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'Make sure you always give yourself time for that afternoon down at the pub'

'It was worth reading even by under employed Americans'

'As one fellow job-seeker to another, hang in there'

'Let me check the spelling for you'

'Is it making money yet?'





Taking redundancy personally.

Friday, February 28, 2003
WARNING: None of these links will help you find work.
Use them wisely.

If you’ve recently been made redundant and are unsure what to do next Ask Your Ass or visit Laid Off Central. Jen is doing everything right as she’s been voted Unemployee of the Month. Learn from the experiences of Unemployed Theo and compare it with Jessica’s. Consider applying for a Bum Card and then rethink your covering letter. Get your business card noticed. Take a break, it's the weekend.

Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Guide Dogs Petition Against Unemployment

I miss commuting so much that I spent a couple of hours a day playing Gridlock. I then fill the day with pointless exercises, or networking as I prefer to call it. If anyone can contribute to this game of Alphabetti Bloghetti, please mention this site!

Once again my trip to the Job Centre was surprisingly quick as:
a) they never check whether you’re applying for work!
b) the current refurbishment has made them more efficient
I was also informed that after the refurbishment, they are implementing a new system. Warning bells are sounding. You already know that it probably involves them making staff cuts which means that I’ll be back to spending over an hour in there achieving very little. Is the name change to JobCentrePlus really going to fool anyone?

But at least I’m not trying to find work in Alabama, where a dispute over CD’s and money resulted in 4 dead. Their unemployment rates have never been so low! One report proves that cheap imports are proving lifesaving for Americans.

Graham Norton is buying a ghost town on ebay, think of the employment possibilities. In not so glamourous Newbury, there are a huge amount of vacancies at Vodafone.

Typical! Just when I finally find details on how to be an autopyrotechnician they attempt to outlaw fireworks. This seems to be caused by the ready availability of louder fireworks used at weddings and such festivals as Diwali and Eid. If I’ve understood it properly, 75,000 guide dogs have put their pawprint on the petition, with each guide dog earning up to £35,000 you can understand their upset. Why not help their cause.

Jobz Blitz:
New Performance stats from Rolls Royce: 1,100-0 in 3 years. Not singing for their supper. Buzz off. Losing the Abbey habit.

Tuesday, February 25, 2003
Unemployed on the Streets Initiative

The Job Centre is now appearing in a kiosk on a high street near you! Is this a cynical ploy by the Government to get the unemployed used to life on the streets? Here I was thinking that looking for work is a full time job when I can be doing it while waiting for a bus.

If you’re lucky enough to unemployed and living in Bath, Blackpool, Bristol, Bromley, Knowsley, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Reading, Swindon, Suffolk or Sutton, then you’ll probably be out shopping anyway!! We all know that Jobseekers Allowance is free money and anyway, there’s a 3 for 2 on at HMV.

An alternative approach to the job/shopping recruitment drive is offered at the Bullring where 8,000 jobs are being created. Read their top ten tips for your interview making sure you don’t arrive too early, they may not have finished building it.

Don’t feel down - Christian Sandler advises us to "look forward" to the next 12 months.

When there’s no more jobs, in your neighbourhood, who you gonna call? Jobsbuster!

Do I spot an opening for an Employee Retention Specialist to retain Customer Retention Specialists?

Monday, February 24, 2003
Unemployment Lethargy
Rather than spending much of my time visiting job web sites and using their search functions I’ve finally subscribed to the email service of many of them. This way I get an email per search from each site. Some of them have a limitation on the number of searches you can store so you may need to use a complex query to get the best results.

I’m certainly not spending as much time trawling sites and weeding out inappropriate jobs. But perhaps that’s just because I can’t be bothered. I must register www.unemploymentlethargy.com.

I thought Blue Arrow was a courier service, but I’ve re-discovered them as a recruitment agency. I didn’t find any promising jobs, but I’ll definitely be using their Tea Maker when I get a new job.

What’s the point of finding a job if I can’t even have the odd afternoon down the pub?