Today I’ve been job hunting (AGAIN)….admin, lab work, research, general dogsbody, jobs, jobs, jobs! My mind is racing with the many application form questions! Previous jobs? Responsibilities? Why do you want the job? Do you need to give notice at your current job? If not, why not? What skills do you have? Are these skills at a beginner, intermediate or advanced level? What is your qualification level? Transferable skills? Can you fart “God Save the Queen” in the bath? And burp the alphabet backwards?
(Me an hour into the process!)
I changed my profiles on a variety of job hunting sites from jobs.ac.uk to monster (even though I know monster is shit!) and reset the search settings…I altered my resume for a variety of different roles and even prepared covering letters to match.
Oh the motivation to find work was there….But (and I’ve been told it’s the folly of a Gemini) I started to get bored of reading job/person specs that overlapped one another so much that the same person may as well have created them. I have so much work experience that it’s not impossible for me to look at multiple required skills and be able to provide answers from a range of different fields.
Hours upon hours are wasting away by me trying to sell myself to employers in this economy – yes, I genuinely think those hours would be better served by me sleeping! The two interviews I went to the other week have been radio silence ever since, I’m taking this to mean that I was unsuccessful despite the panels promising they would call with the outcome regardless of whether it was good or bad (on Monday I’m ringing them for feedback). Honestly – employers, one little phone call to say I’m not good enough would suffice and stop me sitting by the phone waiting for you to be bothered, I’ve dated committment phobic blokes who are more reliable!
I guess the plus side to all this is that my Job Centre Advisor is going to have his mind blown by the pages of paperwork I’ll be dragging along with me on Friday. He suggested I attend interview technique classes, now I have a major issue with this which is- wouldn’t I need to be at least getting a couple more interviews in order to use said techniques? I’m being a good little job seeker and attending the damn thing anyway because it’s been suggested it’d be good for me.
As you can see I’m finding the whole thing very stressful and such a thing tends to have horrible repercussions with regards to my level of self-worth. I’ve been on job-seekers for 5 weeks and I’m already clawing the walls! I hate to think what I’ll be like if I end up stagnating like this for the next 6 months (which, let’s face it, isn’t an impossible scenario).
(“Whaddya mean I’m not bloody qualified to be ruler of Asgard?!”…..oh wait)
I love that angry Loki look…that said, there’s not a Loki look I’m not fond of!
Now then…..Should I apply for the PhD’s that have caught my eye?
PS – today’s song of the day is:
Jack Savoretti – Soldier’s Eyes (how wonderful is his voice?!)