or $25 per hour minimum. NO BENEFITS ARE REQUIRED. I am not concerned about the title of the position as long as my salary/fee requirements are met. But I do not work on "spec", as an "intern" or on commission without a salary. I am reasonable and easy to work with.
-Location should be New York City, White Plains, Northern Coastal New Jersey or Western Long Island. Maximum commute - 45 minutes from Penn Station, Grand Central Station, PATH or Port Authority.

What I don't want you to send me:
-Ads that you find ONLINE. I can search that myself, and it's more than likely I've seen it already. 80% of the job market is "closed" meaning they don't post ads, that's what I need access to.
-Career advice, resume services, or services of any kind, unless you have an opening or a contact that needs what I described above.
-Investment schemes or "opportunities".
-Job listings that are outside of my expertise. Read above carefully.

I will send you my resume and portfolio upon request. Please be SPECIFIC about the job requirements. MY SKILLS ARE BROAD. I will not reply to a generic job listing: ie: Graphic Designer, two years experience, White Plains. I will not reply to anyone without a name and email address. I will not reply to a yahoo or gmail address. Serious replies only please. Thank you.

Principals only. I will report any recruiters to craigslist.

* Compensation: $1000 - $500
* This is a part-time job.
* This is a contract job.
* This is at a non-profit organization.
* Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
* Please, no phone calls about this job!
* Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

PostingID: 1240798923

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And here's another one!
I guess finding a job in graphic design is tough these days!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Forward Thinking

On this morning's Leonard Lopate show, Buzz Aldren was on, promoting his new book, but also, speaking about the space program, and the race to the moon in the 60s. In his conversation with Leonard, he was speaking about planning for the future and looking ahead and, to paraphrase, he said that the world would be better if people spent more time looking far into the future, instead of only into what they could get out of the here and now.

In these tough times, when so many people are unemployed, I couldn't agree more. Sure, we're all looking for a job. Sure, we're all wishing we made more than what we can on the unemployment rolls. But we need to look ahead. Far ahead. Not to where tomorrows job will be but to what tomorrow's career may bring. I write this as I peruse Craigslist and Monster looking for a "for now" job to bring in the bacon, but I also write this as I enroll for classes at FIT, looking to a career that I could really love.

I think we should all listen to Buzz and look far to the future ... not just to the here and now.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Clothing Swap

My dear unemployed friends, what better way to improve your wardrobe than to swap out your tired old clothes for someone else's? MatchGirl's girlfriends are hosting a clothing swap tomorrow at Union Pool in Williamsburg.

Here are the rules, per Miss Amy B.:
please adhere to the rules:
*summer wardrobe preferred.
*no holes, stains, etc.
*no undergarments, socks, bathing suits, etc.
*accessories count too! shoes, jewelry, etc.
*show up at 1pm so that we can sort everything into areas.
*bring at least 5 items, coupons will be given out for up to 10.

all leftovers will be donated. if you have items that don't qualify please bring and they will be donated.
union pool will have drink specials and the taco truck will be open.

i didn't specify that this is for the ladies, but if you know boys that want to donate let them know. if we have enough show up we can include them, if not their items will go to charity.

I hope you can make it!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Time for Sex?

Perusing the swell Brooklyn blog Brokelyn this morning, I came across an article that posed the question, “Does less money equal more sex?” For this particular girl, even though I have lots of time on my hands, I can answer that question with a definitive “NO”. While, gentle readers, I would love for that to be the case, it’s simply not.

When I was first laid off, I read tons of blogs and advice columns and articles about what to do with your time when you find yourself suddenly jobless. And almost all of them suggested that the single gal or guy, gentle readers, should put the kind of time and effort into finding Mr/Ms Right that they would put into their full-time job. Now, I took these suggestions with a grain of salt, but I took them under advisement all the same.

Dear readers, you know that poor MatchGirl is on the hunt for a job, a hunt that has thus far come to no fruition, but one she takes quite seriously and spends much time on, nonetheless. But, she is also on the hunt for a man. And, gentle readers, she takes this hunt quite seriously as well. And feels like she has been spending much time on it. With no success. No frog princes, only frogs.

