*I say unemployment, but in my mind I am still working and therefore my unemployment status does not count. Plus, there are such many negative connotations attached to the word “unemployed”. Therefore, I have decided to no longer use the word unemployed and will, from now on, refer to being employable instead. Such a feeling of positivity already! Let the diary of this employable blogaholic begin!
In the first 32 days, of employability, I have learned;
- I am happier, less stressed and I like feeling in control of my new career destiny. If being “inbetween jobs” is the “new work”, I elect myself as Chairman of the board. I will be their spiritual leader! No more 9-5. No more wearing suits and smiling. No more client visits. No more pointless spreadsheets and reports, just to keep other people happy. This does not mean that I won’t return to this lifestyle, or that I didn’t enjoy it. But, please, give me a minute to feel content in my own “employability” and just for a few minutes believe that the next step I take, will be because it is right for me…Hail TheEmployable!
- The JobCentre is not a centre. Not perhaps like the dictionary definition anyway; “A government building, where unemployed* people can go for advice** and information on ***jobs which are available”. *employable. **Really? ***Would need to be some ‘suitable’ available jobs first. Anyhow, the jobcentre seems to be more a collection of uninterested spirits…and before you wonder, I am talking about the staff I have met so far, not the employable fellows like myself. If “sign here” being muttered is ‘advice’ then God help the ones who have a despondent mindset by the time they leave this said “jobcentre” place.
- That it is not unusual to feel discriminated against for being “unemployed” (their word, not mine). Last week, I was asked to write to my car insurance company, to explain, yes explain in writing why I was out of work! Also, to let them know, if I was actively seeking work. No apology was made for this request, it was their business to know apparently. “They don’t like unemployed people, they are really bad like that” it was explained to me, when I called my brokers to find why exactly they needed the information. For the record, I was made redundant, but why would my insurance company need to know about this unfortunate turn of events? Care, when I cannot pay my bill, otherwise, do one…….
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