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Avonlea22 
Posted: 18-Aug-2004, 09:52 AM
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I thought it might be interesting to post what we do in life. What occupation are you currently in, or what would you like to do?

I'm currently a Banquet Captain at the local Hilton Hotel. I'm basically an assistant to the Banquet Manager. I supervise and help out at any and all banquet or meeting functions. We have 33,000 sq/ft of meeting/banquet space. My duties range from setting up rooms, to serving. I also do the dreaded paperwork. The Banquet Manager just gave his two weeks notice, so I'm hoping I can move up to his spot. I do not have much experience in the industry, though. I just started there in January, and I started as a houseman, which is strictly room set-up. I've been promoted twice since then. I first started in this industry when I was in college over 10 years ago. I was a houseman for 3 years at a Marriott.

Prior to the Hilton, I worked for almost 10 years as a pre-press supervisor in a very large printing company. I have a BS degree in Printing Management.

I'll be moving north next May, and I'm thankful that I basically now have two careers that I can choose from. I think I'd like to stay in the hotel business for now. I like being able to make the customers happy, and actually see their appreciation. I never got to see that in the printing industry. It's something I can be proud of when I get positive comments from guests.

Ok...well that was a lot more than I had expected to write. Feel free to write as much or as little as you'd like. It's kinda like a get-to-know-me topic. smile.gif


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Posted: 18-Aug-2004, 10:02 AM
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Posted: 18-Aug-2004, 10:10 AM
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lamo.gif I work for a large hospital in the Information Services division of Medical Records....Basically, my position is one of a Systems Analyst although many of my duties revolve around handling systems issues for our staff....In other words, I am on the phone phone1.gif a lot! I am also responsible for training all of our new hires as well as retraining existing users that have *ahem* repeated issues working on the computer systems.....I participate in launching new programs as well as developing policy and procedure....This hospital has over 6000 employees so I stay extremely busy.....I am also responsible for being on call 24/7, 1 week per month to handle "off hours" systems issues that arise in our critical care areas.... doctor.gif I have been in this position for over 5 years now....

Prior to this career, I was an executive chef for 16 years.... chef.gif


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Posted: 18-Aug-2004, 10:55 AM
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I'm a drafter. smile.gif Well, a drafter plus, I guess, since I get to do design work now. I've been doing it for five years, with various jobs all in different fields.

My experience includes residential and commercial Architecture; Telecomunications electrical systems (nortel, AT&T, etc.); had a short stint (three months) at SPAR Aerospace where I worked on repair and retrofitting manuals for CF-18 Hornets (the coolest and most boring job at the same time); designed heavy hauler trailer configurations for load permits; and now I'm designing and drawing hydraulic cylinders and their components for the machine shop downstairs.

We design and build cyulinders for everyone from farmers to oil drilling companies (mostly drillers though), ranging from 12"->18" cylinders to 120"->450" multistage cylinders. (Retracted"->Extended")

Hopefully, come late spring, we'll be moving home, where I'll be doing whatever design/drafting work I can, while we get our blueberry winery set up. The plan is to be making wine full time within five years. It's ambitious, but there's only one way to tackle a buisiness plan, and that's full tilt. king.gif


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Posted: 18-Aug-2004, 11:09 AM
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Hmmm .. Dare I tell you all what I do???

I actually work for the Inland Revenue. But its not all bad. I work in Employer Compliance which basically means I go out to employers and check records to ensure that all the tax and NI they should be deducting from peoples wages, comes to us so that people get the benefits they are entitled to when/if they get pregnant, sick, retire or get invalided (sp?). We also made sure working tax credits are paid to employees via the employer (although that doesn`t happen any more), pay rates are correct (noone is working under minimum wage), Student loans are being repaid at the correct amounts .. oh and all those greedy bosses are paying their taxes ad not getting the company to pay them on their behalf!!!!!

People do not realise the implications of not paying what they should until its too late!!!!!!

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Posted: 18-Aug-2004, 11:44 AM
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I have lots of fun at my job. I am a clothing designer and make custom wedding gowns. I have always loved clothes since I was really little and now I have my own business making clothes look good on each individual person. I love it! heart.gif


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Posted: 18-Aug-2004, 03:35 PM
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I do sales and marketing for a small Linux consulting firm in Springfield, TN. We specialize in Voice over Internet Protocol (VoiP) and Virtual Private Networking (vpn).

