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Stories by Elizabeth Salaam

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 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 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 (, 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.

Baja is back

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.

Playing field now leveled

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 ...

It's not about being naked

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 ...

No noisy bracelets

...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 ...

LinkedIn or left out

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 ...

We spend every dime on our costumes

Some don't do it for the money.

Interviews with women of the San Diego burlesque scene/business.

Is your job search smart?

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 ...

Eight seconds to make a good impression

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 ...

From sheep to sweater in 12 hours

The idiot-proof alpaca

Interviews with alpaca owners, spinners, and weavers who live in San Diego’s East County mountain region.

Gun grab

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 ...

Show up and put a smile on your face

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 ...

Let's make money

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 ...

One steak at a time

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.

Hands-on high schools

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.

San Diego Public Market seeks permanence

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.

An overall lack of respect...

...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 ...

Pancakes, sandwiches, jobs

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 – ...

Let your calendar manage you

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 ...

Temporary TV Fame

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.

What's in them sambusas?

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.

A pile is not a file

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 ...

Breast milk's not on the menu

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.

The life coach speaks

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.

I try to never wear the same thing twice

“When people ask what my favorite decade is, my answer is ‘Now.’”

Life as a professional mediator

There is no greater feeling than the satisfaction you get from helping people resolve a dispute.

We couldn't have built it without Kickstarter

Love and money from a website

San Diegans have had varying degrees of success raising money for their business ventures through Kickstarter.

The Proper Handshake

...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 ...

Let Your Website Find You a Job

The biggest no-no is creating a website that looks like you did it yourself.

The Deal with Farmers' Markets

“Someone making great handcrafted yogurt would be in like Flynn.”

Retro Rumble

Old school revisited.

Happy housewives and Mad Men, good for business.

This Selfish Pursuit

The incurable surf bug.

Interviews with San Diego surfers who describe the lengths they go to in search of stoke.

Why Pay More? It's Our Policy

A harrowing tale of San Diego’s waterworks bureaucracy.

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