Going Forward – Chapter Four Part One

……Previously

Right! Let’s have a look at which of the online CV models is likely to work best for me. I wonder if I’ll need to include a photograph. Perhaps I could spend some time working up a CV as a marketing proposal. Well, that shouldn’t be too difficult and it would give any speculative applications some magic to showcase my promotional skills.

Next: I suppose I’d better register with sites like LinkedIn to make my availability known.

Anything else: Oh God! Yes. I need to draft some letters to the banks and so on.

That looks like enough to keep me going until bedtime. I’d better get started.

Continued…..

CHAPTER FOUR

Day seven – The in-company retraining course on Positive Thinking

I think that I’ve been pretty positive so far anyway, but I suppose that I could still learn something from the seminar. I’ve already made my online benefits application, written to the financial bods and fired-off more than fifty job applications including ten speculative ones. I’ll work on the assumption that I might get a reply of some kind from at least a fifth of them. Five interview offers would be good – but I’m not banking on it in the current jobs market. I’ve also made a start on working up some ideas for a new business – ranging from a new type of board game or a phone app, to a storage solution that could be designed and knocked out on a batch basis using an ink-jet printer.

I didn’t see anyone on the train, though some of them might have got on at Leeds and were in a different carriage. Helen had been going to make some sandwiches for me as a packed lunch, but I told her that a mid-day meal and refreshments would be provided. The journey was just less than twenty-five minutes – perhaps as well since the train was packed with commuters and day-trippers going to destinations to Manchester and beyond.

As luck would have it, when I arrived at the hotel several colleagues from my office were already there.  There was a large notice in Reception directing course participants to the third-floor conference room. There was a waiting area for us to collect lapel badges and a sheaf of handouts in a wallet.  Flasks of coffee, tea and water were available for us to choose a drink  from and, because I was early, I had time to do some networking; finding out which of the other people were like-minded about self-employment of some kind. Even before we were called in to the meeting, several of us – and not just from my office – had agreed to get together in the bar after the seminar to thrash out options. I chuckled to myself – we were going to be told to think positively about our futures – talk about preaching to the converted.

The presentations and syndicate groups were useful though. They’d paid to bring in some external consultancy people who weren’t just spouting the company line and this made it easier to express our concerns and to ask questions.

The advice included asking the local jobcentre about their Rapid Response Service that specialises in helping people who have been made redundant. They offer advice for finding a new job and may even pay for training. Some of the checks they suggested were also helpful like checking that we were getting all the money we were entitled to, and what was taxable of it. They listed benefits that we might be entitled to and some suggestions about what we should consider doing with our redundancy money – like paying off credit card and other debts. We were told about the National Careers Service and local Chambers of Trade who offer advice for anyone thinking of starting a new business. They said that our employer would pay for us to get advice about our CVs.

On top  of all that there was the normal kind of redundancy advice about keeping families informed; not just staying in bed all day but getting washed, dressed and active in creating our new futures. The syndicates were also excellent because they gave those of us who were thinking about self-employment time to talk about options – and the consultants not merely managed the process but chipped  in with advice. I now had a much clearer picture of what I’d like to do – get involved in a Cooperative with some of the others. A few of us agreed to meet afterwards in the bar.

Featured Photo

Todays’ image is a view, taken of Liverpool’s waterfront skyline, across the River Mersey from Birkenhead’s Woodside Ferry Terminal. Liverpool is only twelve miles from where I live and, over the years, it is a place that I have grown to love. This view is special to me – the reason that I have used the colour version of this image as the featured photo on my homepage.

The EXIF Data for the featured photo are as follows: Pentax K3-ii, 24 MP cropped sensor camera with a 16-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 48 mm and f/8The shutter speed was 1/200 secs and the ISO was 100. The camera was tripod -mounted and the post-processing was in Lightroom.

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