Hire RR, Seeker of Employment

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posted Jun 12, 2012
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This is the story of a dude who recently experienced the economic downturn first hand when I was called up into the conference room last Friday to be informed that I no longer had a day job since our firm just wasn't bringing in the design work it once had.  Baby, you're laid off! I'll get a call when things pick up again, but I just can't afford to hold my breath. Got a wife and a 3 year old.  NEED to get health insurance and the mortgage isn't going to pay itself. It's time to pull myself up by my own shin hair and hustle up some work!  Exploit EVERY networking opportunity. Leave no pothole upturned.  Try to detect it. It's not too late.  

I begin with an empty chalk board.  What do I want?  What Skills do I have? Where can I fill a need? 
  Hire RR, Seeker of Employment

I've even scribbled down a to do list here at my desk...
  1. Research and Apply for Unemployment 
  2. Try and figure out what is going to happen to my old 401k?
  4. Artist Resume (UPDATED)
  5. Pump Friends for Job Leads
  6. Targeted Craiglist Job Posting Replies
  7. Job interview Hair Cut
  8. Update information on Linkedin (yikes)
  9. Update my message on google voice (253) 778-6786
  10. Setup a household budget spreadsheet in google docs
  11. Follow up on extra Freelance design work offers
  12. More Tacomic Ebay Auctions?
  13. Research the $100 Dollar Start-up Idea
  14. Research these old $100 dollar a day posts
DO YOU HAVE A JOB FOR RR?  CALL (253) 778-6786

Will be using this thread to post developments in my journey to find work. You can follow along in real-time here on Twitter or Facebook.


by fredo on 6/12/2012 @ 5:06am

Sorry to hear about your job thing RR. Good luck.

by JesseHillFan on 6/12/2012 @ 5:51am
Sorry too to hear about this.By the way I don't know of your particular financial situation but I do know that if one gets in a more drastic circumstance to consider also applying for state food benefits (EBT) for all in your family.To let you know I have been in a similar circumstance before about 15 years ago and with some hardship  eventually payed off my mortgage though it became close at times and I had to cut out any frivolous expenditures like Cable TV.Don't overlook the food banks if you have to too (you will see a strange thing there with some greedy people in luxury cars wrongfully taking advantage of this meant really for the starving)

by fredo on 6/12/2012 @ 5:58am
How do you know if the people driving the fancy cars to the food bank aren't driving somebody else over there  just to be helpful?

by JesseHillFan on 6/12/2012 @ 6:10am
I know of a family personally that has a huge income with expensive motor vehicles that takes unfair advantage of the food banks.They live and eat like kings.

by fredo on 6/12/2012 @ 6:16am
You know somebody who drives an expensive vehicle and takes advantage of the food bank.

Therefore, if you see anyone in an expensive vehicle at the food bank that means they are taking advantage of the food bank.

Ha, nice illogical argument. 

by cisserosmiley on 6/12/2012 @ 8:00am
Cash out your 401(k), defer the 10% early withdrawal penalty until taxes next April.

by The Jinxmedic on 6/12/2012 @ 8:48am
Don't know what to tell you could try talking to Ross for a job, but we filled the print designer position that you vacated a lon-n-n-n-n-g time ago...

My other suggestion is Northwest Protective Service on McKinley hill. A good night-shift security position actually works well for the creative process, and gives you lot of thinking time. I particularly enjoyed dockside posts down in the port, or at the gate at US Oil.

by NineInchNachos on 6/12/2012 @ 9:08am
Thanks for your suggestions comrades! 
Have a meeting for some freelance design work today at 10 am. 
Ms. Darcy bought me a couple of business professional shirts and a new pair of pants. Beard is trimmed and will be busting out the hypnotic tie as well.  Time for toast!

by Erik on 6/12/2012 @ 9:21am

How about that place in Federal Way you worked at before?

by fredo on 6/12/2012 @ 9:25am

Too bad that city council job didn't work out. That job pays good and doesn't require any aptitude or even common sense.

by The Jinxmedic on 6/12/2012 @ 9:27am
Erik, we filled that position pretty much the moment he left.

by KevinFreitas on 6/12/2012 @ 9:38am
Really sorry to hear this RR. :( Though we're not looking right now have you checked at other local design-type firms like Rusty, Jay Ray, Hemisphere and the like? Aside from those lots of non-design large orgs may need design/visualization expertise like Metro Parks, MultiCare, Franciscan, UWT, Pierce Transit and such.

