Archive for the ‘credit crunch’ Category

Something for Jobseeking professionals

July 22, 2009

Those of you you have visited this site before will know that I have had major issues with Job Centre Plus, namely that they do not serve jobseekers from professional or middle class backgrounds. Well, in the space of the last two weeks, I have discovered four different initiatives that are aimed at white collar workers.

Employer Engagement are running New Deal for Graduates (or New Deal for Professionals and Management, as my personal adviser at the job centre called it). It’s only available after you have been claiming Job Seekers Allowance for six months and have completed the two week New Deal Gateway course. It’s a combination of job hunting skills and a 13 week work placement from which there is a 60-80% chance of job.

I picked up a leaflet at my local job centre for a programme run by GR Law for lawyers and legal staff, finance staff, professional services support staff, job seekers looking for work internationally and/or salary earners of £25K to £300K. It’s not advertised on the GR Law website, so I assume it’s by referral by Job Centre Plus.

I also picked up a leaflet in my local job centre for Response to Redundancy. A google search reveals quite a few entries so I think it is a larger project. Also, you can contact them directly without referral from Job Centre Plus.

Finally, there some useful online career tools available from Careerplan4me (yes, I know catchy URL). I clicked on a banner advert and was taken to a website, where I requested details online. I then received a letter to be shown to my Jobcentre adviser, who would then fill in a form and register you so that you can access for free. I have not proceeded with this service, so I don’t know what tools are available.

With a little help from my friends…

May 19, 2009

So, having been looking for work now for a good eight months, I decided to revamp my CV yet again. I think I am up to my ninth version – I believe that’s more new looks than Madonna. But it occurred to me that I have never had any independant feedback, other than the management consultant was giving me interview practice.  Anyway, who better to provide independent feedback than someone who works for a recruitment consultancy. Why didn’t I think about it before?

It’s all about little old me

May 14, 2009

Tamils are protesting in Toronto and Montreal against the genocide in Sri Lanka. I heard a news clip where Canadian drivers were moaning because the protests were spilling into the street and causing traffic delays. One of the comments was that this was not the way to get their message across. Maybe not, but let’s see how you handle having your white Caucasian brothers and sisters being indiscriminately bombed, murdered, raped and/or denied access to food and medical services.

Credit Crunch Medly (To the tune of the Halifax song ads)

May 12, 2009

(To the tune of the original advert based on Tom Jones “Sex Bomb”) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEVjbosMqFM

Maybe I’m a banker whose completely obsessed
Got a little something I have to confess
This risky lending had a horrible ending
with a very, very sticky mess.
Now you probably think it’s all to tough to change
Those debt-backed securities to be rearranged,
So don’t worry your head, you know who you can trust
You can leave the whole thing to us.
Extra, Extra, my bonus is worth more
than all the wages of the entire shop floor
Extra, Extra, my pension is grand,
more noughts than there are grains of sand.

(To the tune of the advert based on Beach boys “Something Good”)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX_XaLmCIS0

Woke up this morning feeling fine
We’ve a great idea that will blow your mind
We owe 60 times more than anyone could
Something tells me we’re into something good.
We’re the government who gives its banks a hand,
so that you can put your head back in the sand
we owe 60 times more that anyone should
Something tells me we’re into something good.
Our economic policy won’t let you down,
If I’m telling you a lie, then my name ain’t Brown
Our bank execs get extra, you know that it’s true,
We like to make it look like we know what to do.