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Although I have nothing against philosophical discussion, I don't feel like I have the knowledge or expertise to contribute?

Nice picture of Thom Yorke's tits, though. Totally approve.

Popcorn Supergay Receiver (Masonic Boom), Friday, 13 April 2012 15:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

I has a job offer!

We've agreed that I start 1st May. I'm going to go to Cornwall for a week's holiday before then to clear my head and get rid of any leftover bad vibes from the way my last role ended - and then I will have to abandon ILX during office hours in order to concentrate on my awesome new role.

Although I can't talk about the company or the role because I'll be dealing with some sensitive information, I'm actually really excited about what it entails. This could be great.

Popcorn Supergay Receiver (Masonic Boom), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ex+

Mark G, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

looks like it's all worked out brilliantly - first time of asking, and i think i saw you tweet that the commute's easy too? and time for a holiday first too!

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's in Croydon which is half an hour away by bus, and in the opposite direction from London so not crowded.

I'm just so... that was too easy.

Because I'm used to looking for a job being a long, drawn out and torturous experience of desperation and settling for the least horrible option. This has just been so different. Partly because my headhunter was a dream to deal with - partly because it does just seem like a good fit between what they need and what they have (which means the headhunter did their research really well.)

But I suppose it's because I saved up enough money that I wasn't desperate. I didn't put my CV in for any jobs I didn't really want to be doing. I think I submitted maybe half a dozen CVs, instead of a hundred. I was really choosey, even when just speaking to headhunters about what they had on offer.

I just keep looking for the catch because this is literally the only job I've properly interviewed for (not counting phone interviews, which don't count) and ... it can't be that easy, you know? It just feels like sheer blind luck. I've had such shitty job luck for the past 5 years, how can I have suddenly got a burst of good luck in the middle of a double dip recession?

Popcorn Supergay Receiver (Masonic Boom), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, not entirely luck - you know you're skilled, prob more than most candidates, in your field, and the headhunter really does sound like the key to matching up your skills with a company that needs them - where did you hook up w/the headhunter? to have a go-between matching you up rather than flailing at job applications yourself sounds amazing.

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

I guess I should really have more confidence in my skills - like, taking a programming test I so thought I was going to fail, and then scoring higher than any candidate they'd ever seen. But also accepting the things that are negatives in one job are viewed as positives in another.

Like, being a person who is really concerned with ethics and honesty and accuracy was such a negative in my last role - because that was a company that basically sold lies. Like, the Beauty Myth stuff they were pushing all day long, it is one giant lie, so I shouldn't have been surprised when they ended up deeply implicated in a massive scandal. But when the company you're interviewing for has as part of its ethos an evaluating, watch-doggy and sometimes even regulatory role, to turn up and say "I will never lie, not even with statistics, and I am never going to sugar-coat data ever again" then they view that as a massive positive and makes you more qualified for the role. I was so scared that the reason I left my last job was going to be a massive negative black mark on my Permanent Record, but to these people, it was like "you are EXACTLY the kind of person we are looking for."

But yeah, the headhunter did some really good matching and filtering and it's just such a relief to have dealt with someone who was like that, instead of those kinds of agencies where they just try to shoehorn you into whatever is open. If anyone ever needs an IT agent, email me and I'll pass on the guy's details, because he was really good.

Popcorn Supergay Receiver (Masonic Boom), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hey all. Bit of a headfuck round our way this week. Work is still bonkers. My April writing challenge has been a washout due to work. Pater is having a meltdown. And now a long-lost uncle has crawled out of the woodwork and is causing consternation. Pigeons, meet cat.

Also unknown as Zora (Surfing At Work), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ms Masonic have you seen
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-17897467

Algerian Goalkeeper, Monday, 30 April 2012 14:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

One of them was Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, who is performing at the town's Princess Pavilion later.

Algerian Goalkeeper, Monday, 30 April 2012 16:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just got sent home early (before the lunch they pay for, typically my sole quality meal of the day) from temp hospital job because I've got a cold and you can't have a cold in a hospital. Also informed that "because we're working so fast" I won't be needed on Friday, and that the final week I may not be needed at all. So there goes my plan for July rent. Fucking fuck. I'm gonna go home and sleep for 20 hours or so.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

that sucks hoos

Algerian Goalkeeper, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 16:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Wau, I am feeling so crappy. Still not unemployed :( The b@nk just extended me until end Sept. Why do I not have the bollocks to just say 'no thanks'? I am exhausted, frustrated, and creatively bankrupt.

