Category Archives: job hunting

In which I get reflective and restorative …

‘They also serve who only stand and wait.’ I somehow missed Milton at school. Perhaps I was off that day. So I’ve struggled with him over the years lacking the easy familiarity that long afternoons in chalky classrooms has given … Continue reading

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In which there are questions of attribution and identity …

‘If something is not what it claims to be, what is it?’ Like any public servant of a few years’ standing I have an extensive collection of name badges from conferences, training events and other gatherings. Unlike Wayne (in the … Continue reading

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In which I count my blessings …

Yesterday found me in conversation with one of the many generous, kind and talented people with whom I’ve come into contact since being launched towards redundancy. During our chat it occurred to me that there are many blessings to have come … Continue reading

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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 there are five weeks left to go …

Another Monday morning comes round and finds me on one of my compulsory leave days contemplating the week ahead. Of course the great excitement is The Interview and I will be getting ready for that. I’m promised a case study … 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 get out and about …

As my notice period has worn on and work dried up there’s been fewer reasons to leave home each day. Of course most of us are pretty fully focused on trying to sort out what happens next so having time … Continue reading

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In which there are six weeks to go …

Well it’s very much the final run in here at RPS Towers. A strange calm has settled over us. I suppose in classic grief cycle terms we’re at acceptance or more accurately resignation. No amount of hooting or hollering will … Continue reading

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In which I take comfort in small things …

Well I wasn’t sick. Nor did I pour my confidently requested hot drink into my or anyone else’s lap. I didn’t giggle in an uncontrolled manner or hide behind the houseplant in reception. Nor was it necessary to drag me … 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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