Give us a job! Part Two

When I moved away in 1981, I had to wait for unemployment money as according to the dole office I had ‘left my job on my own accord and made no effort to find another‘.
That was actually untrue as I had come up from Poole on three occasions for interviews, but none had panned out. Still, I signed on with a temp agency, and in January started work in the accounts department of the Water Board.
It was part-time, though I worked until 7pm on Tuesdays. I ended up actually running the department, though there was no offer of a permanent job, and I ‘lost’ the position by taking a week’s break to accommodate a family who used me as an unpaid holiday resort.
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I was out of work for a couple of months, and attended an interview for a vending machine company. The temp agency had taken up my references, though it was not my ability to do the job or my banking experience that secured me the position, but the fact that I was divorced, living with somebody, and had a dog that clinched it!
Apparently, this criteria fitted in with the majority of staff I would be working with.
I was there for over six years, until I left the area to return to Poole.

I had interviews at temp agencies on Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning and Tuesday afternoon. On Tuesday morning I was ‘tested’ and confirmed suitable for office work, but was considered unsuitable for an International Banking position as I had no computer experience. The same job came in on the books of the agency I signed on with in the afternoon, and the girl handling my file was determined to get my foot through the door.
to workI started on Wednesday morning, within a month was offered a permanent position, and within a year promoted to a section leader and assistant supervisor.
Five years after that I moved up to the Finance Dept as an analyst reporting European branch data to the New York HO. All figure work, and I loved it!

After a total of almost 13 years I was made redundant, and the next few months of being out of work and applying for hundreds of jobs with no response,  were the most soul-destroying time of my working life.
jobsEventually I got a job with a book company as their Credit Controller.
Again it was not my experience or capability that got me the job. Nor was it my marital status and dog ownership. Nay. This one was secured on telling a joke.
Apparently my interviewers were fed up with the previous applicants, the set questions and cliché answers, so they threw a spanner in the works. At me.
I was hired on the strength of the four door banana joke for kids.

I applied my banking experience and devised chasing procedures for overdue accounts and in six months reduced their aged debt report from over 1000 pages to less than 600.
I set up an excel file containing spreadsheets with formulas to work out percentages of aged debt to the whole company as well as the individual publishers, and within a year had the total aged debt down by almost 40%.
My boss was over the moon, and I was given a substantial pay rise at salary review time.

Three years later, I was promoted across the office to Sales Ledger, and on my second day in the job closed off monthend on my own in a day. I got all payments on the system in the morning of the 1st, ran off the reports after lunch, and the following morning had the customer statements printing ready to be sorted by my successor with the relevant aged debt letters. After lunch, we were posting the current payments in the new month figures.
What made this so outstanding (and yes I am blowing my own trumpet here) was that it would take 2 people 10 days to do this together, which actually held up all payments going on to the system and so the credit controller (ie, me at the time) was chasing accounts that were already paid but not processed.
In my new role, I did the bank recs at least twice a week instead of once a month (!!) and balanced all ledgers daily instead of at monthend only.

reportsWe moved away in 2007 and since then, apart from a couple of casual jobs, I have been ‘retired’.

So, I have no paper qualifications (O levels don’t count, even if some employers knew what they were), but I do have experience, common sense, adaptability and honesty.
With the rumours that people will have to continue working into their seventies, a cheaper workforce by way of migrant workers, and technology taking over overtaking manual work, unless everything fails and we go back to ‘the good old days’ before computers, I’m toast.

In a nutshell, as an office worker, I have excellent time management skills, am reliable, accurate and methodical.  As a money manager, I am trustworthy, accurate, and diligent in my responsibility.

But the question is, would anybody hire me?
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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to Give us a job! Part Two

  1. This sounds so familiar. So many similar stories from older people. Let’s hope you won’t need to find a job.

    • I hope so too. When I took my banking pension at 50, it was to last me ten years until I reached the state pension age of 60. No problem. BUT the government has moved the goalposts and now I have to wait until I’m 66, possibly 67 or 68 depending on when they have their next ‘extension’. Luckily I’ve been practical and still have some left, but as to whether it will stretch for 6 years? At least I still have the monthly income from it, but that won’t even pay our mooring fees for the year, let alone anything else.

      • Wow! The US Social Security has also extended retirement age but it wasn’t so severe and they did it far in advance. Once you are into a plan it’s not good to have it change so much.

      • That’s our government for you. Not all that long ago they said that everyone, regardless of their marital status would get the same flat rate pension of about £154 a week from a particular year. That has now been tweaked, and they have stated that to qualify you need to have worked 35 years from aged 18 (previously 30 years and from 16 counted). I started at 16, stopped at 51, so that was my 35 years. Not so now. Add to that, Hubby and I will get a revised ‘married person’s’ pension of some £280 a week between us, so we lose all ways. Ho hum. we’ll manage somehow if we ever get anything!

      • So does our Government!

  2. Capt Jill says:

    After a total of almost 13 years I was made redundant, and the next few months of being out of work and applying for hundreds of jobs with no response, were the most soul-destroying time of my working life.

    I hope you can hold on and find some ways to make it work out.
    I am in that situation you describe above right now. I’ve worked steady from the age of 13 til 54. NEVER had a problem finding work. But I got laid off in September, after being forced to train my replacements (cheap workers from Eastern Europe) and no unemployment benefits due to working for a Greek company the last year and a half I am feeling pretty bad right now. Like you said, the ‘most soul destroying’ time. Yes, it is. I have also applied to hundreds of jobs, nothing available in my field or even anything remotely resembling it.
    The only work I can find is part time ( a few days a month) and it takes an hour and a half to drive there and again to get home every day.
    I’m hoping to get some temp work but they keep pushing it back. In the meantime, I’m trying to figure out what’s wrong with my blog to try and monetize it. I’m trying to work on my writing and photograph to try and sell it, but with major computer issues since I’ve been back in town that is not going well either.
    I did manage to get a couple of things posted on Craigslist tonight (I’m sitting at McDonalds for the wifi since mine at home has been down all day). I’m hoping to get at least a couple of replies. It would help a LOT to know if at least somebody was interested.

    • I sympathise, especially as you are in a specifically skilled line of work and I am basically just a pen pusher with a good head for figures. I had to train my replacement too, and a couple of years later, they had to train theirs, moaning all the time that ‘it wasn’t fair’. Our boss was working as a freelance consultant for them at the time and said ‘Now you know how my team felt’.
      It wasn’t so much that no-one wanted to hire me when I was looking for work, but the fact that no-one bothered to acknowledge my application with a polite ‘No thank you’ that got me down the most.
      I’m rooting for you anyway, and hope something turns up for you in the not too distant future, even if it’s just the temp work on a regular basis.

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