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I've been feeling pretty low lately. Partly, this was through knowing that I badly needed a haircut, which I got today (and it has perked me up); but mostly through the reality of what it means to be unemployed. I have far too much time on my hands to sit and brood on my dwindling finances, and to wonder whether my prospects won't diminish with each passing day as well. When I (sort of) chucked my job two and a half months ago, I never dreamt it would take this long to find another position; I thought employers would be tripping over themselves to hire me. Despite what the government says, this credit crunch seems to have had an impact on our economic climate as well, and I'm just too well-qualified, too experienced, too...expensive. And if I tell them I'm quite willing to discuss a pay cut if the rest of the package is to my liking, they look at me as if I'm mad and I never hear from them again.::sigh::

So tomorrow, I'm going to go jump through hoops for a position as customer account manager at Diageo's. I made it through the first (phone) interview last week, next up is the first part of their assessment programme. I'll give it my best shot, but I'm not building my hopes up just yet.

Is it Wednesday yet? I need to get out of this funk and I'm hoping Berlin will do the trick. It will have to do so on a shoestring though, because I'm seriously skint.


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Sep. 15th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
Hey - looking for a job is a major PITA.

Advice that you should feel free to skip if it's not helpful:

Keep going and use all resources you have. Here in the US they tell you to edit your resume for the job you're looking for/applying for and never to have a resume that's longer than 2 pages.

And if the jobs you're applying for keep saying that you're overqualified - they may be right. Consider going for jobs that are seem more of a reach for you. If you can work right in on day one and do everything perfectly - you're overqualified. Consider that your previous hellish job did a number on you. Ask that job consultant or other qualified professional --- or edit your resume down but really have a hard think on this.

You will find something and there's nothing that says that you can't have a INCREASE in pay or responsibility - most people here in the US get their pay raises by changing jobs.

Sep. 15th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
Just *hugs* and much luck to you.
Sep. 15th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
I can't think of anything new to say, except hang on in there.
Sep. 15th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)

I too am surprised that the job search has been so hard. I'm sure that the right job will come soon; someone else I know has just started a new job after a protracted search as well. I do believe current conditions are affecting employers' hiring people.

Let's not forget, too that you've been through the wringer with your Mum and Dad recently, which can't have been easy.

I'm sure your trip to Germany will perk you up.
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