sareini: default (cthulhu)
Well, Virgin did miraculously get back to me this morning. Turns out that our broadband account is on AOL, which is why we could have phone and TV services on our package. This was a hell of a shock to us, as no-one had told us we were on AOL till now... Anyway, the CSR thought outside the box, and simply opened a new account for me for the phone, so I'm getting it installed after all.

Only problem is that it's being installed on the 27th of this month. Two weeks away. Bah to ridiculous waiting times - just how many people are getting phones installed round here anyway?

But still, at least we don't have to pay £110 for a phone line, and I'm officially one step closer to my new job.
sareini: default (hellocthulhu)
- I am in love with Lush's solid shampoo and conditioner range. I got a free bar of shampoo last month as part of a promotion they were doing, and thought I'd try it out because, you know, it's free and I needed some more shampoo anyway.

The stuff I got's called New Hair, and it's supposed to promote hair growth if you've been losing your hair through stress and the like (I'm not, but it sounded nice). It's also got a big stick of cinnamon right in the middle of it. The shop assistant told me to just use it like a soap and lather it up in my hands or by rubbing it directly on my hair, but I admit I was slightly sceptical about it's lathering abilities. I was wrong, and the stuff is wonderful (and apparently makes my hair smell like spicy brown sugar, according to Nick). The only problem I had was that I didn't have a conditioner to go with it, and with my hair being like it is (too curly to be properly managable on most days) I need a conditioner.

So last week I went and got myself a bar of solid conditioner to go with the solid shampoo. I got Jungle, which the shop assistant said was very good for curly and easily tangling hair (that's another thing I love about Lush; the staff are actually helpful and stuff). That works wonders for my hair as well, and right now I think it's actually in better condition than it's been for some time.

I'm thinking about getting some of their henna hair dyes next...

- I have a job interview tomorrow. Not for the poker dealer thing (that fell through as they had no training spots left), but for Vodafone, who called me earlier today and asked if I was still interested in the job(s) I applied for earlier in the year. I said yes, and they put me down for a "Vodafone Experience" tomorrow afternoon. The only problems is that the location of this "Experience" is several miles from where I live, and there are only two buses a day to the location - neither of which are at the time I'd need to get there. (Let's not even get into how I'd get back). And there isn't enough petty cash for a taxi. So gods only know what I'm going to do there.

- I'm writing... stuff. Mainly fanfiction (CoH, which I might post at some point), but I've also got other ideas in my head I want to get down on paper. It's typical, the way I can wait for ages and then have several ideas hit at once, like buses...
sareini: default (discworld - tried normality)
I've been looking into the possibility of getting a new job over the past couple of weeks. My current job of roaming stock-taker pays well enough (when there's work, that is), but it leaves me utterly exhausted after each shift and it's more often than not mind-numbingly boring. And I need a job that's able to keep at least some of my attention.

So later today I'm going to be ringing up one of our local casinos to enquire about the job of poker dealer that's been advertised. That should be interesting for sure...
sareini: default (Number 142)
I now at least know that work isn't planning on firing me any time soon.

Last night I got a pair of work boots with steel toe-caps from them, completely free of charge. This certainly makes work a hell of a lot easier, as until last night I was having to wear my office shoes, which are those fashionable ballet-type shoes that look nice but really aren't good for walking around a B&Q warehouse for 8 hours non-stop.

My new work boots are also wonderfully comfortable, which came as a surprise to everyone else, who saw me putting them on while not wearing socks and predicted how much pain I'd be in by the end of the night. Heh. I have Hobbit-feet - I did my Duke of Edinburgh's award in hiking boots without socks and didn't get a single blister, and generally have more hard and callused (but completely painless) skin on my feet than I do soft. (I also have kind-of hairy toes, but don't tell anyone.)

Tomorrow I'm planning on going into town to disappoint myself by trying to get a laptop from Dixon's on a credit agreement (provided I remind Nick to ring the back first to we can find out why they haven't sent us any of the paperwork - or even a bloody statement - since we changed his bank account into a joint account for the both of us). Now that I have a 'proper' job and income coming in, I figure I have at least some chance... until they actually do a credit check, that is...
sareini: default (Good Omens - Armageddon)
So, the buses don't run that early. Since it's too far to walk, that would mean a taxi. So out of the £11 I would theoretically have if I took the three-day Ireland job, that's £4 gone already.

Another problem is the fact that whoever compiled this worksheet doesn't seem to have looked at what people might have been doing on the previous week and how that might affect their getting to work the next day. For example, myself and a couple of others who've been scheduled for the Ireland jobs need to be at the pick-up point at 5:30 on Monday morning. However, on Sunday we're also supposed to be down in Portsmouth, for a job which would theoretically end at around 0030 or 0100. It takes four-five hours to drive to or from Portsmouth from Stoke-on-Trent. It therefore shouldn't take a genius to work out that we actually wouldn't be getting back in time to make the pickup for the Ireland jobs in the first place.

