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By jimgon (Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 06:41:00 AM EST) (all tags)
Heat's been off for two weeks now.

We had a spot of weather at the end of March and beginning of April that was unseasonably warm.  Two weeks ago we had a veritable heat wave.  I decided to switch off the heat for the year at that point.  The weather has since returned to normal April temperatures which means warmish during the day and dropping to high thirties F during the night.  The internal temperature of the house is only dropping to the high fifties.  This is good.  It's a bit chilly, but we have an electric spaceheater to moderate the mornings.  For those who need additional warmth there's sweaters and blankets.  At $4 a gallon for home heating oil the heating seasons for my household is going to be compressed. 

My wife starts her new job today.  We'll know the practical impact to our budget in a couple weeks.  My expectation is that our discretionary income will be pretty much nonexistent, but we'll know better at the end of May.  I'm a conservative estimater.

Next step would be to find myself a new job.  Poor health insurance, high commuting costs and too much bureaucracy being the prime drivers.  There isn't much out there right now.  The only posts I see online right now in my field are with placement companies.  What it appears to be is multiple postings of a small number of positions.  Company X has one position and farms it out to ten placement companies who all post it on the boards.  I will say that after nearly ten years of continuous job searching and a few employers I think I finally understand the type of company that I'm looking for and will be happy at and I'm actually targeting those companies even if it takes a long time to land a new position.
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multiple postings of a small number of positions by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 08:58:37 AM EST
Company X has one position and farms it out to ten placement companies who all post it on the boards.
Here in DCia it seems more that one company posts a position, then 10 placement firms pick it up and try to fill it. All without co-ordination with anyone (least of all the job hunter), which results in you getting 5 first interviews at the same company. Which pisses off the company, which then doesn't hire you.

I avoid placement firms as much as possible.

I'm lucky that I have gas heat. About $30/month to heat the condo.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Placement Services by jimgon (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 08:45:41 PM EST
Most of the companies up here use preferred partners for placement and so they farm it out.  Some of these companies don't even re-write the thing and just repost the text.  When I was last serious about finding a job I would listen to a placement company long enough to cut them off and say, "if this is with x-company I already applied directly to them" or "I was submitted to that job yesterday."  Waste of time.  This go around I'm not interested in contracts or consulting.  I know what I want and it's just a matter of waiting.

The oil company I use does a budget plan and so it only costs me $350 a month for nine months.  Only. 

Technician - "We can't even get decent physical health care. Mental health is like witchcraft here."
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Come down to TX. by kwsNI (4.00 / 1) #3 Tue May 01, 2012 at 11:24:06 AM EST
My AC has driven the electric bill up $100/mo already.  Probably has another $150/mo to go up in the next few months.  But winter is cheap for heat.  Had less than 3 weeks of nighttime lows below freezing and not a single high below freezing.  Temps in the 50s and 60s in January and 70s in February.  I've already had to cut the lawn 5 times. 

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