Quick answer - job application help.

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AYND.rar if compressed, which is a lil close for comfort imo

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Thursday, 1 August 2019 13:27 (one year ago) link

damn right it'll be a popular module, people love my posts, they say it to me all the time

Criss Angel Raw: The Mindfreak Unplugged (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 1 August 2019 13:27 (one year ago) link

post-post-untruth society

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Thursday, 1 August 2019 13:28 (one year ago) link

the truth is out there*

*this is not a useful direction

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Thursday, 1 August 2019 13:40 (one year ago) link

or true

mark s, Thursday, 1 August 2019 13:41 (one year ago) link

I believe that it's perfectly acceptable, in the process of a job hunt, to present oneself as one would in day-to-day, 'business casual' interactions with peers. Prospective employers want to know a little about who you are outside of the office, so you can only benefit from sprinkling offhanded mentions of your death cult throughout your CV. Have the courage to staple your manifesto to the back if you really want to show them how well-rounded and blindly-obeyed an individual you are.

COOL DUDE'S ONLY, NO NERD'S ALOUD (Old Lunch), Thursday, 1 August 2019 14:02 (one year ago) link

i just missed a job app deadline bcz they brought it forward (when i printed the spec out it was tomorrow, now the site says "deadline july 30, deadline no longer available")

mark s, Saturday, 3 August 2019 11:30 (one year ago) link

if you’ve got the printout, without being passagg about it, can you query that? that doesn’t seem right and they’re potentially missing out on someone good!

Fizzles, Saturday, 3 August 2019 11:37 (one year ago) link

lol it turns out it's still open (till 25 aug!) on linked-in so i think it's either an admin screw-up or they're advertising in some weird rolling cohort fashion -- anyway pitch sent in and orange lad unleashed

mark s, Saturday, 3 August 2019 11:45 (one year ago) link


Fizzles, Saturday, 3 August 2019 11:47 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

just stopped myself tweeting critical support for this excellent lady and her ways with a working day (since future employers can easily find my current twitter account):

immense respect for this bold attempt on the way out https://t.co/hTskm9OrJX pic.twitter.com/0i3LtmOWTc

— Sigh Hersh (still a yianni d. fan) (@Ugarles) August 20, 2019

mark s, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 11:10 (one year ago) link

I'm not sure I understand what the issue is (uses company card to spread caviar onto Swarovski crystal-encrusted cracker).

Amply Drizzled with Pure Luxury (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 11:53 (one year ago) link

lol writing yr own references is a poisoned chalice isn’t it?

how does the referee resist adding, right before their signature, “He wrote this all himself, about himself, and excepts me to sign it. WOT A DOUCHE!”

i mean it’s all true, i am in fact marvellous in every way, but i like to be winningly bashful about it

mark s, Tuesday, 27 August 2019 14:11 (one year ago) link

I joke itt because the job search processes described herein are basically a finely-rendered conception of my personal hell.

McGrief the Crying Dog (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 27 August 2019 14:18 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

veering wildly today towards a new model: you the prestigious food emporium put up a job vacancy online, i don't want to do that but apply for it anyway, making clear in the cover letter that i will only accept the very different role i'm actually after

mark s, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 13:35 (one year ago) link

i am become the icarus of employment mendicancy

mark s, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 13:36 (one year ago) link

a good way to spot typos in old cover letters is to repurpose them via c&p, yes i did mean "mteiculous"

mark s, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 14:52 (one year ago) link

exactni sarntads

j., Wednesday, 11 September 2019 14:58 (one year ago) link

presented my standard CV to an "internet CV service" to comment on -- apparently i'm sending the message that i am a "doer" rather than an "achiever"

which rereading it is fair, esp.as i sent a version w/o the usual summary paragraph at the start

mark s, Thursday, 12 September 2019 09:09 (one year ago) link

how do they distinguish, mark? putting down skills rather than things you’ve done/problems solved/particular achievements etc?

i did mine again recently with a manager and it took me four drafts - lot of it representing myself better than i perceive myself. painful but worth it.

Fizzles, Thursday, 12 September 2019 09:15 (one year ago) link

i sent them the big wall of places i'd worked at and things i'd published, which is def.a bit non-explanatory -- esp.if i'm going for more "creative" things*, which i am now i got the book off my desk.

*i.e. not just part-time subbing posts, where "what achieved" = everything read well and was spelled correctly. my cover letters are much better at conveying this and are probably part of the CV i shd have sent them, but redrafting the CV to have difft versions, to point at specific types of application isn't a bad idea i don't think

mark s, Thursday, 12 September 2019 09:19 (one year ago) link

doing cv cover letter right now for a job i dont want, have now convinced myself im the only possible candidate for and will be enraged when not shortlisted next week

rollercoaster of promotions

theRZA the JZA and the NDB (darraghmac), Thursday, 12 September 2019 10:03 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

i just ran the revised CV through a different "instant CV checker" websites (i can't go back to the first one w/o paying) and it tells me (among other things, some useful) that hiring software mainly indicates i am based in "information technology" lol (true but what a a to say it) plus i have had "34% exposure to engineering" wtf

mark s, Monday, 14 October 2019 11:47 (eleven months ago) link

i mean no wonder i am not getting responses to my work pitches but how do you game the machines when the machines are very dumb

mark s, Monday, 14 October 2019 11:48 (eleven months ago) link

write various keywords in white text so you get picked up

problem solved

jk but apparently people do this...

gyac, Monday, 14 October 2019 11:52 (eleven months ago) link

how do you game the machines when the machines are very dumb

you might have been able to figure this out if your exposure to engineering had reached 35%

NEWS Giant penis frog didn’t have a giant penis after all (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 14 October 2019 11:58 (eleven months ago) link

the upshot of the above is that a friend (who often vets CVs and works in my microsector) finally got sick of my whining and took a look and gave me some excellent tips, so i now have a CV that does actually tell ppl what i can do and what i'm corrently looking for lol

ps i'm not running it through any more stupid machines

mark s, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 14:27 (ten months ago) link

(the machines were good at noting i wasn't doing some things well, very bad at explaining how to make them better)

mark s, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 14:30 (ten months ago) link

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