Posts Tagged ‘drunk’

DeletedHello one and all.

Yes, yes please do not remind me that I promised to myself and everyone that does read this that I would update this weekly, I have no excuses apart from pure laziness and bad time/life management.

So the topic of today’s update is my horror at losing a job opportunity because of Facebook, or more precisely the pictures and comments on my Facebook account.

So I had to leave my last job with CEX as they run a 6.5% rota based on what was made in the previous 4 weeks takings. Now this is an average, so you CAN spend 25% of all takings on week one but by week four the average spend across the 4 weeks has to be 6.5% of taking spent on staff. This poses a problem if the store is not doing so well one month as the hours available are limited and this resulted in me not actually earning enough money to pay rent, and as much as it pains me to say this, I was actually better off on benefits for the time being.  A pathetic omission and a pathetic truth of a person living in a first world country having to do this to survive, sad times indeed, however I digress.

Job Interview DateSo I had several interviews for a claims handler with Admiral. The job was office based, going through case files and working out liability on car crashes. I presented well enough on the application and hour long phone interview to be selected on the final stage of the interview process, a trip to Cardiff to their offices and a one to one meeting with the managers. This interview also seemed to go well too. Then Facebook happened…..

I received an e-mail informing me that I was unsuccessful in my attempt and to thank me for my time etc etc. A very nice touch that although automated, is something that very few companies seem to do these days and I was very appreciative to have this sent through. Within this E-mail was a number to call to get feedback, now as a huge supporter of feedback I gave them a call and had a little chat. As I thought I did rather well in the interview but I repeated a few things to answer questions however they said that was not the reason for not being able to continue with the process, when I asked what it was they stated that as part of the hiring stage they look for online activity and that unfortunately my Facebook account was not up to scratch.

Now I was taken back by this, I mean it is my personal account, my digital life. I tried to explain that a picture of me drunk is what goes on to Facebook, the million snapshots throughout someones life of them simply getting on with washing, chatting on the phone sleeping, walking to the shops and buying bread is not what makes an entertaining picture, I mean who wants to see that? However they stated that because of those pictures I was portrayed as someone whom would not fit the the high standards of the company. Again I tried to argue my case that in actual fact I was tagged in a total of 74 pictures from 5 friends, all from one night out, not as it seemed 74 times drunk or even 5 times drunk, just that everyone has a smart phone these days and they snap, making it look like a person does something more than they do, explaining that I had not actually even been “out” for almost a year before these pictures were taken. Sadly their minds had been made up by this point, I thanked them for their time and ended the call.

14 days“So what to do now?” I thought to myself. Well deleting Facebook had to be done. I had posted that I would delete it 2 weeks previously but had been talked out of it, but this time there was no warning, I searched the internet for how to permanently delete Facebook and found the link to do so, in the cheek of it all Facebook requires 14 days of no activity to delete an account. I feel that as so many things are connected to Facebook, this blog posting included, that I could easily stop that process by simply accidentally pressing a button on my phone or other account with a Facebook linked account on it, a sneaky move indeed. I have now set about making sure this does not happen as I am now more determined to get rid of this plague once and for all.

This has me so upset rather than angry, I hate that we now live in a world where this can happen, that I can be misrepresented by my friends, not that it is their fault you understand, no they saw me dancing badly, drunk and took a pic. If anything I could argue that most of the pictures are not flattering to either my dancing ability or my poddgy belly but past that I can’t blame them.

So I sit here, typing away and ranting as I simply don’t know where to go from here. It was a good job, with good pay. It was something I really did need, something I wanted to do and I job I could see myself being promoted in, earning decent money and thriving in. Sadly that is not the case and although after the phone call I simply stared at the wall for almost 2 hours feeling utterly terrible with life, I have to pull myself together, I have no other choice. I owe so much money now and it’s not something that will go away easily. So onward I fight, onward I push and I guess I jump into one of those, “Take a million phone calls a day” kinda jobs and head down, try not to look to miserable with it and sort this mess out.

Anyway that cannot be the ending as it is far to glum, and I’m not glum, I’m chubby, arrogant and I voice my opinions but I am not as depressed as this post may come across. I will continue to fight and to try hard, continue to push and continue to write on here as this has been very helpful tonight in releasing some of headache and stress into writing.

So what do you think? Should employers be able to deny you a job because of Facebook, should they be able to advise you to not write something on social media? Is it right or is it wrong, or is it a case that I should have set my FB to private?

What do you think?

