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New here.... [Jan. 31st, 2006|11:28 am]
Working In Chicago


I'm wondering if anyone has heard of/worked with Dialogue Direct. It's a non-for-profit organization that hires younger people to raise money for charities. They boast that employees make between $500-1000/week, which seems nice, and benefits are available after 90 days. Anybody got some dirt?

I'd much prefer working as a waitress, but I'm not sure of the liquor-serving laws and my research isn't drawing any conclusions. Where I'm from (Indiana), all you need to do is take a class, pay $30, and get a license for serving liquor is you're under 21. What's the deal? I'm 20.

Oh, and I wanted to give everyone a quick tip: I was doing some research on banks (I'm obsessed with interest rates and investing of late), and I found out that the Lincoln Park Savings Bank offers a FREE Costco membership for anyone who opens an interest-bearing checking account or any direct deposit account. A membership at Costco could translate into saving big bucks, but if you choose the checking account, you need to keep a minimum of $500 in the bank. That's the catch. But some of you mau have that in your savings already, so I thought you should know.

[User Picture]From: sisterhavana
2006-01-31 06:13 pm (UTC)
I haven't worked for Dialogue Direct, but I see them all the time on Michigan Avenue. They're the ones who try to grab passersby and get them to give to Children International. I find them annoying, but some people like doing that kind of work.

I found this profile of a Dialogue Direct worker in Seattle, which might interest you.
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[User Picture]From: totallysofast
2006-02-15 07:15 am (UTC)
I just started working with Dialouge Direct. It's effing hard, people (on the streets, the ones you are supposed to harass) are jerks and I really don't think, unless you're merciless about badgering, it's possible to make even $500 a week. The base pay is $8/hr + incentives for signing people up.

I'm going to give it another week but it's really hard and I think it takes a specific kind of person to do the job. The kind of person I'm not. (like an extrovert.)
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[User Picture]From: soupcan
2006-05-02 07:04 am (UTC)
Here's a story.

One day, I went to the Loyola job fair. I'm an International Studies major with a minor in polisci and I'm joining the Peace Corps post graduation, so I wanted to try and find something that would hone my academic skills as well as make me a stronger candidate for service come next summer. I figured Dialogue Direct (henceforth "DD") would be kind of a good thing to look at. At the job fair, their focus was "Children's International," whom I'm sure you've seen on the streets before.

I talked to the recruiter kid and together we sat up an interview date for the summer season. He told me about all the incentives and I was pretty excited because it's a pretty decent cause (as far as I can tell).

The only problem is that I currently hold a job as a server/hostess at a restaurant downtown, where I could potentially make the same amount of money. While I'm not really 'helping' anyone there, it is giving me the opportunity to pay rent and all during my time at Loyola.

So due to the time commitment that DD was requiring (three days from the hours of 9am-6pm) would jeopardize my ability to work at the restaurant for three days of the week, I had to turn down the job with them. I mean, I'd have to give it up at the beginning of next semester anyway, and if I'm out DD AND my serving position, there's no real way for me to not be homeless.

So I called the kid up and explained to him my position, which is a pretty reasonable one. I'm not money-grubbing, and I'm certainly not living in decadence...I'm just a 21 year old college student who needs to be able to live somewhere, and DD couldn't realistically provide that. So what did the recruiter say in response to my picking serving over Children's International?

"I hope you have a good time throwing away food instead of providing it."

So now I have a small vendetta against the company. I just wanted to scream "PEACE CORPS YOU ASSHOLE" over the phone and hang up, but alas, I don't have the balls. Because really, who says that. Don't make me feel guilty because my parents aren't paying my rent.

As far as serving in Chicago, the liquor-serving laws require you to be twenty-one to serve. At that point, you'll take a test (after watching a bunch of movies) and become certified. What I'd suggest, if you want to be a server by the time you're twenty-one, is to start out as a host. In fact, currently my job is hiring hosts because they've trained a bunch of us to serve, in addition to the fact that there are quite a few leaving for the summer. I'd check it out if I were you. IM me or something and I'll tell you about it.
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[User Picture]From: romanticegotist
2006-05-02 03:36 pm (UTC)
Wow, the Peace Corps is sooooo much better than them. You're absolutely right in your decision. I guess some people get so self-righteous about their causes that they actually impose superiority. How ridic.

Anyway, I'm actually starting a job as a hostess at a new restaurant across the street from my apartment. It's $7/hour plus tips, so it'll be $10-$15/hour depending on how busy it is. I'll probably eventually become a server there after I've "paid my dues".

BUT I'm really looking at office jobs too, because they pay really well here. Do you get paid tips too, and what's the schedule? Flexible?

I don't know if I'll pursue it, but nevertheless, thanks a bunch for the tip. It's always nice when people you don't know are actually nice and welcolming.
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