Meh.

Also unknown as Zora (Surfing At Work), Thursday, 31 May 2012 20:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Because it's really scary to take that step into the unknown? Because a bird in the hand in a tough economic climate etc?

I know I owe you email! I thought of you the other day when I read the Guardian banker blog and they did the IT consultant.

All I can say is, things sometimes work out. Like, I am 100x happier in my current job. It's like a black cloud of anger & constant stress / bitterness / unhappiness has been lifted. Sometimes you gotta just close your eyes and take the leap - but it takes a lot of trust, mostly in yourself.

Dixie Narco Martenot (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Friday, 1 June 2012 06:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm not unemployed any more, but this seems to be the thread where I talked most about woods.

I've been reading Roger Deakin's Wildwood and now I am consumed with the desire to visit David Nash's Ash Dome.

22 (there's that bloody number again) ash trees in a woods, all bent inwards in a kind of dance to form a dome, eventually to be woven together.

I am liking the Roger Deakin book loads, but for some reason I keep having to stop reading it to have a bit of a think and almost a cry because it's so full of hiraeth but also beauty. Things which are already lost and things which are slowly being lost.

a cake made of all their eyes (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Wednesday, 13 June 2012 21:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

...and with leafs on.

^^^^this basically makes me want to give up art forever, it's so lovely.

a cake made of all their eyes (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Wednesday, 13 June 2012 21:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

that last one is a black metal logo right?

it looks like something rupert the bear would wear (Algerian Goalkeeper), Wednesday, 13 June 2012 21:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Nothing to do with metal. Hippies if anything.

a cake made of all their eyes (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Wednesday, 13 June 2012 21:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

wolves in the throne room?

it looks like something rupert the bear would wear (Algerian Goalkeeper), Wednesday, 13 June 2012 21:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Ah, my unscheduled absence has been longer than I realised.

Don't worry about the email WCC, I know you will be busy wandering in the lands of New Job and I'm very pleased about that!

I thought of you on Sunday when they ran a piece about Cornish independence in the Observer - did you see it?

Today I summoned the strength to tell my bosses I wanted to quit. Senior boss offered to restructure the project so I have some autonomy. Junior boss was pretty peeved. Don't know how I feel.

Also unknown as Zora (Surfing At Work), Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Come work for us! We're on an almost-scary boom right now.

I'm just cautious of the word "restructuring." It's never not meant "you do way more work, with less help" in my jobs.

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Thursday, 28 June 2012 08:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

I woke up with the words "Fourier Transform" going through my head over and over. This confuses me, as I don't know what a Fourier Transform is, or where I would have heard of it, or why it's stuck in there, but it is.

I'm feeling a bit otherwise this weekend, which is mostly PMT or something. The usual crap. I'm sick of feeling misunderstood. I'm sick of feeling like the words I say or type cannot express the feelings in my head adequately to other people in a way that they actually understand what I mean. And I'm sick of feeling like other people are some species I do not currently and may never be able to understand. Not a nice feeling, but a familiar one. It's like the Welsh Dream, but we're all actually speaking English.

I don't know why I even typed this. Gravedh a wra gwaynya pub-prys.

The Kelvin Helmholtz Instability (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Sunday, 16 September 2012 08:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

god dammit. god dammit. god dammit.

tell the kids it's 卵 (clouds), Wednesday, 26 December 2012 23:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

sup clouds

Confused Turtle (Zora), Thursday, 27 December 2012 00:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

might not be able to pay rent this month; not a single potential employer has responded. i've been looking for two months.

my partner has been carrying most of the burden since my last job ended and i'm scared that it'll ruin our relationship unless i find something soon.

i'm just so so sick of this. i can't do it.

tell the kids it's 卵 (clouds), Thursday, 27 December 2012 01:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

fuck it, i'm using part of my last $20 to buy another bottle of booze.

tell the kids it's 卵 (clouds), Thursday, 27 December 2012 01:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

best wishes, clouds, that is a horrible place to be and i hope you find something soon

a panda, Malmö (a passing spacecadet), Thursday, 27 December 2012 01:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

I know how stressful it is when you get made redundant and have to whore yourself out again. It is unendurable shit sometimes. Best of luck Clouds.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Thursday, 27 December 2012 01:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

clouds, didn't you intentionally not return to a job that would have taken you back and now you're avoiding applying where you might have to endure the indignity of "a tucked in polo shirt"? a shitty job is still a job, and it's hard to have tons of sympathy re a relationship-ruining financial crisis that could easily be avoided.....

