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Carol Perkins: Job search in the modern economy

Previously by Carol Perkins: Carol Perkins: Who am I to criticize?

By Carol Perkins

I have thought about a part-time job lately, and I think I have found one not only for me, but also for my friends. We can ride in a van together and hire a younger person to drive close to the event and let us out so we don't have to walk too far. We don't want to work every day, but we want to be paid well for the work we do. Finding that kind of job is almost impossible-almost.

I recently learned online (which at first I found hard to believe) that there is a career opportunity that is not highly publicized. Possibly because of the skills involved; stamina, a loud voice, extensive travel, danger, personal harassment skills and creative sign making. The job can pay $150,000 a year, but that might require more working time than we want. It also requires extension travel, which we might like. There is danger involved, which scares me a little, but the end of the day financial gain might be worth taking a leap. I'll try to stay out of closed spaces with my fellow employees; they can close in. I'll let them do the harassing.

We would likely work the hardest during April/May and October/November. Those are the most employable times. I don't think age has a factor, even though many I see are much younger than the group of us. However, we might draw more attention being older, especially if we show up in wheelchairs. As for sign making, I'm not bad at that. Give me a large tip marker and I'm off! The other ladies can glue sticks to the back of my signs as we gather around my kitchen table and have a sign making night depending on the next job. We might be able to recycle our signs.

For the right amount of money, I can be loud about anything. Give me a cause and I can debate for or against it. I know how to recognize propaganda and taught students to identify it, so I can sling it with the force of David. I can say whatever my instructor tells me to say, and so what if my words are hurtful and shameful and violence provoking? Look at the money I'll make. I only made a fraction of that amount teaching. What was I thinking?

I can sell my soul for $150,000 a year and become a professional protester. I'm not making this up; I have found places online to apply. (Nothing wrong with protesting for a cause in which we believe, but the motive changes with the exchange of money, then believing is not required.)

Watch TV and you might see a couple of ladies in wheelchairs holding signs for or against whatever the most money pays.

I was also good at teaching sarcasm.

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This story was posted on 2018-10-11 07:33:23
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