Showing posts from February 22, 2009

Got my Greencard at last!

Well here it is - some 8 years after landing in the USA on a temporary H1B work permit.

In truth, I only started applying for it properly about 18 months ago, under the category National Interest Waiver, which I talked about here.

The people I must thank include the referees I had to muster to build my case. Either that or get married, and we can't have me doing that, now can we?

Thank you to the following people for providing glowing references:

Fred Matheny,
Alan Scholz, Co-founder, Bike Friday
Dan Okenfuss, VP Public Relations, Little People of America
Douglas Card, Adjunct Professor, U of O
Eileen Lafer, Professor, U of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio
Fred Iannotti, Life Member, Appalachian Mountain Club
Gihon Jordan, Transportation Expert
Jackie Huba, Principal,
Jeff Bernards, Bicycle Advocate
Jerry Norquist, CEO, Cycle Oregon
Jerry Segal, CFO, Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, Inc.
Jim Clash, "The Adventurer", Assoc…

The Longest Line in NYC: Women for Hire Job Fair, Feb 2009

We interrupt this program for a report from the cold, hard pavement outside your window.

A jobseeking friend invited me to join her at a Women for Hire Career Fair at the Sheraton New York.

Thinking it might provide a palpable insight into the current state of the nation for my FastCompany blog, I hastily printed out my resume as required (complete with a nice glaring typo - doh!) and jumped in a cab to make it by curtain call.

On arriving at 1.15pm - the cut off time for entry and 45 minutes before the advertised closing time - I saw a line longer than a queue for free immortality with front row tickets to U2 thrown in.

It started at the 7th Ave subway station and weaved around two sides of a very, very long block.

"GIT IN LINE MOMMY, WE BEEN WAITIN' 2 HOURS," said a gal when I tried to politely ask if "this really was the line expecting to get in by 2pm?"

"You can't line up anymore, most of these people ain't gettin' in," she said. Flashback…