On January 14th, at about 4pm, one Tufts and two UPenn unemployed graduates got together to eat some BBQ, throw a few beers back over a Cash Cab marathon and here was born The 405 Club… New York’s Official (Un)Employment Network.  The Fastest Growing Club in New York; On $405/week, but rich in talent!

Why “The 405 Club?” For the uninitiated, $405 is the maximumunemployment benefit in New York State. If you’re reading this you’re probably amongst the newly unemployed, or soon to be. We hope this serves as a place for newbies and sages alike to commiserate; to find and share some new tips and tricks to navigate this tough environment.

A huge thanks to our contributors and members, all of which help build THE 405 CLUB into a community-based employment information and networking resource. The community is always growing – if you’re interested in contributing to the site’s content, please email us.

Founding Members

Garrett Dale, named by 405ers as the “Chief Unemployed Officer,” is the driving force behind all things digital at The 405 Club. His most recent position at Epic Records as a Regional Radio Promotion Manager came to a hault with a massive restructuring, becoming a recession casualty along with 8,000 others at Sony in December of 2008.  Prior writing experience comes by way of his college newspaper, The Tufts Daily, as a contributing writer for 2 years.  September of 2009 was a glorious month as Garrett found work at a digital media trading company in NYC.

Jose Gonzalez is the Head of Media Relations for The 405 Club. Prior to The 405 Club, Jose worked in Asset Management until early 2009 when he fell victim to the recession.  Fortunately Jose was able to find work in September at a major banking institute.

Ethan Paul is the head of Business Development here at The 405 Club.  Ethan’s work experience comes from the real estate investmentbusiness, working with clients such as Lehman Brothers, leading to an unfortunate downsizing of the company.

Contributing Writers & Members

Laurie Dillon-Schalk is an e-marketing dynamo offering senior level marketing direction creating game changing marketing impact. With an illustrious brand marketing past from Kraft and a solid e-business management consulting past from IBM, Laurie joined the exciting housing industry in 2006. The market crashed and Laurie was terminated while on maternity leave in December 2008. Undeterred, Laurie is back on her feet winning clients instead jobs and so has started her own marketing consultancy called Social Wisdom.

Janet L. Falk is PR professional with a vast spectrum of clients and industries.

Yvonne Fitzner is a graphic design specialist, political activist and humanitarian.

Jeff Fryer has 12 years of experience in marketing, promotion, sales and project management, with a background in hands-on strategy for media and entertainment companies. Prior to joining the 405 Club, he was a Marketing Manager for concert promoter AEG Live, and also spent a number of years in the music business at stints with The Knitting Factory, EMI Music Publishing, and Sony Music.

Jeff has been very proactive since his unemployment, constantly networking and attending a wide range of events to keep his marketing skills up-to-date. As a tech-savvy person, he’s made the strategic move to further showcase his digital marketing skills with a few freelance jobs, including creating a comprehensive Social Marketing plan for a non-profit.

Actively on the job hunt (since December 2008), Jeff is looking for a long-term relationship with an inspiring company – to provide creative and innovative marketing solutions for its brand.

Catherine Fuentes is a freelance entertainment writer, with industry experience in marketing, new media and casting at Miramax Films, Nickelodeon, Us Weekly and MTV, among others. She’s hoping to combine her love for writing and creative thinking with her lifelong passion in the entertainment industry, and find a career that makes Monday mornings a little more exciting. When not writing or staying up to date with all things entertainment industry, Catherine is a huge college basketball fan and can be found cheering on the Duke Blue
Devils or attending any concert any night of the week. Clips and information can be found at www.catherinefuentes.com.

Lesley Pink is an editor and writer who has worked in marketing, financial journalism, and immigration law.  She wishes she could swim for a living.

Janet Raiffa is a campus recruiter, diversity recruiter, and recruiting manager with over fifteen years of experience hiring undergraduates and professional school students for careers in consulting, investment banking, and law. Prior to joining the 405 Club, where she tries to focus on the humorous side of unemployment, she was the Director of Legal Recruiting at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, and also spent nine years at Goldman, Sachs & Co in New York, New Jersey, London, and Bangalore, India. Janet holds a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in American Studies from Columbia University, and is using her tenure in unemployment to do many of the things she liked to do best in college — write, take odd jobs, and sleep late.

Vicki Salemi is an author, freelance writer, career expert, HR consultant (recruiting, outplacement services, international HR,compensation guru, training), public speaker and networking advocate.

Ryan Schramm is a 405 Club alumnus having landed a job as an IT professional in New York City.

Gloria Schramm is a go-getter and go-to person who loves to play matchmaker and connect people with jobs and lovers. She keeps a personal journal (an inside job) and teaches journal writing. Gloria has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines. Her favorite pastimes are traveling the globe with husband, Fred, and enjoying her happily re-employed son, Ryan.

Cara Weissman is a casting producer with experience planning and executing casting strategies both large and small around the world. Cara has been selecting participants for a variety of networks and programs for five years and hope to continue using my experience to find then interview contributors and ascertain what potential stories would work best for shows based on the desires of networks, target demographics and sponsors.

Howard K. Young spent his college years writing for the Metropolitan, Farleigh Dickinson University’s newspaper.  After a short stint in the heath care field, Howard has devoted his career to making US manufacturing more efficient. He has worked as a Production Planner, Buyer, Warehouse Manager, and most recently in Harman International’s Supply Chain department as a Demand Planner. Howard lost his job at Harman as a result of a major restructure, which closed Harman’s Woodbury facility; putting him and 149 of his colleagues out of work.

Howard is often quoted as saying, “One of my major strengths is the ability to be flexible and quickly adapt to changing situations.”  Howard has spent his time in between positions repairing computers, keeping his skills current, as well as writing for the 405 Club.

And we must recognize our other hard-working members in ourFacebook and LinkedIn communities. Thank you all!

But enough about us, tell us about YOU.

For all inquiries regarding The 405 Club please email405club@gmail.com. Thank you!

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