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Old 23-03-2010, 11:10   #1
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What is the CF Policy for Seeking Employment ?

My wife and I desire to circumnavigate with our children in the next couple of years. This will mean a change of career towards either raising my income in the short run to boost savings or towards being able to telecommute on a flexible basis in the long run in order to work while underway. Given that this community is one that encompasses those with these types individuals and careers, it seems to be a good place to ask about obtaining such a job. However, I do not know what the rules are regarding these types of postings. I know we can buy and sell here, but can we also network?

I am in a career position with a Department of Defense company and a couple of business degrees. I would love to have the opportunity to network here if it's okay, but I would not want to interfere with the rules or even the spirit of the forums.

Can someone enlighten me?
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Old 23-03-2010, 11:35   #2
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I have to admit I haven't checked the CF rules, but can say what has worked for us in a UK context. We run a small consultancy business, specialising in supporting public sector local and regional agencies in change management, regeneration, environmental services and cultural projects. That's the blurb. In practice we do a mix of interim management placements and consultancy. The former requires being in a place, but is low overhead, high ticket work for short bursts of time. The latter is more possible offsite (ie while anchored in some lovely spot!) but does require a bit more networking/tendering to get.

The point being that we, and people we know doing similar things, have essentially set up their own company which employs them to do whatever it is they do. That company then contracts with your clients, and how you deliver is then up to you. This enables you to be much more flexible/picky about location and timing than if you have an actual job. (In the UK it's also more tax efficient.)

Having to earn does bring us back to the UK for various periods, but we are currently cruising in Europe where our languages aren't good enough to work in a lot of the relevant countries. When we get good ticket work we do it wherever we can, and preferably afloat.
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Old 23-03-2010, 17:50   #3
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Shoot... you guys are way to 'Techie/Intelligent' for me... should even I be on/in here...
I just grab cash in hand Bar/Boat/Beach jobs .....
But then I come from the age when a Mars bar was 3d, 20 fags 10d, a new Mini 565 quid and a three bed semi was 2500 quid... and softwear was silk pyjamas..
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and softwear was silk pyjamas..
I ask my partner for these every Christmas and you cant find any anywhere!
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Thanks for asking, skeedaddy.

We try to keep the Forum as non-commercial as possible, because we know our members like it that way. We think we do a pretty good job of keeping the never-ending Spam under control, and we have policies to keep "commercialism" at a low level. You mentioned members buying and selling here. Our Classifieds forum is provided as a benefit to our members, and is intended to allow members to sell boating-related items that they no longer want or need. We don't allow commercial businesses to sell their products or services there, or any where else on the Forum.

The "slight" exception to that policy is our Commercial Vendor program. We are happy to have a number of members with commercial interests who've demonstrated through their participation here that they are willing and able to share their particular expertise and experience with our membership, without overtly "selling" their products or services. These members are designated CVs at our discretion, and have a special set of rules that apply to how they conduct themselves here.

"Networking" through posts in our public fora to sell your services to other members wouldn't be appropriate here. On the other hand, we don't control what is exchanged in PMs between members, unless a member receiving a PM complains about it to us. And, of course, email exchanges off-forum are totally at your discretion. We don't encourage nor discourage that sort of member interaction via PM, and would only get involved if it somehow became abusive.

There are a number of places in our Community Rules that apply to members with commercial interests. You might want to read through them.

I hope this helps. We'd be glad to answer any questions.
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"Networking" through posts in our public fora to sell your services to other members wouldn't be appropriate here.
I'm new here, but what I'm hearing is that collecting information about things that are working for others would be okay, soliciting would not. Please correct me if I'm wrong, because it seems to me that this 'general' information is useful to all.
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Absolutely, Robert. Sharing info about how to make money for the cruising kitty is fine. There are quite a few threads in our archives about that. It's the "selling" to other members that isn't compatible with how CF works.
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