So the day came and I finally unwillingly really, set off into town to sign on. Throughout the years that I’ve been unemployed I’ve tried hard to get work at times,only to be knocked back at the first hurdle. Its happened so many times it just becomes a blur and an even bigger hurdle to climb over.
In the days past a visit to the job centre would mean meeting a local, who could get you interviews with employers, for whatever kind of work you were interested in. These days its all changed and I have to say not really for the better. To find a job in 2015 firstly you have to compose a CV which might seem straight forward, until you realise you have to write it to impress and stand out, that means you cant just write it in….plain English.
People these days don’t talk in plain English, words such as pro-active,Key Strengths abbreviations like KPI’S and other generally used words,come into the equation, words that just weren’t in the dictionary 30 years ago. What is Bling ???
That is just the start, you then have to go onto the web and convince people via email that you are the person they want…thats even before you go for an interview.How many people who would be a perfect fit for many jobs, fall at the first hurdle only because they can’t speak the modern lingo.
After this, one goes online and searches for the right position. Firstly most posts are advertised through employment agencies and as a result many don’t give the name of the prospected employers. Many are written in such a way they are so similar to other jobs, which are totally different. Basically it means you have to impress the employment agency, before you even get near a employer.
This is in my experience so frustrating as most job agencies are run in such a way that should you be unsuitable, they don’t even have the politeness to send you a reply telling you so. At the same time it makes me wonder if the jobs are there in the first place.
For the person looking for work, its a terrible setback and makes you doubt your own self worth in the job market.Go into a government run job centre and its little better, they tell you what you have to do to sign on, tell you if you qualify for job seekers allowance.
No it isn’t a cast iron certainty that you’ll get it, even if you’ve paid national insurance for most of your working life, as I found out. The result of this set back is the main reason I’ve not posted much lately, as I’ve not been my normal cheery self. That and the fact the weather hasn’t been that great.
I did manage to get out today, Monday 19th with my camera and managed to get some cool (well it was frosty) shots, which I’ll share with you here. There are also a few creative ones too. While I was out I got an appointment come through for an interview on Friday and possibly another,hopefully it’ll go well….wish me luck !