And just to put a cherry on top of all this, I got a text yesterday and a call today asking if I was available for other jobs tomorrow! Which I'd like to be, but the money situation is such that I simply can't afford to right now (my choices are limited to "Work on Sunday and cancel the Ireland jobs" or "Cancel the Sunday job, work the Ireland jobs and be prepared to starve while you're over there"). But the person who phoned me didn't sound very impressed when I explained my situation in brief to him. Am I the only person trying to work on a budget?

Arrgh.
sareini: default (B5 - karma)
So, never mind the crappy night I had at work last night, the worksheets for next week have just come in and I have a whole new problem.

On Monday (at 5.30 in the fricking morning, no less!) I'm supposed to be going to Cork for a job. Then Limerick the next day, and then Athlone the day after. Yes, that's three nights in Ireland. They'll be putting us up in hotels on the Tuesday and Wednesday, so it's not like we'll be travelling back and forth across the Irish Sea for three days, but it still poses something of a problem for me.

The problem being that I might have serious problems actually getting to the pick-up point (do the buses run that early?) and that I won't actually have any money for food or anything while I'm over there (I don't get paid till next Friday - the 13th - and Nick hasn't been paid yet - and even once he does, it won't actually be available for several days while it transfers). So what do I do?

Thing is, I'd actually like to go on this job. The pay's good - nearly £200 for three days - and hey, it's Ireland. Even if I'm stuck in a bloody minibus for most of the time, and either in a DIY warehouse or asleep for the rest of it, I've still not been in years and would enjoy the trip. If I can find some money in a hurry there's no problem, but otherwise...

Whoa.

Jun. 26th, 2007 06:31 pm
sareini: default (speechless)
I get in from work this morning fully intending to have a good ole' bitch about my shift, which was 14 hours long (not including two hours' travel time) and involved three hours working in a garden centre in the pouring, non-stop rain.

The moment I get in, Nick tells me that WWE wrestler Chris Benoit is dead. Not just dead, in fact, but the only suspect in the murder of his wife and son and believed to be have committed suicide as well.

...

Not only is that all types of fucked-up, it tends to put things into perspective.

Everything is messed up right now.

Online Onslaught link to what's known so far.
sareini: default ("bad century")
I'm still alive! Really.

It's just that it's taken me a bit of time to get used to my new job (which I haven't been fired from yet) and the crushing exhaustion I get when I get home from each shift. Also, I've not exactly had the best run of luck at work so far:

On my first shift I came down with food poisoning or something, threw up twice in the toilets and had to sign off after only 5 and a half hours.

On the second shift it rained so badly on the way to work that I was drenched before I even got on the bus.

On the third shift it rained again, only this time it was while I was at work... in the garden centre. I got drenched again.

On the fourth shift a shelf full of heavy rolls of vinyl wallpaper fell on my arm, thus introducing me to the wonderful world of Health and Safety proceedures.

So yeah... it's been an interesting time. The job itself isn't that difficult - you get a special barcode-reading gun and get sent out to scan everything in the area you're assigned to, making notes of how much stuff there is as you go along - but it's usually in B&Q warehouses in the middle of the night, after several hours' worth of driving to get there, and then several hours back (Earliest I've gotten in so far is 5:30am). So there's lots of walking up and down aisles, and lots of shifting stock around so that you can scan it, and a fair bit of climbing on ladders and the like. It can get tiring very quickly.

Still, they've not fired me yet, so I only have nice things to say about them. Honest.

This upcoming week, I got to go to Exeter on Monday (five hour drive each way), Warminster on Wednesday (wonder if I should look out for the 'Thing') and Chester on Sunday. So I may not be posting too much in the first half of the week again.

Oh, and here's something I saw on Amara's journal:

Online Dating

Mingle2 - Online Dating



I did it for my writing journal too (you know, the one with the slash), only it came out as G-rated...

Catch-up

Jun. 8th, 2007 08:21 pm
sareini: default (Good Omens - Armageddon)
I haven't posted for a while. I know, it's terrible.

So, what's been happening?

- after a slight problem involving my email not getting the worksheets being sent to me, I got my schedules for this week and next for work. My first job is on Sunday. Then I've got another on Monday (goodbye sleep!) and one on Wednesday. I'm at least glad that I don't have to work next weekend, as there's a double-XP weekend going on CoX that I don't want to miss (and I'm already having to miss a roleplay event happening this Sunday night).

- I've started my planning for Blogathon '07.

- [livejournal.com profile] learnedrobb is coming down to see us tomorrow and staying overnight, so Jelli can sit on him and Mac can run away whenever he moves (Mac is slightly scared of big people)

- I'm writing porn for [livejournal.com profile] amara_m/[livejournal.com profile] phantisma's Inappropriate Content ficathon. You may all start trembling now.

I think that's all the salient points...
sareini: default (Blackadder - Bugger)
No work this (upcoming) week.

I called them on Wednesday, after I got the letter, and left a message as that seemed to be the only thing I could do. I never got called back, but since I don't know how this all works yet I didn't think too much of it.

I called again on Thursday, trying a different phone route, but got cut off entirely.

This morning I was supposed to get a work schedule for the upcoming week in my e-mail. I didn't so, as the letter advised, I went and called them again. Left another message. And actually got called back this time.

