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A few hours ago, I dropped in on one of the agencies, just to see if they could perhaps be persuaded to help me in my job hunt. According to the statistics I've been bombarded with in the last 8 weeks while I've been in the outplacement programme, only 20% of jobs is ever found through agencies or job ads, and 80% through networking -- and my recent experience, of sending out tens of e-mails and only getting back one invitation to an interview, plus two interviews I got through having published my cv online, seemed to bear this out.

I now have an interview for tomorrow morning. Only, it isn't for a job in customer relations. It's for a job as office manager at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. And it's (literally) just around the corner from where I live.

The thing is, I don't know how to prepare for this interview. I do have some secretarial experience, but that was way back in my student days, and I imagine things have changed a lot since then. The person who will be conducting the interview has already expressed his doubt that the job may not be challenging enough for me; he thinks me over-qualified. Which may be true; however, it would be a completely new experience for me, and one that I would not be unwilling to explore.

Oh well, I guess I'll find out tomorrow whether I'm civil servant material or not.


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Aug. 19th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
I would point that fact out. Office managers do a lot more than just secretarial work, and often can take over projects to ease the burden on others if they're sharp and learn quickly. Either way, good luck!
Aug. 19th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
Exactly! Having had a look at the job description, I think the tasks are certainly variegated enough to keep me on my toes initially, so I'm not too worried on that count. My previous experience in project management will no doubt come in handy, as will my willingness to learn new things. What the hay, I'll just go in and talk to them. Then whatever they decide will be fine with me.
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
Go for it, girl. The experience will be good for you and may lead to other things.

Good luck for tomorrow.
Aug. 19th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you...and yes, that's another thought that's crossed my mind.
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Good Luck!
Aug. 19th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Aug. 19th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
Best wishes!
Aug. 19th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you muchly!
Aug. 19th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
>>The person who will be conducting the interview has already expressed his doubt that the job may not be challenging enough for me

Hmm, I get that a lot as a reason for not employing me. Good luck anyway!
Aug. 19th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've been getting a lot of that too, basically in every job I've applied for since leaving university. It's probably some kind of stock phrase straight out of The Hiring Manager's Handbook...either a polite way of saying 'thanks but no thanks', or an indication that the job description doesn't reflect the reality of it. I guess I'll find out tomorrow which is which. Either way, it'll be good practice, and it'll get me in the Job Centre's good books. I've got an appointment there tomorrow as well, and am meant to show evidence that I've actually been hard at work trying to find work in recent weeks.
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