Archive: October 2007
The average pay of a desktop publisher in the Seattle area is $19.03 an hour, with most making from $16.50 to $21.10 an hour, according to PayScale, a Seattle company that tracks compensation and benefits.
Now: Wildlife rehabilitator. Then: Supermarket courtesy clerk.
Robin Young needed extra spending money during her winter vacation, so at 16 years old she took a holiday job at jewelry store Something Silver in Portland. Ten years later, after working for the company during breaks from school, she's the manager of the Seattle-based chain's store at Bellevue Square.
The average pay of an electrician in the Seattle area is $29.38 an hour, with most making from $24.53 to $33.79 an hour, according to PayScale, a Seattle company that tracks compensation and benefits.
Now: Executive. Then: Laborer
Robert Margoshes spent his twenties performing in rock bands. But an opportunity to work as a roadie for a headlining act made him realize he preferred working behind the scenes to playing on stage. After spending more than a decade on the road as a lighting technician for what he calls "giant corporate rock shows," he put down roots in Seattle. Today he works as technical director of the historic Moore Theatre, ensuring that the lighting, sound and special effects of each performance go off without a hitch.
Joanne Jester has an impressive résumé. It describes her many duties as office manager for cdm eCycling, a small Baltimore company. She also lists prior employers, including State Use Industries, from 2000 to 2003. But there's a catch: State Use Industries was the prison-industry arm of Maryland's correctional system. Jester worked as a telemarketing office assistant there while serving a four-year sentence for theft and related charges. Her résumé reveals nothing about her imprisonment.
We've all heard the stories about awful bosses: The moody, self-important autocrats who take credit for our accomplishments and blame us for their mistakes. The petty tyrants. The bullies. What we rarely hear about, however, are the decent bosses. The ones who not only make our work life better, but in some cases they make us better.
This company president started out his career delivering The Seattle Times.
The average pay of an automotive body repairer in the Seattle area is $17.07 an hour, with most making from $14.88 to $18.96 an hour, according to PayScale, a Seattle company that tracks compensation and benefits.
These aren't just Tupperware parties anymore. As part of a home-based business boom, some women entrepreneurs are moving from corporate America into a shop-from-home, in-your-home, high-end product business to gain economic independence and job autonomy.
Now: company owner. Then: janitor.
The average pay of an archivist in the Seattle area is $19.36 an hour, with most making from $16.14 to $21.87 an hour, according to PayScale, a Seattle company that tracks compensation and benefits.
At Topps Salon Day Spa, owner Suzanne Van Houten is going for a look that is "very seamless." Clients are greeted by name and offered something to drink before their hair, skin or nails get a tuneup. A list of values – "creativity, commitment, integrity, loyalty, trust, fun" – is displayed throughout the small Oakland salon.
Like many animal-loving kids, Jamie Pflughoeft grew up with dogs, cats, and birds for pets and dreamed of working with animals someday. In college, she studied animal behavior while working as a pet sitter and dog walker on the side. Today, as top dog of Cowbelly Pet Photography, she snaps the mugs of hundreds of critters a year, turning many of them into brightly colored, digitally enhanced artwork that she's dubbed Decopaw.
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