The job hunting support thread

Discussion in 'education & employment' started by Cloo, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    been signing for a few months now, had an interview last Friday, we'll see
    "Job coach(es)" haven't been too on my case as they think i'm self sufficient!

    good luck OU
     
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  2. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    congrats!
     
  3. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    I've applied for a couple more jobs. One for a great organisation in a great location, slightly underpaid and not quite what I was hoping to do jobwise but the first two points make up for that. The second great job and exactly what I wanted from that point of view, less sure about the organisation, but better paid. I should get an interview for the second one as they do the two ticks scheme and I thought I may as well avail myself of it.

    Probably won't get either.
     
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  4. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    wishing you all the best x
     
  5. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    Yay, got another Xmas job - hope I can juggle the two!
     
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  6. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    Although now I'm fretting that I won't be allowed to work for two companies that are technically competitors
     
  7. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    do they have to know? Start both and if it proves tricky resign from the one you like the least. Surely by the time they find out, you'll be leaving anyway. Good luck.
     
  8. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    I will have to sign a contract I think. Taxes might confuse things and shifts might clash, too. I am going for an induction for one place tomorrow, so may have to make a snap decision.
     
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  9. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    Had first day at work today, it was fine, so gonna stay with them and fuck off the other job.
    It's better pay and nearer (which counts for a lot if we're gonna have a snowy December) and I shall hopefully get as many hours as I want.
     
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  10. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    Still fretting though - still don't have an official offer or proper start date for the permanent full time job. Been nearly four months now since I applied.
     
  11. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    You could ask them to confirm the offer in writing.
    You might just get a letter, but that should be ok no?
     
  12. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    I guess. I don't think I'll be able to relax about it until I actually start the job. It doesn't seem real anymore, like I dreamt it
     
  13. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Is there any reason, that you know of, why the start date is so distant from the interview?
     
  14. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    not really, but I've been told it's not untypical for that organisation - many layers of bureacracy
     
  15. Sapphireblue

    Sapphireblue Well-Known Member

    i waited a similar time once for a start date - the corporate overlords who would almost certainly never meet me or my boss or any of my colleagues and who had no idea what our team did had to sign it off and took their sweet time about it.
     
  16. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    I've been working for a company recently that interview people before they have senior management agreement that they can recruit. It's more incompetence than anything else :hmm:
     
  17. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    The first one I haven't heard back from and assume they're not interested. The second one I had an interview for, which mostly went well but I utterly fucked up their last question, which was what my friends think of me. I was completely unable to answer this and it really threw me as it hit a bit of a nerve. On reflection I think it's inappropriate as an interview question, it's too personal. Would you ask someone what their mother or their husband thought of them?

    Anyway I won't have got that job either.
     
  18. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    What an odd question, what on earth could you say?

    Do you think this is a question about self awareness? or about your ideas about others thoughts? or about how many/how close your friends are? Do you think its about getting some idea of you as a person rather than just a worker? all of which as you say far too personal. stupid question to ask.

    I would think the only correct answer to that is "I'm not so narcistic as to have ever asked them. I don't like to make assumptions as to others opinions, so you really would have to ask them - would you like character references?"

    I haven't known you for that long but I think you are energetic, thoughtful and creative. I've very little idea of what you do for a living - but I really think that what people do to earn money is usually the least interesting thing about them. I've known people for years and couldn't comment at all on how they are in anyway that woud be appropriate for an employer.

    It would stump me to answer, reminds me of the time when someone from the SS to asked us questions about whether I was living as 'civilly partnered' and one of the questions they asked 'would your neighbours regard you as a couple' to which I replied 'I have no idea but next door children shout 'witch' at us'.
     
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  19. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    Sent an email to the person who offered me the full-time permanent position, asking if everything was alright, and that I still haven't had an official start date or formal offer. No answer.
    Asked a contact in the organisation, and was told there'd been a funding problem, but that my role is still safe.
    Fretting all the same.
     
  20. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    I think you should go on applying for jobs. This is completely unreasonable behaviour.
     
  21. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    I think they wanted to know if they were hiring someone likable. I think this is unfair on people who are not neurotypical for example and may not have strong friendships. Or what if your life circumstances have prevented you having many friends?
     
  22. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    Definitely not got either of those jobs so back to square one.

    I don't think the overly personal interview job was a particularly aspirational application, I was pretty well qualified for it. I wonder if either (a) people don't like the look of the organisation I currently work for, who are tiny or (b) I shouldn't admit that I'm part time because they don't like that.
     
  23. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat for the workers' breakfast

    i certainly had a few interviewers pushing this point (and an unknown number who might have been put off but didn't say so) when i was looking to get back in to full time work a few years back having drifted in to part time for a variety of reasons

    (i'm assuming you're trying to do the same)

    do you need to set it out in covering letter / more info bit of form that you have been working pt because of whatever, this is not a factor any more and you are keen to get back to full time

    or some similar form of bs
     
  24. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    FINALLY got a start date for my permanent job. :) the day after I finish my xmas job :mad:
     
  25. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Scum with no integrity, apparently.

    hahahaha fucking hell. Terrible but amazing news. Plan now to be sick for the 2 last days of your temp job. They will never know. :cool:
     
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  26. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    tempting as that would be NYE and NYD!
     
  27. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Scum with no integrity, apparently.

    Do the leg work...at work but feeling sick and weird on the 29th and 30th....obviously struggling on the 30th but soldiering on... You will have a temperature though and be taking paracetamol to get you through those shifts... What are they gonna do, sack you? :D
     
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  28. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat for the workers' breakfast

    :)
     
  29. Corax

    Corax Luke 5:16

    I've just applied to teach English to kids in China.

    Because at this point, well... fuck it, why not.
     
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  30. pseudonarcissus

    pseudonarcissus fluttering and dancing

    Well, a dilemma. What looks like the perfect job has come up..for an insurance company in Norway..last chance to use the free movement rights..the soft Brexit option. And I’ve been offered my old job back in Brazil. I guess this is a hard Brexit.

    The problem is Brazil wants me to commit while the application process is ongoing for Norway.

    Something new to loose sleep over

    :(
     

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