Monday, October 08, 2007

Monday 8th October 2007

I have not applied for any jobs over the weekend. I have been hung up over this wasting the time of well meaning charities thing. I was glad to get to work to discuss it with some people. The consensus was that I should continue to apply for every job. I am still not sure. However, I will definitely apply for all the jobs on the first page of the paper. After that, who knows? Should I apply for only private sector jobs?

The other day in Winchmore Hill, I was listening to Hawksbee and Jacobs. They suggested a motorway game of France v England. Norbert Dentressangle v Eddie Stobbart, how many lorries of each can you spot? It is a great game. I was kept amused from junction 26-29 of the M25. (The score was France 2 - England 0)

Anyway, despite my cat Hippy's objections, I need to get on with applying for more jobs.

Handicap International are looking for a Director. (Is handicap pc?)

They are looking to move to London in 2008.

Fantastic I can work in London. I will have:

Proven experience in the uk international development fundraising environment.

Tick. I did raise money for children in need by dressing up as a cowboy.

Proven management skills.

I can manage, thank you.

An ability to work collaboratively in an international environment.

You should have seen me in 1990 in the international drama festival.

A commitment to working with disabled people.

I do.

Excellent command of English and French.

I actually do have an excellent command of French and English.

This is the job I really want. No really. This is why I did the Degree in Eu Social Policy. I can speak French, and I know about social policy stuff. I have to send a CV and a short covering letter to Ann Van Dyck:

Dear Ann

I am writing following your advertisement for Director.

I am extremely passionate about the issues that your institution is dealing with. I studied for a Masters in EU Social policy. We were examining the way that the EU impacts on every member state’s social policy issues.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely

Ian Carpenter

Is that short enough?

The final job on the first page.

Do they think they are challenging me? Only two jobs? I once applied for five in one e-mail, so hang on.

Dear Amanda

You had a couple of jobs advertised in the Guardian recently.

Am I the right person?

Kind regards

Ian Carpenter

Research Manager and Business support manager covered.

Thursday 4th October 2007

Applications: 11 Rejections: 1 Replies: 4 (3 if you count human)

We have a spider that lives in our dining room. It lives there quite happily. Throughout the day, it hides behind the back of the picture rail. No one would know that it was there. It is by the back window.

I am a smoker. The only place that I smoke is the dining room. For some reason, the spider only comes out once I get in from work. I smoke by the back window, and the spider comes out. We have the world's first chain smoking spider. I hope that one of the jobs will be working in the field of spider identification.

Today I spent the day out visiting properties that I manage. All in all I must have spent three hours stuck behind a bus in the Winchmore Hill and Green Lanes area of London.



Sandra at Scottish Adoption e-mailed:

I am attaching pack – if you wish a hard copy please e mail with your address, although there is a postal strike today and it may not arrive for some days.

No kind regards. I don't think these people liked me.

I am having serious moral quandaries here. These people are doing some serious work in a serious area of Social Policy. It is actually a job that I would really like. I support everything that they are doing. It makes my "silly little boy project" look ridiculous. Should I leave it at this? Is a response enough? I'll leave it for now, and move on.

Dear Ian,

Thank you for your email and interest in the DG position. We will be in touch soon after the closing date.

Best regards,

Sebastian Mann
Projects Executive
International Institute of Communications

Regent House
24-25 Nutford Place
London W1H 5YN

Sebastian sends his best regards. I think he knows that I might not be taking this too seriously.