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Forum topic by kolwdwrkr posted 12-11-2008 07:37 PM 1417 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2008 07:37 PM

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I am looking to relocate to the Portland area and am wondering what the best way to find work is, or better yet, if anyone knows of any cabinet or furniture shops needing an experienced builder. I searched online a little bit, and will do more today. I need to find work quick. Thanks for advice.

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#1 posted 12-12-2008 04:51 AM

Maine. Connecticut, Oregon or ?

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#2 posted 12-12-2008 06:49 AM

Indiana, Texas, Ohio?

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#3 posted 12-12-2008 06:35 PM

Sorry, Oregon.

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#4 posted 12-12-2008 09:05 PM

We have a Portland, MI….

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#5 posted 12-12-2008 09:31 PM

Lotta help we are…With your skills and talent you should not have a problem finding work. Good luck!

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#6 posted 12-12-2008 10:53 PM

Dennis, my experience could be my problem. It seems that since the economy is so slow nobody is hiring. Most shops have the experienced guy who has been there with them for a while, and the only help they are looking for is the cheap labor. Maybe someone with no experience that can sweep the floor. I’ve ran my business for the last 4 years and after the divorce, have taken a severe financial impact. I owe everone out the ears and frankly may never pull out of that. But I do still need to work and make a living. I just can’t work for pennies. I don’t know how everything got so bad. Thanks.

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#7 posted 12-13-2008 02:27 AM

You may want to check out the real estate companies to find landlords, particular in the historic homes area, and drop them off a business card. My nephew (now deceased) made a good living doing repairs and upgrades in the older homes in Portland OR.


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#8 posted 12-14-2008 01:43 AM

if you ever want to relocate to the uk i could find you work yesterday a true craftsman


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#9 posted 12-15-2008 06:48 PM

Maybe try the local college or adult schools and become a teacher. Normally no degrees are needed just being able to pass along professional knowledge skills. This might help until you find what you really need.

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#10 posted 12-15-2008 07:37 PM

If they say they don’t need any help, tell them maybe the best option would be to open your own business and become their competition. That might open a spot for you.

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#11 posted 12-15-2008 08:37 PM

I know how it got so bad, instead of leting the low to middle income people keep up with inflation, they kept wages low and thought they’d keep the economy going and everyone happy with credit. Well, the rich got richer and now they are starting to feel the ramifications of it all, so as allways, we all end up paying for their idiocy. The problem started 20 years ago. Personally I think it’s a sad day for this country when people start saying that companies like Harbor Frieght and Grizzly sell good tools. This country use to be proud of the products we produced, and rightly so. It use to be that people cared about quality, now it all seems to be about price. But you can’t blame the general consumer thats been struggling for all these years looking for a price they can afford, but I will blame our goverment for leting things get this way. I’m in the same position as kolwdwrkr, or near it. I’ve been looking for decent work for over a year, I’m 51 and I’m tired of working for 1988 wages and little to no bennies while the arogant abusive boss gets filthy rich in most cases. Even retail isn’t good, customers have really gotten bad, little respect for anyone. I don’t know what to tell you, if I did, I’d be doing it. Things need to change, trying to bust the car Unions will only keep blue collar wages and bennefits low, and workers rights deminish, while the rich continue to prosper. Buying cheap imported crap costs jobs, fills landfills faster, and lowers our national security at the ports because they can’t keep up. The goverment needs to wake up before true craftsmanship and inovation which made this country becomes a thing of the past, if not, we are truely in for some very hard times. I would also like to add that some of these large American woodworking machinery companies that got there start in this country many years ago need to start acting like Americans and bring the jobs back to this country where the American worker got them their start, the same goes for any other company that had it’s start in this country. We deserve better.

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