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Stories by Elizabeth Salaam

Door-to-door fraudsters steal local nonprofit’s identity

If a Second Chance solicitor arrives at your door, they are an impostor.

Stolen chances.

Don your red suit

Why not teach the teen to cook? Fashion Valley Practice and prepare for your holiday meals with hands-on cooking classes featuring instruction on classic dishes and treats from prime rib to eggnog, and from snowflake ...

These people want to work, and nothing is beneath them

They say the smile is the hardest part.

The last couple of times Brenda Peterson had job openings in her court-reporting company, she filled the positions with members of an unlikely pool of candidates: ex-convicts, or more politely put, the formerly incarcerated. It ...

Terminal art

It makes San Diego look appealing.

I’m standing in Terminal 2 at the San Diego International Airport on a Monday morning in early July. My escort, Constance White, the airport art program manager, leads me through the new food-court atrium, past ...

Prepared for life, not for college

Highs and lows at High Tech High

Where most school websites are built for parents who need calendar information or want to check out next year’s fourth-grade teachers, High Tech High’s is a full-fledged marketing campaign. Many of the pages include statistics, ...

There is such a thing as a free ride

Flag them down, ride for free.

At a time when the taxi-versus-rideshare hubbub takes on momentum, a player slinks into San Diego and sets up shop downtown. The Free Ride offers a wave-us-down ride service in a coverage area between Little ...

Have you established your brand?

Social media and your job search.

Katie Wagner, president of Katie Wagner Social Media, explains the importance of social media in your job search. First, please tell me about your company and what you do. I own a social media and ...

Spellchecking for dollars

There’s money to be made editing copy

Teresa Poole, from UCSD Extension, explains how you can become a copyeditor. First, please tell me about yourself. I am the program manager for several certificate programs here at UC San Diego Extension, one of ...

Babes in boyland

Like Flashdance but with a hammer.

“When I first hired in, I would have people ask me all the time, ‘You want me to carry your tools for you?’”

Beyond the “follow your passion” rhetoric

Jobs that make money and do good

Dev Aujla, creator of 50waystogetajob.com, might be able to help with your job search. First, tell me about yourself and how your website came to be. I am a Canadian. I started a non-profit called ...

Girls in boots and hard hats

The industry needs women, says banker-turned-construction manager.

Dianne Koehle explains what it takes to get into construction. First, please tell me what you do. I’m a project coordinator. I work on jobsites maintaining submittals, drawings, correspondence, meeting minutes, material and equipment logs, ...

When the weather isn’t enough to keep you here

Can’t stay. Can’t stay away.

San Diego's income: 12.3% above the nation's average. San Diego's cost of living: 29.2% higher than the nation's average.

An eye (and a pen) for fashion

Rebekah Sager offers insight into what it takes to become a fashion writer. First, please tell me what you do. I currently work as the social media editor and a reporter at the U-T San ...

I've regained my confidence

Sherry Luft is a participant and founding member of the Job Seekers Club at South Metro Career Center. Let’s start with what line of work you’re in. How and when did you become unemployed? I ...

Chillin’ inside Paras with the man of 4000 titles

Paras Newsstand in North Park offers Soap Opera Digest, Cheetos, clove cigs, and a whole lot of this and that.

Things to do

What do you mean you’re bored?! An anti-ho-hum compendium.

Jetpack America Want to feel like Superman? After a training video and in-office instruction, strap on a jetpack and take to the air. During the 15- to 60-minute ride, the water-jetting pack can go as ...

The three traits of a successful real estate agent

The ups and downs as explained by a pro.

Joda Mize, founder of Girl’s Guide to Real Estate, discusses what it takes to get into the real estate business. First, please tell me a little bit about your background? Well, I moved to San ...

San Diego Made Better

Random acts of good citizenship.

The correlation between good works and big smiles.

People don’t buy what you do

They buy why you do it

Kim Mohiuddin, chief career storyteller at Movin’ On Up Résumés, compares the résumé to the curriculum vitae and offers tips for both. Let’s start with the brief answer to the difference between a résumé and ...

The nature of the swap meet

Need extra money? Anthony Pretto invites you to sell your wares at Kobey’s Swap Meet. Tell me about the swap meet. Kobey’s Swap Meet was founded in 1976 by my grandfather Monte. It started with ...

Put a pink mustache on your car

...and make a little money giving rides

Emily Moberly says you, too, can use your car to make a little extra money. What is Lyft? Lyft is a better alternative to a cab! It’s your “friend with a car” as they say ...

Ginn’s discomfort

Time to take a compliment, Samantha Ginn.

After meeting Samantha Ginn twice, I’m left with the impression that at the end of a long day, when the rest of us drink beer, snap at our children, or numb our brains on reruns ...

Active pursuit of happiness

Author Henry S. Miller explains why happiness may have everything to do with the success of your job search. How did you become so interested in happiness? When I read one of the very first ...

Noah Homes, an upside to Down syndrome

We should all live so well

The residents deserve to live as well as anyone else, not better.

Big hearts wanted

Eric Wray, human resources and operations manager at Noah Homes, might have a job for you. First, please tell me about Noah Homes. Noah Homes is a Catholic organization serving all faiths, whose mission is ...

Camp Lots-a-jobs

The YMCA is taking applications for summer camp jobs

Frank Kasunic explains how you can get work as a YMCA camp counselor. First, please tell me what you do. I’m the recruiter for the YMCA of San Diego County, which serves 390,000 members and ...

