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I can be quite succinct on that: I have never (yet) thought about ending my own life. I don't know the time, the place, the circumstance, but one day I will die, and I can't see that there's any need for me to take matters into my own hands on that account.


Day 06 - Write 30 interesting facts about yourself.
Day 07 - Your zodiac sign and if you think it fits your personality
Day 08 - A moment you felt the most satisfied with your life
Day 09 - How you hope your future will be like
Day 10 - Discuss your first love and first kiss.
Day 11 - Put your ipod on shuffle and write 10 songs that pop up.
Day 12 - Bullet your whole day.
Day 13 - Somewhere you’d like to move or visit
Day 14 - Your earliest memory
Day 15 - Your favorite tumblrs
Day 16 - Your views on mainstream music
Day 17 - Your highs and lows of this past year
Day 18 - Your beliefs
Day 19 - Disrespecting your parents
Day 20 - How important you think education is
Day 21 - One of your favorite shows
Day 22 - How have you changed in the past 2 years?
Day 23 - Give pictures of 5 guys who are famous and who you find attractive.
Day 24 - Your favorite movie and what it’s about
Day 25 - Someone who fascinates you and why
Day 26 - What kind of person attracts you?
Day 27 - A problem that you have had
Day 28 - Something that you miss
Day 29 - Goals for the next 30 days


I've become quite active in a group of unemployed people on LinkedIn in recent weeks, and yesterday I met with some of them in Utrecht, to share experiences and trade tips and ideas. One woman told me that in 2 years' time, she hadn't received a single invitation, and asked what she was doing wrong. She'd brought her cv and a sample (16!) of her 'best' cover letters and was clearly hoping someone would help her with them, so I offered to take them home and have a look...the despair is palpable in every page. She's been in higher education, but keeps applying (and being turned down) for simple data entry jobs and it's clear that she's lost all confidence. She keeps talking herself down and saying she "doesn't mind doing menial work", keeps mentioning that she's been "unemployed for a long time" and that she's "looking for a steady job in a small and friendly team" -- and after reading all these letters I'm not surprised no one's ever called her up for an interview. I want to encourage her to start applying to jobs that she's actually qualified for, to stop painting such a negative picture of herself, and to make her letter reflect an actual interest in the company and the job she's trying to get, but I'm not sure how to pour my concrit into words when she's so fragile and defensive already.

::sigh:: I can see that I'm going to be wrestling with this for the rest of the day.

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empresspatti
Feb. 5th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
I know it will be a challenge to find the right words, but I think you'll be able to help this woman a great deal.

gamiila
Feb. 5th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
I hope so. 9 Months of unemployment certainly knocked my confidence; I can imagine how she must feel utterly demoralised after 2 years.
enigmaticblues
Feb. 5th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
Poor lady! It's always hard for me to see someone who's so beaten down by their circumstances.
gamiila
Feb. 5th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
Me, too. I've sent her my feedback; I've tried to be as tactful about it as I could - now I just hope she'll take it in the spirit it was offered.
kassto
Feb. 6th, 2011 01:22 am (UTC)
It's clear she wanted help, though, so.... you could maybe just say: ``What do you think about doing it this way...?"
gamiila
Feb. 6th, 2011 09:05 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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