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If there's one thing I've found that's worse than endlessly attending interview after interview, it's not even being given interviews in the first place. Finally though, I seem to be on a little bit of a roll regarding interviews. Turns out, my main problem was applying for work in roles that I was just plain unsuited for. Originally, after graduating back in 2003 (so long ago lol), I took advice from family members and went the "easy" route to find work, which turned out to be a customer service job in a local betting shop (where my cousin helped get me a favourable interview with the district manager. Thanks cuz, by the way ^^). As jobs go, it wasn't anything great to write home about, but it was decent work for reasonable pay (compared to most high street retail, paid better too), although the frequency of 50-60hr work weeks wasn't very fun. After the buyout, job satisfaction dropped sharply (thanks to a change in middle management), so I left. Since then, I had always been steered towards applying for more customer service positions, as I had relevant experience in that field.

Yeah sure, relevant experience wasn't too much of a problem. A talent for excellent customer service, on the other hand, is not something I've ever really had. No, I'm not a monster, I'm a good guy, but I just don't have the kind of personality employers are looking for in customer service roles.

So, throwing that plan - and all the Jobcentre's advice - out the window, I turned back to college and took up an accountancy course. I'm doing really well on it too (had a mock exam just today, scored 109 out of 110....dammit! xD), and I'll be done by next January with a qualification that employers take really seriously. But in the meantime, I've already been applying to a variety of finance and accounting vacancies across the private sector, both in practises and within accounts departments of larger corporations. And unlike when I was applying to big companies for customer service jobs...I'm actually getting emails back asking me for interviews now. (Granted, I'm still not getting past the interview stage, but I have spotted one stumbling block to that...)

In fact, I've had 5 interviews in the last 2 weeks, and I've got another one tomorrow morning (with an investment firm in the City), and one next Tuesday (with Unilever), as well as another that I have to go chase up with a media company for their part-time Bookkeeper role. (Which I think went really well). And possibly more interviews on the horizon.

As it turns out though, one of the big reasons that I'm getting knocked back after I interview for these companies now is that they're wanting to hire for a full-time role. Now unfortunately, I'm at college part-time, studying to get a qualification in accountancy that will help me get work in the field. So the studies I'm doing to improve my chances of getting work in accounting are actually preventing me from being considered for all these full time positions! xD But if I wasn't at college, they wouldn't consider my application as I'd be underqualified for the role...I can't win. Who'd think that trying to become qualified for a job could hamper your chances of getting that same job? Heh. All I can do is keep on with college for now, get my diploma January, and keep on applying for accounting positions until then, maybe I'll be offered a part-time job somewhere. And if not, when February rolls around I'll be available for fulltime work and will hopefully get hired somewhere at that stage.

Fingers crossed, I'm getting there... ^^
I'm in mah compootah, updatin' mah status... :P
Heavy bookcase by Power-and-Chaos
Heavy bookcase
(2015-02-11)

I'm seriously starting to wonder how much weight this bookcase can support. After all, it's not made of wood, just cheap MDF, but it has a serious number of big tomes resting on each shelf. Unlike the actual solid pine bookcase I was storing my books in before, whose shelves actually began to bow under all that weight...I think the shelves being fixed into place, rather than simply resting on little metal "keys" makes them a lot sturdier in this lightweight case. :)

As you can see, I've bought quite a few more big volumes for my shelves, both old classics and more recent - the more recent novels being mostly children's classics. I think I'll have to take a break for the moment again though, due to the cost of all these lovely books, and the fact that such large boxes arriving on my doorstep too regularly upsets my postperson who has to carry them (and raises nosy questions from my dad about "what on earth are you buying now?") xD ;P
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If there's one thing I've found that's worse than endlessly attending interview after interview, it's not even being given interviews in the first place. Finally though, I seem to be on a little bit of a roll regarding interviews. Turns out, my main problem was applying for work in roles that I was just plain unsuited for. Originally, after graduating back in 2003 (so long ago lol), I took advice from family members and went the "easy" route to find work, which turned out to be a customer service job in a local betting shop (where my cousin helped get me a favourable interview with the district manager. Thanks cuz, by the way ^^). As jobs go, it wasn't anything great to write home about, but it was decent work for reasonable pay (compared to most high street retail, paid better too), although the frequency of 50-60hr work weeks wasn't very fun. After the buyout, job satisfaction dropped sharply (thanks to a change in middle management), so I left. Since then, I had always been steered towards applying for more customer service positions, as I had relevant experience in that field.

Yeah sure, relevant experience wasn't too much of a problem. A talent for excellent customer service, on the other hand, is not something I've ever really had. No, I'm not a monster, I'm a good guy, but I just don't have the kind of personality employers are looking for in customer service roles.

