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Looking for work part 1

As I was browsing the 'Net this morning, I chanced upon the Dutch Heart Foundation website. And found they were advertising for staff. One job in particular, that of Information Officer, appealed to me; but the closing date for applications was given as 24/02, so I had to move fast. I don't know that I've ever written and sent off an application e-mail within half an hour of hearing of the job before! Now we'll just have to wait and see if my having acted in haste will give me cause to repent at leisure later on.

I quite fancy the idea of going to work for a non-profit organisation, after almost 15 years in a corporate environment where everything is geared towards maximising profit; a pursuit that I personally have no interest in. I'd much rather work towards the common good, and educating the public by warning them of the risk of heart disease and advising them as to how to minimise that danger seems a much more worthwhile job to me. Although at present, I don't know the first thing about heart disease, I'm sure I could learn. Meanwhile, I hope I didn't rush my application too much to secure an interview...

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cheesygirl
Feb. 22nd, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
That would be a wonderful job. Heart disease is rampant in my family, on my mother's side, so I know way more about it than I wish I did! I myself have high blood pressure and am doing my best to not develop anything beyond that.

Good luck!
gamiila
Feb. 22nd, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think this is a job, and an issue, I could really get passionate about; and I miss that in my current position.
ter369
Feb. 22nd, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
Well, that was fast work on your part -- right to the new career search!
gamiila
Feb. 22nd, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Once I've made up my mind to do something, there's no point in hanging about as far as I'm concerned!
scatterheart
Feb. 22nd, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Sounds like it could be a fantastic job - I'll keep my fingers crossed!
gamiila
Feb. 22nd, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
What appealed to me most about this job is that it isn't just office-based -- it would involve travelling around the country to do presentations, man the stands at fairs and the like; and also, to write articles for publication on the website. So it wouldn't be a conventional 9-5 job, but it would be varied an I think, fulfilling.

On top of tha, the office is just ten minutes from where I live..
suze2000
Feb. 24th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
Imagine what you could do with all that extra time in your day! You won't know yourself.
curiouswombat
Feb. 22nd, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
Good luck with it. Sometimes the rushed applications work even better than ones you agonise over - I speak from experience!
gamiila
Feb. 22nd, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I hope it will prove so in this case!
enigmaticblues
Feb. 22nd, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Good luck! I hope it all works out for you.
gamiila
Feb. 22nd, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and I'm sure it will; if not this time, then the next.
julchek
Feb. 22nd, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
Wow, G! This does sound like the type of thing at which you would excel. Fingers crossed that you get an interview, and even more beyond that :-)
gamiila
Feb. 23rd, 2008 09:14 am (UTC)
You think? ;-)

I'll let you know what happens, if anything does.
suze2000
Feb. 23rd, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
*crosses fingers*

Anything that has you away from Jobsworth (whether you turn out to be good at it or not) will be a good move. :)
gamiila
Feb. 23rd, 2008 09:30 am (UTC)
Thanks.

So far, I've been unwilling to give up my contract with HP, haunted by the spectre of the unemployment I faced in the early 90s directly after graduating from Uni. But I find that job security just doesn't mean as much to me when it means having to put up with Jobsworth for however many more years before retirement. This job with the Heart Foundation is on a temporary basis, for one year; but I'd rather have one good year somewhere else than 10 or 15 more where I am, just ticking over.
binsoup
Feb. 23rd, 2008 08:03 am (UTC)
from your previous postings about your current job, i suspect you've not been really happy with your work. so good on you for carpe diem-ing that job announcement. as we say over here: if not now when? if we're not going to take action, who will?

gamiila
Feb. 23rd, 2008 09:32 am (UTC)
True. I've sat on my bum for far too long; it's time I took matters in hand.

Whatever happens, I'm determined that 2008 will bring some changes.
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