I'm also the Music Director at the church I attend. They pay me for it, but I don't do it for the money.

I also occasionally do dinner theatre and/or sing around the campfire at Cowboy Town. They pay me for that, but I do it 'cause it helps keep me almost sane. ("I've always been crazy, but it's kept me going insane." Amen, Waylon.)

I also just started my own business. I plan to advertise it here on HR once I get it going full bore.

Last night, a drummer friend of mine went to dinner with my wife and me. Over dessert, I suggested to him that we put a band together for parties (Christmas, weddings, corporate events, etc.). If we do, I'll have to give up sleeping.


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Posted: 18-Aug-2004, 04:14 PM
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I'm the Director of Sales and Marketing for a company that makes screen reader software for computers. Basically, it makes your computer talk to you, which means that blind people can use their computer to surf the web, read email, and even work in an office setting, since we work with a lot of office/productivity software.

In my free time, I'm a political speechwriter. I'm the head (read: only) speechwriter for a woman running for US Congress here in the Indiana 3rd. I'm also a radio theater playwright, and have had several radio plays produced. But my favorite is humor writer. I have my own weekly humor column for which I am occasionally paid (in fact, I'm OCCASIONALLY paid for all of these things).

So, if you need screen reader software for a blind employee (Caldwell), copywriting help for a new business (Smitty/gtrplr), or want to hear any good IRS/Inland Revenue jokes (Mayte2), I'm your man.


Erik Deckers
www.kconline.com/deckers (my humorcolumnists.com site is down right now).


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Posted: 18-Aug-2004, 04:15 PM
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QUOTE (deckers @ 18-Aug-2004, 04:14 PM)
www.kconline.com/deckers (my humorcolumnists.com site is down right now).

Okay, it's NOT down right now. So visit either site. They both work.
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Posted: 18-Aug-2004, 04:17 PM
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Well, I do production work in a factory that manufactures advanced engineering plastics for various indutries, including the automotive and oil industires. Our plastics are also used in manufacturing artificial limbs. We also make the plastic rods that are the "bow" in BowFlex.


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Posted: 18-Aug-2004, 04:34 PM
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I'm paid to be a computer nerd, and I do it pretty well!

I work for Marshall Space Flight Center - a NASA center here in Huntsville AL. I run the Secure Access Systems for all of the NASA centers. I work with RSA Secur Authentication mechanisms, Smart Cards, and PKI... like I said, paid nerd. I also program in several computer languaged, PHP and JAVA mostly, and run several databases here. At this point in time, I am helping develope the future archetecture for the Network Security Systems that we are testing. Not much I can say there.

In my off hours, I am a novellist, thespian, drama person, horseback rider, and wedding planning! I like to say busy while my honey likes to stay not busy... its going to be interesting!


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Posted: 18-Aug-2004, 05:06 PM
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Posted: 18-Aug-2004, 06:46 PM
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I am the head window clerk for the post office in Clio, Michigan. I started out as a rural carrier, 24 years ago, driving around the countryside delivering the mail. Moved inside as a clerk/city carrier sorting mail and then delivering it on the walking routes. I graduated high school in the town I work in, so I know at least 75% of my customers by their first names. When I started here we used the old fan scales and adding machines......now everything is computerized. I'm glad I like to play on the computer.

But I always told my daughter that my career was being her dad.

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Posted: 18-Aug-2004, 10:33 PM
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Many know this by now but if you don't, I'm a metalsmith. I work in gold and silver. This is a change from my previous career of computer programming for the Canadian Parliament from 1989 to 2001. Which was a change from my previous career of sailing on the Mar II in Halifax, N.S.


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Posted: 18-Aug-2004, 11:01 PM
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Currently, I am a teacher. I teach computer literacy to grades K-4 through 8th in a Catholic school. I am also the lab manager, tech, and chief monitor washer. I have been teaching for 4 years. I am also the moderator for the newspaper, computer club, and quiz bowl teams. Within the next year, I will leave teaching for a new career in instructional design and corporate training. I recently earned an MEd in Instructional Technology. (It's not that I am tired of teaching, I just cannot afford to do it anymore).

Prior to teaching, I have worked a sales rep and fireld trainer for a toy and gift company, managed a discount retail store, worked fot the Treasury Dept as a Bank Examiner, and spent six years as an Intelligence Analyst for the Air Force. Life has not been boring.


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