(*・_・)ノ⌒ ☆ (Je55e), Thursday, 27 December 2012 21:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

it is hard to have sympathy, isn't it

nevaeh for evaeh (clouds), Thursday, 27 December 2012 21:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

anyway

got a call from temp agency, asked me abt availability and stuff. hoping for something but hope it doesn't fall during my family visit.

nevaeh for evaeh (clouds), Thursday, 27 December 2012 21:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

good luck clouds

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 27 December 2012 21:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Most people are inherently good"

strongly agree
mostly agree
not sure
slightly disagree
strongly disagree

nevaeh for evaeh (clouds), Thursday, 27 December 2012 23:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

most ppl are chaotic neutral

mookieproof, Thursday, 27 December 2012 23:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

clouds bro every one of your last few posts has resonated with me in the worst ways.

packt like phoebe cates's dad in a chimney (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Thursday, 27 December 2012 23:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

but most especially

not a single potential employer has responded. i've been looking for two months.

and

fuck it, i'm using part of my last $20 to buy another bottle of booze.

packt like phoebe cates's dad in a chimney (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Thursday, 27 December 2012 23:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

on the plus side, i finally did find something a couple weeks back. so keep hope alive etc etc.

packt like phoebe cates's dad in a chimney (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Thursday, 27 December 2012 23:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

:\

i have a feeling even shitty places like target won't hire me because they do these disgusting and invasive credit checks and i have no credit — if i had good credit i wouldn't have to apply to fucking target would i??!!!

nevaeh for evaeh (clouds), Thursday, 27 December 2012 23:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

and yeah jesse i have resorted to applying to soul crushing retail, are you happy?

nevaeh for evaeh (clouds), Thursday, 27 December 2012 23:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

Best of luck clouds, you'll find something.

capital in ruins, thousands dead (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 27 December 2012 23:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

yr good enough, smart enough and goddammit people like u

imo

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 27 December 2012 23:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

Quite happy that you've deigned to consider gainful employment after voluntarily leaving the same without a fall-back plan, not for the first time, yes.

(*・_・)ノ⌒ ☆ (Je55e), Thursday, 27 December 2012 23:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

do music/record stores still exist? they can usually use someone who knows classical music, although it's not a good time of year for it

mookieproof, Thursday, 27 December 2012 23:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

ime retail often had a trenches bonhomie that comfortable office jobs lack, and ppl sometimes at least felt sorry for you, nobody feels sorry for the office guy, so tbh the real soukcrusher is the desk effort

banlieue jagger (darraghmac), Thursday, 27 December 2012 23:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

there are a few record stores around here at which i'd love to work, but ppl tend to hang onto those jobs for dear life afaik

darragh otm — ppl think that b/c office jobs pay higher than min wage then the ppl suffering in them don't deserve sympathy. it's impossible gauge someone else's pain against yr own.

nevaeh for evaeh (clouds), Thursday, 27 December 2012 23:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

honestly i've never minded retail. there's just no way to make anything like a decent living at it.

packt like phoebe cates's dad in a chimney (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Thursday, 27 December 2012 23:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

i also got no calls from any of the retail jobs i applied to during my unemployment desperation.

packt like phoebe cates's dad in a chimney (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Thursday, 27 December 2012 23:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

it was the hours that got me, or i'd have done the mgmt courses and be earning half again what i do now

banlieue jagger (darraghmac), Thursday, 27 December 2012 23:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

hey are we allowed mansplain in this thread now btw

banlieue jagger (darraghmac), Thursday, 27 December 2012 23:35 (1 year ago) Permalink


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