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Phoning It In

02 Jul

A few hours ago I found myself atop a casino/cinema complex, with a pint of moderate lager in hand and a cascade of thoughts pouring forth through my head…I wasn’t tempted to jump but had I been, there was some anti suicide netting to stop me but I really should start at the beginning…

Today I went for a job interview and the usual thing happened, getting put in a room where the other ‘contestants’ and I in the game could eye each other up looking for weaknesses and make snap judgements which were predictably wrong.  I don’t mind that sort of atmosphere because usually I just hum Chesney Hawke’s classic number one I Am The One and Only, over and over in my head and hope I don’t look to weird.

Probably a metaphor for something or just a lazy excuse for not having thought of a good accompanying photo...but probably the former.

Probably a metaphor for something or just a lazy excuse for not having thought of a good accompanying photo…but probably the former.

We got into the flow of things and it was quite fun, not the usual dull group session-y bit but the finding out about people.  Everybody is by nature nosy and it was eye-opening to hear of so many well travelled people who had done lots of things.  where I come from the majority of people tend to not have aspirations to do such things but these people were fascinating.

Special mentions must go to Monika, whom we all privately agreed would get through to the next round and promised to read the blog and Olivia – who formed one part of the trio I named I the ‘Mansfield Massif’ – who not only also agreed to read my words but got me thinking as I like to do.

It was with Liv that I partook of my pint in a very nice bar, after being told we weren’t wanted for the next round.  We decided to be a little bitter and having nothing else to do, alcohol always helps.  To say we had only just met we had a candid conversation about life and got to know each other better than two people stuck in a lift, which is rare for me,  but perhaps i am too inward looking.

It’s nice to be reminded that there are opportunities out there, something I often assume to be true but get the feeling a lot pass me by, probably through my own fault.  I was buoyed up by talking to somebody new who had experiences and thoughts that fuelled my own, so I guess the moral of the story is…every set back is an opportunity for something, in this case a blog post and even a reminder to get that first novel finished.

I had a lot more to say but for once was without my trusty journal and my phone was low…I’m sure it’ll all come back once this is posted to my regret.  I shall be catching up with all your blogs soon as well so please forgive my tardiness of late.

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45 responses to “Phoning It In

  1. Alastair Savage

    02/07/2014 at 18:43

    Man, I sympathise. I hate those group job interview things. They should hand out the lagers at the beginning and be done with it.
    Now I know you’d find it hard to leave Mansfield behind, but have you thought about teaching English as a foreign language? I think it would be right up your street and give you a chance to travel, just like those other job seekers out there. A few cool beers, a Greek beach, a book to read…

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    • Ste J

      02/07/2014 at 19:02

      If they got us all a bit tipsy then they would find out what sort of personalities we had…and vet us for the inevitable Christmas party as well, it is a win/win situation.

      It is always tough to leave Mansfield, even for a trip to Nottingham, honest! I did at one point consider such a thing for travelling, it is something to seriously consider depending on future circumstances…you do paint a glorious picture though.

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      • Alastair Savage

        03/07/2014 at 13:12

        Yeah you could do a group task in the interview where everyone gets plied with booze and then has to act as they would in the office Christmas party. Then they would know if you were a team player or not, and what kind of synergies you can exploit.
        The tricky part would be at the beginning. “What will picking Stella say about me?” “Are they looking for a Foster’s man or something exotic and Belgian?”

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        • Ste J

          03/07/2014 at 14:05

          I maybe classy and ask for a real ale, show I support local business with an inventive name…I would hate to be associated with mullets or a Saturday night brawl or anything. I would probably have to mix drinks to show that I was equal opportunities orientated.

          If it was a Christmas party scenario, they would have lots of photos for blackmail I fear.

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  2. Love, Life & Whatever

    02/07/2014 at 19:08

    Nuances of being human

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    • Ste J

      02/07/2014 at 19:09

      We are a strange breed but I quite like being human most of the time.

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  3. writersideup

    03/07/2014 at 01:15

    Ste J, I’m sorry you and Liv didn’t make it to the next round, but it sounds like it was a very interesting time of it anyway 🙂 It IS true—something positive can almost always come from something “not so positive.” 🙂

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    • Ste J

      03/07/2014 at 14:14

      Meeting new people is always nice and doing something different is always welcome…it was good experience nonetheless and anything that has me thinking is most welcome…you guys are great for that!

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  4. writersideup

    03/07/2014 at 01:16

    Also…that looks like a Thomas Kinkaide painting. Yes?

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    • Ste J

      03/07/2014 at 14:10

      Just checked it out and so it is, I found it on a free wallpaper site with no person to credit, so it is good to know the artist and to enjoy his works some more.

