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The recruitment process

I thought it was time to update my blog, since important things have happened in the last few weeks.

So, at the end of July I was made redundant. It wasn’t a big shock, I kind of saw it coming, and it wasn’t heartbreaking in the slightest since I hadn’t enjoyed the job for a while and last year I even applied to a couple of job offers (although nothing happened with those, obviously)

So the day I was given my redundancy I started applying for jobs. I updated my CV and signed up to CV Library and Reed (and perhaps Monster too, but I don’t really like their user interface, so I haven’t used them)

I originally started looking for roles very similar to what I have been doing in the last few years, and found a couple that were perfect for me. However I wasn’t being called.

For three weeks nothing happened. I applied for tons of jobs, I would chase them up and “unfortunately this time you haven’t been successful”. Imagine how soul destroying this can be! Roles that were perfect for me, and even roles that I could do with my eyes closed.

So I started applying for lower paid jobs, thinking that maybe people weren’t really interested in paying top dollar for someone like me. But I was still not being called!

And suddenly, one day, I get a call from a recruiter.

Hi, listen, I’ve come across your CV on a job board and you seem to have the perfect skills for my customer. Can we have a chat about your availability?

And as if by magic, I suddenly start being called almost everyday by other recruiters. Some for jobs that I applied for online, and others as “head hunters”!

I have now had a couple of telephone interviews (apparently this is the thing now – first you have to “pass” a screening process before they invite you for a face to face interview) and I have a couple more face to face next week. Things are looking up, and if anything, I’ve got a feeling I’m going to have to make tough decisions when it comes to choosing an employer!

Some things I have learnt from this experience:

  • You are absolutely nothing to the recruiter. Their number one interest is the employer and you are just a disposable item on their to-do list.
  • Recruiters are ruthless, and if they feel like you will get the job, they will do anything to make sure that it is THEM who will get the credit (and commission, of course)
  • You have to chase them and do their hard work for them!
  • Some of them are really caring though. I have been having telephone conversations with one of them who is an absolute sweetheart. My feeling is that he has not been in the job long.

So, fingers crossed, hopefully I will have a new job soon! It’s time to go and spend money on office clothes, as I haven’t had to dress up for work in years! (and nothing will fit me anymore…)

I’ll update soon x

 

This week in my newsfeed… not.

A few weeks back I had this brilliant idea, where I would take screenshots of stuff happening in my Facebook newsfeed and then I would comment them here. You see, I am painfully aware of how abandoned this blog has been in the last few months and I wanted to create something easy for me to keep up with.

So I would comment on things that caught my eye, pieces of news, articles shared or even stuff from groups. Things that I wouldn’t necessarily want to talk about on Facebook, but I still had to leave my two pence somewhere. And what better place than here?

However, due to a couple of reasons that I am not going to explain here, two weeks ago I decided to deactivate my Facebook account. And trust me, I have never felt so liberated in my life. I won’t lie, the first few days were hard. My finger kept hovering over the Facebook icon in my iPhone, and I had a couple of urges to come back. However, I persevered and now it’s been two weeks without this addiction.

Because I have no shame in admitting that I was addicted to it. All day every day I was connected and checking it. Unfortunately, in the last few weeks I had become more and more tired of its uselessness and “fakeness”. Yes, it’s true that I miss certain online contact with certain people, and I know I may be missing on a lot from people that I care about, but the freedom from all the crap and addiction makes it all so much better.

I will probably come back some day soon, but I will make a point of limiting my access and keeping things much more personal, by deleting people that don’t offer anything to me or people that are not really my friends. Silly how one can be pressured into accepting friends requests from people that you don’t really know.

So maybe then, when I go back, I will start my “This week in my newsfeed” series on the blog.

Untill then, be happy.

iBlog

I’m writing this from the bus stop outside Jon’s office, waiting for him to turn up so we can go home. iPhones rule. It is almost 6 o’clock and won’t be home until seven, if traffic is good. Then I’ve got two more hours of overtime to go through before I can relax for half hour before going to bed.

Yes, I am busy. Very very busy. The project that I’ve been working on in the past month is completely draining me. It even made me reconsider my career path and I started updating my CV and all that.

It is getting better in the “mentally challenging” side of it, but now I just have to put the hours in.

And to be honest, I don’t mind that much, as I always welcome a bit of extra cash (crafting is a very expensive hobby!!)

I’ve got lots of things to write about, but it won’t happen now, because looking at the phone, typing and jumping with the bus is giving me a headache,

Catch you all soon xxx

Secondary home

No, I haven’t bought another house (if only I had the money to do so!)