Keep us posted and good luck sir! If anything comes up I'll be sure to let you know. :)

by cisserosmiley on 6/12/2012 @ 10:00am
If you rob a bank wear a costume that changes your age and gender...then post a picture of yourself dressed like an old lady!

by NineInchNachos on 6/12/2012 @ 11:10am
I am capturing all suggestions!  Keep flowing! 
also, 40 min ago I landed my first post-employment freelance web design gig. The power of social community networking! I love you all.

meanwhile, time to start sending out those resumes!

by cisserosmiley on 6/12/2012 @ 11:21am

by NineInchNachos on 6/12/2012 @ 11:39am
nice  note from my step-mom...  

Hi Ryan,
We are so sorry to hear about your job.  I was out of town for awhile, and  your Dad doesn't check Facebook, so he didn't know about your unemployment issue until I got home.  We know unemployment isn't fun, I don't know if you remember but your Dad was unemployed several times because the mine would shut down for awhile.  You are so well known in Tacoma, and have so much talent both in the art and wit departments that we think you won't be unemployed for long!  Good luck in the job hunting, but enjoy this time if you can.  You have more time with your family, more time to create, more time to garden, there are pluses in your situation,  but I know that it can be pretty scary as well.

We love you!
Dad and Delores

by cisserosmiley on 6/12/2012 @ 12:08pm
That's nice and brings up a good point:
Make sure to ENJOY your new found schedule, before you know it you'll be bizzy

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/12/2012 @ 12:16pm
@ Jinx: US Oil uses Securitas now.

Not necessarily the best thing for your soul, but here's something that might be helpful:

by NineInchNachos on 6/12/2012 @ 12:23pm
do the watchmen companies let you dress up in super hero costumes?

by Cheechmo on 6/12/2012 @ 12:29pm
Who ever said you needed permission to dress up in super hero costumes?

by NineInchNachos on 6/12/2012 @ 1:25pm
how much cheekiness is appropriate in a cover letter?  

meanwhile, just filled out the online unemployment benefits application. Kind of a scary website. So many radio buttons with red angry text asking new and confusing questions. And then you got to do like a week to week submission or something? So much to learn!

by NineInchNachos on 6/12/2012 @ 1:31pm
maybe i'm a community and economic development director without realizing it! 

by The Jinxmedic on 6/12/2012 @ 1:51pm
You could have been one of the greats in medallic design....

by NineInchNachos on 6/12/2012 @ 2:08pm
think they'd overlook the whole wal-ocaust tacomic? 

by NineInchNachos on 6/12/2012 @ 2:08pm
When Ross dies and you're the boss I SHALL RETURN! 

by The Jinxmedic on 6/12/2012 @ 2:36pm
Even then, I'll keep the NRA account.

by NineInchNachos on 6/12/2012 @ 3:01pm
i'm cool with that. I always wanted to do an eddie eagle medallion / badge! 

by mnutsch on 6/12/2012 @ 6:11pm
You should sell your art online as t-shirts and coffee cups, just like does. Here is a 

by NineInchNachos on 6/12/2012 @ 8:00pm
man good point! need to bug Kevin about upgrading the COMICS page features!

by panachronic on 6/12/2012 @ 10:31pm
I understand there's a Walmart opening soon.  I think it might be within walking distance for you, too.

by NineInchNachos on 6/12/2012 @ 10:35pm
I could be the inside sleeper agent.  Brilliant ! 

by JesseHillFan on 6/12/2012 @ 11:19pm
I thought about mentioning Walmart to RR but why torment (tease) him at this time.

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/12/2012 @ 11:51pm
I have nothing clever to add.
On a serious note, have you considered doing your old job but freelance for YOURSELF? Being your own boss is the American Dream, no?

by NineInchNachos on 6/13/2012 @ 8:04am
Indeed sir, i'm a freelancer by default. :)

Washington has some great programs for healthcare for kids

I'll be looking into it today... if we can get Max covered 1 of 3 is a start!

by JesseHillFan on 6/13/2012 @ 7:47pm
Maybe RR could rent a room for 
Thorax O'Tool's dad (who is looking for an apartment under $625 per month).