So, throwing that plan - and all the Jobcentre's advice - out the window, I turned back to college and took up an accountancy course. I'm doing really well on it too (had a mock exam just today, scored 109 out of 110....dammit! xD), and I'll be done by next January with a qualification that employers take really seriously. But in the meantime, I've already been applying to a variety of finance and accounting vacancies across the private sector, both in practises and within accounts departments of larger corporations. And unlike when I was applying to big companies for customer service jobs...I'm actually getting emails back asking me for interviews now. (Granted, I'm still not getting past the interview stage, but I have spotted one stumbling block to that...)

In fact, I've had 5 interviews in the last 2 weeks, and I've got another one tomorrow morning (with an investment firm in the City), and one next Tuesday (with Unilever), as well as another that I have to go chase up with a media company for their part-time Bookkeeper role. (Which I think went really well). And possibly more interviews on the horizon.

As it turns out though, one of the big reasons that I'm getting knocked back after I interview for these companies now is that they're wanting to hire for a full-time role. Now unfortunately, I'm at college part-time, studying to get a qualification in accountancy that will help me get work in the field. So the studies I'm doing to improve my chances of getting work in accounting are actually preventing me from being considered for all these full time positions! xD But if I wasn't at college, they wouldn't consider my application as I'd be underqualified for the role...I can't win. Who'd think that trying to become qualified for a job could hamper your chances of getting that same job? Heh. All I can do is keep on with college for now, get my diploma January, and keep on applying for accounting positions until then, maybe I'll be offered a part-time job somewhere. And if not, when February rolls around I'll be available for fulltime work and will hopefully get hired somewhere at that stage.

Fingers crossed, I'm getting there... ^^

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Gregory Cooper
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I am a 30 year old man, currently living in London with my father. Currently I am unemployed, but actively seeking work (including waiting to hear back from an interview just last week at WHSmith, and hopefully attending another interview soon with Santander.

I have zero artistic skill. Seriously. You'd never want to see me draw, I can't even do a good stickman. :P Because of this, I choose to turn to those with real artistic talents, and commission them to draw and paint my ideas for me.

I like to read - almost exclusively either science fiction or fantasy. I prefer somewhat-longer novels to flimsy little paperbacks. I don't just want to read a book, I want to read a Book. :D
The last book series that I read was the Harry Potter novels. Admittedly, I'm not a fast reader. xD I am currently reading Lord of the Rings, but have trouble pronouncing some of the Middle-Earth words in my head (which I find slows me down even more).

I play computer games too. But since I can't afford current games, I rely on the older games that I bought or have downloaded. I enjoy playing on my SNES emulator with the games made by Quintet (Actraiser, Soulblazer, Illusion of Gaia, Terranigma, Robotrek), as well as some that are slightly more modern (an emulated version of The Granstream Saga for the PS1) and others even older (like my Amstrad emulator), or for modern PCs (the early installments of Quake, G-Police, The Sims, Black & White, Spore).

So too, I also enjoy watching TV and DVDs. I have a huge collection of DVDs that could rival a small rental store, and my favourite film of all is, to this day, Independence Day. My favourite TV series is Doctor Who, and my favourite soap opera is Neighbours (of which I've never missed an episode since sometime before 1990).

I like to go to sci-fi conventions, but can't afford to. I am obese, but working hard at dieting (my love of fatty foods makes this hard) and currently weigh something about 18st (or 252lbs), though I've lost about 20lbs to get there. I am more bald than my 60yo dad, and have a skin disease called Psoriasis on parts of my scalp, meaning I have to partially shave my head to treat it. But overall, I enjoy my life, the only thing I'd really wish to change would be to have a career so that I could afford to enjoy myself more.

What else? Oh yes, I dance. I have been taking regular ballroom dancing classes since I was 6 years old, and can dance moderately well. I used to attend amateur ballroom dancing competitions a few times a year, and was a very frequent medallist. Again, going to these competitions is something I can't afford at this time.

But life is good. :)
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Raakone Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
Happy Birthday!
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Power-and-Chaos Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
Thanks! :)
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ScarlettJinxx Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for the fave on my old family photo =^-^=
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TheBeatDandy Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Thanks for the fave! i see you are working on family trees as well
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Power-and-Chaos Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Yep. I'm working in partnership with each of my parents separately, as they're divorced. That way, they each research what they want to know, and I get to share both lots of work with them. :)
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viasera Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
thanks for the fav :D
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Power-and-Chaos Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
No problem. :D
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Becca5002 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
Thanks for the fav!:hug:
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Fleurine-Retore Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your :+fav: [link] !!
Merci beaucoup :heart:
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Power-and-Chaos Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Oh! You're very welcome...sorry, I was a little surprised because I usually :+fav: stuff on my main account, ~nzz1 not this one. ^^; I might move this fave across to that account actually, so I don't forget where it is. ;)
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