Jobless in London
Well, I think that my job search has managed to go from bad to worse. Today being the biggest disappointment since finding out Ben Kingsley wasn’t and then was Indian.
It was a confusing childhood rife with misinformation. I blame Gandhi myself.
I went for a job today, expecting to sell myself for an advertising post. What I almost ended up doing was going to Worthing to watch someone handing out Beauty Salon promos for no basic wage. I probably would have got on a train had it not been for another girl piping up to say it wasn’t for her, and giving me the opportunity to say “Ditto” and run off.
I should have twigged something was off when I caught a glimpse of their morning mantra/pep talk. Screaming and shouting in order to prepare for “sales battle” and ruining Ali’s immortal ” I’m gonna float like a butterfly, and sting like a bee,” were definite red flags. This wasn’t my sales approach.
I’m more of a sarcasm over wine kind of girl.
I hope this spate of bad job interviews ends soon; it’s costing me a fortune in comfort shopping. Today I bought a DKNY purse. It’s blue. To match my mood.
I give up.
I mean who do you have to stalk to get a job in this town? it’s not like I haven’t put myself out there, there has been a lot of putting out, and none of it fun.
I blew my last job interview on the grounds that my interviewer didn’t think I would be a good fit. I may have gone a bit overboard on the professional look, and was way more serious than I normally am. In my own defence, I’ve been unemployed for a month now and if I was emanating a serious or even desperate vibe it was probably because I was sweating out the last of my deodorant stick, at the end of a travel card, in a suit that was about to fall apart at the seams.
With that image in mind, I actually respect them for not giving me the job; I must have looked constipated and severe. Who wants that in the office? Even if it was a medical publishing company (yawn).
They tell you not to lie in interviews, and they’re right. When they asked me what I did for fun, tequila sprang to my mind. But reading sounded more professional. I didn’t know tequila was the right answer. I would have come to the interview in the Hooter’s outfit I bought off Ebay and got them to do jelly shots off me if I had.
What did I know about the method to their madness? Did Mr Miyagi make any sense when he asked Daniel San to wax his car instead of teaching him to roundhouse Johnny to the face?
Maybe I’m just not the kind of person who can be measured by other people’s standards.
This is the moment when I realise that I can’t work for anyone else, and try to set up my own business, which then goes from strength to strength, ending with me admiring the cityscape from my penthouse, side by side with my gorgeous husband and a Martini.
Only I still haven’t figured out what I do that gets me a penthouse flat in London and a hot guy.
Call girl? Lottery winner?
I don’t think I’m ready to work for myself. I would just watch reruns of Fraiser and eat French Fancies until I felt like doing something more productive, like eating mini Battenbergs and watching Only Fools and Horses.
Unless an opening for French Fancy tester opens up, I will just have to suck it up and keep trying.
Originally published at runslikeabeigegirl.wordpress.com on July 3, 2015.