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Craigslist, ideal place to find cheap retouchers?

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Old 06-25-2008, 11:58 AM
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Re: Craigslist, ideal place to find cheap retouche

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$18 an hour is actually not bad for those that are trying to get into this field or those that are already working at the mid-level, but they were looking for a SENIOR retoucher. Like you said, retouchers at that level probably already invested a lot of time in the company they work and are highly unlikely to switch job only to get half of their current salary. It was certainly a good opportunity for the right retoucher that needed lessons in CMYK if they had the intention to train, but their job descriptions didn't seem like they were looking for a retoucher that was not ready to hit the ground running. I personally wouldn't mind the $18/hr pay if there's a company out there that's willing to train me in CMYK even if I'm going to have a longer commute with gas prices that already hit $5 per gallon.
HALF?!, try less than 1/3. LA seems like they discount the industry pretty damned heavy. I'd never work there by the sounds of it.

I agree that most people on this forum wouldn't even qualify for the positions advertised however.

Slightly off topic, but there seems to be a big misunderstanding as far as what a Junior retoucher even is. 94% of those that bring up the term wouldn't qualify nor have any idea what the title really entails, let alone a Senior position. Intern is more apt.
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Old 06-25-2008, 02:05 PM
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Re: Craigslist, ideal place to find cheap retouche

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I personally wouldn't mind the $18/hr pay if there's a company out there that's willing to train me in CMYK even if I'm going to have a longer commute with gas prices that already hit $5 per gallon.
most places these days don't want to take the time to train anyone, they'll usually have 1 guy that marks up the color and the "operators" will make the moves required...
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Old 06-25-2008, 04:49 PM
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Re: Craigslist, ideal place to find cheap retouche

I can't imagine any company nowadays would want to invest time and money to train someone hoping that they're getting the right person. Many companies in LA are low-ball to begin with. If you had followed the job postings long enough out here, you'll notice that most of them aren't willing to give you the retoucher title so they don't have to offer you the salary of a retoucher even though the job's responsibility is essentially retouching. Most of these companies also require you to disclose your salary histories so they can immediately opt you out if you're already getting paid too much or offer you a 5%-10% salary increase, which is not enough for you to give up your job security and your benefits for the next 90 days. I've considered moving to NYC to start from the bottom again.
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Old 06-25-2008, 06:37 PM
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if you're lucky you may be able to get your foot in the door at a press house or pre-press house that does extensive catalog work but you'll still need some basic cmyk knowledge..check if any of the local community colleges offer a Intro to Offset class or some type of color theory class...
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Old 06-25-2008, 09:37 PM
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Wow, I make more than that delivering newspapers (and some other tasks) full time in Florida. 3 minute commute.
Looks like Photoshop will remain just a hobby.
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Old 06-26-2008, 11:40 AM
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Re: Craigslist, ideal place to find cheap retouche

for what it's worth, i'm now the color studio manager at a large prepress/print/outdoor company in Orange County. We're not immediately hiring but if anyone WOULD be interested in an apprentice position, PM me and I'll contact you when we're looking...probably in a month or so.
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Old 07-10-2008, 02:45 PM
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Re: Craigslist, ideal place to find cheap retouche

Do not respond to ANY thing on Craigslist.
Just on a try I fell in to that trap and was rewarded with an email response
from England for a collection scam. The job (gig) on Craigslist was for a retoucher.
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Old 07-10-2008, 03:34 PM
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Re: Craigslist, ideal place to find cheap retouche

Now, now, let's not generalize too much about Craigs. Found a nice little cottage up in Westchester on it. And, hey, even Box advertised on it a few months ago.
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Old 07-10-2008, 04:35 PM
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Re: Craigslist, ideal place to find cheap retouche

I hope this does not come across as rude but it's highly likely that Barrington Staffing Services had no joy on Monster as they are only offering $18 per hour. I have only been retouching for ten years but $18 seems like a bit of an insult to anyone less than maybe a guy/girl fresh out of school.

Anyway I am not shooting the messenger and thanks for posting this info anyway. How knows ............ maybe retouching work will pay a decent livable wage/rate again.

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I saw the following posting on Monster 3 weeks ago. Now I know why they still haven't found anybody and turned their attention to Craiglist.

same posting on Monster 3 weeks ago

Reply to: job-625160337@craigslist.org
Date: 2008-03-31, 9:48AM PDT


Print Company, Second Shift (hours: 4pm-12:30am), M-F, possible temp to hire opportunity for the right person! Ideal candidate possesses an in-depth, technical and creative understanding of retouching as well as prolific understanding of color theory. Must be extremely detail oriented & have the ability to follow instructions independently. Experience is required, Call Personnel at (818)954-8237, Barrington Staffing Services.




* Location: Burbank
* Compensation: $18/hr+ DOE
* Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
* Phone calls about this job are ok.
* Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.


PostingID: 625160337
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Old 07-11-2008, 11:56 AM
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Re: Craigslist, ideal place to find cheap retouche

Sorry Benny, I was speaking about retouching gigs.
I found my apt. on the list. Go figure.
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