Archive for the ‘motivation’ Category

Unemployed and actively seeking work?

August 17, 2009

I think I’ll have to first speak to Jobseekers Direct on a hypothetical basis, telling them that I am thinking about going back to university in October and find out if and when I would have to sign off. They will presumably make a note of my enquiry on the system (or at least they ought to).

Based on what they advise me, I will then approach either the Job Centre Plus personal adviser or the consultant at Employer Engagement on a hypothetical or actual basis.

I hope this isn’t dishonest – obviously I would value a second opinion. Should I take this hypothetical approach or just be upfront about it?

(I know that I will have to sign off my claim at the end of September. The issue is whether I can still continue claiming between now and then if I continue to apply for jobs and go for interviews and be prepared to take up any work before the end of September, with a view to leaving the job when the course starts.)

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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.

I have something offer

May 16, 2009

The feedback from the housing association was great. It showed me that I do have something to offer recruiters.  Firstly, the woman who had the joyous job of telephoning me to give the bad news narrowed down my area of weakness to one answer. Secondly, the interview panel actually told me immediately after the interview that I was ‘appointable’.

I have recently started meeting up with a friend who is also looking for work, with the aim of giving each other practice at interviewss. He’s a management consultant, which really helps too. He has given me really great feedback on my CV and there has certainly been an improvement in my interview performance since we started meeting together.  In particular, it has helped me to identify good examples from my experience and helped me to realise that I actually have a lot more to offer than I have been letting on. I definitely recommend this exercise.

It’s one of those days

May 15, 2009

Today has been such an unproductive day so far. I know that I should be looking for and applying for jobs. But I just cannot be bothered. I can’t be motivated. It’s as if I don’t really care, but that is not true.