Hello one and all to another instalment of my blog. Today I bring you a little closer to the absurd way the unemployed are treated in this country and how little seems to have been done to solve the problems of this country.

I am unemployed and have been since March 2011. Now I have had to wait over a year and a half to be put on a course to help me find a job! I am willing to work, actively look for work and am now in a situation where I simply must work or I will physically wither and die. I have one major problem however, I don’t pass a police check or a credit check and it seems to be the norm for employers to do these days. I presume that employers have so many job applications that looking through every single CV is simply something they don’t have time, or inclination to do, what better way then to do a quick check on anyone that passes the ‘CV in bin process’ than a quick efficient police check.

So getting back to the problems in the system as I see them, I have had no help to deal with this, no one seems to be able to give me a sensible answer, and in some cases unable to give an answer at all, simply avoiding the situation completely or simply ignoring my pleas for assistance, for help. No courses have been offered to me, no help with a CV from a professional, no advice from anyone in the know yet I spend hours of my life in the job centre in signing on meetings and reviews where nothing is done to help. People sitting behind a desk asking you if you have applied for jobs and telling you to send in a CV don’t help that much!

As a matter of fact I have been doing a little experiment of my own with the job centre to find out how much they actually look into an Individual case. I first started by sending in a word document which contained only the words, “This is not my CV, this is to prove you don’t even look at these at all” .The point was made two weeks later when they asked if I had sent in my CV to which I replied “Yes”, the lady then proceeded to look up my file, look at the document file named {NI Number} Phill’s CV and then thank me for being so prompt in sending it in! Later the same day I sent in my proper CV and asked them to delete my previous one, its true purpose still a mystery to them!

Another case of how much it really does not seem to matter what you do with regards to signing on and job searching is the daily log book that you’re obliged to fill in. The sections are titled, What I did, date, What Happened, What I will do Next, Date. Now on every third “What Will I do Next” section of this book I wrote a section of a story, so for example part one would be, “Went to the park”, three down from that, “Found a tree and build a swing” so on and so forth, this was met with no reaction from the staff, so I though that maybe it was not bold enough or simply lost in the wall of text that the book changes into. I then decided to make the writing silly and childish to see if they were actually reading it, “Blow up”, “Kick a baby”, “Prey to the god of money” and “Burst into flames” were just some of the comments I put down, alas not one was read, not one was commented on and in many cases signatures of the job centre workers can be seen next to such comments proving that they neither read nor care about reading this book, the very book that has been put into place to ensure you’re looking for work! The whole system is pathetic?

Now rather than just moan about this and leave it as that, I would like to suggest things for change, simple things that would not cost the tax payer anymore than is spent now but would at least ensure that more people were helped back to work more than they are now.

1) The first time you go to sign on you have to have a CV, either written on paper or on a USB stick. the CV would be legally required before you could receive money. This would help weed out those who simply go along for the ride.

2) Now as mentioned above you have to have a meeting before you can sign on, this usually lasts upwards of an hour. Now why not use this hour to take said CV’s with a person in the know and go through it with them, sort out the errors, correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, placement and more. I have only just got this help today and my CV needed some serious tweaks, something that could of been sorted out 1.5 years ago!

3) Action plans for people. These action plans would be linked into your Job centre claim, so for instance you would be given two weeks to change your CV as directed by the professional. If you make no attempt to do it you loose money from your benefit. Continue this action plan for things that can be proved easily by a person on benefit and not just made up in a book that is not read

4) Get us lot out to work. While people like me are on Job seekers Allowance have us cleaning up parks of rubbish, going around with lawn mowers, helping in a charity shops, washing windows of council owned property, the list goes on and on, just something! We would not be taking the jobs of others away, we would be filling the gap where more people are needed for these things but councils lack the funds to hire more people. Work for your benefit. Everyone has to do say 2 days a week, again if they make no effort at all they are docked money.

These are just a few ideas going on in my head, simple, easy to apply steps that could potentially save this country millions each year, get people on benefits contributing back into the community, get them out of the house and doing something, it will weed out the looking from the cant be arsed in weeks! If you’re abled bodied and looking for work then you should be on the course. Reports could be written on behaviour and reliability etc from the courses which could then help with job finding as well.

Anyway it is getting a little loud in this pub, I’ve finished my coffee and sadly it is now filling up, sadly it is filling with unemployed people that have seemingly milked the system so much all they have left to do with their day is drink it away!

This is Phill, using his last pound to buy a coffee signing off………..