Axe's unemployment mystery (or misery)
Ok, a little background:
32 months since I started looking for work
25 months since I was last paid
24 months since I last worked
18 months since I left employment
14 months since I began claiming benefits
I have applied for over 30000 jobs
I have had over four hundred telephone interviews
I have had 72 first interviews
I have had 2 second interviews
I have had 1 third interview
I am registered with over 80 agencies
I check 20 different job search-engines
I aim to apply for 25 jobs (and usually exceed that)
I am looking for...
Any job that I am capable of performing that offers either a sustainable salary or a genuine possibility of progression to a sustainable salary.
Any job that makes use of my substantial skills and experience. Preferably with the opportunity to learn new skills.
Some of my skills and experience...
I have been managing IT systems for over seven years with responsibility for training, co-ordinating the department workload and providing end of line technical support. I have experience in managing resources, sourcing suppliers, recruitment, training and mentoring. I have extensive experience of network design and administration including: Windows Operating Systems, TCP/IP, DNS, Active Directory and Group Policy.
I have over seven years experience managing and designing multi-site technical infrastructure.
I have implemented wide-area networks, secure wireless and fibre-optic links. I can install and terminate fibre-optic cable. I have experience designing and building servers and workstations to high-performance and cost-effective specifications. I am experienced in project management and delivery, requirements research, design, development, testing, deployment, documentation and support.
I am a fast learner and I have excellent problem solving skills. I am able to work well under pressure. I am able to deal calmly with frustrated users and I have a great deal of patience and understanding.
I have experience working with telephone systems, CCTV systems, access control, fire/alarm systems, audio and video distribution systems. I was responsible for disaster recovery planning and continuity strategy, asset and licence management. I have worked under a wide range of licensing conditions.
I have high-level experience with Exchange and SQL Server administration as well as other server software.
I have developed database systems and software to manage HR, policy, workflow, timetabling, curriculum planning and asset management to comply with regulations. The software I developed competes directly with SIMS (the company it now belongs to had over a million turnover last year; I don't get a penny).
A bit about me...
I work part-time in a computer repair shop (about 10 hours a week). I effectively work for free (all that I earn is offset against my benefits, I'm not a burden on the taxpayer).
I've always saved for the things I would like to have. I never had credit cards or loans until I lost my job; I wouldn't call it 'easy' credit at the moment.
I've wanted to start a family for many years now but I waited and worked hard to provide a stable home (being a responsible pre-parent), only to have my job taken from me and with it any chances of a family for the foreseeable future.
I don't sleep...
I only hope things get better soon.