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/13/2012 @ 10:36pm
As long as RR can live with my dad's cat (she's old, quiet and tiny).

by JesseHillFan on 6/14/2012 @ 12:05am
I've had a big loss (my best friend/family) a few day's ago.It's was my beloved pet cat who just died in the next room.Think that it was a stroke/heart attack.I heard a thump as though he fell on the carpet.Heard 2 loud moans and saw him in the room.He was paralyzed couldn't even move his eyes but still breathed two times then stopped.I petted his head and told him how much I loved him and cried.A painful shock though and I didn't sleep very much that night.I'm still upset about losing him though the pain is subsiding.

He was not quite 12 years old.Dad and mom got me this cat back in August 2000.When dad passed away in 2004 and I was in mourning/crying, the cat comforted me and slept on top of me the first time.
Before then he was never close to me and got angry when I got my face too close to his.After losing dad the cat (Roo) would always rub his cheek against mine,lick my right ear and snuggle laying his head against mine.Yes he became very close to me after 2004 and even became upset when I left home.I buried him outside by the front porch so when I take a nap on the couch he is never more than 6 feet from me.

He had some annoying habits though like stepping on my computer keyboard and not letting me see the monitor.Then again he had some good habits too like waking me up in the morning.Still I loved him very deeply as family.He died just one day before I was going to shop for a months supply of food for him and give him his monthly special treat (Fred Meyer BBQ'd chicken).He knew what I meant when I would tell him that I was buying Fred Meyer BBQ's chicken for him.Too bad that he didn't live the next day to get his treat though I saved money on not buying his regular food..I am thinking about getting a replacement cat just exactly like him but have decided to wait till say mid August when most of the 4th of July Fireworks have gone as I don't want a poor kitten terrorized by them.Roo although a black cat had white fur underneath him.It was strange,when he became wet (like giving him a shower (rare) when he had a flea problem) his fur coat looked mostly white.

by NineInchNachos on 6/14/2012 @ 8:05am
12  is pretty good run for a cat.  Sorry for your loss sir

by cisserosmiley on 6/14/2012 @ 8:09am
This brought a tear to my eye as I prepare for the departure of Abe, the best 13 year old black lab in Tacoma.

by NineInchNachos on 6/14/2012 @ 8:15am
cherish your raw human emotion!  It's the best way to be assured you are not a psychopath.  Peace be with you my friends.

by NineInchNachos on 6/19/2012 @ 11:41am
Had an enjoyable job interview with a medium-sized graphic design firm in Federal Way (across the overpass from the mint).  Great group of folks, got a tour of the building ending in a banter jam session with the creative team.  Fingers crossed!  


by NineInchNachos on 7/5/2012 @ 10:14pm
NEW ART SERVICE: 1 HOUR LOGO - we make your logo in 1 hour or less. no revisions, no refunds... AS IS for $100.

by NineInchNachos on 7/5/2012 @ 10:14pm
NEW ART SERVICE: Full Page 8x10 inch hand-illustrated Tacomic AD, you supply the text, we draw it & publish on Tuesday. $100

by NineInchNachos on 7/5/2012 @ 10:17pm
NEW ART SERVICE: LIFE-TIME BANNER AD - 150 x 800 pixel, banner with link published under a Tacomic Cartoon FOREVER! $50

by NineInchNachos on 7/5/2012 @ 10:23pm
meanwhile the state of Washington sent me this letter telling me I could qualify for the SELF-EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SEAP) might check it out.  Will keep you posted!  might make a good live-blog.

by NineInchNachos on 7/5/2012 @ 10:35pm

by NineInchNachos on 7/5/2012 @ 10:37pm

by NineInchNachos on 8/13/2012 @ 9:26pm
cross sell!

by NineInchNachos on 9/19/2012 @ 10:56am
resume update!

linked in update

by Jesse on 9/19/2012 @ 11:23am
This is the longest I've ever been unemployed.  Is anyone ACTUALLY hiring?  I've been on lots of interviews only to be told they aren't going to hire anyone at all.

