Category Archives: Greece

It all happens at once

Its funny how things happen. One moment you seem to be suffering a quiet week on the job hunt, then everything happens at once! Initially, all I had booked for the last week, was the long standing interview with the DWP, to work for the DWP! Yesterday afternoon, on the outskirts of Leeds, fine!

Then, I got an email at the beginning of the week, asking me if I could do an interview with a company, just outside Dewsbury, on, yes, you’ve guessed it, Friday! No, no other day, so fine, I gave in, and went for it. Yes, I think both went well, but then again, how often have I thought this before, only to get the rejection call/email a few days later. I will say, if there’s one thing I hate, its trying to do 2 interviews in 1 day. Oh, and when they are miles apart, on top of everything else…yeah, wonderful…not.

Its not only the travel that kills, though at my age, that doesnt help. The last time I did this, I had one in Halifax in the morning, then over to Bradford for the afternoon, and yes, I faded before the finish. This wasnt so bad, smaller gap between them, though the journey was a bit more complex. The snag this time, was my feet! I got myself a new pair of low heels, for occasions like this, and I thought they were fine. Snag is, wearing them in at home, and walking a distance in them, is 2 different things. So yes, the backs of my ankles are a bit tender at present!

The other snag, is what you call revising for the interview. With one, you can check out the company, do your stuff, and go for it. With two, not so simple! I tend to end up not doing justice to either, and thats not a good thing.

Oh, in the meanwhile, I proved perseverance works! I’d applied twice before, for customer service positions, with a company in Halifax. Rejected both times, just on the basis of CV application! Anyway, I thought I’d give it one more go, and lo and behold, phone interview, and now I’ve got an assessment center, the week after next! Oh, and next week, on Tuesday, as a result of a phone interview last week, I’ve got another interview in Huddersfield! I’d just given up about hearing anything, when it arrived. Its only 30 hours per week, but pay is decent, so I could survive, given the lack of transport costs, so…

No, I havent finished yet! As I was walking in yesterday afternoon, trying desperately to get my shoes off, as quickly as possible, I had a phone passed to me. A company from Greece (I dont think its the same one as before?) wanting me to work out there. At the moment I’ve shown interest, and I’m due to do a Skype interview with them on Wednesday lunchtime. I dont think I’ll go out there, due to the dodgy state of finances in Greece, I wouldnt have thought it was the best place for an ‘elderly’ lady like me to be heading to!

Oh, last but not least, for those who read the last blog, I’ll just say, yes, today I sent a speculative email to ESPN about a certain possible job opening. No, I dont expect to even hear back from them, but no harm done, I guess?

Right, the video. how interviews seem to occur with me of late!

Greece is the word

No, the obvious play on words is not the video tonight, either. Far less subtle than that, lol! Been a day when different job opportunities to the norm have played out.

Lets just say that the majority of my job applications revolve around call centre work, somewhere convenient to get to by public transport, in West Yorkshire, generally at modest to reasonable pay rates. Today, I’ve dealt with 3 job possibilities, none of which fall under that banner.

Firstly, showing the depths of desperation that I’ve reached, was a part time role in one of these shops that does loans at an extortionate rate, or pawnbroking, or what I’ve used them before, a little foreign currency stuff. Only 20 hours a week, only about minimum wage rates, so wont even pay all of the rent, quite, but it would go a good way to doing so. Just a little phone call, to see what I knew about them, to give me a few more details, and that was about it. At least I know the company, and what they stand for, never a bad thing.

Second one, goes from the sublime, to the ridiculous wage wise. I received an email this afternoon from a delivery/ travel arrangement company that I’d never heard of, wanting to talk to me about a possible role locally. Thing is, the wage is way above the norm for call centre work, which would be wonderful, but its more than you even see for public sector, inconvenient hours work, so I’m thinking what the hell, but anyway…I’ve got someone ringing me up about it tomorrow afternoon, but you know what they say about ‘if it seems too good to be true, it probably is’, well this one has that feel to me, but anyway…we will see!

Third one, and this is the one the blog title refers to, is due to a phone call I received from a recruitment agency earlier today, is for a call centre job (stop groaning), but its in Greece! Yes, speaking English, I’m not that clever yet! As far as I can tell, Mastercard have their call centre over there, probably because they can offer less wages, because the cost of living is so low. But they want people who speak fluently, in English, to work there. Now, anywhere else in Europe (certainly west of the old Iron Curtain at least), I’d jump at the chance to work abroad, even now, but Greece? Yes, you know the country, the one in a total financial mess, that has more trouble in that sense than anywhere else, and all that! In truth, I’d seen these roles before, at the time of the complete collapse over there, and thought, no thank you, because of the state of the country. But now, desperate for anything…?

Thing is, has the Greek crisis disappeared out of the news because of other events, or is the worst of it over now? I mean, if things are bearable, I could be tempted, but I dont want to walk out of one hellish situation financially, into another! Actually, the other obvious thought I had that might put me off going to Greece to work, was I was expecting to discover it was only slightly better than Russia in welcoming LGBT folk. Orthodox religion, and all that, so…? Fine, pleasant surprise there. Yes, its not the most loving country in the world to LGBT folk, because of the religious homophobics, and the like, but it came out surprisingly well, according to Wikipedia! So maybe?

No, I dont fit all of their desired qualifications perfectly, but as the person from the agency admitted to me, a lot of that is because (even now?) people dont want to go to Greece, to live and work, so maybe they are having to lower expectations? I mean, most of it I can do, but they are looking for people with a finance industry background, and I dont really think betting is that! Anyway, we will see…

PS If anyone in California, especially LA has been holding back on offering me a job, just in case, shout now! If any mad scientist needs a victim/guinea pig, also shout now!

Right, the video. When it comes to Greece, and modern music, one name comes to mind, Vangelis. So yes, its him, with a partner, the obvious song.