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Oops.
So I phoned the nice man about the Tech Writer job that I saw advertised, thinking he'd say "Yes, dear, now go away and get another three years' experience," and instead he said "Oooh, great, send me your CV and some samples of documentation you've written, could you? Preferably before the end of the day?"

Erk.

Added to this, I've got the assessment-type-thing (not an interview, that comes later, if I pass the test) for the Police Intelligence Officer job tomorrow -- it's something to do with report-writing but other than that I know nothing about it, & thus have no real way of preparing for it.

Still heard nothing from CUP, either. I'll be surprised if they don't even want to interview me (unless they decided when they interviewed me last time that I was just too hopeless) but it's looking increasingly likely that that's going to be the case.

I've realised that, deep down, I never really expect these people to even consider giving me jobs. The way the job-application process goes is that I send off applications, and that stops me feeling like a completely useless waste of space for another few days, at least until the rejection letters start pouring in. And then, to be honest, I'm secretly relieved; until I start feeling miserable again because I still have no money and no purpose to my life.

Current Mood: all nervous-like
Now playing: Grateful Dead

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emperor From: emperor Date: October 21st, 2003 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)
good luck!
karen2205 From: karen2205 Date: October 21st, 2003 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)
thus have no real way of preparing for it.

Yeah, things like that are always a little unnerving, but you can prepare by having a relaxing evening, getting a good night's sleep, eating breakfast and making sure you're not in a hurry in the morning - so that when you get there you're in the best frame of mind to have a go at the exercise.

Still heard nothing from CUP, either.

Phone them - it makes you sound keen and interested and will either leave you feeling reassured that they're having delays working through all the forms and they'll be back in touch or and this has the potential to be quite painful, they'll tell you that they don't want you - but at least then you know and aren't left waiting. My way round that is to think 'Would I really want to work for a company that doesn't have the decency to write to its unsuccessful applicants within a reasonable time frame?' to which the answer is a resounding 'No'.

I've realised that, deep down, I never really expect these people to even consider giving me jobs. The way the job-application process goes is that I send off applications, and that stops me feeling like a completely useless waste of space for another few days, at least until the rejection letters start pouring in. And then, to be honest, I'm secretly relieved; until I start feeling miserable again because I still have no money and no purpose to my life.

Sounds so much like the way I felt between June-November 2002;-(

I reckon the place to begin dealing with it is by working out what you really want to do career wise with your life, and then break down the steps you need to take in order to get there into manageable chunks.

I find rejection much easier to take when I've been sending out speculative applications 'cos it's easy to accept that places just don't have the room for another person etc - I don't know enough about your field to know whether speculative applications are a good thing or not there, but if they are, then it's worth giving them a go.

And I reckon a trace of arrogance is the way to deal with rejection letters in general - I let myself mope for an evening, and then convince myself that the fault is on the part of the interviewer - and if they're silly enough not to want me, then it's their loss and not mine. Doesn't always work, but it kind of helps;-)

julietk From: julietk Date: October 21st, 2003 06:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Good luck! Thumbs will be kept crossed for you...

(btw - re your previous-to-last entry - if you fancied asking me next time I would *deeply* appreciate the chance to do some brain-exercise of that sort. And I can promise not to be line-noise-y :-) Though sadly my brain may be sufficiently out-of-practice that it would take a while. Anyway. Thing.)
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: October 21st, 2003 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Good luck with them both, and let us know how they go.
From: kaet Date: October 21st, 2003 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)
My mum, who I was just talking to on the phone, says you should go for the Police Intellegence Officer job, and then leave in a few years and write lots of really good Police Procedural novels like Patricia Cornwell, :).

Good luck with the job applicaitons; I believe it'll work out in the end.
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