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Despite raising her profile, Kinney continues job search

Hopes exposure will land her a job

Posted: December 3, 2008 10:31 p.m.
Updated: December 4, 2008 4:30 a.m.
 

Kelly Kinney hopes her two Thursday morning interviews are her last - at least for a while.

Kinney is the job-hunting former marketing professional who wears her resume on her T-shirt to attract attention and, she hopes, a job.

She is scheduled to interview for a job at the Valencia Swim Club at 9 a.m. Thursday. Immediately following her job interview, Kinney meets with CNN to talk about T-shirt resumes and job hunting, she said.
"I was blindsided when I came home and heard a message on the machine from CNN," Kinney said. The cable news network contacted Kinney after The Signal story appeared Tuesday. Kinney, 29 of Canyon Country, didn't know the story ran until she arrived home late Tuesday night.

"I got an e-mail that said I was in the newspaper," she said.

Kinney said she hopes the exposure from The Signal and CNN lead to a job.

"I've been on at least 60 job interviews in a year," she said.

The story received a significant spike in page views on The Signal Web site, but the exposure didn't lead to any job prospects for Kinney.

"I got one call from a lady who said her husband had a business, but no real job prospects," she said.

What started as a year-long search for a marketing job has been whittled down to less ambitious aspirations by a tough economy, Kinney said.

"I'll take anything that will pay my college loans," she said.

Kinney's been force to turn down offers that haven't paid enough money to cover her bills.

"I was offered a marketing job that paid minimum wage," Kinney said.

She was able to get by on freelance Web design until it dried up with the slowed economy, she said.

Holiday shopping season isn't the same without a job, Kinney said.

"My husband and I are not exchanging gifts," she said.

The couple's 10-year-old son will still get Christmas gifts, but Kinney and her husband are taking advantage of Kmart's layaway program to foot the bill, she said.

Kinney cut a lot of excess from the family budget, but she doesn't want to cut her son's gymnastics lessons. He is a competitive gymnast who trains 25 hours per week, she said.

"If I don't find something soon I am going pull him out and that's going to be my breaking point," she said.

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