24 January 2009

I'm exhausted...

This whole looking for work thing is exhausting. I'm literally worn out by the end of the day and all I'm doing is looking for jobs on the net and then when find one that i might have a chance at I then have to answer question that they call selection criteria. You have to answer the question and then send those in along with your cover letter and your resume or as we say here in the land down under your CV (Curriculum Vitae). Then you wait.

Let me give you and example of one of the questions. Bear in mind that sometimes they look more like a statement. Either way I have to tell them how I can do the things they are looking for based on my previous work experience. so here goes:


  • High level of interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to communicate using a range of mediums and with a multi-cultural and socioeconomically diverse client base in a strongly customer focused environment.
  • Ability to work cooperatively as a team member.
  • Well developed conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to liaise and negotiate effectively in a tactful and diplomatic manner with other employees at all levels within the Council

Now that's all one topic and usually there at least five or six different topics that they want you to comment on. Anyway, up to this point over the past two weeks I have done six of theses things. I know that may not sound like a lot but believe me your mind turns to mush after working on this stuff for four hours straight. The nice thing about it is that the government pays me while I'm looking for work. It's like unemployment but unlike unemployment you can sign up anytime and all you have to do is prove that you have been looking for the jobs. They give you a book that you write down every job you apply for and even those that you just contact and then maybe you don't apply because you can't fulfill that company's selection criteria. All I know is I'm worn out but I know that it will be worth it in the end someone will find out that I'm that right person for the job and I'll discover that they are the tight job for me.

In the mean time just so i don't make this a boring post I will share some pictures took at a dear friends wedding two weeks ago. They had a professional photographer but I just wanted to see what I could do using my good camera. I took a total of 200 pictures of which I ended up with only 183 that I thought were good enough to give to the couple that got married. So have a look see at theses sweet wedding pictures. They were married at the beach and it was EXTREMELY wind but I think I did an okay job and who knows maybe this is what I should look to do for a living maybe after a lot more practice. Anyway Enjoy...

The groom (the blond) and the best man

The Bride

The Bride and Maid of Honour (not the best shot but I wanted to show one with the maid of honour)

The ceremony

The ceremony

One more of the ceremony. I know you're probably bored out of your minds by now but then again no one is twisting your arm and making you look at the photos.

Signing the marriage certificate

Cutting the cake (I suppose you can tell that yourself but I'm just trying to be helpful)

The first dance (Don't they look like the kind of like each other?)


Ur-spo said...

I think you should come here and work for me, and then you don't need all that nonsense interviewing.

Anonymous said...

Hang in there. I'm in the same boat. Someday, someone will recognize we're worth it!