I finally filed the claim. 14 days and counting.

It’s taken a lot longer than it should have done but in the end I decided to say fuck it and submit a claim to the Small Claims Court.

There’s a couple of reasons why I’ve been a little bit hesitant. First off I really don’t like the idea of this guy knowing my address.everything about him and his dealings just screams shady.

When he finally contacted me on 11 February he claimed he would lose about £300 worth of work unless he had his hard drive back. He said to meet him between three and 4 to hand over the items. I dropped off that morning to a coworker of a different building and thought nothing more of it until I got an email the next day saying that we were supposed to have A meeting. Thankfully this was never employed or agreed upon in any emails.

Event starts going on about wanting to know exactly when I was in the office for the month of December and claims a communication breakdown.

It’s funny that during this period of communication breakdown he could ask one of his friends to continually report into him and give updates on what I’m doing in the office but not speak to me directly.

Is also made the mistake of not acknowledging my emails all the points that I raised in my email.

Does have a few points which are valid that I have done work that he’s not asked me to do but surely that showing initiative? Or is this going to be another bluestone situation where do you as you are told and nothing else?

Is also tried the classic line of saying there is no point me putting in a claim as he’s lost more money than I would get implying that he’s going to put in a counterclaim against me.

I will post his reply tomorrow but seeing as I’ve just filled out the form I needed a bit of a release I’m all about the reply to my recorded delivery letter.

Just be told I’m a little bit scared of him having my address details. People like him no certain types of people but I’m going to be sensible. thankfully I’ve been given a wireless WebCam to review so that’s going to be stationed and set up 24 seven.

I don’t think it will come to this or at least I hope it doesn’t but right now I windup so tightly that doing something has to be better than doing nothing.

So if I’m feeling so scared and apprehensive about this you might be wondering why I’m doing it at all.

The last two years have not been good and I tried my best to hide my bitterness and anger toward a lot of the situations I’ve been in

I make “friends” at work and then go on to be a pivotal role in my sacking.

Friends outside of work have proven my suspicions were right about them time after time.

My last girlfriend is cheating on me a couple of times.

The chances are you’ve been given in my life that I squandered.

All of these things and events have been spinning around my head for the last couple of weeks and I’m trying to persuade myself that by being active in a situation rather than waiting for the situation to happen to me has to be a good thing?

It was today was painting my hallway that an incredible wave of anger and bitterness towards other people and myself started building up and building up to a level that I’ve really not experienced before.

It was half way through finishing the ceiling that I thought to myself “that’ll do” I’m running Thorndal me. I need to start seeing things through to the end.

I’m a great believer in that people shouldn’t say anything they don’t mean a lot includes myself so when I sent the recorded letter to all three of his name addresses I feel I have to stand by its new matter what he comes back at me with.

Is it going to be worth it?

Like how much of a shit sandwich should you eat before you make a stand I honestly don’t know.

At the very least I’d like to be able to say I tried.

None of us know if the computer guy is incredibly stupid or incredibly clever I think I’ve been wrong in saying that.

I honestly don’t know if he is clever enough to realise that he might fail and that is an incredibly good trait to have.

It’s only one I’ve started to think that I failed I failed.

On the very least there’s going to be two weeks of interesting blog reading for everyone 😉

I finally filed the claim. 14 days and counting.

An interview update.

Quite simply there is none. I honestly thought I was unlocking to get an update or to see the company in Dublin. I matched new media, new age marketing bullshit with bullshit on my own and when the interviewer started stumbling about “other people to interview with regards to the role”feeling I rose a slight eyebrow of optimism.

The usual consisting of a follow-up call on Monday, an email on Tuesday and it was only today that I got through to the agency guy he seemed somewhat startled unbewildered not really remembering who I was.

He of course to try to fob me off onto the guy who interviewed me saying he was awaiting a decision based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback he had received on me”

Right now most of my work issues a game to one of two things. One of the effort required to rewrite my CV everytime, tailoring it too much every job. I wouldn’t actually mind S if I had any feedback other than your standard “there were other candidates more suitable than you”.

