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It's a numbing employment situation when each week a different investment bank reduces their workforce by 10 percent. While some workers who have made their names and fortunes in finance are having trouble keeping their heads up in the down market, experienced banker and MIT degree holder Joshua Persky hasn't let a discouraging reality get under his skin.

An unproductive six-month job search triggered a more creative mindset that led to Persky standing on Wall Street wearing a sandwich board while handing out résumés. His board advertised he's an "Experience MIT Grad For Hire," and although he's caught the attention of the press worldwide he's still jobless. If he doesn't find a job within a month, he'll go start a new life in his wife's hometown of Omaha, where she and their children went last week.


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cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
If anyone needs a job quick and you are a business major, I say move to DC and get a job working for a consulting firm that does federal government work. The pay is good and it is high matter the economy, the government will always need contractors and internal auditors to make sure they are abiding by OMB guidelines. There are plenty of jobs in government consulting for finance, accounting, and IT alike.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I was unemployed for a year with no umemployment and I can tell you it was the low point in my career but you can get through it and things always turn around!
MelissaIsTheBest MelissaIsTheBest 9 years
I'll be honest, if I had a company in need of his qualifications I would definitely offer an interview to him. He's ballsy.... that's hard to find sometimes in qualified candidates. I totally give him props, and although he may be unemployed right now, I doubt it should be for long. Quicky? - Check! Weird? - Check! Effective? - CHECK! CHECK! CHECK!
Lynne Lynne 9 years
This could lend to his creative side in getting a job. I could and would never have been able to come up with something creative, someone might respect his creativity.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Wow, I learn something everyday - I never knew people parade their schools for better jobs. I do however, feel bad for him. Six months--that means his unemployment has run out and he is out of a job. He has guts - I guess if homeless people can have a sign asking for money, he could use one for a job. I just wonder how many responses have he gotten.
Meike Meike 9 years
You're right cubadog about people who parade their school as the sole reason to get hired. It amuses me to have seen Wellesley students take and pass a single easy course at MIT just to have it on their resume under education. It's pathetic, really. In fact, if there is any rightful parading to be had, it is those students who graduated with a degree in EECS and Mathematics--the most intensive programs at MIT (with other engineering programs and volatile sciences following closely behind). You can bet those EECS grads know what they are doing.
avettafawna avettafawna 9 years
First of all, I totally agree with cubadog about the whole school thing. So you got good enough grades in high school to get into a school like MIT--being a vaulable employee as an adult involves a lot more than where you went to undergrad. Maybe if this guy was bragging about his more recent achievements... However, having that said, I really have to hand it to him for his ballsyness. Nothing makes you feel smaller than a period of unemployment, and six months is a long, LONG amount of time to face constant rejection.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
It just proves that it doesn't matter where you go to school. I can not stand when people expect certain jobs or salary based on where they went to school at the end of the day all that matters is if you can do the job.
graduatedsqueaks graduatedsqueaks 9 years
Maybe he's setting his sights too high? I graduated from MIT in 2006. I got laid off recently, but just got two job offers (I'm not bragging, just trying to prove a point). I guess publicity stunts will at least get you some attention...and maybe one of those people who notices you is looking for your skill set...
Meike Meike 9 years
Yeah, MIT people can be kind of quirky. I have four friends who've attended the school. Three teeter towards 'normal' by society's standards but each own up to a little bit of weirdness. The last one? Haha, totally weird but he's great fun.
ehadams ehadams 9 years
I don't understand why he would want to stay in NY when his wife and kids moved anyway. Maybe his not getting a job is a sign. ;)
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