It's all free

An education. 100 percent off.

A couple of years ago, my friend Tina Frantz began taking a San Diego Continuing Education course to help develop her handbag business. All I knew for sure was that Tina was suddenly unavailable by ...

I recommend Purple Cow

To those who want to venture out on their own

Felena Hanson, founder of Hera Hub, offers five bold tips for success. Tell me about Hera Hub. Hera Hub is a shared, flexible work and meeting space where business women can create and collaborate in ...

Beyond Race

Stubborn, not subversive, Andrea Rushing.

In 1973, if you’d asked 15-year-old Andrea Rushing if he’d rather meet Salvador Dalí or Michael Jackson, he would have picked Salvador Dalí. “I was probably the only black boy in the South whose hero ...

No rules for pop-ups

Business for gypsies.

I stand on Kettner Boulevard experiencing a tinge of regret that I’m already married. Not because my eyes feast on some hunk of fine-ass man but because I’m witnessing the wedding I kinda wish I’d ...

Wear pants to your job interview

Even if it is on Skype

Megan Johnson of TipsyWriter.com, explains that yes, you really should wear pants to your Skype interview. First, please tell me what you do? I’m going to avoid job titles here because those can be boring ...

2014 Guide to the Arts in San Diego

A palette of possibilities

Our affinity for artistic expression sets us humans apart from all other animals. We continue to find innovative ways to communicate our complex emotions and philosophical reflections. Though it is inarguably enriching to appreciate works ...

Corps values

Urban corps turns tough cases into success stories

Geneva Karwoski explains how Urban Corps can help you get work ready. What is Urban Corps? Urban Corps is a certified local conservation corps and WASC-accredited charter high school that offers young adults a chance ...

Meet the Dishcrawl Ambassador

On a Tuesday evening in late September, Lindsay Marks stands in the center of a group of people at Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill and Bar on Broadway. She wears a cheek-stretcher of a smile ...

Theo Tucker bikes, swims, and runs to find his sporting identity again

I'm looking at you looking at me.

She's like, "It's cycling, running, and swimming stuff." And I'm like, "I don't swim."

The biggest mistake people make on their résumés

Kim Mohiuddin is a nationally certified résumé writer, president of both MovinOnUpResumes.com and Authentic Executive Careers, and Certification Chair for the National Résumé Writers’ Association. Why don’t you start by telling me exactly what you ...

Time rescued

New product answers the question, “Where did the day go?”

Joe Hruska, founder of RescueTime, explains how you can become more efficient in your job search or job upgrade process. First, please tell me about RescueTime. What’s the story behind it? RescueTime began as a ...

Polite persistence is the key

...to a successful job hunt

Grant Cooper explains how to best use the Internet in your job search. First, please tell me what you do. For the past 19 years, I have operated a résumé writing and career coaching business ...

We're Constantly in Fear: The life of a part-time professor

Academia's dirty little secret.

Interviews with adjunct professors who realize that the colleges and universities that employ them never intend to give them tenure. Most teachers who make a living out of it have to hold down more than one job.

I don’t need approval from a superior

The joys of striking out on your own

Vaughn Brown, creative director and founder of Parker Dusseau (ParkerDusseau.com), explains the perks and challenges of being a new business owner. Tell me a little bit about your job history. I was in sales and ...

Like pub crawls, but we visit restaurants

Dishcrawl’s local ambassador speaks

Lindsay Marks explains what it takes to be a Dishcrawl Ambassador. First, tell me about Dishcrawl. Dishcrawls are kind of like pub crawls, but we visit restaurants instead. It’s not your typical tour company. Rather, ...

Work-at-home wisdom

The Executive in Sweatpants speaks.

Matt Keener, author of Executive in Sweatpants, says he can help you find success among the growing ranks of those who work from home. First, tell me a little bit about your story. After graduating ...

The first time I see Eliza Jane Schneider onstage, I want to be her friend

Who is this multimedia bombshell?

Eliza Jane Schneider, self-proclaimed “actress, oral historian, dialectologist, singer, songwriter, playwright, voice artist, and fiddle player,” has been working on Freedom of Speech, her 34-character, one-woman show, for two decades.

Get paid to go to school

Four years of training and education, on the government’s dime

The Department of Defense seeks apprentices who want to get paid to work and go to school. First, please give me a brief overview of the program. We are a four-year Federal program based upon ...

When finding a job is your job

Five keys to a successful search

For the final in a six-part series, Kate Kerr (nee Hanley) reviews the five main practices necessary to ensuring success with your job search or accelerating your career path. Let’s review. We’ve talked separately about ...

Keep on moving forward

How to maintain momentum in your job search

This week, fifth in a six-part series, business coach Kate Kerr (nee Hanley) explains the importance of persistence in the job search or job upgrade process. We’ve talked about networking and goal-setting, and today you ...

I want to be an independent tradeswoman.

Molly Whittaker explains how San Diego Continuing Education helped inspire her passion for upholstery and where she’s going next. First, tell me a little bit about your job history. I’ve been working as a professional ...

We're doing arms tonight, FYI

Getting over the nudity

Yoni Baker manages to make a living (thanks to other jobs) sitting as a nude model for artists in San Diego.

What am I doing in Eastlake?

Not quite the place to be.

Author Elizabeth Salaam writes about her neighborhood in the South Bay: Eastlake, which boomed and then busted in the housing crisis.

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