It's tough out there RR. Tinker Topia?

by NineInchNachos on 9/19/2012 @ 11:43am
I hear you! Going to have to try something different before too long.
Tinkertopia is our project for the new economy.

by The Jinxmedic on 9/19/2012 @ 1:19pm
If you have a thick skin, we have a designer position open at the mint...

by NineInchNachos on 10/11/2012 @ 9:43am
hey kevin!
can we  make it possible to insert paypal donate buttons into our descriptions and about comic text?

by NineInchNachos on 10/11/2012 @ 9:56am
Do you support the Tacomic Political Cartoon? 

make a donation today!

by NineInchNachos on 10/18/2012 @ 11:45am
BREAKING: Tacomic Cartoon original art will go down in price to $160.66 at the end of October (aka end of chalk season).

by NineInchNachos on 12/24/2012 @ 8:15am
Thanks The News Tribune!

fun article by Peter Callaghan
RR Anderson has created the “American Museum of Alaskan
Entrepreneurship” in his garage, a collection of objects he found and
removed from the waste stream, eclectic art and historic minutiae.
Anderson shows off the cossack warrior fez hat and boots that he wore
for a recent family Christmas card photo. The sword was his
grandfather’s, who acquired it from a Russian soldier while serving in
the Army during WWII. (DEAN J. KOEPFLER/Staff photographer)

part 2

AWESOME newspaper

by Mofo from the Hood on 12/24/2012 @ 11:47am
RE: Post by Peter Callaghan/ The News Tribune on Dec. 23, 2012 at 10:30 am

Q: Political cartoonists tend to have a certain set of politics. What are yours?
A: I’d say I am Chaotic Neutral. But I think pro-Socialist cartoons and ultra-left wing radical cartooning had suffered atrophy for awhile so I’m trying to do that kind of angle. You have all the crazy right-wing cartoonists. There’s not very many crazy left-wing cartoonists. I think it’s a nice release because its showing something they would never see in the Tacoma Weekly or the News Tribune or any other of the really lame political cartoons that every newspaper in America subscribes through syndication services. I try to do hyper-local so no one outside of Tacoma would care about this….it’s a celebration of the weirdo political people.

Q: Have you ever done a cartoon, and put it out there, that you regretted?
A: Yeah, but not because of political reasons. More like quality, more like ‘that drawing sucked. I really hate that. In my books I have a chapter, the worst comics and I put all the ones I hate.
Q: But not because, ‘that was too mean?’
A: No, never too mean. Sometimes I’ll feel bad because I got it wrong, because more details came out. But I have no problem saying that was wrong and here’s an updated one.

Taking a neutral stand on issues is characteristic of most politicians, especially in an election race. Stating a position for or against an issue may risk offending someone or some group. In that sense, politics is like show business. Politicians appear honest, or informed, or concerned with justice for all; but in reality we can't know anything about such people until we witness their actions over the course of time.

Newspaper editors tend to put forth an integrated, consistent point of view. I've seen political cartoons in The Tacoma Weekly that are plainly biased toward policies that degrade venerable institutions (see Friday, November 2, 2012 cartoon by Chris Britt). That particular anti-intellectual cartoon says more about the cartoonist and the newspaper editor than it says about any kind of political reality.

It's probably closer to the truth to say that politicians, cartoonists, and newspaper editors (educated or ignorant) are striving to act like entertainers for a preconditioned audience that wants easy answers to complicated issues. It all amounts to diversion, a sleight of hand to distract people from getting seriously concerned about potentially detrimental policies.

But I think Callaghan's pointed question to you about your worldview was best answered by you after his other question regarding your evaluation of your Tacomics catalog--When you stated that when a cartoon seemed to lack adequate details: "I have no problem saying that was wrong and here’s an updated one."

by NineInchNachos on 12/24/2012 @ 7:28pm
they might be too mean or wrong, but at least they wont be boring!

by NineInchNachos on 3/5/2013 @ 2:28pm
Commercial graphic design portfolio update!

by KevinFreitas on 3/5/2013 @ 4:06pm
Hmm, 404 my good sir.

by NineInchNachos on 3/5/2013 @ 4:21pm
feedtacoma is sticking a white space on the end of the link!