Given the work situation is still pretty shit in the UK would be nice if companies could provide some useful feedback.

Right now I’m not sure if my CV is failing due to the contents, the luck, the self praising bullshit that apparently is a must have opening statement at the top of any CV or something else.

The second factor is distance. In the past I’ve put down the location as Cardiff or Bristol as an example. this is not too bad but when it comes time and if I eventually get an interview I’m looking up the road at least four hours each wayof driving.

It might sound like a lame excuse and sound like I’m making excuses but as I write this I’m having my own internal debate. I like rationalising or making excuses for not going to far flung places or just simply explaining my own situation.

Some interviews it really feels like I’m just there to make up the numbers.

These are the interviews where at the end of it they say location was a factor.despite handing over my location details on being shortlisted, telling them in the interview again this one seems to come up a few times.

On more than one occasion I’ve been told that they wanted to see me because my CV looked interesting. One interview actually told me they just wanted to meet the person with this sort of CV to see what he looks like.

That was a four and a half hour journey each way for that feedback.

One interview lasted the shade over three hours. The feedback from that was that Dinged my old employer a little bit too much.

It’s a shame I never got to give feedback about the feedback because all I was simply trying to say was that teamwork is key. Communication is paramount. Something that the company I was interviewing for believed my old company didn’t.

The interview favourites: I’m not sure home you would work or integrate with the rest of the team. Let me have a think on it.

I got offered that job a couple of days later only for a week later whilst on holiday to be told rather sharply and rudely he was withdrawing the offer.

What pissed me off about this one was that he knew my daily rate and was getting me for half. There was something very old about this one. Hindsight says he was checking out the potential competition.

In another interview I met the owner of a computer company around here specialising in installing broadband for Ro-Ro locations.

I say interview it was more him telling me about how great he was. There was a small amount of talk about getting me trained up to help and taking on the PC repair side of things but this fizzled into nothing.

I saw him the other day in fact and said I had been meaning to email you and he replied with a sense of arrogance “oh, what for?”.

By far the best interview with that my local college. first of all we would put through a literacy test then a mathematical test and then given a set of instructions which the instructor said we have to follow to the exact letter.

This turned out to bite them in the house because I didn’t get through to the final round of interviews because apparently my answers were wrong.
Knowing full well this was impossible I asked him to give me some examples. The look on his face when he realised that somebody somewhere had made a mistake was unforgettable and even more so the fact he tried to blame me for not putting my name on the answer sheet despite the fact instruction said create a directory using your name.

When it’s 3 o’clock in the afternoon and you get asked to come back at 5 PM for an interview then you know that is pretty much a big waste of time as it gets.

Yes, I now realise this post is turning into a bit of a moan.

Back to work enterprise schemes suggest that you follow up your application with a telephone call shortly afterwards. One slight flaw with this is that people don’t often tend to answer their phones in work to an external number they don’t know.

Other sage advice from the job centre and the back to work team has been too dumb down my CV. Their argument is that if they can’t understand it then how is a prospective employer going to understand it.

For some reason and I can’t quite fathom why this is they seem to get a bit arsey when I politely point I not applying for a job with them but rather with a company he will understand the terminology that I use.

“But what if the Hache our department hiring for the position doesn’t understand your CVE there”

“Well then patient really be trying to manage a job they don’t understand”

I’m not sure I subscribe to the methodology of explaining every single nuance of the job that I do. If I do that what left is there for them to probe me about in the interview?

If I had the motivation I would actually create a website called universal job seekers. It’s a slight play on words with universal job match and universal credit seem to come into fruition.

What I’m lead is this. Why to CV that you are happy with but can always take constructive criticism on.

Look at the job application and cherry pick the keywords from it I’m trying to rewrite them as best you can.

Send off your application three times a week and be prepared to hear nothing, well at least in my case anyway.

Coming back to my website idea for just a moment I wonder how long it would be before it cropped up on the governments radar?

