An introduction

In Tales on October 4, 2009 at 8:45 pm

So, I’m unemployed. I’m not sure exactly when it happened. Maybe it was when I submitted my last invoice for the last moderately-sized job I did. Maybe it was when I let my Travelcard expire as there was no longer a need to go into town. Maybe it was realising that I had forgotten what I used to wear when I didn’t wear jeans and Converse every day. Maybe it was after the school holidays when a falling off of childcare duties exposed just how few formal (ie financially remunerated) tasks had appeared to replace them. Maybe it was when 10 jobs that a year ago I’d have been over-qualified for failed to dignify me with so much as an email ‘Soz!’ Whatever the exact moment, my status has somehow changed from happy-go-lucky freelance to full-on, down-and-out unemployed.

Perhaps you’re unemployed too. There’s a lot of it about at the moment. According to the Labour Market Statistical bulletin for September, there’s at least 2.47  million of us – an impressive 7.9% of the population and rising – indeed more, because of course the self employed, careers, mothers looking to get back into the labour market, and other such groups are not included in this figure. Perhaps you have stumbled across this blog looking for guidance out of the dark reaches of unemployment, a step-by-step guide to how to get a job, a self-help manual for coping with the alienation, the demoralisation, the boredom, the poverty and the sheer lack of self-worth inflicted by something as basic as not having a job. Sadly, this is not the place to look.

This blog cannot pretend to offer anything more substantial than a way of staying sane through the dark times in the hope that the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t a train approaching. It may be that some posts end up being accidentally useful – if I come across any useful tips, I will of course share them (that is, unless they are editing jobs where I could do without the competition). It may be that one or two are interesting. It may be that one or two inspire you to go somewhere or do something with your day other than checking the jobs websites and realising you can’t even apply for that job at Greggs because it specifies previous experience in catering.

But if it occasionally makes anyone at all feel that they are not the only one whose life seems totally tragic, then, job done.

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