26 June 2006

Looking For More

At the very beginning I had decided that I could only start 'Part-time' once I had finished teaching on 20 June. Once assessments were over, I had planned to start my new job on Monday 26 June. What I hadn't been prepared for was how difficult it would be to get this job - nobody had yet agreed to employ me.

Two-and-a-half weeks before the start I had begun filling in application forms, which Steven had sent to me. By this stage (dreams of becoming a traffic warden long-gone), I had just decided to go for anything that I thought would be mildly interesting or at least bearable. I applied for a role as Pharmacy worker in Sainsbury's, receptionist at the Britannia Hotel and electricity meter reader with E.ON.

I naively assumed that it would only be a matter of days before I heard something and was called up for an interview. The days ticked on and I found myself in the week before the start date with nothing lined up. In the four days before the 26 June mild panic set in. What was I going to do? My own rules stated that I had to begin on Monday and time was running out. At 0:00 on Monday I would begin recording my activities. But where was I going to work?

There was one glimmer of hope - on 23 June I received a letter in the post inviting me for an interview with E.ON for the meter reading job, but it wasn't until Wednesday 28 June, three days into the project.

I ran around town desperately looking for work. I took CVs to Woolworths, Argos, WH Smiths, and an independent clothes shop and tea rooms. They all had the same retort: 'nothing at the moment, but we'll let you know'.