I’m going to hazard a guess but I would imagine there aren’t that many people unemployed like myself he would bother to write a website covering all the lovely facets of being unemployed.

If anyone can don’t make me 8 pounds or a domain name your get my guarantee of me focusing on this website for at least a month and we keeping your cost by Google adverts.

An interview update.

A phone interview.

Somewhere on the Internet in amongst the minds of resumes mine lurks there silently waiting for algorithmic engines to pick out keywords for the next suitable vacancy for me.

Furthermore I don’t normally answer “unknown numbers” so when I checked my voicemail I was surprised to hear that an agency was calling me for Apple support role based in Dublin.

Figuring I have very little chance of getting this one as I haven’t really done any Apple Pay support, let’s face it stays machines are pretty bullet-proof anyway, I went balls out on my CV.

It wasn’t my most elegantly worded CV but I did put down the practical stuff I have done along with a little bit of embellishments.

So the next day I was surprised to be asked to take a technical interview.

this was a three question process asking me what were the pre-requisites for a ris server, I went with the failsafe answer of DNS and DHCP, a question about how do you do a traceroute but not show the number of hops and one more question I think relating to hardware.

I took this test was googling so was even more surprised that I passed even when Google had failed me.

The guy from the agency called me yesterday to say that there was a high potential that I will be getting a telephone interview which should last about 30 minutes.

Putting on my best fake sincerest voice I said that would be an amazing opportunity blah blah blah. As always the conversation turns to about what I ain’t on my previous roles so I told the truth, more or less and he didn’t seem to blink an eyelid. This then got me thinking.

Agency guy then starts going on about bonuses and all that sort of nonsense. to me the bonus system is flawed, it’s a dangling carrots for you just up your numbers and push aside customer satisfaction and anyways what would a bonus have to do with a desktop support roll?

As I sat outside label I Hantz the good fortune to remember that when contracting you can claim quite a lot of expenses, something that I bought up with the agency guy. I’m going to guess that he was going to try and drop the rate but with the dangling carrot of a bonus.

Am I being a bit too cynical perhaps?

It Then transpires that I wouldn’t be working for the client I would be working for the agency and they would be contracting me out or if it’s a full-time position I would be an actual employee of the agency.

I got given some homework to do to lack up the company history of both companies, look at the share price and to be able to answer that stupid question of “so what do you know about the companies”.

I’m at a loss why they asked this because I’m interested in the job and nine times out of 10 you probably aren’t going to have anything else to do with the company. you won’t get to visit all the glamorous other divisions you see on the organisational charts, social gatherings with other departments never happen, you know all that sort of time wasting stuff.

However, I did my homework and it’s my worst nightmare.

The job is for a marketing agency based in Dublin.

In my life I try not to have any bad karma or hatred towards people that marketing types are their own greed. If you’ve ever read the Dilbert strip about the slimy marketing guys I can tell you for a fact that it’s bang on the money.

All seem to dress in that I call hipster, but I’m not conforming to being a hipster typestyle. They usually wear glasses that away more pretentious than anything Heston blooming file could wear.

They drink coffee from cups barely bigger than a symbol which makes me wonder what’s the point and just Haband for the environment is it to put all that energy into making something that small.

I don’t like coffee.
how many of them are going to turn up to work in the morning carrying a Starbucks mug but in an incredibly pretentious way.
If I get the job I have a plan already to be even more pretentious than them. With my Starbucks mug I’m going to buy a crochet warmer for it.

Whilst I’m on a roll.

I have a set of Levi 501s that have seen some serious duty over the five years of ownership. I did not buy these jeans and then have them distressed these jeans have seen me at my best and worst which is way more distressing than any style of jean that can be manufactured today.

In fact most of my clothing look so distressed that not even the reboot of Thunderbirds can help them.

They never get drunk. Yes you will see them drink but it is never more than the odd one or two drinks. Anything more than that or the merest hint of a suggestion to stay out later they always disappear. I can only imagine that this is because the post-modern ironic hipster jeans store is due to close shortly.

