Category Archives: Job applications

In which I hold it together …

Once again I managed to survive an interview process. I’ll hear next week. So it’s a waiting game now. Time to ponder. It was an assessment process that will be familiar to lots of us in the public sector. A … Continue reading

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In which the times get testing …

There comes a moment in many recruitment processes when you are asked to expose your inner self through personality or similar testing. Now I’m not a psychologist, although I once shared student digs with a houseful of psychologists, so I can … Continue reading

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In which I take a call or two or three …

While getting my head together for my first interview outing I took a call from the local Business Link. It took me a confused moment or two to remember that I had requested a call back from them as part … Continue reading

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In which there are seven weeks to go …

Seven is a number imbued with special significance. The Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, the Seven Sisters are just a few of my favourite sevens. Oh … there’s rugby sevens too. But the seven I’ve … Continue reading

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In which I revisit my little list …

This time of year always prompts some self-reflection. Pausing in the hallway between the old year behind us and the new one in front to do a quick self-check in any available mirror before moving on and out. So I’ve … Continue reading

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In which I get feedback and practise some self-denial …

Advent may seem like a strange season in which to start practicing self-denial. But, as part of my new cunning plan, I have introduced some greater discipline over my job-hunting. And it feels great … er, and terrifying. Everyone I … Continue reading

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In which I renew my plans with string …

When I knew for sure that I would be made redundant I set myself some milestones along the way to the exit. Ranging from the strategic to the mundane – you can guess the sort of thing. Sort out what … Continue reading

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In which I saddle up again …

After falling off my equilibrium a week or so ago I have been nerving myself to get back on the application horse. I’ve been tempted back into the saddle by another job with a virtually identical person specification to the … Continue reading

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In which a new week of ‘Operation Alternative Source of Income Seeking’ begins

Perhaps I’ve hung out with folks from the Blue Light and military services for too long but I routinely feel the need to ‘operationalise’ almost any task. There’s been Operation Heinz – shopping; Operation Total – fuelling the car; and, … Continue reading

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In which I perform a Saturday stocktake …

Early mornings at the weekend are an ideal time for some quiet reflection particularly during this cold spell. The rest of the RPS family is piled under duvets as thick as the snow on the TV. Another week has gone … Continue reading

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