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What a waste of a qualified engineer's time

Posted 06-09-2012 at 21:15 by Less

As some of you know I have been unemployed for about 18 months now,
Trying, but not succeeding to find work, age is what I think put's most off offering an interview.
I've put up with the dole, some workers on here lucky enough to never have been unemployed and indeed friends saying a person in my position should take any job going.

Well I've been applying for them, at last I got an offer of an interview, and yippee it's in my trade, fantastic.

Now it was a job advertised by the dole, repairing surgical equipment, hours tobe discussed wage above minimum wage, (that means negotiated but probably towards the low end of an hourly rate).

So I arrange via email to appear at the Company at 16.30, took an hour and a half journey on the train, and arrived in the town, just as I got there a message on my 'phone the Director is delayed by an hour, can I still attend?
Yes I replied, wandered around the town wasting away an hour, just about to turn up for my interview I get a 'phone call, Director delayed by another hour would I like to attend tomorrow?
No I said, I'm just outside, perhaps it would be nice if you made me a brew and I'll wait for him.
Some hesitation then she say's well o.k. then.
I turn the corner enter a building full of decrepit equipment that wasn't new 20 years ago covered in dust.
I know I'm not quick on the uptake but I thought, hello, things don't look right.
It took 3/4 of an hour to get the lass to make my brew!
I went outside for a ciggy, Director turns up in a very nice car and pours himself out of the driving seat, Golf clubs not hidden very well, I now know why he was late. He's very jovial and greets me like a long lost friend, (very embarrassing and now I can smell the whiskey)

he proudly shows me around the dust and I can actually see some potential in the machines he has, IF it's replaced by something new.

Then we go into the office, between belches he tells me in a most generous manner, that I would only be needed for 10 hours a week and that everyone he employs will only get the legal minimum wage.

So 10 hours times approx 6.50=65.00 out of which I pay 12.20 per day for my rail fare, 70 per week rent, 20 rates, then if I'm really careful what's left over I can spend on food, (who needs electric and gas if you can't get the food to cook).

Somehow I don't think so, but the worrying thing is...

If he sends me a confirmation email and I don't accept, I might just have my money stopped by the dole for refusing to work!

I'm so glad the system works.
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  1. Old Comment
    Less's Avatar
    By the way, I turned up in my best suit, looking everything like being keen to be hunting for a job.
    Posted 06-09-2012 at 21:17 by Less Less is offline
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    cashman's Avatar
    Just shows how pathetic Camerons got the dole, sending folk distance fer 10 hrs min wage. yeh got me sympathy.
    Posted 06-09-2012 at 21:25 by cashman cashman is offline
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    Restless's Avatar
    That sucks.

    Could always try Express Gifts if you want a few months work on phones...could lead to longer I suppose. I mean if you was willing to accept min wage...
    Posted 06-09-2012 at 22:59 by Restless Restless is offline
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    Boeing Guy's Avatar
    The words joke come to mind. What a shame.
    That MD should be shot
    Posted 10-10-2012 at 09:33 by Boeing Guy Boeing Guy is offline

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