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Thursday, 26 May 2011

crazy busy times

I have spent more or less all of the last week tied to my computer trawling through jobsite after jobsite, through countless construction and hi-tech computer things I don't understand vacancies which seem to be popping up left right and centre in the hope of finding something which I may possibly be able to do. After my knock back of early last week I have become increasingly more determined in my search for a job, and in doing so I have had to broaden my search outside of the industries and sectors that I actually want to work in to those that I don't actually object to working in, this does include applying to a local customer service centre which runs a well known online gamblig site, which isn't my proudest moment, but hey it's still better that selling my soul to Steve Jobs.

I set my self a target of finding and applying for 40 jobs before Sheldon and I go to visit my family tomorrow and upto now I have applied for 36 which is pretty good, I may still have the time to hunt down a few more vacant positions to apply for before we have to leave tomorrow, but even if I don't I'm impressed with how well I gave done this week.

I'm looking foward to a weekend away from CVs, covering letters, personal statements and application forms. Hopefully I will be refreshed after the look weekend away from all things job related and I am planning on hitting the jobsites hard again on Tuesday. With any luck I'll start to hear back from some more potential employers shortly and who knows maybe I'll have a job soon and then I wont have to spend any more time searching for jobs. *fingers crossed*

Friday, 20 May 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy

May is turning out to be something of a hectic month, not only do Sheldon and I have a whole load of Birthday's amongst our family and friends in May and early June which means a great deal of travelling, May is also turning into the month of interviews.
I had an interview this Morning for a job as an administrator with a debt collection company, this was an initial interview with the assistant to the company's executive director and the administration manager. I felt that it went very well, I tried to appear confident and enthusiastic about the position, I answered their questions to the best of my ability and I asked them some questions which I felt reinforced my enthusiasm and wilingness to devolp were I to be given the role. When I left the interview I felt quietly confident, and I was told that they would be in touch with my recruitment consultant by the end of the day or early tomorrow to inform him if I would be progressing onto the next round of interviews. Within 2 hours of leaving the company I had recieved a message from my recruitment consulatant. He said that he had recieved very positive feedback from the interviewers and that they felt that I was a strong candidate for the role and that a second interview had been arranged for me next wednesday afternoon. The second interview will be with the director of client services and I have been informed that it will be a brief 1-1 meeting around 10 minutes and will ask the same sort of questions as were asked in the initial interview and that the interview is essentially a formality for him to check over potential employees before they enter the company, this doesn't mean I can get complacent though as I still need to impress him in order to be offered the job.

Between now and then I have an initial interview for a job with the NHS on monday afternoon which will involve a short interview and an examination to test my basic numeracy and literacy skills, and if I am successful in that instance I will be required to attend a secondary screening interview with them on wednesday. After almost 2 years out of work I am now in a position where in I could be deciding between two job offers within less than a week which is a bit of a shock, but it seems that things are starting to go well.

Back to Square One

Well despite staring the week with the posibility of two job offers I am ending it with none again. It turns out that despite doing quite well in the clinical suitability tests I took for the healthcare assistant job, so did everyone else and I didn't get the job in favour of someone else, no doubt someone with the relevant NVQ. Despite the fact that I have a degree which is the at an equivalent of a level 4 NVQ, I find myself being passed over for jobs as I don't have the specific qualification they ask for this is usually an NVQ level 2 (which I don't have as I have a higher level qualification). I wasn't overly dissappointed about not getting this job as while treking out to the interview and back I realised that there was no way I could manage that amount of travelling either side of an 8 hour shift running around a busy ward.

I also got a phone call from the recruitment consultant I had been dealing with regarding the other job that I had interviewed for say that as a result of budgetary constraints that they were freezing the role that I had passed the first stage of the interview for and that the second stage interview was being postponed indeffinitely. I got this news approximately 18 hours before I was due to attend the second stage interview, and I was understandably annoyed. The consultant also said that I was one of 3/4 people out of over 100 applicants who made it through to that second stage and was that it was pretty much a done deal that had the interviews had gone ahead I would have gotten the job. This was incredibly annoying as I had come so far only to have the rug pulled from under my feet at the last minute.

After a couple of glasses of wine with Sheldon, followed a day of watching trash TV and feeling sorry for myself, I decided that there was no point crying over spilled milk and went back to job hunting. I've so far sent out 20 applications and have had one company contacting me asking about my availability for interview, which is good, and one company (from whom I had requested an application pack) who informed me that due to an exceptionally high number of aplicants they were no longer accepting applications, which is bad.

Jobhunting is exhausting and soul destroying at times but I am determined to stick at it and keep applying for anything that I stand even the remotest chance of getting, there has to be someone out there who'll give me a job, hasn't there?