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Business Thu Aug 12 2010
Unemployed? Maybe you're sitting around in your pajamas at 2 in the afternoon watching Hulu in between bouts of job searching on Craigslist. Maybe you're training yourself to eat like an eighteen year old again because you can't afford grown-up food anymore. Maybe you're getting a little depressed because all you're finding is jobs you don't want. Or maybe you're finding jobs you'd love to have but you're bombing at the interviews.
You know what you need? You need some moral support. And maybe a beer, too.
Fellow A/C writer Whitney Stoepel has teamed up with the super-talented and hilarious local writer Natalie Edwards and created an unemployment club of sorts, called "The Bench", which meets at the Maproom every Friday at 1pm. Armed with pints of beer and/or fancy coffee, they go over resumes, share job-finding tips and techniques as well as interesting job opportunities, and perhaps most importantly, they pat each other on the back and give each other a reason to get out of their pajamas and go out into the world every Friday. Every meeting focuses on a theme, like how to interview well and how to stay relevant in your field while working freelance jobs to get by.
In addition to the endless bounty of resources The Bench sends out to their mailing list, they've started a pretty fabulous blog which runs in tandem with the meetings to help people on their quests for employment.
If you're unemployed or underemployed I implore you to join this talented troupe on the bench (at the Maproom) on Fridays at 1pm. It'll be good for you. If nothing else, it's an excuse to get out of bed by noon.