Hello, friends.

After almost six months of working as IT Specialist for Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, it’s time for me to move along to a new job.

I’m happy to say I’ve accepted a position as Web Producer for the ABA Journal, the trade publication of the American Bar Association here in Chicago.

I think this new job will allow me to take more advantage of the time I spent at Medill and the lessons I learned there, and I’m happy to get back into the media industry.  It’s satisfying to me to be able to go home at the end of the day and reflect that I might have helped make the world a little bit smarter by my contributions to the mediasphere, and I think that working with the ABA Journal will make that possible.

Which is not to say that my time at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers was wasted — quite the contrary.  I found it extremely interesting to work in a place where I was surrounded by fine art and rarities from around the world.  Anyone that knows me knows I’m fascinated by unusual objects of art, and I’ll certainly miss having access to those sorts of treasures on a daily basis.

And of course, the folks who worked here with me were certainly an eclectic bunch, and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to meet and work with them.

So, onwards and upwards, as they say!

P.S. — anyone interested in applying for my job here at LHA should send along their resume.  I’ll be happy to make sure it ends up in the right hands.

As you can tell by looking at the dates on my recent posts, I haven’t been making too many updates lately.  Alas, how is the rabid Ian Monroe fan supposed to know what I’m up to?

Well, I’ll tell you.  I began my job hunt back in November with this post offering a bounty for tips that would lead to my next full-time job. After five months of job hunting, and lots and lots of tips from the bounty offer, I’m finally gainfully employed once again.

I started working for Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on March 1, 2010.  I’m now their IT specialist and web developer.  Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is the largest auction house in the midwest, and they (we) specialize in fine art, furniture, books and manuscripts, Asian art, vintage couture, and other, rather high-brow subjects.

I got the job through answering a craigslist ad, so nobody won the bounty.

However, I did learn some interesting things in my job hunt.

The bounty idea was extremely useful, as it netted me some freelance jobs that kept me in my home for the duration of my job search.  However, tips on full-time gigs were fewer and farther between.  I think this may have been a function of the economy in general; after all, a 10% unemployment rate means full time jobs were in high demand.

In terms of responses, it broke down something like this:

  • 1 response/interview request for every 60-80 inquiries on Careerbuilder.com
  • 1 response/interview request for every 25-35 inquiries on Mediabistro.com
  • 1 response/interview request for every 3 inquiries on Craigslist

Ultimately, Craigslist proved to be the most effective channel for soliciting work.  Didn’t expect that result, but there you go.