My coupled up/married up friends, of course, have loads of advice, dear ones. And they tell me that I have plenty of time, as I’m unemployed, so when I say that I feel I am wasting my time with one frog or another, they pshaw and say that is OK because I have plenty of time. But, I wonder, my dears, why should I waste my time just because I have plenty of it? And why do these couples think that my time or heart are worth any less than theirs are and once were?

There are no answers in this post, gentle ones. There is no advice to help any other unfortunate unemployeds. Just thoughts.

Monday, June 15, 2009


"Love Is A Fairy Tale"
Bathroom of Spike hill, Bedford Avenue

I took this photo in December, but it certainly fits with this evening's mood.

Oh. and let's throw this quote (from High Fidelity) in there, too:
Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?

Friday, June 12, 2009

Fun With Craigslist

OK. So the roommate and I were looking through Craigslist the other day and the roommate was complaining that there should be a separate section on there for internships. It seems like every job you click on these days ends up being an internship. At the time, I told the roommate, gentle readers, that I didn't mind so much as long as the title of the post made it clear that it was an internship opportunity. Then, even if filed under a section that I was perusing, I could simply ignore the unpaid positions.

The problem is that it's just not that simple. Every day I click on more and more headlines that seem to promise jobs and it's yet another unpaid internship. And another. And another.

excellent opportunity growing wholesale company
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]
Date: 2009-06-11, 6:20PM EDT

Unpaid Internship - Great growing wholesale company, sells linens to hotels and retailers. Also, affiliated with larger apparel company. Work directly for president of the company as an executive assistant. The position provides excellent trainging in all aspects of the business including sales, production, merchandising, and overall company management. Please email credentials including resume or other qualifications.

Um. Excellent opportunity to work your ass off for free.
If the company is growing so well, why can't they PAY the president's executive assistant? Hm?

Thursday, June 11, 2009


The Blog Maverick Mark Cuban has declared 2009 the year of WTF?

Check out the blog for a little inspiration in these tough economic times.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


The view from my friend JK's rooftop
Broadway and Roebling-ish, Williamsburg

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Frugal Foodie?

A couple of weeks ago, your MatchGirl was at KeyFoods with a dear friend. Said dear friend is famous - infamous, perhaps - for his frugality. There are stories that span years to this friend's frugality.

And, honestly, in the current depression, I think we could all take a tip from frugal friend. But looking at some of the things he was buying - sugary cereal because it was on sale, the cheapest American "cheese" - started me wondering about eating well on a shoestring budget. As I teased this friend, he said that you can only eat "good" food if you spend a lot of money*. And, though MatchGirl has never had a lot of money, she will, gentle reader, shell out a little more for a grass fed pork chop over that one covered with freezer burn in the grocer's case. And, as my unemployment reaches it's 6 month mark, I am trying to rein in the spending - on necessities and on extras. So, I'm not going out a lot. I'm cooking most of my meals at home.

But what to do, dear readers, if you stare in your cupboard and see only bulgar wheat, a can of crushed tomatoes and some onions? What if you have only one egg and a quarter cup of sugar? What if you are just staring into that cupboard and all you can think, seeing how very bare it is, is that ordering pizza/thai/tacos would be so much easier than figuring out what the heck to cook? What's a gal on a budget to do?

I was alerted today to the website All you have to do is type in the ingredients laying about your kitchen and voila! the site searches the web for recipes with the ingredients that you already have. Now, I'm not saying that it is going to save you loads of cash, but I think it's a great way to cut back on one's food waste and use those random cans and veggies and frozen leftovers bits you have around.

*correction: Frugal friend was referring to that fact that it is not easy to eat cheaply if you are eating organic or local
"it's expensive to eat organic or local or (fill in the blank trendy dietary statement from the nyt style section)
but eating healthy is affordable
in fact really affordable. exhibit a: frozen veggies - cheap, healthy, easy"

Monday, June 8, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Keeping Up Appearances

When I have a brand new hairdo
With my eyelashes all in curl,
I float as the clouds on air do,
I enjoy being a girl!

