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DINAJ News: The much reviewed website Damn I need a job .com announes that it has retired it'smost famous job search utility. Read about his oriiginal job search fratrations, the attention he got which ultimately landed him a job. Go to any lengths to get noticed in this job market!.
Utilities, Ideas and Inspiration for the Innovative Job Seeker

Damn, I need a job!!

Frustrated Job Seeker
Without going into all the uninteresting details I found myself unemployed. "No big deal" I thought. "I'm a pretty smart guy with some pretty marketable skills so finding a new job shouldn't be a problem" I told myself. I got on all the big job boards, feverishly scanned help wanted ads in the classifieds, hooked up with employment agencies, called all my contacts and considered moving. I even opened up the Yellow Pages, started with the "A"s and sent resumes to every listing that had an e-mail address or web site. I couldn't help but feel like my resume submissions were getting lost in stacks of other applicants and getting "filed" without ever being read. It was totally freaking frustrating and I thought "I need a job! If I could just get some face time".
Shameless Self Promotion
I was walking around downtown one day and realized that everywhere I looked there was someone who was either hiring or knew of someone who was and they might even be looking for someone exactly like me. So I started thinking about printing a stack of resumes and handing them out like flyers to passers by or putting them on wind shields. Pretty shameless I agree and I'd probably have to change my phone number after that. Also no guarantee people would even read it.

Straight up, no bones about it, no way to dispute it, if they can read People WILL Read What's On Your Shirt!

Put something about yourself on your shirt and not only will they read it they will strain to see it. They will position themselves for a better look. Stand in line at a fast food joint and at any given moment someone will be checking it out. I'm telling you people can't help it.

With a brief description of your skills and what you're looking for (a cover letter basically) on your shirt you will be getting interviewed constantly in the minds of people who read it! If they happen to know of something that might be a match it will occur to them to say something!

Damn I Need A Job - Shirts That Get You Noticed!!!

This is the original resume shirt available since 2005. Also available is the black shirt with static text that is just as cool and compelling! Click on the shirts on the right to order!

For any questions feel free to E-Mail me!

I printed the first shirt and wore it downtown just to get some pictures for this site and people were stopping me on the street! I won't say they all offered me jobs as some just said "That's clever, good luck" and stuff like that but I met people almost immediately! I had to tell two people that I didn't have a resume with me as I was just trying to get this site put together!

Get out there and get Noticed!!!
• Go downtown and just walk around!
• Sidewalk Cafes and fast food restaurants at lunch hour!
• The mall!
• Sporting events!
• Anywhere you wait in line!
Order Shirts
i need a job - Resume Shirt
I need a job - Out of Stock!

Save money by making your own. Here's how!

Over the years the vendor I use has continued to raise their prices to the point where I just can't try and sell a shirt for over $30 just to cover my own expenses. So I decided to just plant the idea in your head and show you how to make your own. It's easy to do and it will save you money!! Ready? 

First develop the content of your cover letter. Keep it brief! People won't read it if it's too long! I limited it to 500 characters. Write it as though you were submitting it formally yet generic enough that all your bases are covered. I suggest a brief description of your skills and what kind of position you are looking for.  I recommend doing it in a word processor like Word and utilizing it's spell check and word count tools. Here is a sample that you can view or download as a template. It is a .png file made in Adobe Fireworks.

Next open up your favorite image editing software like Photoshop or Fireworks. Create a new image and make the canvas as large as possible. I made mine 2000px by 2000px. The larger the resolution the better the quality will be on the printed shirt. If you can, set the background color or canvas color to transparent. If not then just leave it white. Copy and paste your text to your new image. Now choose a font. I used Times New Roman and made it BIG : 122 pt. As far as justifying the text it is a matter of preference. Some people liked it to be justified (aligned on both left and right sides) others didn't. It can cause some spacing issues so just play with it until you get it to your liking.

Now find an online t-shirt printer. Or since you've taken matters into your own hands you may be able to find a local outfit where you can take your image on a flash drive and save even more $$. Recently I found a place called Printfection.com that seems to be a little cheaper than the big ones like Cafepress. There is also Zazzle.com and many, many others. How this works is that you simply upload your image to the back of the shirt. Make sure you fill the entire area they have allocated with your image. Save, add to cart and check out. Now hit the streets!

I regret having to do this but I just can't justify charging people who are already strapped so much for one of these shirts. From a business perspective it is a no brainer as I have never really made any money on these and frankly with my time rolled into each one I was losing money.

I'm still here to help! If you have any questions about how to do this feel free to email me! 

Damn I Need A Job in the News
"Hey man, I'm walking around with my resume on my shirt and I need a job!!"

Ok, I'm going to throw this idea out there for the serious and adventurous job seeker. Call the news and let them know what you're doing. Tell them you're walking around with your resume on your shirt. Tell them "I need a job"! I DID!!!. Granted when I did it was an attempt to get some exposure for this site but the News station thought it was much more interesting to spin it as a story about a guy who "wears his credentials like a badge of courage" and not so much about this site . It did generate a lot of traffic for this site but that's not the best part. A lady, home sick from work, was watching the noon news when my story aired. She saw it and called the I.T. manager of the company she worked for who she knew was looking for someone like me. Call it Karma or whatever you like but things fell into place and I landed a great job. That was in mid 2005 when all that went down. You may not have this site to promote but I bet if you try you might get some press as a human interest story. Call them and tell them you are walking around with your resume on your shirt. GO TO ANY LENGTHS TO GET NOTICED!!!!!!!
Damn i need a job In the News Videos
Damn I Need A Job - Local News

This is the original i need a job news story that a local news station did. I'm not a big fan of it but here it is anyway. This was back in 2005.

Damn I need a job on cnn

More recently I was contacted by CNN for this interview. Needless to say I was pretty surprised. Initially the interview was supposed to be about how this sites traffic stats could be a representation of the current job situation in the U.S. but as you'll see that's not where it went.
Note From Larry
I'll admit that when I first damn i need a job I had visions of it making some good money. As time went on the sales were always sort of lackluster. Let's face it, my target audience doesn't have money to burn. However, I found that the enjoyment I was getting out of operating this site was worth all the effort. I have received many emails from folks who have told me they have stumbled here in desperation and found inspiration. Boy, that was not my vision and I'm amazed that this site's success is not measured in a monetary way but rather the effect it has had on some people and the satisfaction that has given me. Order the shirt if you want one. Get a gift certificate to help a friend. If this site just made you laugh then so be it.
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