You may be wondering (though likely not) why a flurry of activity around August 2015 and then nothing much. The answer is Work, or to be more specific the lack of it. That may sound counterintuitive but it’s funny how things turn out.
Everything appeared fine, even the contract I worked on had recently been renewed “with some changes”. On reflection maybe that should have set off some alarm bells but for me the bombshell was still to come – those changes would involve the number of staff.
Despite the shock this was an opportunity, a chance for an out from the 90 minute plus commute and time to find work closer to home. Rather than fight to keep a job that would now involve some even longer commutes I volunteered for redundancy and after an anxious wait was granted it. That last month flew by and ironically was an especially busy one.
So now was the time to get my CV into shape, spend some quality time with my family and the small matter of running the Chester Marathon, this last one just a week after finishing what had been 20 plus years of continuous employment.
With Christmas rapidly approaching the job market (other than temp work) was eerily quiet. This had been somewhat expected and allowed time for some adjustment. I started doing the school run and even got to see the kids receive awards and perform in their XMas shows without the usual struggle to get time off. This was all nice but I have to say the school run is somewhat disruptive to any kind of routine.
A mixture of keeping an eye on the job market and embarking on some online courses ate away at the days and I’m afraid the blog was rather forgotten as any remaining time was focused on my Wife and Kids. Despite no longer setting out on a commute at 7am I have remained an early riser and gradually new routines have fell into place.
With 2016 underway a new emphasis on finding work was required. This highlighted just how much things have changed over the years, rather than scouring the papers it is now a case of scouring multiple job sites – this is incredibly frustrating as it becomes abundantly clear that the same jobs appear time and time again (even on the same site) and that in many cases location distance filters are often ignored.
Job agencies also appear to have changed. Where once I believe there was a balance to be found between the prospective employer and the prospective employee there now seems (certainly among those I’ve had dealing with) very little to help prospective employees find suitable roles. I’ve experienced a lack of response altogether from one agency I attempted to sign up with and absolutely no feedback at all despite repeated requests from one that did secure an interview. I guess the one thing that hasn’t changed is that interviews are as nervous as ever. However as Tom Petty so rightly said – The Waiting is the Hardest Part!
Gradually I clawed back some structure to the week and inbetween appointments, interviews and some unavoidable tasks I have found somekind of flow to ensure things get done. This is in some part down to reading the Motivational Hacker by Nick Wynter (more on that another day). Suffice to say I now have 15 tasks a day that I try to achieve which include exercise, learning, reading and the important one for any readers – writing. So no commitments to the number of blog posts I’ll be making but hopefully I’ll be clearing the backlog of potential Posts in the not too distant future. The online course I was taking included a WordPress section so hopefully one day I’ll also be able to give the blog a better look – You lucky readers!
Well all the above (now slightly changed) was some time back and I’ve been in full-time employment again since May. Needless to say routines changed again (and I ran the Chester Marathon again (quicker)) and the poor old blog took a backseat once again. Now…