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  5. Lyn

    03/07/2014 at 07:31

    I can commiserate Ste, those panel thingys when applying for a job are fraught with pitfalls and not much fun. Most trying to outdo the other in smart/snide remarks. I went through it once; there were fifteen of us and ten made it through the first round. Most of us who got through were over 50 and were applying for a job in the tax office call centre. I worked there for ten years and left when I was 63. LOL three cheers for taxes 😀

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    • Ste J

      03/07/2014 at 14:19

      It’s a fine line between putting yourself out there and being seen as overbearing…one day I will master it or just kick people under the table. I have never heard anybody cheer for tax except a government that squanders it of course!

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  6. gargoylebruce

    03/07/2014 at 09:01

    You didn’t want the job at all, did you? It was just a calculated attempt to gain more followers. Congratulations on cracking the thousand, by the way!

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    • Ste J

      03/07/2014 at 14:07

      I don’t even read books either, I just like having people follow me like blatant stalkers so I can feel as famous as a reality TV star without having to show off copious amounts of ankle.

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  7. sakuraandme

    03/07/2014 at 12:01

    Hey Little Brother, firstly huge hug!

    Shame I’m not there I would have met you both for a drink. Way more fun than the job interview.
    When one door shuts another opens, right? Or where they lying to us? Hahahaha

    Hope everything else in your world is going well! I’ll have a jacks and lemonade! 🙂
    Hugs your Big and very old sister!! Hahahaha xxxx

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    • Ste J

      03/07/2014 at 14:22

      Hugs backathchya!

      You would have been most welcome, the more the merrier. I am awaiting my door to open soon, but if it doesn’t I will just set fira to it instead, ha!

      Everything is alright, you know what life is a mixture of stuff that needs to be stirred into something positive, which I shall certainly attempt to do…as long as I don’t have to drink it, I fear it would have a funny taste. xx

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      • sakuraandme

        04/07/2014 at 04:38

        You had me laughing at the computer again! I think I really am crazy. Hahahahaha

        Fire? Nooooo Follow the light!! Hahahaha
        I wouldn’t want to drink it either. Lol

        Many hugs little brother. xxxx

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  8. LuAnn

    03/07/2014 at 13:41

    I have never been a part of a group interview but feel quite certain I would not be comfortable. Wish I had some words of wisdom for finding gainful employment.

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    • Ste J

      03/07/2014 at 14:01

      Group interviews are floored in many ways, I think it is down to pot luck on how comfortable you are on the day really. In an area where a warehouse packing job getting +100 applicants, it is a challenge to get anything good.

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      • LuAnn

        03/07/2014 at 14:04

        Sadly that is the case in this country as well. Best to you Ste J.

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        • Ste J

          03/07/2014 at 14:06

          Why don’t we go the whole hog, let the machines do all the work and then just try and better ourselves…like on Star Trek but less exciting.

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          • LuAnn

            03/07/2014 at 14:09

            I’m for that. Have you figured a way we would sustain ourselves; i.e. pay the bills, feed ourselves? Master that and you are on to something.

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            • Ste J

              03/07/2014 at 14:11

              If we all turned to farming then that would solve the food, bills, why bother, the machines do all the work so there is no need for money. we would all share in my utopian world and be happy. It sounds like terrible sci-fi now I think about it.

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              • LuAnn

                03/07/2014 at 14:15

                I think you are on to something. I could get into farming, but it would have to be organic.

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  9. RoSy

    03/07/2014 at 14:24

    Oh dear!
    Well – glad you’re still here to tell the tale.
    I’ve never been in a group interview where others going for the job are there with me. Is this a common practice in your neck of the woods or is it more for the type of job that you were interviewing for? I don’t think I’ve ever even seen my competition either. Although – in some cases – I did know of others that had applied for the same job. So – I guess – in a way – I did know some of them.
    Anywho – interesting how things pan out in the end.
    Something bigger & better is waiting for you SteJ – I’m pretty sure of that!

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    • Ste J

      03/07/2014 at 14:32

      it is a common practise around here, I suppose when you gather 29 people together who are all going for different jobs, the process might seem a bit flawed though. It is interesting to see what other people are about I must admit, perhaps that is just my need for nosyness though.

      I welcome bigger and better whenever it wants to show its face…I am indeed ready.

