Professional Development

This Week in Jobs DMV: Final Destination Edition

Returns, (re)cycling and more.

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Editor’s note: Every week we ship an email newsletter featuring the region’s most exciting career opportunities. We’ve lovingly called it This Week in Jobs (aka TWIJ — “twidge.”). Below is this week’s edition. Here’s the last one we published; it’s meant to live in your inbox. Sign up for the newsletter here.

Dumps Like a Truck

That backscratcher you just couldn’t live without, that ice cream maker you and your partner each ordered separately, that sudden urge to learn the banjo or fly fishing or crocheting that later died — those Amazon returns are almost all heading to the trash.

A CBC Marketplace investigation found truckloads of brand-new returns being brought to the dump. The good news is there’s a D.C. logistics firm working to fix this problem (oh, and it’s hiring). Shopping discretion can help, too. Let’s just hope your latest job applications don’t go the way of returned basketballs and alarm clocks.

The News’s Off the Sidelines podcast is back for Season 2. The investor education series is exploring how systems and institutions are evolving — and how to make sure those shifts are moving in a positive direction. First up: VC Nasir Qadree and author Kelly Hoey joined OTS for this season’s first episode.


Speaking of networks, what does it take to build your professional community on — yes — LinkedIn? Consultant Eva Reid, a senior analyst in D.C’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, gives the rundown on what you can do — and why it’s absolutely worth it.

Put your money where your mouth is: The Baltimore digital services firm Fearless is matching donations to six local nonprofits in support of racial equality, plus another three groups in Montgomery, Alabama.

Are you launching a startup in need of local funding? compiled a list of 65 VCs in the DMV. They invested more than $1 billion in 2016, so start polishing off those pitch decks.

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The End

In more positive environmental news, cycling in the DMV is soaring. Whether it’s commuters avoiding mass transit, families finding new ways to spend time together, or casual riders simply taking advantage of more empty streets, bicycle sales this spring were up 75% compared to last year.

Whether on wheels or your two legs, here’s hoping you make time to enjoy the fresh air. Good luck on the job hunt — and if you’re cycling, stay upright!

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