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You betcha I have job-seeking lately

Posted By: fatcat on 2009-01-10
In Reply to: Have you been job seeking lately? Whole different world now. - Experience gets paid same as noobies across the bo

I just started my second job (one for the insurance, the other for the high cpl it pays) and started my new second job three months ago. And no, I do not get paid like a newbie.

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