Posts Tagged ‘job’

Time to move on

September 10, 2009

The purpose of Lowsaltfoods was to document my job search (and any other random thoughts that popped into all my heads – well not all of them, that would be obscene). Since I have decided to go back to uni to do a PhD, and am therefore no longer looking for a job, it seems kinda pointless to continue updating Lowsaltfoods. So I would like to direct you to my new blog, Green PhD, which will track my progress on the PhD.

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Going through the motions

July 31, 2009

Since accepting an offer to do a PhD this autumn, my relationship with job hunting has changed. No longer am I motivated to invest all my time in this relationship with a view to getting something out of it. And yet, it is difficult to let go of the guilt associated with not job hunting after ten months or so of committment. Any attention I go give to this relationshup is simply going through the motions, that it is something I ought to be doing without really knowing why. ┬áThis isn’t helped by continuing to claim Job Seekers Allowance until the start of the PhD. I have to show the government that I am looking for work when in a couple of months I know I will be signing off anyway.

Success!

July 24, 2009

I haven’t found a job yet but I have finally received an offer to do a PhD, starting this autumn. Looks like I am going back to school.

Give me a break!

July 23, 2009

Despite my positive posts about Job Centre Plus lately, it is still fundamentally inflexible. I was suppose to have an “initial assessment” for the Graduate New Deal programme yesterday but had to reschedule due to a job interview (yeah, me). Apparently, Employer Engagement, the course provider, only hold initial assessments every two weeks. That’s not a problem. But today I have been advised by my “personal adviser” at the Job Centre Plus that I am running out of time before I have to be booked onto a New Deal 13-week course. If I haven’t been booked onto the Graduate New Deal course by the deadline, I will be booked onto the next New Deal course, regardless of its suitability. Come on, give me a break! It’s not like I am resisting New Deal. I have accepted that it is something I have to do and both my personal adviser and myself agree that Graduate New Deal is the best option. So, if I am lucky enough to get another job interview which clashes with my “initial assessment”, and as a result, have not been booked onto the programme, is it just tough shit?

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.

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.

So close and yet so far…

May 15, 2009

I finally heard back from a housing association that has really be dragging out the decision process. I didn’t get the job but I ended up as third in the final shortlist of six. How cool is that! Rejection is so much easier to swallow if it comes with a serving of fries on the side (I like fries).