Thursday, December 13, 2007

Thursday 13th December 2007

The picture is of Phyllis. You remember Phyllis, of Mum and Phyllis fame?

Yes, they really did bring their own toaster down.

Phyllis agreed over the weekend to be part of my little side project that is running. I admit I have to be very cloak and dagger about all this, but it will be brilliant! Well, I say that, it is a bit of a long shot, but it may come off.

So, my copy of the Guardianwork dated 29/09/07 has been all over Europe. It has been to a Swiss Bank in Geneva, up a very tall mountain in France, and also to the Royal Forest of Dean, in my Mum and Dad's kitchen, being held by Phyllis. What a journey for a thing that normally gets thrown away by the job-content, Guardian reading people of the world.

Dear Brian Barwick

As you will recall, I applied for the position of England Manager on the 25th November 2007. I subsequently received a message from you indicating that I had sent my e-mail to the wrong department, and so I resent my application on the 26th November 2007.

You will also recall that I have recently been considered for the vacancy at Tottenham Hotspur before (wrongly in my opinion) they gave it to Juande Ramos.

Can you imagine my dismay, when on the way to work this morning, when I hear that you are giving the job to Fabio Capello?

I have not even had an acknowledgement to my application of the 25th and 26th November 2007.

How can you possibly be considering filling a job role, when you have not even spoken to all of the applicants?

Now, I have to admit that, I do not have as much football experience of Mr Capello. However, I did offer you the incentive of bringing my colleague, Simon, as Assistant Coach. Since then, I have acquired the commitment of a work associate, Barry, who will be prepared to take on the ground-keeping of Wembley Stadium.

Anyway, please do not make any hasty decisions tomorrow morning.

I look forward to hearing from you first thing in the morning.

Kind regards

Ian Carpenter

Honestly, who do they think they are at the FA?

I ask you.

I came home this evening at around 7.30 p.m. to be greeted as I opened the door by Hippy. Now this may all seem like a picture of domestic bliss, but it really wasn't. This meant that Hippy had been locked in the house since 7.00 o'clock this morning, which meant that I was sure to find some feline doings somewhere in the house. Normally, for some unknown reason, in the bath.

However, the milk of feline kindness shone on me this evening, as she had not done anything anywhere.

She really is such a good cat.
Wednesday 12th December 2007

Not good news on the job front today:

Dear Ian,

Thank you for your email and your feedback. We have found other candidates more suitable to the role that we are recruiting for, so at this moment I would like to say that you have been unsuccessful.

I wish you all the best with your career prospective.

Best regards,

Career prospective?


Dear Ian

Thank you for your recent application for Leaders for Business 2008 which we have now been able to review in greater detail.

Due to very strong competition for this vacancy, we regret to advise you that after careful consideration, our decision is not to take your application further on this occasion.

Should you wish to re-apply for a similar position again in the future, please note we cannot accept another application within one year.

Due to the high volume of applications we are unable to offer feedback.

May we thank you for the time you have given us and wish you every success in the future.

Yours sincerely
British Airways Recruitment

I have to be honest; I can't really remember applying to BA. This has, however, raised an important point. I will probably be on the never give a job interview to this person list of all the major companies that advertised in The Guardian dated 29/09/07.

Dear applicant

Thank you for the time and effort you have spent in applying for the position of Development Associate, Corporate Relations at London Business School.

The post attracted a number of qualified and capable individuals, which made short listing extremely difficult. Having completed this process, we regret that you have not been successful on this occasion. While your mix of knowledge, skills and experience was relevant to the position, there were candidates who had a profile that matched our requirements a little more closely than your own.

We would like to thank you for the interest you have shown in London Business School and wish you well in your search for a suitable position.

Yours sincerely

PA/Recruitment Administrator

Oh well never mind.

The Christmas present is really fantastic, but it has not arrived yet. My other little project has taken another turn for the better, with one more recruit. All to be revealed after Christmas Day...