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Career Advice That Costs a Pint of Blood

Donating blood as a way to get cash quickly is nothing new, but at least one blood bank has added another incentive to get people interested. Appropriately, the Stanford Blood Center in job loss stricken Silicon Valley is offering career counseling in exchange for a pint of blood.

Blood and job hunting certainly seem like an odd couple, but people are scooping up advice anywhere they can get it. The exchange includes resume reviewing and interview practice, two areas that seem to always need work. John Williams, the center's marketing manager said, "With increasing layoffs in Silicon Valley and an uncertain future for job growth, this event is an opportunity for those who have lost their jobs to get back into the market while also doing something positive for the community."

Would this incentive make you a more likely blood donor?

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Matdredalia Matdredalia 8 years
Actually, it's the government that regulates who is and isn't allowed to donate blood, and frankly, it *IS* discrimination based. They test all blood for HIV and AIDS -- when you donate you have to sign a release form stating that they are allowed to test your blood for diseases, including HIV & AIDS, and that they are allowed to contact you to inform you if you have any of these diseases. The American Red Cross & other groups that accept blood donations have been fighting the policy barring gay men from donating for years because it's absolutely pointless in this day and age. But, hey, welcome to the US Government in all their glory.
lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 8 years
i already donate blood. people really need it. but those you cant can always volunteer their time for exchange of job counseling. but hey if im donating might as well go some job counseling if they are offereing
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I can't donate blood because I don't weigh enough, but I'd do it for free and not worry about getting paid for it.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
I couldn't. :faint:
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I didn't know you got money to donate blood, I would do it just for the sake of doing it.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
I do it anyway, so if somebody was helping with interviewing tips while sucking a pint out of my arm I'd be totally down for it. Everybody wins.
ImJessica ImJessica 8 years
This seems like it could be unintentionally discriminatory - a lot of people can't donate. Gay men are still barred from donating blood. Although I'm sure it's not meant to be discriminatory.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that i'd be likely to donate blood regardless if i could and any added incentive would be great. i just have to get past my whole anemia thing first and then i'll start to donate more.
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