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Subject: Re: Big Dilemma, no income, debt, IRA- need fact Date: 6/26/2012 9:22 PM
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Unfortunately, it is not quite that simple. The CAD software I used all those years (I am a mechanical drafter/detailer) is licensed with that company. I had a rather unique situation, most contractors don't have $1000's worth of software available to them for free on their home computers. I am listed with agencies looking for contract work. I live in a rural town on the NH/VT border so finding work in my field is limited w/o traveling up 80-100 miles each way :-/ Of course, I am looking for ANY type of work.
I'm in construction & yes, it's certainly been a rough time for our industry. here are some ideas for you to step outside the focus of that particular software...

- Many A/E/GC firms need office gophers to deal with filing, processing paperwork, organizing samples in the sample room, logging in sub bids, etc etc, etc - and they would rather have someone with construction or architecture experience than not. Is there anything you have done for your former clients that isn't just drafting (tracking design changes? Responding to building department comments? updating drawings to address code deficiencies?). If so, try to sell that aspect of what you have done.

- Try large companies - or even medium-sized local ones - who have in-house construction teams. They won't need drafters (all that is outsourced to A/E), but they often do need facilities or construction admins.

- See if construction companies that do design-build need people to draft up permit drawings for them. You could do that remotely.

Yes, the cat thing is so hard. I'm just doing palliative care, and have decided it's too stressful on him to haul him in to the vet for chemo every few weeks just to maybe get a few more weeks or months. But the steroid shots that I do at home seem to be helping a lot. I know they are not curing anything, but he's eating again, and happy for the moment.
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