Cash-Poor? Hit the Blood Bank—and Get Career Advice
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2009 4:45 PM CST
Packages of blood in a public hospital's blood bank.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Blood and other bodily fluids are hot sellers these days as donors line up to pocket quick cash in a plunging economy, ABC News reports. Seeing an increase in traffic, blood banks are campaigning to boost it higher, one at Stanford University even offering resumé and job interview advice to donors. “It was definitely like: Give blood, get your resumé critiqued,” one California donor said. “Yeah, I can make that drive. That works for me.”

Hair and sperm donations are also rising, as are egg donations, which can pay more than $10,000. "When the economy or unemployment rate starts slipping, we start receiving way more calls," a Chicago fertility clinic president said. "The calls and Internet inquiries right now are astronomical."