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  10. Al

    03/07/2014 at 15:32

    It’s a sod you didn’t get the job. The problem with this country is that there are 70 people going for 0.5 jobs so you have to be better than 139 others, and a lot of it comes down to looks and smiles. I never considered talking to other prospective inmates when I have gone for jobs. I always tended to keep myself to myself. It was easier that way. Although I am looking at going for a couple of voluntary places which should help with the CV

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    • Ste J

      03/07/2014 at 15:37

      I am of the approach that by talking to everybody, it is a little like the blog in that you have no idea who you are going to meet but you never know what opportunities it may bring. I went to a place called Future’s for my CV and it was pretty basic stuff, my advise would be to find somebody who has recently got a job and worked the heck out of their CV, then nick their ideas.

      Maybe I should learn to smile in public…

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      • Al

        03/07/2014 at 15:54

        I have a DEA at the jobcentre, and she asked to see my CV which was then changed. Each CV for each job should be different and tailored to the job you are going for. If you are going for a job in a butchers, you wouldn’t mention your love of reading, but if you were going for one in a library, then you would mention favourite authors.

        Consider http://www.do-it.org.uk/ to see about doing a bit of voluntary work. it would help with your employment chances

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        • Ste J

          03/07/2014 at 16:01

          It is a bind having to do that, all that effort not to hear anything but that is the way it is…so we must. I can see why people lose heart doing it, I have lost count how many CV’s I have saved on the computer.

          Cheers for the heads up, I may look into it as a life experience and if a job comes along then that would be a bonus!

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  11. Sherri

    04/07/2014 at 11:37

    It’s great when you can write a blog post out of an experience like this, but sorry about the job interview. Oh I’ve been in those situations too many times. Alcohol always helps at those times I find. I could say one door closes and another door opens but that would be trite…but in your pic, the gate is open…hmmmmm….
    Meanwhile, have a moderate pint of lager on me and think of the novel writing opportunities. And that you got to speak to someone nice who shared your thoughts. Always nice when that happens… 🙂

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    • Ste J

      04/07/2014 at 17:06

      Since starting the blog, I have found everything can be an opportunity for a post, including not doing anything…I was debating watching all seven Police Academy films back to back for a blog post but preferred to retain my sanity.

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  12. Elizabeth Melton Parsons

    04/07/2014 at 15:43

    You are forgiven. I too hate group job interviews. They are the worst, but I loved your humorous take on it. Oh and btw, I love the photo. Just the kind of fantasy place I’d love to spend the day. 🙂 Oh yeah, did you get the job??

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    • Ste J

      04/07/2014 at 17:03

      I didn’t get the job sadly, it would have been interesting working with some of the people but it is all experience. I thought the photo would be a nice metaphor but was too lazy to make one up…it is nice to have a little escapism from real life though.

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  13. anna amundsen

    04/07/2014 at 20:14

    Having conversations about life and things that matter with someone you’ve just met is always great and an event that stays long in ones memory.. It seldom happens (at least to me) because it’s all chit-chat these days (or is it just me)..

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    • Ste J

      04/07/2014 at 20:22

      It is very rare I just chat to people, you’re right, most people do tend to stick to general comfortable subjects..I’m sure it won’t happen again for a long time now so I grab the opportunities whenever they turn up and the blog will always remind me, happy days!

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      • writersideup

        04/07/2014 at 21:06

        I’m much different. I can talk to pretty much anyone anywhere about pretty much anything. That’s not always good! lol

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        • Ste J

          06/07/2014 at 15:17

          But it does keep your day interesting!

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          • writersideup

            06/07/2014 at 15:53

            Oh, Ste J, trust me—I have WAY too much in my life to keep it interesting! lol After all, isn’t just about anything and everything interesting? That’s one of my problems! lol

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            • Ste J

              06/07/2014 at 15:58

              I’m with you on that one…I got into a conversation earlier about the problems of making dresses..I had never thought of that problem but now it gives me license to stare at women with a real excuse, ha!

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              • writersideup

                07/07/2014 at 14:29

                So are you now going to try your hand at designing clothes? I’m sure there would be benefits in that, too, I’d gather…

                And just in case you “may” notice, I’m trying to make a conscious decision on cutting back on how much time I spend on reading/commenting on blogs ’cause if I don’t, my own blogs will never be launched *sigh* I’m not disappearing…just fading for a bit with occasional apparitional appearances. I figure if I actually TELL people I’m doing this—I actually WILL! lol

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                • Ste J

                  07/07/2014 at 18:22

                  I fear I would ruin people’s fashion with anything I could make…it was fascinating to discover the ins and outs of the process though.

                  Yes get your own blog sorted so I can come over and party there as you do here. You have all my support and if it helps I will poke you with a stick as encouragement.

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                  • writersideup

                    09/07/2014 at 04:25

                    THANKS, Ste J! I’m hoping I won’t need the poking with a stick, BUT—it’s comforting to know you have one and will use it if you must! lol

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