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    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 10th Jun 17, 5:14 PM
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    What type of jobs should I look for
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    • 10th Jun 17, 5:14 PM
    What type of jobs should I look for 10th Jun 17 at 5:14 PM
    I'm 36 and worked in customer service roles since I graduated. I worked in call centres - both inbound and outbound and face 2 face. My current job is in retail which I am in a love/hate feeling for it. Like my colleagues and some customers. Hate being in the shop when its dead, some tasks and some customers.

    I am able to use computers including MS Office, can work in teams and alone. Done some admin work with my jobs.

    Though with references, I am fine with the first one - my current employer. 2nd one will be tricky as the previous employers no longer exist. Only one that is still here is one I worked when I was 23 and I am a different person to now. Then the professional referee I used, died 18 months ago. I cannot think of anyone else who will do one for me.
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    • z1a
    • By z1a 10th Jun 17, 5:21 PM
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    • 10th Jun 17, 5:21 PM
    GP/Dentist receptionist?
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 10th Jun 17, 6:43 PM
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    • 10th Jun 17, 6:43 PM
    The suggestion by z1a might well be a good one, my sister moved from shop work to be a GP receptionist and seems to be a lot happier (although I think it may depend on how well the practice is run).

    For the reference, if you don't have a second employer who can give one then is there someone at your current employer, or somewhere else in your life, who would be prepared to provide a personal reference?
    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 11th Jun 17, 7:16 AM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 7:16 AM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 7:16 AM
    are you going to ignore this thread like you did the last one.

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5621384

    The sorts of jobs you have been doing you need to be looking at getting into supervision/management positions if you want to get anywhere you have abandoned that option.

    Where do your interests and skills lie what can you bring to the table to help someone want to employ you?
    • xapprenticex
    • By xapprenticex 11th Jun 17, 9:49 AM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 9:49 AM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 9:49 AM
    Is there any particular reason why you have not really done much since graduating? Unless it was aromatherapy or something like that.

    You really didnt have to go to uni to do what you are doing now so thats a debt for nothing.

    Im not being mean, im being realistic about the current situation.
    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 11th Jun 17, 11:54 PM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 11:54 PM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 11:54 PM
    Is there any particular reason why you have not really done much since graduating? Unless it was aromatherapy or something like that.

    You really didnt have to go to uni to do what you are doing now so thats a debt for nothing.

    Im not being mean, im being realistic about the current situation.
    Originally posted by xapprenticex

    It started well, then, I got made redundant in 2007, split up with my ex, moved back with my parents, 100 miles away. Got a job back there after 3 months unemployed. There were 12 of us started together and 3 mucked up stuff, I wasn't one of these. Employer couldn't be bothered doing the investigation at all and dismissed all 12 of us. This is now 2008 when the job market has been tough and I took any job - temping for 7 months from assignments varying from a day to 4 weeks with probably 6 weeks in those 7 months with no work (2 weeks I was on holiday). Then I have been in my current job ever since. Been to a few interviews, during days off and annual leave, but scared to take time off work unpaid to go to interviews. Then various illnesses have stopped me from leaving my job. As I get full pay. Whereas, if I change jobs and off sick first 6 months (or a year for some employers) SSP and have a mortgage.

    What is stopping me from progressing into new jobs is the situation with the job I was wrongfully dismissed - employed there for 6-7 months.

    I'm worried how do I approach why I left that job if asked in an interview
    • Masomnia
    • By Masomnia 12th Jun 17, 12:24 AM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 12:24 AM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 12:24 AM
    I'm worried how do I approach why I left that job if asked in an interview
    Originally posted by ScarletMarble
    Honestly, I would suggest. It's not unusual for people to just not be a good fit for the organisation and/or it not be the right role for them and to be let go after 6 months.

    So I would say you got to the end of your probation and your employer decided not to make you permanent, it wasn't the right role for you but you gained x y z experience.... etc and moved into something more suitable. Or something like that.

    Don't sweat it.
    “I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.” - P.G. Wodehouse
    • comeandgo
    • By comeandgo 12th Jun 17, 6:36 AM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 6:36 AM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 6:36 AM
    If I remember correctly you work for Sainsbury's. Is there nothing you can progress to with them? A change to back office or train for management? Could you study for Nebosh and go into health and safety?
    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 12th Jun 17, 7:57 AM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 7:57 AM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 7:57 AM
    If I remember correctly you work for Sainsbury's. Is there nothing you can progress to with them? A change to back office or train for management? Could you study for Nebosh and go into health and safety?
    Originally posted by comeandgo
    Not Sainsburys. A retailer similar to Wilko and pound shops. So we sell lots of toiletries, cleaning products plus things such as small kitchen appliances and seasonal items. So at the moment -
    gardening, outdoor eating and travel items such as suitcases. There are only 30 shops in the country. No chance in progression here.

