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Re: Change in employment
Toon Moene wrote:
Gov. Off.: What volunteer activities ?
Me: Church, GCC ...
Gov. Off.: GCC, what's that ?
Me: It's free software - let me show you the home page ...
Gov. Off.: Free ? So it's gratis ?
Me: No, Free stands for Freedom.
Gov. Off.: Oh, yes, I see; BTW, I see a lot of contributions from people
who apparently are employed by corporations, some of which are even
publicly traded - are you sure this is a volunteer activity ?
Me: Ummm, well, you see, ummm ...
Gov. Off.: Perhaps you should apply for a job in this sector. Until you
can show us that's impossible, we assume you'll stop this activity.
Don't refer to it as a "volunteer activity". Call it "training" and
I.e. you're "tinkering with some code that is part of GNU/Linux"
(mention Linux as they're likely to have heard of that) for the purposes
"enhancing and practicing" your skills as well "participating in the
tecnhnical community" with the hope this this will improve your
"technical reputatation, name recognition, and set of contacts", all of
which should improve the chance of getting a job and off the dole.