-Flower Drum song, 1959

Not that much has changed since this slightly sexist song debuted in 1959. Sure, the hippie movement (of which MatchGirl’s mom was a happy participant) of the late 1960s/early 1970s might have altered the way we viewed femininity for a while, but at the end of the day, every girl wants to be beautiful. And in our society, she spends big bucks to get that way.

Since yours truly has spent the past several years working in the glamorous world of high end fashion and beauty, I thought it might be fun to follow up my previous Getting It On The Cheap post with some of my favorite tricks to get around spending a lot of money to get pretty. And, gentle readers, I thought it might be fun to include my gal pals in on the fun – so I reached out to some of my favorite fashionista and makeup artist friends to find out their secrets to staying sexy on the tight budget of the unemployed girl.

First, my fabulous makeup artist friend Konnie has some great tips on keeping your skin healthy and moisturized without dropping big bucks on a New York City (or in her case LA) facial.

Konnie says:
my #3 beauty secret:
mixing just a dab of foundation into your favorite sheer lip gloss can give you that perfect pouty lip color you've been looking for.

my #2 beauty secret:
petroleum jelly is always great for removing the toughest eye makeup, and also doubles as a night cream for when your skin is feeling extra flaky or tore up. also great on dry hands overnight. it doesn't clog your pores and helps your skin heal!

my #1 beauty secret:
distilled water. you can get it anywhere. pick up a fine mist spray bottle anywhere for $1 and fill it with said distilled water. as a final step or even as a replacement to your face washing routine, spray the distilled water all over your face until it's coated and let it air dry. it sucks out the impurities in your pores and you will notice results. do it when you get out of the shower. do it anytime throughout the day when your face is feeling cruddy. be sure to dump and refill the spray bottle if it's been sitting for a while. water does go bad.

no more facials!

Don’t forget that a lot of products, not just Vaseline, are great multi-taskers. Friend Pam suggests Nivea lotion for keeping your skin silky smooth, removing eye makeup and standing in for an eye cream. This savvy gal also recommends using Suave conditioner as a stand-in for shaving cream.

Amy suggests checking out Bumble and Bumble and applying to be a hair model to get free cut and color from one of their stylists in training. MatchGirl’s own sister did that for years while living on the cheap in NYC. Most hair schools and salons offer similar if you meet the criteria for the class they are teaching. Craigslist in your own city is also a great resource to find these. If you’re feeling brave, Leana suggests doing your own color with your favorite boxed shade and use the included conditioner to keep it looking great until it’s time to touch up. Of course MatchGirl knows that once you’ve found a great stylist, you would be remiss to go elsewhere, gentle readers, which is why I highly recommend Jenn at Mousey Brown in Williamsburg – cuts start at $55 and just named “best bangs” by Time Out NY, with bang trims at only 15 bucks. Forget those high Manhattan prices, my ladies, and go see the gal that’s been keeping my locks lovely for the past several years!

And, now, on to the really good stuff. The stuff that’s so hard to resist - who can forget the makeup? Even the least girlie of girlie girls has some brightly colored lacquer or powder that she can’t resist. MatchGirl has her own favorite finds – drugstore mainstays that work great, cost little and look gorgeous. In general, you can’t go wrong with any mascara by Maybelline. My personal favorite is Define-A-Lash Lengthening, but dear Amy B sticks with the classic Great Lash in the pink and green tube. Friend Pam swears by L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara.

Fidelma says that E.L.F. has the best cheap makeup around: “love Doe Eye Shadow creams only $1!” And Le swears by Bonnie Bell lip glosses – long lasting and tasty, too!

For nails, of course, the first tip is to do them at home. If you want to splurge on the same Essie or O.P.I. nail colors that you get at the salon, they only cost about $6/bottle at any beauty supply store (Zoe’s on Greenpoint Ave has a great selection of colors and brands). MatchGirl is also partial to the long lasting lacquers by Sally Hansen, most under $5 and available at any drug store.

Of course, make good use of the free little bottles in hotels, free samples from pricey places like Khiel’s and the makeup counters at department stores. Also, don’t throw away that color that didn’t quite work for you – maybe one of your friends looks way better in Blushing Berry than you ever will. A little give and take is always good karma.

Anyone else have any good tips for making the best use of your dollars and keeping up appearances in the “economic downturn”?