    I know a couple of people that work for Sainsburys and the pay between general assistant to team leader isn't that great and you work harder, deal with aggressive customers etc. They heard several people that were TLs back to assts as it was too demanding for such little pay - think I heard the figure 60p ph more. Not everyone is progression material,
    • ERICS MUM
    • By ERICS MUM 12th Jun 17, 8:29 AM
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    Which degree did you do ? Did you have a career path in mind when you chose the subject and what skills, expertise etc have you got from the degree ? I suggest you base your job search on this.
    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 12th Jun 17, 11:24 AM
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    Never had a career path, but jobs I didn't want to do - medical, teaching, armed forces etc.

    My degree is in business as I was interested in this. I love criminology, but I feel you need qualifications and time to do this.
    • ERICS MUM
    • By ERICS MUM 12th Jun 17, 11:52 AM
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    What about the emergency services (the Met & London Fire Brigade recruit from time to time, no idea about other parts of the country).

    Have you tried for jobs in finance ? Not the traditional high street banks necessarily, but companies such as Virgin Money, Metro Bank or the blossoming travel-money companies such as Travelex, FairFx and Caxton ?Could you work abroad (EU, New York). What about travel companies - head office roles or high street travel agents.

    School Secretary or Bursar, GP practice manager. Charities - perhaps start with voluntary work, offering your business qualifications to help in their fund-raising dept, then see if any paid vacancies arise.

    I could go on and on, some ideas more achievable than others.

    What have you investigated, followed up, discounted and why ? Have you spoken to any specialist employment agencies for guidance as to what's available ? What about the multi-national consultant/accounting companies such as KPMG, Price Waterhouse Coopers etc.
    • ERICS MUM
    • By ERICS MUM 12th Jun 17, 11:58 AM
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    Never had a career path, but jobs I didn't want to do - medical, teaching, armed forces etc.

    My degree is in business as I was interested in this. I love criminology, but I feel you need qualifications and time to do this.
    Originally posted by ScarletMarble
    This isn't meant as criticism, more my curiosity. Why didn't you have a career in mind when choosing your degree ? I didn't go to university so perhaps I'm being naive in assuming that people who do, select their degree to qualify them for the job/career they want to go into.
    • ERICS MUM
    • By ERICS MUM 12th Jun 17, 12:05 PM
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    Not Sainsburys. A retailer similar to Wilko and pound shops. So we sell lots of toiletries, cleaning products plus things such as small kitchen appliances and seasonal items. So at the moment -
    gardening, outdoor eating and travel items such as suitcases. There are only 30 shops in the country. No chance in progression here.

    I know a couple of people that work for Sainsburys and the pay between general assistant to team leader isn't that great and you work harder, deal with aggressive customers etc. They heard several people that were TLs back to assts as it was too demanding for such little pay - think I heard the figure 60p ph more. Not everyone is progression material,
    Originally posted by ScarletMarble
    This is a situation that many managers deal with 'on their way up'. I did and at the time it was hard but I plodded on and used the experience to define my 'management style' and get a good understanding of how to manage people and a business, including what makes a customer aggressive and how to manage it. Stood me in good stead for moving up the ladder to senior management - coming up through the ranks has a lot to recommend itself.
    • ScorpiondeRooftrouser
    • By ScorpiondeRooftrouser 12th Jun 17, 1:57 PM
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    What type of job are you capable of getting?

    What you should do is apply for well paid jobs you like.

    If you can't get one, apply for well paid jobs you don't like.

    If you can't get one, apply for badly paid jobs you like.

    If you can't get one, stay where you are.
    • xapprenticex
    • By xapprenticex 13th Jun 17, 8:02 PM
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    Fair enough, you've had a tough work life thus far, hope things ease up on you.

    It started well, then, I got made redundant in 2007, split up with my ex, moved back with my parents, 100 miles away. Got a job back there after 3 months unemployed. There were 12 of us started together and 3 mucked up stuff, I wasn't one of these. Employer couldn't be bothered doing the investigation at all and dismissed all 12 of us. This is now 2008 when the job market has been tough and I took any job - temping for 7 months from assignments varying from a day to 4 weeks with probably 6 weeks in those 7 months with no work (2 weeks I was on holiday). Then I have been in my current job ever since. Been to a few interviews, during days off and annual leave, but scared to take time off work unpaid to go to interviews. Then various illnesses have stopped me from leaving my job. As I get full pay. Whereas, if I change jobs and off sick first 6 months (or a year for some employers) SSP and have a mortgage.

    What is stopping me from progressing into new jobs is the situation with the job I was wrongfully dismissed - employed there for 6-7 months.

    I'm worried how do I approach why I left that job if asked in an interview
    Originally posted by ScarletMarble
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