I have just created a separate blog for my crafting musings.

From now on, all my cards and crafting projects can be found here:

www.craftsbymarialachica.com

Hope to see you there!

It’s been oh so quiet…

I have just noticed that I haven’t written any blog entries for a while. I believe the cause is a mixture of 1) nothing too exciting happening and 2) when something exciting happened, I was just too lazy to write about it.

So, what “exciting” things have happened lately?

Ludovico’s Concert

Since watching “This is England” a few years ago, Jon and I have loved Ludovico Einaudi’s music. For those of you who don’t know him, he is an italian piano composer who creates very melancholic pieces that really evoke images into your head. There’s no way that you can listen to his music without being touched in a way or another.

After listening to an advert for his latest album on Spotify, I decided to check out his website and saw that he was just in the middle of a tour around the UK. The following day he was going to play in Basingstoke! Without a doubt, I booked two tickets for the concert.

And there we went. We took the train when we noticed that it would be faster than actually driving and got to Basingstoke with plenty of time to go around the shopping centre and nose around for a while. We decided to eat in Wagamama’s despite Jon’s preference for Nando’s (the queue was smaller at Wgmms!). Ate, went to the Anvil, had a drink and got to our seats. We had been wondering if we were going to be the youngest people at the concert, but we were quite impressed to see lots of people our age and even younger ones (with their parents, of course)

The musicians came on stage and the concert began. The music was fantastic, the musicians so talented.. It was awesome. Suddenly, I keep looking at two of the mucisians on stage and keep thinking “I’ve seen them before, somewhere else“. Finally the penny dropped and realised that Ludovico and all the musicians were all seating next to us at Wagamamas!!! I can’t believe I didn’t notice earlier and I would have asked for a photo and signature!

Some friends run a charity called M.A.D. for Africa (M.A.D. = Make a difference). It’s totally family-run and they don’t take any money out of the cash they collect, which means that all of it goes to the actual charity. They are building (they have finished it now, actually) a school in a small village in Gambia, and they are considerably transforming the quality of life in that village.

They hold Charity events every year and Jon and I have attended them from the beginning. The format for the event changed this year, though, because they want to make it more accesible to young people, so rather than hosting a formal dinner and having an auction afterwards, this year they held a Quiz Night.

It was so much fun. I do love quizes, although sometimes it has become apparent that I do not know enough about the British popular culture and have been to quizes where I’ve only been able to answer a couple of questions only. However, this time I was quite good! We even managed to win and all (*smirking all proud*)

Ripley Bonfire and Fireworks

Went to the Ripley Bonfire and Fireworks night for the second year running, with Mum and Dad, Paul and Olga. We had to park in first car park that we found, because it was getting late when we got there and had no idea if we would be able to find anywhere closer to the field. The problem was that this car park was miles away and we had to walk for quite a while in the dark to get to the main street where we were meeting P&O.

The bonfire was, I believe, even bigger than last year’s, and it took forever to burn down. Fire is such a wonderful thing to watch (a safe fire, I mean) and, even better, it gets you warm! This was a bit too big, I think, and we were a bit too near. Towards the middle it was getting a bit uncomfortable to watch, everybody was too hot… but we managed.

We didn’t move somewhere else as I had suggested to watch the fireworks, and unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy them as much as expected. We were still tight next to the bonfire and the big, bright source of light was spoiling the sharpness of the fireworks. There was also a big cloud of smoke on the way, so most of the time you had to look through this cloud to see the fireworks.

Next year, if we’re still in the area, I’d like to go again, because it’s such a big bonfire and fireworks. But I’ll definetely move somewhere where the bonfire can be behind me when the fireworks start, rather than in front of me.

Here’s a photo from last years bonfire (I didn’t take my camera this year)

Bonfire

Moving house?

Jon and I have now finally decided that we don’t want to stay in this house anymore. It was perfect for us when we first saw it 3 and a half years ago, but sadly, it is now too small for us. We’re thinking of moving out of this area (being this close to London makes property prices be so much higher than anywhere else!) and try to get a 3 bedroom house in some other area like Bracknell, Camberley, Guildford, etc. We could even consider going as far as Basingstoke.

The questions now are these:

– Do we want a new build or a “second hand” house?
– Will we be able to get a better mortgage deal if we leave Northern Rock?
– Will we manage to make a profit when selling this house?

I hate finances and numbers, they make me nervous and depress me. I am leaving all the heavy thinking to Jon because I can’t be bothered to worry about all those things. I rather worry about the colour we will get for the new curtains in the dining room! 

And this is it for now. Read you soon.