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
  • 1 response/interview request for every 25-35 inquiries on
  • 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.

Once again, it looks like I’ve been neglecting the occasional update for you lovely folks.  Let me give you the quick rundown of what’s going on.

I’m knee-deep and wading through this obituaries project.  The interactive innovation project at Medill this quarter is about obituaries, online and off.  That’s eating up a metric ton of time, and is requiring a fair amount of work.  If you’d like to see what we’re up to, please feel free to visit the Obit Research blog that we’ve been keeping.  Feel free to comment there, too, if you like.  I’m sure that I’m going to have more to report as the project reaches it’s completion.

Halloween is coming up!  Horror movies all over the place!  Zombies, conventions, more movies than I can see, like whoa!  I wish I had more free time for seeing films this month.

I’ll be paying a brief weekend trip to Washington, D.C. in a couple of weeks.  Expect pictures.

The job search starts VERY SOON NOW.  I have a special post planned on this subject.  I expect to have it up on Nov. 1, which I’m naming as the first day of my OFFICIAL job search efforts.

Thanks for sticking with me.  I’ll try to get the updates more frequent. (yeah, yeah, you’ve heard it before. )

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This is the first video that I’ve turned in for Northwestern that hasn’t been completely terrible.  It’s a story about a group in Chicago that provides support services for the unemployed to assist in their job search called the Career Transitions Center.