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"Work Seeker" - My New Blog...
Still "Work-In-Progress" at this very moment, I've started a new Blog aimed at helping folks to get through the traumas associated with job loss, and finding their way back into gainful employment.
I actually started writing the 'bones' of it over a year ago - but little did I know that I'd be refreshing it and following my own 'advice' so damned soon!!! Yup - I got "the chop" from the family firm that I was working for; started back at the job on the first working day of 2013, did a morning's work, got a text from the boss asking for a "Meeting" that afternoon - and I just muttered "Here we go..." and started off back to the office... (I'd had that feeling deep in my bones that something was going wrong with the main contract a couple of months ago - and now, it looked as though my 'prophecy' was going to be fulfilled...)
...And so it came to pass - very much a case of "Happy New Year! There's your P45 - don't slam the door on your way out, ta!"... Nice guy, eh? :-(
You'll have to read the Blog's intro to get the gist of what happened next, but it wasn't violent; it could so easily have been, though, given the way I was grinding my teeth into sharp points!
Anyway - I rise above it now, and I'm getting stuck into the routine of blatting-out telephone calls, e-mails & CVs by the dozen, as well as generating enquiries by the conventional media & website routes; all grist to the mill for me from past experience (although the signing-on procedure for Jobseeker's Benefit is different from the last time I tackled it, 5yrs ago, so I'll be updating that as I go through the processes).
So, if anyone out there has lost their job (or lives in imminent fear of it), take a peek and perhaps either learn from my experiences, or maybe find some reassurances that life doesn't end with losing that job; it's just a temporary "losing of way", that's all, and totally beatable!
I've got several "chapters" to edit and post, but I'm aiming to post one or two per day, so - just like the job-search itself - patience will be a virtue!
Please feel free to browse and comment if you wish to, and by all means chuck in any anecdotes of advice or personal experiences on here - if you'd like, I'll add them into my own ramblings to expand the knowledge for all readers...