Back to work? A reblog for Flashback Friday 23rd Sept 2022

I’m reblogging this for the Flashback Friday challenge.
Written in Sept 2014, we were newly liveaboards on the boat. I never heard a word from the company my CV was forwarded to and the only ‘jobs’ I’ve had since 2007 have been a few weeks as a kennel maid and a season in a car museum.
Photo:  Offenham July 2015


When I was made redundant in 2001, it was only the second time I had to ‘sign on’ and become a Government Statistic of the unemployed.
redundantMy previous experience in 1981 hadn’t been too bad, and I found a temporary position after about 5 weeks. This lasted over six months until I found permanent work.

Leaving the area in 1989 after a failed relationship, I was out of work for 2 days.
On the Monday I had an interview at a temp agency, which proved fruitless.
Tuesday morning,  I had an interview with another where they sat me down at a computer for a competency test. A job came in on their books, but because I had no computer experience, I wasn’t considered suitable.
Tuesday afternoon I had yet another interview with a third agency.
The same job came in, and ‘Paula’ would not let me leave her office until…

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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! In November 2020, we lost our beloved 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. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. 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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6 Responses to Back to work? A reblog for Flashback Friday 23rd Sept 2022

  1. Nope, Not Pam says:

    It’s funny how they judge you on appearance not ability, isnt it? I used to temp between jobs and every one of them offered me a permanent position. Many were surprised when I turned them down, they didn’t understand when I said they weren’t the right fit for me

  2. murisopsis says:

    I interviewed several places (mostly in retail) right after I got married and relocated to a new city. It was very depressing… Found a spot after a month. A very long month of rejection after rejection.

    • I hated being out of work and after redundancy, the main ‘obstacles’ were potential employers wondering why I was looking at part time or a lesser salary or something I was over qualified for. All I wanted was to get back into work and earn some money to pay the bills!

  3. Carol anne says:

    sorry you were discriminated against Di! That is so wrong!

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