Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tuesday 27th November 2007

Applications: 88 Rejections: 5 Replies: 27 (25 if you count human) + Bonus Job x 3! Withdrawn applications: 1

Dear Ian

Thank you for your application for the above position. Regretfully the vacancy has now been filled, but your interest is appreciated. Best of luck for the future.

Kind regards

Carol Parsons
PA to Vivien Hepworth
Chief Executive
Grayling Political Strategy

That was nice.

She wished me all the best of luck for the future. I think it was the picture of the bowls final that put her off though.

Administration over.

Good news! I received my first Christmas card today. Well, I say Christmas card; it was more of a Christmas Post-it note, from Sacha in the office. It is not even December!

So on with the jobs.

Senior Press Officer for CIPD:

'What does the future of work look like? How can firms win the war for talent? Are migrant workers the answer to the skills shortages firms face today? What role do flexible working, diversity, employer branding, pay and pensions have to play in motivating people at work?'


I have heard of this new craze for branding.

Some people, for some reason, have taken to getting themselves branded with hot irons. That is fair enough if you are doing it to yourself, but to brand your boss? I ask you.

Anyway, closing date was 8/10/07.

The Brooklands Group are looking for a Circulation and Marketing Manager:

'Responsibilities will include planning and executing retail and added value promotions as well as subs renewal and acquisition programmes. He/she will be creative, literate and numerate.'

I guess you might have to be literate if you are planning an acquisitions programme.

They offer:

'Generous basic salaries
Five weeks' holiday
Travelcard loan scheme
Bupa private medical insurance*
Stakeholder pension plan*
Free chocolate on Fridays!

* Medical insurance and pension benefits apply from six month anniversary of joining date.'

Ah, but the free chocolate is from week one!

Dear Sue

I note with renewed interest your advertisements in the Guardian dated 29/09/07.

I would like to apply for all three positions advertised. They were:

Circulation and Marketing Manager
PR Manager (magazines, events, corporate)
Sponsorship Manager

Please find attached my CV for your perusal.

I would be grateful if you could clarify one thing. Why do you have to wait six months for the medical and insurance benefits, whereas you get the free chocolate immediately?

I only mention this, because I was in Waitrose over the weekend, and they had a bar of chocolate that was £6.50. £6.50 for a bar of chocolate?!?

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards

Ian Carpenter

There has been some political scandal today over alleged donations given to the Labour Party by David Abrahams, through third parties. £700,000 apparently.

It got me thinking about the old drinking song Father Abraham.

David Abrahams
Had seven hundred thousand pounds
Seven hundred thousand pounds had David Abrahams

And he didn't laugh
And he didn't cry
All he did was go like this...

Maybe not. Unless someone would like to finish it?

Emma in the office highlighted another news story that may have been some interest to me: The Scotland Manager, Alex McLeish has vacated his position for Birmingham City.

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