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Posted: Thursday, Apr 18th, 2013

When did I first start doing "it"? Don't know for sure, but am guessing around 1968.

Why did I do "it" everyday? To try to stay alive.

Was I successful when I was doing "it"? I think that the answer has to be a resounding "yes."

Did I ever refrain from doing "it". Never.

Do I still do "it" today? Absolutely; every day.

What is "it", you might ponder? "It" is reading the "want ads" in the Aberdeen American News.

When I graduated from Northern State "College" midyear in 1968, it was hard trying to find a teaching job. Looking in the daily paper and later at the weekly teacher job postings I was able to find my first teaching job in a small school in Minnesota. Why do I continue to do "it"?

I am interested in seeing what kind of jobs employers have open. It helped me find my last professional job when I became an employee of National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). I just completed my third year of that intense six-week job of testing 4th, 8th and 12th graders every two years to help determine the knowledge of our youth on a national scale.

What do I find intriguing about searching through the section today? Just to try to remain interested in job openings and maybe to see if I would qualify for any of the jobs.

Looking at the Aberdeen paper today (April Fool's Day) I find items such as:

(1) Student Loan Finance Corporation is looking for somebody who could "rise to the challenge of delivering cutting edge sofware with Java-based technologies" (whatever the hell that is)----not for the Perm.

(2) Aberdeen Shuttle is looking for drivers---the Perm could do that as he in an excellent driver.

(3) PROBuild of Aberdeen is looking for a yard worker and driver (pre-employment drug screen is required). That leaves the Perm out of the picture as that screening would entirely reveal that he is totally addicted to playing and watching baseball daily.

(3) Aberdeen Aquatic Center is looking for lifeguards. I wouldn't qualify because I barely passed the beginning swimmers' course and the advanced swimming and lifequard course to get my minor in Physical Education. I will leave that job open for Michael Spitz.

(4) Aberdeen Asphalt, Inc. is looking for a roller operator. No, I will pass on that one.

(5) Lots of companies are looking for housekeepers (have to work on weekends). I think that I could handle those jobs.

(6) Western Printing Company is looking for an "embroidery machine operator for a Barudan Computerized Multi-head Machine." WHAT??

(7) Lager's Inn and Erika's are looking for wait staff and bartenders. The Perm could handle that.

(8) Menards is looking for early morning stock crew persons from 5:00 to 9:00 A.M. I could enjoy that.

(9) Kessler's and Ken's Super Fair Foods are always looking for "deli-help." I would not be good at that as the Perm has a sweet tooth and food teeth and would nibble a lot.

(10) geffdog design and apparel needs a graphic designer. No, thanks.

(11) Slumberland is looking for salespeople. Nah, I might take too many long naps on the merchandise.

(12) Dental assistant is needed----are you kidding me, the Perm hates dental offices.

(13) Welders, carpenters, pipe-layers, irrigation workers, convenience store clerks, concrete laborers, bank branch manager, bookkeepers, administrative assistants, greenhouse workers, press operators, sales representatives, honeybee workers, farm help, paper delivery people, general laborers and a lot more other jobs are there for people who want to work.

With our national unemployment percentages hovering between 7.5 and 8.2 percent in recent months and South Dakota's unemployment percentage around 5.3%, the Perm wonders why so many jobs are left vacant? We are supposed to be coming out of the latest "recession" so let us hope that the unemployed make a decent try to become full-time employed persons in the very near future.

Perm's bad: unemployed persons who are not "really trying" to find work

Perm's good: people who are working very hard to support their families!

For the complete article see the 04-10-2013 issue.

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