Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Tough Day at the Office

So after 7 months on the buroo, countless knock-backs from prospective employers, endless hassles with housing benefit, interviews that were nothing but a waste of time and a dwindling back account, that's right, I've finally found a job. It was a shock to me too.

It wasn't easy finding it. A burst of activity on the job market, where I applied for 91 jobs in 12 days did the trick. So aye, right-wing radio phone-in jocks 'there's jobs out there if you look for them'. If you look at every single one of them every single day until someone lets you have one.

Two days in and surprisingly I've not found (much) to complain about. Like everyone else who suffered from the same redundancy axe as myself I've now got a better job, better money, better working conditions, I'm working for a better company and have a more rewarding day than I ever could have dreamed of at my previous employer.

Of course since I started I've done nothing but bat away phone calls and e-mails from other agencies asking me to speak to them about jobs. Yet I could barely get anyone to return my calls from May to November.

Much as I enjoyed having the time off, I'm relieved to have discovered that I'm not unemployable after all. I had months of people saying, 'Something will turn up,' and I would say, 'You know, I'm not so sure.'

So anyway it's back to going to the cinema in the evenings when it's crowded, getting up in the dark, moaning about holidays, moaning about pay, listening to people who get paid more than you moan about pay. Aye, it's good to be back.

7 comments:

Katie said...

Congratulations on the job, Tom! See, the Mart didn't give you CV cancer after all!

Anonymous said...

I remember back in 2003, I was unemployed for 9 months. Not much fun at all. Glad to hear you're back in the land of the employed. Not that I didn't envy the free time you had recently!

:)

RB

benlav said...

congrats on the job fella. I thought this might help lighten the mood arounds thems parts. Is why the interweb thing is so great.

http://www.spareroom.co.nz/2007/12/18/gourmet-food-store-lets-rip-at-client-via-email/

more to it:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10483185
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/blog/story.cfm?c_id=1501208&objectid=10471993
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/blog/story.cfm?c_id=1501208&objectid=10483253

Tom said...

Cheers folks!

Nice to hear from you Ben. Hope you and your lady are well.

Thanks for the links to that e-mail exchange it was horrific.

Gosh Wow Comics said...

Tom, its great that you're back in the fun-filled world of employment. If you'd been unemployed any longer I'd probably have cut you off as people without work disgust me;)

Anonymous said...

Hey Tom, congrats about the job. I was just checking out your films of the year. I am still in Clydebank, which is handy, but the job is a bit shit. Need to get a Mart reunion soon, a "Where are they now". Be interesting to see what happened to Josh!

Paul

Tom said...

Nice to hear from you Paul! Glad you're still in employment.

I'm full of the joys of actually doing an honest week's work for more cash than before and wrapping up on a Friday for 4 o'clock.

Hopefully once Katie's back we can get a nice big Iomart reunion going. Where Are They Now? Ha ha ha.