For those of you that follow me on twitter or have read previous posts will know I'm job searching at the moment.
I'm also on Job Seekers (which I'm not that proud about) and if we could get by without the money I wouldn't bother but we need it.
Every fortnight I go to the Job Centre and "sign on", that is sign a piece of paper to say I've actively looked for work, and show them what I've done. I've been doing this for about 8 weeks now.
Last week I got a letter inviting me to a Back to Work session to "assist your search and improve prospects of finding a job", I was more then a little insulted!
So today I went along to a local hotel to attend this group session. For me it was complete waste of time, its not that I don't know where to look for a job, is that I can not find a suitable role for me. Finding part/time flexible work is not easy.
I could see that the session was useful for some, and there was offers with help with training etc but I already have the skills that they were offering. They explained the different resources available if you haven't got a computer or access to the Internet.
I spent the hour going, yeap doing that, doing that, doing that!
They tried to tell us that there was work in our area available!
Fun Fact 1: In my Town last week was 75 full time positions available on the Job Centres website
Fun Fact 2: There are currently approx 1700 people on Job Seekers in my Town
I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle!!
I'm in an unfortunate position that I don't drive and our public transport is limited so its hard for me to work outside of the area! I feel like I'm going round and round in circles and the real kicker is I can only claim Job Seekers until January as I was on maternity previous to my claim and haven't paid enough NI contributions!!
This is the first time in 13 years I've been unemployed! and I'm only is this situation as the company I worked couldn't accommodate part-time hours and I could afford full time childcare
So today I lost an hour I will never get back and I'm no closer to a job!!