Please employers..?

Remember those halcyon days before the internet?

When you looked at newspapers or magazines, noticed a job advert and sent for an information pack? It gave you the whole family tree about who was who, the bosses, your colleagues, what the department did, and everything under the sun.

Not any more. You search on the internet and find a job and there is a minimum amount of information.

Or, in my case you go into the Gibraltar Job Centre, there is a meaningless job title on a card, no further information, and no salary. And you are meant to send a CV to try and get a job with zilch info?

Alternatively, you get a little info out of one of the job centre staff because the employer has thought to send in six lines. Trouble is, those six lines don’t say what the job involves.

Why the hell not? It would be much easier to write my CV accordingly, depending on the skills and experience I need to emphasise for a particular job.

If the job you are advertising is property and estate management, dealing with contractors, chasing invoices (didn’t know anyone needed to do that, chasing payment – YES!) and paying bills – SAY SO. Don’t call it corporate services that needs team and office management.

Class question of the interview: ‘Have you any experience of dealing with painters?’

No. I’ve lived with one for nearly 30 years and we’ve had our own decorating/property maintenance business. I’ve never met his colleagues, I’ve never dealt with the staff we employed in the UK, and I’ve never worked on a job either. [Extreme irony. For the benefit of anyone who doesn’t know, I’ve worked on decorating jobs in the UK, Spain, and Gibraltar.]

I was so stunned I didn’t know what to say. And that’s the trouble. I was totally thrown by a question like that.

I didn’t need to blather on about my civil service experience or my journalism. I might as well have stuck to, ‘We’ve had our own business since I can’t remember when, I’ve run the books and dealt with tradespeople.’

Simple really.

So FCO, half a page of job information is not good enough. Office management is not dealing with construction contractors. I can do both and have done, but I would really like to be slightly better prepared in future. And not be thinking about managing secretaries, letters, paperwork, political aspects of the governor’s office when I need to be thinking about estimates, speaking Spanish to tradespeople who don’t want to/can’t speak English, and checking out to see whether people are meeting the job spec. If there is one. I’m doubting it given the non-person spec/minimal job spec.

Ah well, shit happens.

Speaking of which, I noticed one of my few email followers had disappeared from Roughseas. (Most people follow via WordPress but this was someone without a blog who got email updates).

Not only am I persona non grata with an ex-friend who emailed me regularly – I was dumped a month ago – even my blogs are now no longer interesting to him. 😦

OK, so I’ve been through this before, but still, it doesn’t make it any easier.


If you read the above self-indulgent link, there was a happy ending. After three months I received an email. Something tells me I won’t this time. Especially when he’s not reading my blogs any more.

I suppose I can write a poem. Well, an attempt at a poem.

In the meantime I shall consider curling up and writing today off as total crap.


About roughseasinthemed

I write about my life as an English person living in Spain and Gibraltar, on Roughseas, subjects range from politics and current developments in Gib to book reviews, cooking and getting on with life. My views and thoughts on a variety of topics - depending on my mood of the day - can be found over on Clouds. A few pix are over on Everypic - although it is not a photoblog. And of course my dog had his own blog, but most of you knew that anyway. Pippadogblog etc
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19 Responses to Please employers..?

  1. On the other hand I bet the sun is shining where you are!


  2. Vicky says:

    You never know, you may not think you are what they want, but they may think otherwise.
    Today can’t be written off, give Pippa a cuddle, and take his outlook on life……….eat toast;-)
    Perhaps your friend is still following your blog, but secretly 🙂


  3. free penny press says:

    Sending some good vibes and if I could one of the juicy, sweet Florida oranges to you.. best thing I do on rough days, grab an orange, sit outside and just remember there are better things to worry about like not getting orange juice on my shoes 🙂


    • Thanks for that virtual orange. I’ve got some pure ruby breakfast juice or some such title, which is oranges, blood oranges and grapefruit, so I will add Florida juice to that when I drink it this morning.


  4. EllaDee says:

    The whole work thing isn’t really inspiring is it? Prospective employers don’t want to read your entire history in a novel length resume but many can’t be bothered with the detail so you can tailor it, as you say. For me, what I care about is am I equipped to do the job & salary wise is it worth my while? They faff around with the $$$ detail & disclose it last of all…

    As for the other, as per comments previously exchanged… you mend it the best you can or let the pieces fall on the floor and move the #$%^ on. It’s still tough, and from my own experience it will probably never cease to mystify, sadden & annoy you in equal parts ;{


    • I always want to tailor it and keep it as short as poss because I have got different types of experience, so I really need to know more detail about the job. Big difference between journalism, cancer services, running a small business, etc etc The only thing that goes on all of them is the degrees usually. Did I have any questions? Yes. ‘I’d like to know more about the job’.. and … ‘How much is the pay?’ It wasn’t much, needless to state. It’s one thing not getting a decent job, it’s another even considering going for a low-level one – and knowing how to pitch it.

      Appreciate your views on the personal aspects, and I do remember your comments before. It may have been mendable while he was reading, but as he’s not I reckon he’s chucked the pieces on the floor. I like your last description, that’s pretty good. I mean fancy no longer being interested in me. That is really annoying!


  5. bluonthemove says:

    Yes, I remember those halcyon days before Internet job sites. As I remember they made it even easier, similar types of jobs were mainly posted on set days, so you knew to get The Telegraph on Tuesdays and The Guardian on Thursday. Had to splash out on Sundays though, as all the quality papers had good job sections.

    The advertisements were decent sized ones too and they told you a lot about the position and the what the ideal candidate looked like. I remember being told by a recruitment person to get my CVs printed up so they stood out, I didn’t as I thought it better to customise them around the ideal candidate specification.

    Its not nice losing friends. Worse I’d imagine if they cut the communication without any explanation.


    • I so remember the job days!! Creative and media in the Guardian/graunian on Mondays, and waiting for the weekly Press Gazette to come out on Thursday (I think) and later, the Health Service Journal, also on Thursday I think. Oh what a fight in offices to get your hands on them first!!

      Friends? Wish I’d got a few quid for every one I’ve lost over the internet 😀


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