In any marketing Department you always finds the same subset of people.

The fit athletic guy: this is the guy who goes running and training as much as he can and normally has the worlds hottest girlfriend. He will try and pretend to be one of the gang but feels deep down he is way more better than you.

The hot but miserable looking chick. I don’t mean hot as in she’s quite warm but has the way factor or at least she word if she knew how to smile for once in a miserable life. She is the one in any social events that will never buy a drink and just seems that because of her looks everyone will buy them for her, which unfortunately they do with the smallest of vague hope of getting into her pants.

She’s also want to taunt. On the very odd occasion she will let down this face look that she has about two and talk to you like a human being and almost make a connection before she realises that she supposed to be a stuck up cow.

The only thing tighter than hot girl is his skinny jeans or tight blouse which both border on inappropriateness in a male dominated workplace and just how tight she can pull hair back into the stripper ponytail.

Hot girl is guaranteed to have at least hard-won one clandestinely affair with someone in the department or senior in the company.

The personal assistant/secretary of the departments: she will be one of the two traditional types.
Type one: young and incredibly pretty. Pretends to act all innocent but deep down she is plotting against you. As she is a PA to someone senior, who just happens to be a family member, or have the ear of the bosses and is considered amongst the most dangerous in the department. She easily identifiable with her award winning smile and eyes that are so bright and sparkly which means she’s either been on drugs or she’s never touched a drop of alcohol in her life.

There will be a slight sense of smugness around her as well. She will have a boyfriend and at a relatively young age be starting to think about owning her own house, or mention the fact she has a really new nice car. The type of car that nobody knows who she can quite afford on her salary.

The second type of assistance is the lesser spotted midthirties female. still incredibly attractive , Will dress less pretentiously than her younger counterparts but is normally laden with two children but definitely falls into the category of “if only she was single”.

The only main giveaway of her will be a box of tissues on the desk and are constantly running nose from having a cold or some other having children displacement.

The sort of creepy camera guy:
This is the guy who goes out and does all the photographic work. Getting there are two types of these characters. Type one is normally quiet and you Mier and perhaps working thanks to a government-sponsored work placement program when the company thought it would be a good idea to get a photographer in on the cheap.

HIs work is just about passable because of the government-sponsored kickback they get for employing him but does have that weird vibe about him.

Unfortunately he will have an office crush that after many months he will mistake friendship for interest, ask her out and she will nicely to him deign to his face but then ridicule and mock him by email in the to the department.

Type II is your more classic black jumper, thick rimmed glasses type. If you’re in doubt that he is the photographer to type ask him anything technical about photography and watch him Dodge the question better than a politician.

In front of a client he’s all smiles and almost impossibly charismatic. he won’t often indulge with conversation with anyone other lower organisational rank level than himself.

Somehow managing to come across as cool and collected and is not a bit of an arse women seem to be attracted to himno doubt installed by tales of his last exotic photo shoot locationwhen actually his last photo shoot was simply photographing products on a white background.

The accounts guy. Easily spotted as he has his own office. this is one of the most dangerous individuals within the company, approach with caution and being politically correct at all times. At no point must you indulge in balancer with said accountant guy. He is the company owners right ear.

Identifiable traits, A very nice car but never top of the range. Although it must be SPECTs and prices Reasonably out of the reach of anybody below him on the organisational rankings but not above anyone else’s either.

A phone interview.

Being awake at 5:30 AM on a Sunday should be a crime

Okay so was actually 5:37 AM when I woke up and try what time might that was no getting back to sleep for this person. The moment I cleared my head of one thought another rushing to take its place and as 5:37 AM tending to 6:45 AM I gave up the battle and just got up. No I have been considering for quite some time making a major change in my life well at least a big change on what time I get up and out of bed. Continue reading “Being awake at 5:30 AM on a Sunday should be a crime”

Being awake at 5:30 AM on a Sunday should be a crime