By in Persona Paper

Diary – Thursday 22nd January 2015

I had to report to two separate welfare advisors today. Initially the appointments clashed but I was able to move the second mandatory meeting back a few hours.

The first was just to sign on, where they check my job searching activity is on-going. The second should have been more involved with recommended job leads for me to follow, but my advisor was interrupted by two other clients (not booked in for appointments) who had run out of money due to one of them being fired. (they live together) It took him quite a while to get them out of the way.

He asked me for lots of details he should already have from the advisor he replaced, and offered me a few jobs that I can’t get to for their start times being outside the reach of public transport to me. He insists that I don’t tell them this until the close of the interviews and then use it to negotiate alternate hours. Such firms have fixed hours so this is likely to just infuriate them, wasting their time as much as mine. He is just keen to be seen making sure he sends me for things regardless of whether they are realistic or not.

In the evening I met with friends for a fortnightly science fiction group meeting. Some of my friends there had read through my radio scripts and enjoyed them. One writer there told me my work does tend to rush and could actually benefit for being longer. It’s quite nice that someone felt my writing needs expanding rather than compressing.

Arthur Chappell

Image Credit » Beer glass, taken by me

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JustEm wrote on January 23, 2015, 7:38 AM

I am very lucky with my job, as it really has hours which suit me, rather that regular 9-5 hours..

maxeen wrote on January 23, 2015, 8:26 AM

I am hot under the collar now ,how dare they be so unprofessional. Anything for them to make the numbers {people} fit. We are certainly back to the earlier days now.

maxeen wrote on January 23, 2015, 8:27 AM

That pint looks good.

UK_Writer wrote on January 23, 2015, 8:47 AM

The system is not fit for purpose. Re you applying for jobs you know you won't get to, that's just mad - as you say, an employer will have set hours they want people for.

Koalemos wrote on January 23, 2015, 9:06 AM

I find it rather absurd that they make a great fuss over how much effort you have made to find work, but if you enquire at the Jobcentre for work they have nothing available.

msiduri wrote on January 23, 2015, 9:14 AM

At some point, its ceases to be about finding a job but about playing their game. Maybe you'll find a job despite these people.

BodieMor wrote on January 23, 2015, 12:30 PM

Nice that your frustrating day ended with an evening of friends and common interests!

trufflehunter wrote on January 24, 2015, 1:55 AM

Maybe you could concentrate on writing longer scripts. I tend not to favour jobs out of my transport range too.