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    On a happier note I am no longer out of work so there are jobs out there available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midget View Post
    On a happier note I am no longer out of work so there are jobs out there available.
    Well done Midget!

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    Latimer- fair play mate it cant be easy accepting such a steep pay cut! I alwys say it looks better to be in work working for less than doing nothing at all!!

    Long periods of being out of work on your cv can look very bad. I know people who have been dismissed for jobs opps just because of this.

    The sad truth is its often easier to get work when you in work...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latimer View Post
    I have been out of IT work since February, when the funding was pulled and 3 others and I got let go. I have never been unemployed in 22 years, now it seems I can find nothing. I am on this site as I looking at applying for an ICT Technician post locally. Pay is £12,700 tops, which makes me wince as my last years accounts were 4 times this.

    I also am registered with umpteen agencies and will consider any work, but nothing seems to come up. Like Axe, I think it is my lack of the paperwork (qualifications) despite the 12 years of high level IT experience in email, anti virus and BlackBerry/PDA use. I have been quite good with the money I have earned and am not in dire straits, yet, hence I must consider even this role, £200 per week will at least pay some of the regular bills.

    I have completed the ECDL course and am starting a Fibre-optic and data-comms course next week to freshen up my CV, but beyond that, there seems little any of us can do except wait for the upturn, whilst doing what we can to keep afloat.

    Latimer
    I'm in a similar position. Was made redundant at the end of April and have been looking for school based IT jobs but theres not a lot about in any sectors!. I don't even care about earning less, I'm more interested in working in a decent environment. Keep your chin up though mate, i'm sure things will get better eventually!

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    TBF Axe sent me his CV a couple of weeks ago and I have done my best.
    Midget, what job did you get? My efforts wasted then!

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Midget, what job did you get? My efforts wasted then!
    I'm now an IT Manager in Bath. I start Monday so need to get a place quick sharpish. Anyone here from the area fancy a pint and showing me around?

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    good for you midget! good luck!

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    AXE- its been a while now and just wanted to see if you were in work yet?

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    Unfortunately not.

    Nothing but bad, horrible, depressing things happening to me at the moment.

    I nearly lost my home.
    I spent hours being interrogated over my long-term unemployment.
    I missed the first interview I've had in months because of an evil virus.
    My former employer now has a policy to not supply a reference, because I haven't worked for them in the last two years.

    Still, I've put all the good advice I've had into effect, and I'm trying to get more sponsorship since the current recruitment subsidy isn't enough incentive... yet.

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    Are you meaning to say that after all this time you didn't think to get a written reference off them?

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    Bath is a nice little place. Check out the 'natural' spa - worth a trip. Once you been once or twice tho it gts boring. If only my gym had the steam rooms they have

    I gotta say tho their road system is diabolical!!

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    AXE - I think it's maybe time to set sights a little wider, even if you lose some skills through it and have to restart your IT career at a different place than you would like. Hard times throughout my life I have pick/packed (boring), been a crowd control marshall at Wembly (stressful and full of spitting) and night-trunked a 7.5tonne lorry to scotland and back every night. Dumb down your CV, and yourself if you have to - just to get back in work. Lengthy periods of unemployment are, as you know, not good on a CV.

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    I'm with f21970 on this. The current climate means that you cannot be choosy about what you apply for these days. When I was out of work last, this time last year, I applied for every job that I could including stacking shelves, and emptying septic tanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richard_s View Post
    I'm with f21970 on this. The current climate means that you cannot be choosy about what you apply for these days. When I was out of work last, this time last year, I applied for every job that I could including stacking shelves, and emptying septic tanks.
    I applied to be a fish gutter.... didn't even get a interview!

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