As the United Kingdom government announces another falling in the numbers of people out of work and this being the best result since records began I wonder, how is this possible? We are in the middle of an almost triple recession, standard of living is falling on its fastest rate since record began, inflation is holding above the bank of England target of 2% and not least we have now lost our triple AAA status.
So let’s try to have an understanding on where we are. Do you know anyone looking for jobs? What are their stories? I left my job last year so I could support my wife after our little daughter was born. Although I am working with Forever Living Products, we felt that it would be good to get a job in the meantime so we could make sure we were financially sounded until the Forever Living Products business is running smoothly. However I’ve been sending hundreds of CV’s and most of the times nobody bothers to reply but when they do they say my skills haven’t match their criteria. Or they have a number of applicants and although I have a great CV, they have decided to go with someone that fits their concept. Or even better, you are over qualified for this position.
I come from a background in IT and Business and my last position was General Manager. I am origin from Brazil and have been living in the UK since 2002 and started my career working as a Kitchen Porter until my last position. Prior to it I only had work with big companies in my country. I am not saying that because I should be offer a job for the reason above; just feel that for the jobs that I am applying at the moment, it is unbelievable that you can’t get a simple job interview. Even food retailers, I get answers saying that I haven’t match the skills needed, for god sake what kind of skills you need to have to stack shelves, selling stupid sandwiches, coffee, bloody hot water with tea and milk.
HMV has closed another 37 stores with 464 people losing their jobs, announced today. This is on the top of 116 stores closed at the beginning of January. Then there are (Comet, Jessops, Blockbuster, Ford, Republic and others). So with all these people losing their jobs and income, how can employment numbers are rising?
I recently applied for a position to work in a bank, very basic role “customer service officer” with a salary of £15k and work Monday to Friday 37.5 hours a week. They asked two questions on two separate subjects. First subject was openness, I had to describe two situations that I have connected with a customer or a person and what was the outcome.
Second subject was stand on your feet, show how you behave when I situation that you do not agree, how did you approach the situation and what was the outcome. These were after 2 online assessments that I had to do.
Right the result was that apparently one of my questions did not match what they were expecting; therefore I was not offer the position.
Ahahahaaha, I feel much better now that I got it out of my chest.
This video is sort of ironic as she is talking about people not being able to get jobs in UK because of foreigners, I guess it is my fault then……..
- HMV administration: 66 stores set to close putting 930 jobs at risk (metro.co.uk)
- 1,370 jobs go as administrators shut Jessops shops (independent.co.uk)
- The Worst Job Interview Ever, Brought to You by Heineken (mashable.com)
- Job interview? How to answer “What’s your biggest weakness?” (cbsnews.com)