Ousted IT blogger has highs and lows but occupies himself

This is part ten of a series of blog posts written by an IT professional that was ousted when his employer offshored IT jobs. This week he talks about the highs and lows of jobseeking.

See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8 and part 9.

Situation: vacant

by I.T. Jobseeker

The jobseeker’s journey certainly has its highs and lows. The highs come, for example, when an agent calls out of the blue, having seen your CV on a recruitment website, and asks if he can put you forward for an ideal job – good money and near to home. He says that you are an ideal fit for the role. The lows happen when you chase the agent about such a prospect, only to be told that his client is ‘awaiting funding’ for the position, in other words it was not a real job in the first place.

I try to manage the highs and lows by smoothing them out in my head; trying not to get too optimistic about likely prospects or too disappointed when they fall flat. Forget them and move on.

I find it best to appear up-beat about things even when I feel distinctly down-beat or dead-beat. When I let my guard down in the pub the other evening, the local cheerful, cheeky chappie (every pub has one) said to me:

‘Cheer up, mate, it might never ‘appen,  Ha Ha Ha!’     

‘A pint of lager, please, and an ambulance for this man.’

I’ve tried to stay employed physically and mentally. I get up at the sort of time I would do if I had a job to go to. In between internet jobseeking sessions, I do jobs around the house and garden. I still have all my fingers, despite my attempts at DIY. My culinary skills are improving. I’ve become a dab hand at Sudoko. I’m reading a lot and I get to write this blog. All in, I’m as busy as I was when I had a regular paid job.

Keeping busy is important. Otherwise it would be easy to go from being simply fed up to clinical depression, as I mentioned in part 6 of this blog.  Things are getting better now with the weather improving, lighter mornings and evenings making it easier to get out and about. Then there’s those green shoots of recovery…

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I must admit in the times I have been looking for work (27 out of the last 48 months) I managed to fill my days. My first redundancy got me a large pay-out and I used it to finance a new hobby for me - carpentry, and a new hobby for my wife - a bead shop.

I used to dedicate Monday every week to job searching, trawling the dozen or so websites for vacancies and applying for them. Maybe 20-30 applications every week.

Tuesday was spent phoning the agents I had applied to the previous day, to confirm they had received my application and to discuss what they intended to do with my application. That left the rest of the week free for hobbies.

In fact, if it wasn't for the money worries, it would have been quite a good time.

I was not surprised to see the same jobs, using the same words, being advertised on several websites through different agents. I WAS surprised to see the same advert, presumably from the same company, being advertised the next time I was unemployed. It seems many companies are very picky requiring everything on their skills list, and some are explicitly targetting employees of their competitors.