The Job Hunt: Odd jobs...of the full-time kind, are out there

Despite 13.7 million unemployed people in America, there are jobs out there somewhere. You just have to know where to look.

As one of those looking for full-time work, I often come across odd job listings, some of which I've applied for. I recently came across a weekly list by the Christian Science Monitor of unusual job openings. Here are a few of the recent openings that may still be available if you act fast:

Tenor trombone for the U.S. Army Blues Band in Fort Myer, VA., about five minutes from downtown Washington, D.C. The pay is $51,000 to $58,000 per year. An audition by invitation only is July 7.Coordinator of cheerleader squads for the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Salary is $30,000 to $37,000 annually. Responsible for ensuring that the school's cheer squads and mascot, Big Al, promote spirit and enhance game-day atmosphere. Oversee all cheerleader practices, weight training, choreography, and public appearances.

Pedicab/rickshaw driver in Grand Rapids, Mich. Salary not listed, but Elite Pedicabs company Web site says, "You get paid the same day you work. After the bike rental fee, you take home whatever you make each night." Site doesn't say how much bike rental fee is, but no matter how much or how little you earn, you'll definitely get into shape by pulling tourists around in a three-wheeled, 24-speed bicycle.

Helicopter traffic reporter at Newsradio 850 KOA in Denver. Salary not listed. My guess is that these types of jobs don't come open too often. Knowing how to fly a helicopter is mandatory for this split-shift job, where you'd provide traffic information in the morning and afternoon commutes.

Ag claim processor who must be fluent in German, for John Deere in Moline, Ill. Salary not listed. Process warranty and other claims from dealers in the German language. What I love about this job is the fun of being able to talk to people in a foreign language, but about tractors.

The great thing about these job openings is that they require very specific skills that I would guess few people have. So if you're qualified -- you speak fluent German and know your tractor specs, can fly a helicopter, or play tenor trombone -- these are perfect fits.

Aaron Crowe is an unemployed journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read about his job search at

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