Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Applications, Interviews, and still no Job!

Hi Everyone,

It's been a while, again, and I've got a few things to share with you all.

First and foremost, the job hunt! I've had two interviews this week, both Marketing related.
The first interview was yesterday, at a non-profit organisation. I don't want to give away too much just yet, but I have to say the cause that this organisation works for has me awestruck. It's been up and running for nearly 13 years now, and has achieved a lot! I think the interview itself went fairly well, I really got on with the interviewer, and the rest of the team is fairly young (aged between 20 and 25). I was told that I'd find out, if I get through to round two of interviews, by the end of this week or beginning of next, which is great.
On to interview two. Here's the deal, the company sounds great, apparently it is one of the biggest fashion photo and video production company's in the UK, working with top brands, and I'd be able to get an excellent portfolio here. The position is part Marketing based, but mostly Production based, which I'm happy with, it sounds exciting. However, when I was asked a few competency questions based on production, I had no idea how to answer. The interviewers (3 of them!!) had to practically answer the questions for me. I was able to ace the Marketing part of it all, but that doesn't help much. At the end of the interview I was told that if I got the job, I'd be working on a freelance basis with a lot of over time. The problem here is whatever I work, I get £60 a day, which in London terms, is not a lot, and that sum is the amount I'd get before tax comes off. I'd have to do my own tax as I'd essentially be self employed. Up until this point I'd wanted the job... now I don't really want it so much, as the pay is awful, and there is no contract or anything involved, meaning the job is really unstable. The interviewers said I'd find out if I got the job by the beginning of next week. I'm hoping for a miracle and hoping I'll get the first job I went for, the second one is not ideal... at all!!

I'm still applying for loads of jobs but there isn't a lot out there now, and after reading an article about the 10 best cities and 10 worst cities to find jobs in the UK, I was left feeling angry and irritated. Not by the article itself, but by the comments left underneath it. People that had jobs were complaining about not having something good enough (here I am thinking at least you have a job) and other people were complaining about having too many immigrants and basically pulling the racism card. I was pretty angry at these comments as I thought, there are so many people out there, with nothing at all, and here are all these people, complaining they have no job etc, and yet they have a roof over their heads, food and heating. So many people died in the recent freezing temperatures, due to lack of food, heating and shelter. Those are the people I really feel sorry for! Anyway, rant over!

I'm still holding out, hoping I'll find a job soon, otherwise it's pub work or retail for me. I'm not complaining really, but I would definitely prefer retail to pub work. Serving drunk people alcohol is not really my cup of tea.

Otherwise, it was pancake day yesterday and I did NOT have any! My boyfriend, lovely as he is, said he'd bring home some pancake mix tonight so we could catch up on it - yay for me :)

One last piece of news: I recently visited Camden again. I've only been there three times (including this last visit) but I have to say, I love it there. I love the quirky interesting people you meet, and I really love the different styles of fashion that people wear in this part of London. You get really interesting ideas from all angles. Also, for the first time in a VERY long time I walked into a shop (H&M) and actually found a lot of clothes I'd love to buy! For the longest time I've had trouble finding interesting clothes. I've had to ransack whole rails of clothing and haven't been able to find anything. Even when I went to Westfield's I didn't find that much. But this particular H&M had a lot of stuff from hot pink, faux leather pencil skirts to bright yellow or blue jeans to bright blue blazers, to imprinted tops with beautiful designs to gorgeous bright blue sandal wedges and much MUCH more! I think the next time I go shopping, I'll stop by here as it is absolutely amazing!

Anyway, that's all for today!

As Always, Stay Tuned!

- A


  1. sounds as if things are looking more positive...being where you want to be and doing what you want to do, will lead to where you want to be! Hang in there....

    1. Thanks Sienna, it's tough but it'll all be worth it in the end :)