In my continuing hunt for a job I have:
- Spoken to the Working Links people. As I had feared, I am just outside their target area and apparently they don't have the discretion to do as much for people who are outside but at least close. However, I can at least drop by and discuss things with advisors, even if I don't fall into the area where they can help with funding. Best time to do this would be the early morning, oddly enough.
- Phoned the one of the two nice ladies at the North-East Chamber of Commerce who I helped out last night. Got the name of the other one, the one who may be able to help more, plus was referred to someone senior in the organisation who discussed possible funding of NVQs and how it wasn't going to happen. Note to self: I bet the NECC would be great at helping with things like organising work shadowing. If I'm going to try any mad network-y things, they would be the place.
- Booked a dentist's appointment and set reminders on Yahoo! Calendar so that even though the appointment card is sitting on my keyboard right in front of me I will not forget. Again.
- Spoken to the people at the Cleveland Trade Unionists & Unemployed Workers Resource Centre and found out that they're happy to let me print off a number of CVs there. Inadvertently referred to the Administrator as the Receptionist. Bugger. Have thought of a better way of asking this sort of question in the future.
- Made an appointment for 2pm tomorrow at First Choice Recruitment on Borough Road. Must bring CV, National Insurance details, photo and bank details. Not so sure about the last two of these, but...
- Spoken to the people at Baxter Personnel Ltd. Discovered that the recruitment agency which claimed to be within a mile of here is actually just an office where they occasionally conduct interviews, but must send them a CV and a covering letter.
- Spoken to the people at Independent Employment Services. Will drop them off a CV tomorrow. They have also recommended another company, Highland Personnel, who I hadn't heard of and who frankly don't really seem to exist. Searching for them does suggest another agency, Fircroft Recruitment Specialists, who have a branch semi-locally and might be able to come up with something interesting.
- Haven't spoken to the people at Hays Personnel, but they're based in the same building as the Working Links people so I can do them at the same time.
- Spoken to the people at Leda Recruitment, who are mostly heavy industry recruiters, but who were able to recommend T.A.B.S. of Stockton, which is something.
- Spoken to the people at Nutech Staff Consultants and will drop them off a CV tomorrow.
- Spoken to someone at the University of Teesside Careers Service who invited me to drop by. It's unlikely that they'll be able to fix me up with a full appointment with an advisor, but I might be able to get a drop-by splash'n'dash, and they also have a list of other places to turn.
- Haven't spoken to the people at Tees Valley Information, Advice and Guidance who were going to work out what I wanted to do and what would be suitable for me - in fact, have discovered that I suspect that I don't have "their" contact details, whoever "they" are, and the bumph they gave me doesn't have details on. Might be a problem, but in the worst case scenario I only need to go ten doors down (slightly fewer, actually: not all the even numbers in Arlington Road exist) to collar the Peter. I suspect I ought to be able to work out who to chase if need be from that under-construction TVIAG link I posted yesterday.
Incidentally, I had a search for this Peter to see if he is the online type, but the only person willing to put anything pertaining to "62 Arlington Road" online was one Dr. Carl Zweben, Composites Consultant and Distinguished Lecturer of Devon, PA. Wonder if he has any jobs going?
So it's been a good hour today and a good couple of hours yesterday. That's only really three good hours, though, when the whole process is likely to take tens or hundreds of hours. All the same I'll keep going and feel hopeful-to-confident that I'll eventually get there. (My thoughts and *hugs* go out to the people I know who have been doing this for far longer than I have.) It's also a good record of things to try for when I need to do this process again in the future. (When? If?) Now while I'm in this very unusually productive mood I'll get those electronic CVs sent off, see if I can upload a few to those recruitment agencies which work online and so forth...
Big day tomorrow. Get to bed early tonight (casts meaningful glances at those who are interesting and lovely enough to tempt me to stay up late), get up early tomorrow, shave, shower, dress up, visit Working Links and hopefully have a long, deep chat, go to the Resource Centre and reload with CVs, visit another four agencies. That's the plan, at least.
*thinks about the keepgoingkeepgoingkeepgoing advice I have given others*