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Unemployed, all null and void

I’m unemployed again and have been for the past two weeks. The institute was supposed to have kept me on until the next edition of their magazine came out or they hired a permanent staff member to handle it, but I guess the management didn’t want somebody without experience handling it so neither happened and I’m back to looking for a job.

Mostly it was because the news came so suddenly, I guess, that I was more incredulous than anything and my last day at work really didn’t feel like my last day. I’d been there for seven months, a pretty long while by the institute’s standards and longer than some perm staff.

What’s kind of scary is looking through my jobs applications folder and realising how many resumes I’ve sent out over the past year compared to how many replies I actually got from companies. I’ve lowered my standards considerably I think and would just be happy to be employed right now. Insya-Allah whatever comes my way is good for myself and my family.

Peace.

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Adventures in Employment 2008

2009 was the first year ever where I’d been employed for more than half the year. The year started out with a whimper, not a bang. The first interview/ audition I’d gone for in 2008 was actually for a journalist position which was pretty much a dream job for me, especially my first time out. It was for radio, so the first round involved a vocal test. People might say I have a face voice made for radio so I passed that one pretty easily and the written test, involving some basic knowledge of current affairs was a cinch as well. I made it to the final interview, but I didn’t end up getting the job.

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Employment 101, Part I

Being in the employment position that I’m in, I like to read up articles to do with job hunting. One of the tips I always see being bandied around is that CVs and cover letters should be customised to the job you’re in. My problems with this is that…

  1. I don’t have that much experience, so I feel like I should try to put in as much as feasible into a cover letter.
  2. I can’t imagine writing fifty or more different cover letters/ resumes a week .

I figure that the best way around this is to have a more focused cover letter, so I guess that is what I will do.

Peace.

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