New Year, New Job

New Year, New Job

My old blog balaam.wibsite.com can no longer be accessed.

Using the Wayback Machine I am trying to save whatever can be saved, There are no images available for these old blogs.

This blog is from 28 December 2012

It’s Over

For now.

I have a new job. The unemployment period is over, the constant job search is over, for now.

I have a temporary job on a contract that comes to an end on 31st December 2013, so I have a year off from job hunting. So seven and a half months of unemployment are at an end.

Here’s what happened.

Friday 14th December 2012.

I did my usual search around the internet job sites, including two searched by smartphone app; more importantly, several job sites send me their vacancies by email. It was one of these that I applied for that day.

Later that day I had a phone call from the agency, asking me to do an online aptitude test, to be completed by Monday. The test arrived by email towards the evening.

Saturday 15th.

Did online test.

Monday 17th,

Another phone call. Test is OK. I have an interview on Thursday in Leeds. To be confirmed by email.

Wednesday 19th

Email arrives with a list of things to take to the interview tomorrow.

Church Christmas party in the evening. I arrange with a friend who is a retired headmaster and Non-Stipendary Minister to be a personal reference.

Thursday 20th

Arrive in Leeds early for the interview, the allowances I made for my notoriously bad sense of direction are not needed.

The interview starts with a group test, followed bt an ajudicated literacy, numeracy and intelligence test. I pass, then on to the interview. I get the job, pending references and getting some documents I haven’t brought back to them tomorrow.

Friday 21st

Return to Leeds with missing documents and information. Have to rush back to make a dental appointment.

Monday 24th Christmas Eve

Email from agency, confirming my apointment. More online documents to fill in and email back by 27th.

Thursday 27th

Call on mobile whilst out cycling confirming the confirmation of the job. I have to turn up with photo proof of ID at 9 am on Monday 7th. Two weeks of back to school learning UK and EU banking regulations before the job starts.

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