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Hi all,

Have been unemployed since Mid-May (although paid up to last week). I went to loads of interviews and was told 'Over qualified', 'Wrong experience', 'You were not what we expected' - in other words Ageism is still rife in this country despite it being illegal.

Went for an interview in Surrey last Monday where I was required to give a 15 minutes Powerpoint presentation - it was 10 pages, in black and white, no colours, not glitzy, no moving parts - just the cold hard facts. Left the interview thinking that was that. Got home, then deleted all the e-mails, shredded all the correspondence and put it out of my mind. Today I got a phone call offering me the job!!!!

I still stay in my field as a Standards Certification Auditor but will be employed by SGS UK - one of the major international certification bodies. Job will be home based with a company car, laptop, mobile and covering a sizeable chunk of Eastern & South East England. Starting on 18 August.

Now I can go on my cruise feeling relaxed and enjoy life!

Looking forward to telling my local Jobcentre that I won't be needing them anymore!

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Congratulations.


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congratulations, piermaster.......something ALWAYS turns up?

mind, I DID think , on first reading your post, your were about to ask if anyone knew how to recover deleted emails, and re-assemble shredded paper??
 

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Nice result Dave, and I bet you're glad.

Good luck with the new job and drive carefully.

QUOTE (Piermaster @ 16 Jul 2008, 16:41) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Looking forward to telling my local Jobcentre that I won't be needing them anymore!

BTW I like the above comment.

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Especially when one of the 'Jobsworths' at the Job Centre accused me of mini-cabbing as I can't make the next appointment because I'm collecting a relative at Heathrow! And I got castigated for putting my own life before Job Centre appointments!!! I think this little insignificant pathetic Jobsworth needs to do some role reversal with me!!!

No wonder that there's more people leaving this country than entering it!

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QUOTE (rb277170 @ 16 Jul 2008, 19:01) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Congratulations Piermaster.

Have a great cruise. May come down to Greenock just to wave off Grand Princess

Russell

Perhaps we could meet up in Glasgow that day - I'll pm you my mobile no. Will be visiting Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Transport Museum, Scotland Street School (Museum of Education) and bombing around Glasgow via the Subway.

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QUOTE (Piermaster @ 17 Jul 2008, 14:47) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Perhaps we could meet up in Glasgow that day - I'll pm you my mobile no. Will be visiting Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Transport Museum, Scotland Street School (Museum of Education) and bombing around Glasgow via the Subway.

Dave

Great news about the job

I know Glasgow is surposed to be rough, but I think 'bombing' it is a bit over the top! Think the locals might object

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Brian,

My late mother was from the Western Isles, my late father was from Glasgow and I'm from Aberdeen (despite being brought up in Essex). I did work in Glasgow during the Subway reconstruction and I can translate Glaswegian/English and vice-versa!!!

I feel far safer in Glasgow, Aberdeen, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Paris than I do in London.

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Belated congratulations. I'm glad that I'm retired and out of the rat-race.

I know what you mean about London. I was brought up there as a child. (Can you believe that in Islington we used to play cricket in the street and were annoyed if we were interupted by a car more than twice in an afternoon!) Every time that I have been back, since leaving nearly 50 years ago, I have wanted to get out again as quickly as possible.

Good luck for the future, Robert.
 

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Unfortunately Piermaster, while you are cruising up the Clyde, wondering which of the many restaurants on board to regale yourself of breakfast and looking out over the scenic splendour that is Greenock (look over the Port side , much nicer!) I will be at work.

However I do tend to go down to Gourock esplanade to watch the big cruise ships depart- so watch out for me waving hysterically.

Its a great holiday, and the thing is , even if the weather is not great , the boat itself is fantastic.

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Congratulations Dave. New job sounds good.

You'll like the Transport Museum. It's very good. So's the renovated Kelvingrove Museum. Very nice. Glasgows not that bad if you know where to go (and more importantly where not to go).

London sounds like it has taken a down turn since I left (1999). I don't remember crime being as bad when I lived there.
 

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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 17 Jul 2008, 22:13) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Congratulations Dave. New job sounds good.

London sounds like it has taken a down turn since I left (1999). I don't remember crime being as bad when I lived there.

Not so much of a downturn, just more depressing! Dr. Johnson should have been sectioned/certified/thrown in jail (select as appropriate) when he said "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life".

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QUOTE (Piermaster @ 18 Jul 2008, 17:50) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Not so much of a downturn, just more depressing! Dr. Johnson should have been sectioned/certified/thrown in jail (select as appropriate) when he said "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life".

Dave
You know Dave, I used to find London depressing too sometimes when I lived there. Now that I am in Melbourne I truly know the meaning of depressing and really wish I was back in London. It was the sheer expense of London that was the biggest issue for me. I found every time I went out the door I spent at least ten quid without even trying.
 

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Have been unemployed since Mid-May (although paid up to last week). I went to loads of interviews and was told 'Over qualified', 'Wrong experience', 'You were not what we expected' - in other words Ageism is still rife in this country despite it being illegal

Whilst wishing you well in your new job the bold bit is absolute garbage. Seeing I was employed by my company three years ago and have just finished in May a twelve month training course, now being qualified. The guy on the course with me same company was 29. My companies just taken on someone similar age to me, as well as another colleague training at the moment he's aged 25. I'm old enough to comfortably be his dad.

If you're over qualified for a job, if you have the wrong experience or weren't what they expected, then there's no reason for a company to give you employment. Why would a company put somone in a job they don't think is suited to it, why employ someone if its as simple as they don't like the candidate?

I think this little insignificant pathetic Jobsworth needs to do some role reversal with me!!!
Cracking attitude Dave ...
 
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