Archive for June, 2009

Twittering away the time

June 30, 2009

Finally, I have an excuse to be Twittering away my time. An online jobsite has launched a Job alerts service via Twitter.  Now all they need is a facility to apply for jobs using the same and job hunting would not be so mundane and time consuming.

I say, if recruiters were forced to be summarise job descriptions in 140 characters, there’d be a lot less jargon.

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Innocent until proven guilty

June 29, 2009

I’ve been seeing the “news” all over the blogs and Twitter that Jordan Chandler, the 13 year old who originally accused the King of Pop of sexually abusing him, lied, under pressure from his father Evan Chandler. I never believed the accusations of Michael Jackson’s guilt. I am not usually so cavalier about internet facts but I got too excited this time around. Thanks though to some fellow surfers, who have commented, I do not know whether the news story is true.

I want it to be true. On the one hand, it matters because if Jordan Chandler lied, what he did was wrong and he should be punished. But it’s important to bear in mind that he was a kid. We were all kids once and we know that parents always hold a degree of power over us, which never really disappears.  Most of the time, it’s why we behave well, are nice to others, did well at school, keep in touch with our culture and are generally good citizens. But, some parents abuse this power for the own ends, for sexual gratification or relieve stress. If this story is true, Evan Chandler abused his position as parent in getting his son to lie to defame a reputation and to exploit for money. It could be argued that Evan Chandler is a child abuser.

On the other hand, whether Jordan Chandler lied or not, doesn’t really matter. Michael Jackson has never been convicted in a court of law of child abuse. So, as far as I am concerned, he is innocent.

Going over to the dark side…almost

June 28, 2009

Ok, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Mostly, that’s been because I am actually applying for jobs and don’t want to waste time blogging. Then, I get demotivated and frustrated from the lack of response and end up wasting time surfing the web for looking for decent porn. (Actually, it is a waste of time looking for decent port on the internet – because there isn’t any.)

Anyway, it’s occurred to me over the many months of unemployment that the only organisation recruiting in these economic times is the Department for Work and Pensions, mainly to deal with the resulting upsurge in claimants. Yes, I may have issues about Job Centre Plus and the way they do things, but I do want a job and if they are the only people offering, it would be churlish to say no. Who knows, I might actually be able to do some good with my experience.

It must be competitive though. The first two times I applied, I didn’t get past the application stage. The third time, I actually got an interview, for a personal adviser position. I was so excited and actually started picturing myself as a personal adviser. After having some mock interview practice with a friend and really practising my competencies, I felt quietly confident. Indeed, at the interview, one of the recruitment agency staff observed that I looked calm – but that was down to Jesus. She also said I was dressed really smart – thanks to BHS. I felt the interview went ok.

Unfortunately, within a couple of days, they informed me that I was not successful. Still, I am not worried. I have two more interviews lined up anyway.