Joseph O'Brien 6 p.m., March 4
Stories by Elizabeth Salaam
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
Hip and delicious. There’s no reason not to get in your car and go.
Tijuana is making a comeback, thanks to hipsters, hypesters, and people that never gave up on the border city.
Jamila DeCarli explains how The San Diego Community College District’s WorkAbility III program can help provide vocational counseling for students with disabilities. First, tell me about the WorkAbility program and your part in it. The ...
But you will have to take all your clothes off.
Brook Castrejón Solis, artists’ model booking agent, explains what it takes to make it as a figure-drawing model. First, please tell me what you do. I am one of a few artists’ model booking agents ...
Does El Cajon gobble more than its share at the tax trough?
...and other job interview dress tips
Warren Carter, of The QualiFind Group, explains the importance of dressing for success. First, please tell me what you do. I’m the founder and president of The QualiFind Group. We are composed of three separate ...
The professional networking site is an essential part of a job search
This week, fourth in a six-part series, business coach Kate Kerr (nee Hanley) explains the importance of using LinkedIn to step up your job search or job upgrade your process. We’ve talked about the key ...
Some don't do it for the money.
Interviews with women of the San Diego burlesque scene/business.
Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timebound
For the third in a six-part series about stepping up your job search or job upgrade process, business coach Kate Kerr (nee Hanley) explains the importance of goal setting. We’ve talked about the role of ...
Rob Smith, of the Job Readiness training program at Second Chance, explains the importance of interview readiness. In your program what is the very first thing you stress to your clients about interviewing? We stress ...
The idiot-proof alpaca
Interviews with alpaca owners, spinners, and weavers who live in San Diego’s East County mountain region.
This year’s run on guns
The empty shelves inside the Chula Vista Gun Store (in mid-February) make it hard to tell the place sells guns at all. Last December, the amplification of the gun-control debate sent buyers rushing to this ...
The importance of face-to-face networking
For the second in a six-part series about stepping up your job search or job upgrade process, business coach Kate Hanley explains the importance of networking. Last time, we talked about the importance of the ...
Workshop helps turn ideas into working businesses
Joel Chrisco, of the International Rescue Committee, invites aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners to come learn about what it takes to start or grow a business. First, please tell me about your organization. The ...
Vons has a proud cutter in Angie Elsbury
Interview with Angie Elsbury, a butcher at Vons supermarkets who reshaped her life after being addicted to heroin and going to jail.
The days of standing in front of a class to teach are over.
Career and technical training used to be called vocational or trade school. San Diego Unified School District has tried to put a new face on the program with much success.
Vendors at the San Diego Public Market wonder what’s next as the management fields proposals to set up permanent spaces and prepares to become an everyday operation.
...and other challenges faced by substitute teachers
Colleen Burkett-Christopher explains what it takes to become a substitute teacher. First please tell me what you do. I’m a substitute teacher. I ensure continuity of education in a classroom when the permanent teacher is ...
Tom Fitzpatrick might have a job for you at The Mission. First, please tell me about your restaurant. I have three restaurants with Fay Nakanishi and Deborah Helm: The Mission –Mission Beach; The Mission – ...
You’ll be surprised how much more you get done
For the first in a six-part series about stepping up your job-search or job-upgrade process, business coach Kate Hanley explains the importance of keeping a calendar. First, please tell me what you do. I help ...
Who’s crazy enough for reality TV?
Some San Diegans who have made it onto reality TV shows speak of the experience appreciatively but don’t seem to want to further their TV careers.
Selling East African cuisine isn’t easy
Hasno Ali, 46-year-old owner of East African Cuisine, has to struggle to make money at San Diego’s farmers’ markets.
The importance of job search organization
Carolyn Walstein, profession organizer, explains the importance of staying organized in your job search. First, please tell me what you do. I’m a professional organizer. I help people update and prioritize, and let go of ...
To breastfeed in the California bubble was all she wanted.
Jamie Boyd and Joseph Taylor are confronted at Felix’s Restaurant in Lincoln Park and told that breastfeeding must be done outside of the dining area.
If one goes out looking for work coming from a place of exhaustion, worry, and resentment, that is what he or she will give off.
“When people ask what my favorite decade is, my answer is ‘Now.’”
There is no greater feeling than the satisfaction you get from helping people resolve a dispute.
Love and money from a website
San Diegans have had varying degrees of success raising money for their business ventures through Kickstarter.
...and other "soft skills" that will help you get and keep a job
Robert Coleman, executive director of the Second Chance program, offers tips and resources for the “hardest to employ.” First, please tell me about Second Chance. Second Chance is dedicated to creating opportunities for self-sufficiency. We ...
The biggest no-no is creating a website that looks like you did it yourself.
“Someone making great handcrafted yogurt would be in like Flynn.”
The demolition of an auto shop in East San Diego brings optimism and worry.
The incurable surf bug.
Interviews with San Diego surfers who describe the lengths they go to in search of stoke.
I think the biggest challenge for a woman in a male-dominated industry is not being taken seriously when first starting out.
Reggie Vaughn explains the ups and downs of semi-skilled trade work for intellectuals. First, tell me what you do. I work on aircraft carriers, doing maintenance and service work. I’m not supposed to go into ...
Annelise Arevalo explains the challenges and benefits of creating a life around doing what you love. First, tell me what you do. I am a burlesque dancer. I received a B.A. in dance from the ...
What makes these job fairs unique is that they specifically target America’s service members and veterans.
Your Résumé Should be a Story, Not a List
Kim Mohiuddin, of Movin’ On Up Resumes, says it’s your storytelling that could land you the job. I see that you call yourself Chief Career Storyteller of your company. What does that mean? I help ...
How some San Diegans (including the author) paid their way out of sleep-depriving debt.
Streetside Spanish lessons from tamale vendor José Gonzáles.
’Dos that don’t.
San Diego’s ethnic populations are segregated, for better and worse.