In the meantime, we agreed that we’d continue meeting, but we’d each try to get new jobs to keep our heads above water while we did our front-end planning on a part-time basis. To help with that, we’d all use the free courses being offered by our company and external organisations to refresh our skills in job-hunting, CV preparation and skills in presenting ourselves at interviews. Beverly, from HR, would get us all booked on the company courses to get us started. We agreed to do some more blue-sky thinking about viable business ideas ready to discuss when we attended the first seminar.
Before we left, we all exchanged cell phone and address details.
I’ve set aside this morning for job applications, and If I have a spare moment I’ll have a think about a product idea to spin to our embryo entrepreneurial group. I’m in the spare room and booting up the desktop.
I’ve started by doing an internet search for marketing positions and I’m immediately pleasantly surprised by how many adverts there are from reputable companies. Mind you, I’ve just been made redundant by a top reputable company. Small doesn’t necessarily mean disreputable, but even if I were to get a job in a small company, it wouldn’t necessarily buy much kudos for future job moves.
I haven’t heard back yet from any of the posts that I applied for the other day, but I’m not yet attaching any significance to that. It would be nice to know the volume of applicants likely to be in competition with me. I saw a guideline that recruiters typically spend no more than ten seconds scanning each CV – most go straight into the bin. I’m going to need to make mine create eye-impact immediately. I suppose that’s what I have to do for product promotions in my line of work anyway.
I’ve fairly quickly drawn up a list of posts to apply for today –Digital Marketing Specialists, SEO Account Managers, Marketing Managers and Marketing Executives amongst others. The salaries are pretty much in line with what I’ve been earning.
I’ve also been looking at websites of specialist recruitment agencies and sites that help with drawing up a CV. Quite a few agencies will accept phone applications; that will be useful; some want a short form, to be completed with personal details, experience, qualifications and additional information: making an impact in less than ten seconds that way doesn’t sound like the way to go. Some of the CV design sites use a ‘wizard’; others require you to select a template and use that to enter your information. Of these I’ll try the phone application route first. If that doesn’t strike rich I’ll look at the templates to glean what information might be essential and see what I can do to create an impactful application to send to on of the firms that’s advertising.
I can already see that finding a way to include my ‘soft’ interpersonal skills is probably important because these are readily transferrable assets.
As I was nicely getting into the job-hunting stuff, Beverly phoned me – she’s the one who’s been working in HR. She wanted to know whether I’d be free to join in an ad-hoc brainstorming session at her house that afternoon with some of the others. Tony, Susie and Ben had already agreed. She hadn’t heard back from Jason yet. I agreed and wrote down her address and postcode, but I was a bit miffed that I was the last to be asked. I must ask Helen if my breath smells.
Todays’ image is the second in a series of photographs of London that I shall scatter amongst those that will be featured until sometime in January. I took this shot from a rooftop of One New Change, a shopping arcade that is across the street from St Paul’s Cathedral. The image is that of the Dome and upper part of the cathedral and shows the famous Ball and Cross.
The EXIF Data for the featured photo are as follows: Pentax K-1, 36 MP full-frame camera with a 15-30 mm f/2.8 lens at 29 mm and f/11 The shutter speed was 13/10 secs and the ISO was 100. The camera was tripod-mounted and the post-processing was in Lightroom.