Somebody, please, just give me a damn job

by Suw on September 30, 2003

Looking for jobs again this morning. Still not finding anything at all. So far I've had not even so much as a snifter of interest from any agent – they all keep telling me that the market's quiet, and what am I doing in Dorset if I want work up north?

Towards the end of last week I nagged one agent about a specific role I'd hoped they'd put me forward for – a project management job in Leeds which I think I could have done with my eyes shut, both hands tied behind my back, standing on my head in the corner of the room humming the Marseillaise. I was told, however, that my CV wasn't 'strong enough' and that although I was willing (nay, eager) to relocate, they still thought I was living in the wrong place so wouldn't be bothering to put my CV forward to the client anyway.

This whole process is soul-destroying. I've now spoken to 25 different agencies, not one of whom has had anything even vaguely encouraging to say. Every time I do ring up about a specific job, I find that I'm just one key skill short (usually 'Prince 2 Certification'). It's like continually sticking your head above the parapet just to have some bugger put an arrow through your hat each and every time.

Part of me wants to take a risk, to just get on a train and go up north and bang on people's doors until someone gives me a job. Of course, I have no money for the train fare, nowhere to live once I get up there, and a little voice in my head that says, 'For sake of the little fishes, you're supposed to be finding a way to make your life easier, not making it harder. Just bloody wait.'

I've never been patient, though. It's one of my more endearing traits. I want action, and I want it now. Sod the cost.

But I keep telling myself to wait, that something will come up eventually, that this whole poxy situation will get sorted out in the end. Just keep looking, keep applying and at some point someone will look at my CV, think 'Wow, this girl's exactly who we need in our company!', and things will all pan out ok.

Someone please tell me that's true.

A visitor September 30, 2003 at 10:25 am

It's of course: true. TRUE!
But luck has to be forced, not waited upon – you're forcing, so don't dispair.
(and there's of course always the local supermarket… )

I have to remember to stop ruining encouragements with stupid jokes. Some years ago, I flunk school and had to leave. Stranding me with a dept sop large I still havent been able to pay back.
Now, I really wanted an ICT job top get out of the murky, but had no other choice but to 'wait my time' working in a hardware store. The work was below my capabilaties, the people were nice, I wasn't overly too happy with my life… but damn did I need money.

loves and knuffels


Bram []

Suw September 30, 2003 at 10:36 am

Dank u wel, Bram. I know you're right, of course. And I know things could be a lot worse, but sometimes I just need veel knuffeltjes just to get through the day. 😉

Next year, you and I will be walking round the Eisteddfod looking back on all this and saying 'I don't know what all the fuss was about…'

cariad a chofleidiadau


A visitor September 30, 2003 at 1:36 pm

It's true true true. Good things come to those who wait, but really good things come to those who take action. You're taking action while you wait. You have to realize that someone will actually recognize the raw native talent and ability you bring and snatch you up quickly when the right time comes. It does happen. It will happen.

Ken []

Suw September 30, 2003 at 4:16 pm

Thank you kindly, Ken.

You know, it's easier to be patient when I know that being patient is indeed the right thing to do. Well, until my next little hissy fit of impatience hits me, that is. 😉

Sameboat July 24, 2008 at 2:36 am

Dont buy it – I havent been able to land a job for 14months of almost daily applications, at least 30 interviews, and lots of B.S. The world is fkd, and in turn, so am i.

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