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For many years when I completed job applications I always thought from the perspective of myself – the skills, knowledge and experience that I could offer – which in theory sounds right because I am showing why I was the most qualified person to do that position.
But the problem is I was competing against a pool of applicants who were also just as qualified to do the job. Therefore I didn’t stand out to be offered interviews. Continue reading →
Writing this blog gives me a lot of opportunity to reflect on my life – I have referred to it many times as “free therapy” because just by writing through my problems, reflecting and explaining what I intended to do has helped me get through some tough times.
I sometimes come across unwanted reflection as I start to dig deeper and I get that horrible twitch in my head of when I have been truly wronged. Continue reading →
Many years ago I was on a night out with University friends. After many drinks I sat settled in the corner, I got talking with a girl on my course and some how we got to discussing her traveler background. This led to the revelation that she had the ‘sight’ – the skill of being able to see into the future.
“Would you like me to read your palm?” she said.
I laughed and said sure… I wasn’t quite sure if she was actually serious, but next thing I know she grabbed my hand and started to read my palm…. Continue reading →
Ricky the temp is being his usual sassy self. I am in an adult job now, but his bitchy manner to me feels like bullying. All because I don’t want to divulge my sex life at work.
For some reason he uses this as an opportunity to have a dig at me at every opportunity. Normally a temp would get canned quickly if they got a bit too big for their boots. But Rick the prick was clever and charmed the management so he was the golden boy who could do no wrong.
But he was low on my list of problems – I had been stuck doing this job for the last four years. I felt I was destined destined for more, but whenever I tried to better myself I just got put back down. I had been snubbed for promotion twice in the last three months and had begun to question my future in the job. Continue reading →
I had been told I had been ready for the next level for the last three months.
The only problem was where I worked has recently had a freeze on recruitment, so I didn’t have any opportunities to move up.
So I grew restless and impatient and decided to look for work elsewhere.
It never felt quite right as I filled in the application – I struggled through it even though it didn’t feel right. To try and make me feel better I asked those close to me their thoughts. Continue reading →
These are questions I remember being bombarded with at school from people who have no clue about having a proper job (i.e. teachers and career officers). I really don’t think the school method of preparing children for life was helpful.
I am going to guess (based on a sample of friends, acquaintance, work colleagues and family) that 90% have never known what we want to do and the chosen ‘career’ we are on is just by luck or what we fell into. Continue reading →
At some point in my early adult life things were stagnant. I went to work everyday, lived with my parents at home and every once in a while I would go out with friends – usually for a trip to the cinema.
There was no relationship, no ambition, nothing except a savings account that got bigger because I never did much but work.
“See… you 9 to 5 workers will never understand the level of commitment of running a business”
Said my friend, it was a dig that came out of nowhere – but it really pissed me off.
Yes – my friend ran his own business but he was talking like he was Richard Branson or something. I take that back because Richard Branson would be more respectable to his staff and realise they are the bread and butter that have supported his success.
My friend is one of those people who annoyingly think they are always right. Continue reading →
If you have read this blog for a while you will know that I am a big fan of the punk band – The Bouncing Souls.
One of my favourite songs by them is called Better Things. With catchy, feel good lyrics, this makes it a classic Souls anthem. But when I first ventured into the Gold Records lyric sheets it turned out it was not written by them, but by Ray Davies – of the Kinks. Continue reading →