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An update of sorts

I bought a printer, to help me in my quest of finding a new job. And no, it's not an hp. It could have been, but for the fact that this Canon 'Photo Lab Quality' inkjet happened to be on special offer at my local Dixons this week.

Hello there! Hope you're all well. I haven't been updating in the last few weeks because I haven't had much to tell, except that I've been busy applying for jobs. So far, I've not got anything to report on that topic. I'm in an outplacement programme, have meetings with my consultant once a week, and have done a few workshops -- quite boring stuff, really. Mostly I seem to be endlessly re-draughting my cv.

I've been approached for a managerial position by 'a new media channel', or a mobile network funded by advertising (i.e. a direct marketing) company, but I don't know whether I can believe in the product they're selling or who they're selling it to -- it's targeted specifically at the youth market and offers them a certain number of free texts and call minutes a month in return for letting selected companies/brands send MMS ads to their phones. On the one hand, I'm flattered: the job would be a step up on the career ladder; on the other though, I'm not sure if it's ethical to sell this kind of service to young people who may not realise the full extent of what they're agreeing to. Anyway, I've let them know that I'm open to discussion, but will need much more than just a broad outline of a job description (and preferably without all the jargon and hyperboles) before I commit myself to the application process (although I did phrase all this a little more diplomatically in my reply to them).

Apart from that, I've had several offers to come and work at helpdesks -- but I've been there and done that, and I don't necessarily want to go back to a position I last held 12 years ago; I'm looking for something with a bit more responsibility and content. Plus I want my new job to be -roughly- in the The Hague-Rotterdam area, as one of the reasons for leaving hp was the bore and bother of the daily commute.

I may have to take a reality check soon, though. I've been turned down on my benefit application, while I've already had my severance pay paid into my pension fund. Well, it was either that or let the IR rob me blind.


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Jul. 29th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
Paying your severance into your Pension fund is a smart thing to do though, so while it may leave you feeling a bit vulnerable now, better than when you are old and can't really get any old job to feed yourself, and might face endless years of hardship due to lack of savings. (reminds me to check mine - record losses on the stock market recently have slashed lots of people's retirement savings here. I hope mine wasn't too badly affected!)

I've seen this free calls in return for ads model before. I actually think the target market is fairly tech-savvy and as long as the call plans were reasonable for the non-free portion, I don't see a problem with it. If that helps. I'm also unsure as to whether you shouldn't consider compromising your morals a little for the promotion. You can leave pretty quickly and then tell other future employers that it turned out to be a lot more murky that it seemed when you signed up. But you'll still have your feather in the cap, so to speak.

My biggest issue with things like that is those "free ring tones" companies where the fine print is that after the first one, you're hooked into a $5 per week contract for the rest until you figure out how to get out of it, and then it's not easy. But it's oh so easy to sign up for them.

I do think you're smart to hold out for something in your local area. Especially with your dad installed close by as well, it'll make it easier to visit him. I'm really sure that you will find something suitable before you reach the breadline. Though I also know that your savings can diminish in a frightening way when there's no money coming in. Something I didn't realise until I took several months off work myself, having been continuously employed since I was 16. So it's a bit scary to watch that happening. Still, I'm sure something good will come your way soon. *hug*
Jul. 30th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
Paying your severance into your Pension fund is a smart thing to do though,

Isn't it? I thought so! Esp. since at the moment there's a lot of discussion as to the future of state-provided old age pensions; after 50-odd years, our wellfare state can no longer afford them and already my generation is warned that the age what which we will be entitled to a small state pension may have to go up to 70. As a single female, I do worry about that sometimes.

Now all I've got to do though, is reach the age of 65. My initial pay-in will have increased, and I can expect to derive a reasonable monthly income from my severance pay for a period of at least 4 years; so that's set my mind at rest a little.
Jul. 29th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Good luck on the job hunt. Things are tough here on that front, and I know a lot of people who are really struggling. I hope you find something that suits you soon.
Jul. 30th, 2008 07:30 am (UTC)
Things are not as tough here as they are in the States at the moment, but they are expected to take a downturn soon. Still, I'm confident I'll find a position before that happens. But thanks for your words of encouragement.
Jul. 30th, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)
I'm just wishng you good luck with the job hunt.
Aug. 5th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)
Aug. 5th, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)
An update of sorts
I will keep my fingers crossed for you that the managerial job you
could have works out for you in every way.
Also I attempted to post a comment to you but it did not go to you,
it was entered in my journal so............
Happy Birthday to you, and may your day be filled with happiness and
good health and peace of mind.
Aug. 5th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
Re: An update of sorts
I will keep my fingers crossed for you that the managerial job you could have works out for you in every way.

Thank you, but I'm not holding my breath. It'll be good practise, though.

And you have the distinction of being the first to wish me happy birthday this year! Thank you very much, although it's not until tomorrow of course that I turn 46...what an age! If it weren't for sundry aches and pains, I wouldn't feel a day over 21...

Now, how's your health?
Aug. 6th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
Good luck on the job hunt, and
Aug. 6th, 2008 08:34 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! The sparkling letters of your birthday wish are already setting the tone for the rest of my day here!
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