That's a question I've been asking myself after the latest round of Jobcentre visits and website browsing. Normally when I go to sign on or attend an appointment with the JCP advisor, it's been just him checking my jobsearch log, saying "OK, you're doing enough", giving the odd heads-up about some vacancies which might be of interest, and that'll more or less be done and dusted, apart from the odd outside exercise. No problem.
Well that's how it's been for the last few weeks. After visiting one of the employment agencies in Norwich to get my CV appraised yesterday, and get any suggestions on how it could be improved (the consultant basically said the CV was fine and needed no changes) I was hoping the jobcentre advisor would be OK with that assessment when I signed on earlier today.
It seemed to go as per usual. Jobsearch log OK? (check.) - Fortnightly payment released? (check.) - Next appointment booked in and reminder card issued? (check). Seemed straightforward...
The next thing he said was unsettling to say the least:
"You're making the effort and putting the applications in but you're getting nowhere. I don't want to make this sound like I'm giving up, but I just can't think of anything else I can do to help."
Well, I hate to say this, but to my way of thinking it does sound like he's giving up. After two fruitless years on the Work Programme during which time I was basically ignored and let down (and let's not forget being deemed too old by an advisor who declared that I wasn't "eye candy"), followed another year and a half (and counting) when I was diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder after a disastrous interview (mentioned elsewhere on this blog), the only advice this bloke has given me has been to "change what you can and accept what you can't".
And that's only part of it. I've also been doing a bit of checking up on some of the applications I've been putting in via Universal Jobmatch in the last day or so. It appears that while a few on the list had been seen, the vast majority of the applications simply WERE NOT VIEWED AT ALL. No wonder I'm not getting anywhere with my jobsearch.
I just don't think I can do anything else....
- Mark Radbourne
- Cromer, Norfolk, United Kingdom
I'm a former hospital radio/club/mobile DJ, avid record collector and amateur musician (playing guitar, keyboards, recorder, harmonica and percussion.) I've even filled in on bass guitar for a couple of local bands as well (although that was quite a few years ago). Also interested in Motorsports, Wrestling/Mixed Martial Arts and Classic Television and Radio from the 1960s - 1980s.
Why am I on here? Well, I'm just trying to make some sense of life before it's too late...but who cares anyway?