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Re: [vox] No One's Immune
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Re: [vox] No One's Immune



well, this may not apply, but i'll throw it out anyway.  the highest
paying job i had was tutoring highschool math, physics, chemistry and
biology.

i charged $15/hr if they came to me or $25 to go there.  i ended up with
too much work and the jobs were still rolling in.

one guy called and i told him that i couldn't take any more jobs; i was
already tutoring something like 15 people and was having trouble with my
own schoolwork because of it.

he said "how much would i have to pay you?".  i told him a ridiculous
amount.  i said "$50/hr if she came to my place, $75/hr to go there".
he thought that $50/hr was very reasonable.  i was floored.  we're
talking basic physics -- relative motion and statics of rigid bodies.

after that, i started charging $50/hr and found that high school parents
were perfectly willing to pay that much.

i reduced my tutoring load down to 5 people.

i eventually dumped the tutoring gig because i felt my brain atrophy.
there's only so many times i can explain equation balancing or how to
use the law of cosines.  teaching college classes was more rewarding.
plus, you're not guaranteed income.  i've been toying with getting back
into tutoring high school.  with a sagging economy, it would be
interesting to see if people would be willing to pay that much.

it's also possible that my tutoring services passed around by word of
mouth.  recommendations and whatnot.  dunno for sure.  i should've asked
why they were willing to pay so much.

fwiw, the only place i advertised my tutoring services was in the co-op
news.

most of the parents were content to let the students come to my place.
there were a few that made special arrangements for $50/hr and meeting
at UCD (since i was there anyhow).  with all the recent child abductions
in california and elsewhere, it would be ... nuts to let a 16 year old
daughter go to some stranger's house.  even if the stranger did seem
like a respectible sort.

nobody paid $75/hr.   ;-)

other than that, my best jobs were found through college job postings
(computer operator job was the best job i ever had).

pete


begin Richard S. Crawford <rscrawford@mossroot.com> 
> My wife got laid off recently when CGI closed their Roseville office, and
> she's now looking for work as a technical writer or documentation specialist
> (something like that).
> 
> After several months of job hunting myself, I've decided that the Internet --
> specifically, sites like DICE and Monster and so on -- sucks as a resource for
> finding job openings.  Everyone else is looking on the Internet as well, and
> very few jobs that actually exist are listed there.
> 
> So my question is, does anyone have any ideas where my wife could contact to
> inquire about technical writing jobs?  I'm trying to convince her that the
> internet isn't going to magically find her a job, but am having a hard time
> doing so.
> 
> Here's another question: for all of those still employed out there in good
> jobs, how did you find your job?
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