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The role of this group is to exchange job needs and offerings among wargamers. We can help each other, perhaps with a career change, or leads for an exiting business. Others need to hire, or require goods and services. Let's help each other.

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Structural Unemployment and Talent Mismatch

Started by Jim Werbaneth May 27, 2011.

Lazy Workers and Broken Workplaces 2 Replies

Started by Jim Werbaneth. Last reply by Jim Werbaneth May 12, 2011.

Best Places to Work in 2011

Started by Jim Werbaneth Apr 26, 2011.

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Comment by Jim Werbaneth on August 16, 2014 at 6:22am

Is anyone here a licensed social worker in northeast Ohio?  I found out about an agency, located in downtown Cleveland, that is actively recruiting social workers, especially case workers, for work with the elderly.  If you're interested, please send me a message with your contact info and resume, and I will pass it along.

Comment by Jim Werbaneth on August 5, 2008 at 6:13pm
I was at a job networking function the other day, and ran into a fellow Duquesne University alum who designs and maintains web sites. A lot of her work is toward the fantasy, goth and vampire side of design, but she's very competent and looking for clients. If anyone is interested, or knows someone who might be, please feel free to drop me a message or e-mail at jim_lineofdeparture@hotmail.com.
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on April 10, 2008 at 12:43pm
Well, it looks as though I'm looking for some work now, due to some a really deep dip in the insurance market. I really liked my job selling supplemental insurance and giving away little stuffed ducks, and I have nothing against Aflac, but the recession always seems to come early to Pittsburgh, and being on straight commission, it came hard to me.

So I'm looking to make a major change. Writing and editing, technical and otherwise, goes toward the top of the list. So does anything that can build on my wargaming, military history and political science background.

I'd definitely appreciate any help. Likewise, I'd be thrilled to help anyone here with their business needs. For your perusal, here's my resume.
Comment by Andy Brown on April 8, 2008 at 8:58pm
Hi folks, I'm a consultant for a Irish software firm in the Boston, MA area. We work in compliance (we do list screening, monitoring, etc.). If openings come up I'll let everyone know. Also some day I'd like to get into research and analysis.
Comment by Eric Torok on April 2, 2008 at 2:01pm
Jim (from 3/30)
Regarding LinkedIn, I think it's ok. I have not found any customers or any real benefits from it yet, but I like the idea and the way the site operates. I'm willing to put in a little diligence on this site and keep my info current for a while yet. Here's my profile...

http://www.linkedin.com/in/erictorok
Comment by Eric Torok on April 2, 2008 at 1:56pm
Comments back to Jim from 3/27-
Jim, you're on the right track with your questions/ideas for marketing. The bottom line is this - to create enough exposure for yourself that you can handle. And the key word is "create." Exposure that I've created for LET's Coach follow along these lines. I've approached local newspapers, asking them to write feature articles about my practice, which they've done. I send in press releases to the newspapers. I've approached other business owners to work toward setting up alliances where our services can augment each other. I participate in local events and organizations to network. And I have older networks from previous jobs that I send marketing materials to. I have a website that I am currently building, and I participate in web networks, such as linkedIn and FindaCoach.com. I have to tell you though, most of my successful sales have come from personal networking. But I hope that changes as my website gets completed and I can be easily found on search engines.
Comment by James Istvanffy on March 31, 2008 at 10:15pm
I started Stratagem Solutions - in which I give leadership training and teach people war games - a few years back, but it has not given me the kind of income I require and I am looking for alternatives.
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on March 30, 2008 at 9:23pm
What do you think about LinkedIn.com? Is there anyone else on it who's not already in my network?

Here's my LinkedIn page, by the way.
Comment by Tom Meier on March 27, 2008 at 7:56pm
I'm an Army officer stationed Ft Leavenworth, KS. I'm interested in seeing the comments here as I plan to transition out of the Army soon i.e. Retire.

Additionally, as I see folks interests, I can point them to DoD contractors in my area that are hiring. Background in Military, or computer simulations is generally a starting point.
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on March 27, 2008 at 4:50pm
There is one question that I have for Jem and Eric, and anyone else who does a lot of freelance and entrepreneurial work. How exactly do you market yourself? In my corner of the insurance industry, there's a heavy emphasis on cold calling, which is as infamously inefficient as it might be necessary. Then, hopefully, come referrals from happy customers.

But how do you work toward the critical mass in which the business starts to come your way, more of its own accord? Do you have a network of people from previous jobs and/or careers? Or do you have the resources to advertise. Finally, have you been able to make the Internet work effectively for you?
 

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