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Kicked too hard
posted on 2012-04-23 21:44:13
I moved to New York City last October, and the search for work has been never-ending.  My greatest success so far has been an ushering position I got through some friends.  They hours are pretty irregular, aside from regularly taking my Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons, and that doesn't really make for the most relaxed or ordered life.  I'm grateful to have the work, though.  Nevertheless, when I got the opportunity to do some physics research again, by surprise, I was really excited -- even if I was only offered minimum wage.

Now, for the second time since I've moved here, I've made it a month into a research job only to find out that I'm not on payroll at all.  I'm hoping to sort it all out next week, when the person in charge of payroll gets back from vacation, but there's always the fear that there won't be the money to pay me.  If communication was so good as to put me in this position in the first place, I'm rather afraid that someone didn't check if they could hire me at all.  At my last research position at Columbia, I suspect that's what happened, and why, two and a half months into my time there, I was finally handed a contract which said I wasn't allowed to work more than three months.

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