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Unemployment and looking for work

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Unemployment figures are up, and there are so many people out there looking for work to ensure their bills are paid each month, in many cases people relying on very little savings to see them through hard times.

It’s so much more important nowadays to have money put away just in case the company you work for goes through troubling times and possibly forced to make redundancies.

Unfortunately we may all think that it won’t happen to us, but unfortunately these things can come out of the blue even though you think the company was doing well, everyone experience unemployment at some point in their life, so be prepared.

There are many ways to market yourself and ensure everyone knows you’re available for work, it could be that you may decide to go freelance or take on contract work, but either way there are other opportunities out there which could lead to different forms of work.

A popular place to start is to sign up with recruitment agencies, they are always looking to find people to fulfill their clients requirements, but be sure to sign up with recruitment agencies that best focuses on your skill sets, as some agencies may just focus on admin staff, which means it will be no good if you have specialist skills, for example there are agencies that just focus on engineering jobs or offshore work.

Other places you might want to focus on are websites where you can upload your CV such as The Ladders, Monster Jobs and Total Jobs, plus local newspapers that offer job sections and ways of signing up for notifications that will inform you of new jobs in the area for your specialist skills.

Other ways of promoting yourself and to network and let people know you’re available for work or looking for new opportunities is to use websites such as Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook and other social networking channels to deliver news broadcasts and to engage and interact with other users and companies.

Of course the main one is also checking with job centres and the government job seeking website that also list many jobs across the uk. You can also buy newspapers looking at job sections and keeping an ear out for companies that are recruiting, you could also send them a letter and CV to see whether there might be any opportunities for you and have your details kept on file. Sending out emails to HR contacts with local businesses is a very good way to get yourself known and to see if companies are going through a recruitment phrase.

Unemployment can be very tough for many people, and some may not know where to even start, especially when you could be going a high level of stress and worry.

If you have any other ideas of ways of looking for work that may help users that are unemployed and looking for work, then please feel free to add your comments below.

Centre of my world

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Isn’t that a phrase that we’ve all heard!? I think we all wish that someone thought of us as being the centre of their world, but interestingly enough it’s usually the guys that would be expecting too much if that was the case. I’ve noticed that it seems to be the females who always wants their partner to treat them as if they are the centre of their world or if the woman was single then she might be looking for someone who will look at her as being the centre of their world, but if it is the other way, it’s the female who would come out with words such as ‘the world doesn’t revolve around you’ or ‘you think a lot of yourself, don’t you!?’. It’s funny when this is suppose to be a world of equality, and no sexism, but there are still a substantial differences between the sexes!

I stumbled across the quote the other day which made me write the article, I was looking for a good status message for my facebook profile and the quote I found was, ‘To the world you are someone, to someone you are the world’.

But it’s interesting that there are so many of these type of quotes about, but in reality, does this really happen, certainly not in my experience.

The older you get the more responsibilities you have, and it could involve money, running a home or business, being close to your family and even having children. For some people, they would think more of their job before anything else as that is what pays the bills, and if they were career minded then everything else comes second place, so no one would be centre of their world. So many woman out their have children, so it would be their children that would be the centre of their world, so naturally everything comes second place, and for some mothers, their career would come next before they would consider any other relationship.

I guess the phrase was never really meant for relationships, although the term is used by many woman, but in reality anything can be the centre of someone’s world, but I think it’s just human nature that we all want to be the centre of someone’s world, I just think that it’s nice to think that it could be possible, but it’s unlikey with so many different things going on in all of our lives. It’s just another thing we say without too much thought, because not everything can be the centre of our worlds, instead we live by a priority list, and our ‘other halves’ from the relationship aren’t usually at the top of that list.

Be interested to see what other people’s views are…!?

Society becoming more fickle?

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Life has changed so much for most people, new generations are born into a very different society to how it was over 50 years ago, so what is it that has made things so different?

From my point of view, it’s easy to ask a variety of questions, is it the economy, are we under more pressure than we use to be, could it be with how careers and technology has evolved, more ambitions, or are we just too busy…!?

The one thing that springs to mind is that when anybody gets involved in a relationship, is that it seems that we look to see if we’re compatible, any slightest disagreements or interests that are so different, then it’s so easy to give up on it and move on to another. I think the one thing that makes us less tolerant and patient with people is due to the ease of meeting new people now. We have so many dating sites, social networks and improved communications with mobile phones and apps. Certainly over 50 years ago, this wasn’t available, so I guess meeting people was so much harder back then, so when you met someone worth staying with, you put in all the effort to make it work. Nowadays, as soon as we’re faced with problems it’s so easy for us to throw in the flannel, walk away and find someone else online. You can communicate with so many people online in any one time, which allows you to vet them before you even decide to meet them, this is a privilige we have now, that our forefathers never had!

But how do we find love and happiness? Happiness we can find in many activities and hobbie along with friendships and relationships, but how do we find love even though we could possibly be more fickle about it? Less people are getting married, and those who are choosing to get married, the divorce rate is on the increase. Has the seven year itch turned into the two year itch in these modern times!? So what does that say about love, we appear to have many more partners in a lifetime. So is love really love, or are they just strong feelings, do we put up barriers to prevent us from getting hurt so that it is easier to move on if we have to, or if we decide that the relationship isn’t working without really putting in the effort to give it a real chance?

I know that this is not the same for everyone, there are the minority that may have started in life not being hurt and given earlier relationships every chance of working, and maybe for some people who have been hurt, may have ended up resenting relationships because nobody likes feeling that way, and this is something that many people do struggle with, as it affects their friendships, work and family life, as many people around them who are close to us can be drawn into it.

I guess we shouldn’t let the old phrase affect us, ‘twice bitten, twice shy’, we all get hurt from time to time, from a relationship that may have not worked, if we think it’s worth fighting for then we should do it, if we don’t then we must learn from it, pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off and give it a little bit of time before looking for someone new, we all need time to reflect and recover mentally before rushing into anything new.

With social networks and dating sites allowing us to meet many new people online without leaving our sofa’s, we need to remember that occasionally it’s always good to get out and leave your home to meet people, as it’s easy for people to hide behind the computer screen and pretend to be someone you’re not. Is this where we get the idea of how people are more fickle with relationships?

Although society may be more fickle than it use to be, let’s hope that it’s just a phase and that times will change again, once peoples pressures ease off, allowing us to focus on other things in our lives again. But hey, as we all know, it’s money that is the necessary evil, and it’s money that makes the world go round!

Be interesting to know your thought, feel free to post your views.