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Social Capital: less than 10

I had double glazing put in the day after the storm passed through, in other words, while it was still cold and wet, and squally.

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This is just a view from my bedroom, but for two days, I had the whole flat (front and back) open to the elements. Why can I never plan these things right? But now that these new windows are in, I'm convinced I did the right thing, even though I don't know how much longer I'll be able to enjoy them. Putting them in cost me my last penny; and as from April I will no longer qualify for unemployment benefit, unless I find a job -any job- in the interim, I will most probably have to put the flat up for sale as I will no longer be able to meet the mortgage payments.

Yes, two years after my last job came to an end, I'm still unemployed. Earlier last month, I was contacted through LinkedIn by an American company looking to expand their operations into Europe, and had several interviews with them via Skype. They seemed to be very impressed with me, and so was I, with them; and as we were already discussing my coming out to Sta. Barbara, is it any wonder I thought my years in the wilderness had finally come to an end? Hence the splurging of my savings on the new windows...But the day they'd specified for coming back to me with either an offer or a rejection came and went without a word. I gave them an extra 2 days before I started calling -- but only succeeded in getting straight through to voicemail. Left messages for them to call me back. Two weeks later, and I still haven't received a phone call, an e-mail, or even a letter.

And to add insult to injury, when finally I logon to LJ, full of good intentions about updating regularly, I find that my Social Capital is less than 10. Nice!

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empresspatti
Nov. 3rd, 2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
Although I'm very sorry for your continued unemployed state, I'm very happy to see you here again.

I have NO social capital - on LJ or in real life. Fine by me! Being social and friendly all the time is against my nature....
gamiila
Nov. 6th, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm happy to be here, even though it'll take me a while to catch up ;-)

I couldn't care less about the Social Capital. I don't even know what it is, or why it should be on my User Page. The same with my journal's ranking - what's that all about? Seems LJ's been going through some changes while I've been away.
enigmaticblues
Nov. 3rd, 2013 03:51 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking about you the other day. I'm so sorry that you've had no luck on the job front. And the social capital thing is ridiculous. I have no idea what they base it on.

*big hugs*
gamiila
Nov. 6th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking about you the other day.

Were you? So was I, of you!

There are several reasons for my continued unemployment: for one, the service industry has been badly hit by the triple dip recession we're in, and for another, at 51, in the eyes of many employers, I'm just too old. Of course, they're not allowed to discriminate on the basis of age, colour, or creed, and so they tend to reject older applicants by stating they don't think they will fit in with the rest of the team, or that the applicant is 'more experienced than strictly necessary for the job'.
enigmaticblues
Nov. 6th, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
The job market here is also very tough. I'm fairly sure that if I hadn't lucked into my current position, I would have had to seek employment outside the legal field, because I had no luck otherwise. And I know that the other job that I was interviewed for, I was turned down because of "fit," which actually translated into "we don't want a woman who will make waves or protest when we show male employees preferential treatment" combined with my political affiliations. Not that they said as much, but we all knew the truth of the matter.

*big hugs* I really hope that something turns up soon.
gamiila
Nov. 6th, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
curiouswombat
Nov. 3rd, 2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad to see you - although sad you are still not in work.

As for social capital I don't seem to have any at all. :P

gamiila
Nov. 6th, 2013 08:01 pm (UTC)
Social Capital = rubbish. I don't know what it's supposed to add to the LJ experience.

Good to see you, trust you're well. I'm sorry I've stayed away for so long; I have missed you all.
brutti_ma_buoni
Nov. 3rd, 2013 09:42 pm (UTC)
Housing is the devil. Constantly tiring and dull at the same time. Ugh.

It's good to hear from you, even if you're having a crappy time. That company that was so rude to you is absurd. I'm sure you would rather have had the job, but good grief what a way to treat people.

I think I have social capital switched off. Or something. Who frickin cares, silly LJ?
gamiila
Nov. 6th, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
Who frickin cares, silly LJ?.

Who, indeed? So you can switch it off? I'll have to hunt for the button, then!

Of course, all my woes stem from the fact that I failed to train for a proper job. If I had, I'm sure I would never have had to take this crap...
suze2000
Nov. 7th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
Do you still have free education there? Perhaps you could study for a "proper" job as you put it. I'm sure it's not too late. Then at least your time out of the workforce will get you a position in it once you are done. (here, for example, you can do a 2yr full-time, mostly online Juris Doctor, which will make you a lawyer at the end of it, if you already have a degree of any type, and you do)
desdemonaspace
Nov. 4th, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
I still read you, even though I hardly say Boo. I enjoyed the YouTube of the two cunning linguists you had up on FB. Made me miss Frank, though.

I cannot but feel the drought is coming to an end, job-wise. You're too capable a person to languish unemployed. It's just around the corner, I am sure.
gamiila
Nov. 6th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, I do hope you're right -- for my sense of self-worth, my sanity, and my savings account!
suze2000
Nov. 4th, 2013 05:00 am (UTC)
I didn't realise this took two days!

I'm actually getting angry at your continued unemployment (not at you, at the people who aren't hiring you!), and I still hope it ends soon. It crossed my mind to wonder - as you enjoyed it so much - if you have contacted the Apple office to ask them to consider you if there's another role - any role at this point.
gamiila
Nov. 6th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
Apple aren't hiring, except in Retail. That means the Apple Stores -- hip young personnel in their 20s.

The HR department and my former manager know I'd g back in a heartbeat, and I'd be their first choice, but they just haven't got any position open.
dalmeny
Nov. 5th, 2013 11:00 am (UTC)
Happy to hear from you but sorry to hear that the job market is still so poor. That must be distressing and demoralising.
gamiila
Nov. 6th, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is.

You tell yourself it's not your fault, it's the economy, stupid -- but at the same time, you can't escape the feeling that it IS you that's doing something wrong, that can't get arrested; and it's soul-destroying.

But: you've got to keep on trying. One day...
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