Turns out that until I've spoken 'voice-to-voice' with an actual person I'm not put down for anything. Woman on the phone seemed to be implying that it was my fault, despite the fact that I've called them repeatedly, left messages and not a one has come to it till now.

Also, apparently since it's a bank holiday next week there's no to little work anyway. She said that the woman who should have called me when I called the first time and left a message will call me on Tuesday to sort everything out.

Ah well. I guess this means I get to go to both nights of the SG recruitment fair...

Today...

May. 22nd, 2007 09:02 pm
sareini: default (Bubba Ho Tep)
First and foremost...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY [livejournal.com profile] ebon_bear!
Not to mention a happy honourary birthday to Jelli as well, as it's been a year (give or take a few days) since she decided we were interesting enough people to move in with.


Nick's brother [livejournal.com profile] wantmybed is up at the moment, gracing his brother with his presence for his birthday and buying him stuff like this month's issue of Powerslam and Green Goblin figurines. Right now they're downstairs playing poker, with Mac occasionally trying to join in by trying to grab the cards as they're dealt or pouncing the chips, which is quite possibly one of the most adorable things ever.

In other news...

I have a job. I got a letter this morning from the stock taker - sorry, contractual auditor - people, and they've put me on their database to get work. It's casual, as and when required, but with any luck I can still get a reasonable amount from it. Even working once a week for them would get about £200 a month for us, which would help a lot.

Becuase it's casual, however, I'm still looking for work, and I've got an assessment-interview on Thurday with BT for a job of "Foundation Billing Advisor", which sounds really good. So at this rate I might end up with two jobs for a while...

Arrgh.

May. 14th, 2007 07:51 pm
sareini: default ("bad century")
Vodafone were supposed to be ringing me this evening to do something involving roleplay for my application to be a retail monkey at one of their stores. They didn't call.

Instead, I get an e-mail an hour after they were supposed to call, telling me that they're cancelling my face-to-face interview for the call centre drone job that I was supposed to have on Wednesday (due to "recruitment at the current time", according to the e-mail, whatever that means) and that they'll call me to rearrange. Only they don't call, they just send a text telling me to call them.

And no word about the call I was supposed to be getting this evening.

Screw it, I'm going on the JSA. Filling out forms and jumping through hoops for the government actually seems like a better prospect round about now. And easier.
sareini: default (Number 119)
Well, that was a fun morning.

First off, we all (me being the only girl and the only one who'd bothered to turn up in a suit) got to watch a short video telling us about the glamourous work of the stock taker. No, really. We get to travel all round the country (and sometimes out of it!) in a minibus and work long unsociable hours scanning barcodes and counting how many of each item there is. Sometimes the work even requires us to stay overnight somewhere (Harrods, for example, takes six days to audit and so that requires a five-six night stay in London).

A fair few of the guys at this presentation though worried me somwhat, in that they didn't appear to have the intelligence to understand the job spec as it had originally been given to them. They thought 'permanent' meant 'full-time', for example, and needed some convincing otherwise. A couple also thought they could work seven days out of seven (even though the ad had said shift work, nights and 'when needed') or were guaranteed at least four days' work a week. One guy in particular was pretty damn adamant about these things (at one point he insisted that no-one could stop him if he wanted to work more than 40 hours a week in one job... well, you're more than welcome to try but I think the Health and Safety executive and the EC Commission might have something to say about that), and just spent a ridiculous amount of time arguing about how the job wasn't what he wanted. Finally, though, when he had to make a decision he said - quieter - "I'll have to speak to the wife," and went to call her. He came back in a couple of minutes later, somewhat more subdued, and filled in his application form with barely another word.

So I applied, of course (I knew what I'd be getting into at least). Downsides - I'm not going to know if they're taking me on for a couple of weeks, and even then it'd be a while before I actually got paid as they pay monthly rather than weekly, and it's on the 15th of each month for the month just gone. Bah. Still, at least it's another opportunity, and it's not like it's the only one as I've got Vodafone calling me this evening to do some roleplays for the retail monkey job, and then on Wednesday I get to go into town for another Vodafone interview, this one for the position of call centre drone.

I'm starting to have problems keeping track of what I've applied for and where I'm up to with them...
sareini: Amanda from the Saw movies wearing an reverse bear trap (Saw)
This morning I had an interview for a call centre drone job at an insurance company. It was a three-part interview, the three parts consisting of a maths test, a date entry test and a customer service test. Oh, and after that there was a generic interview thing as well.

I don't know how I did yet - the lady who was doing the assessment/interview said they would 'be in touch shortly', which is the sort of thing that always fills me with dread. Especially since I'm convinced I messed up on all three of the assessments - I had to guess on the make of a car that I'd never heard of before when I was doing the data entry (I was taking mock calls and having to input data from them), I'm always terrified that I didn't do something right on customer service calls and as for the maths test... They asked for me to show all my working out. I mean, everything was pretty simple stuff (no triganometry or anything like that), but as I'm dyscalculic, I've had to develop my own ways of doing a lot of sums. Which means that my working out often has nothing to do with the answers I've actually gotten (my maths teacher hated me for this), or uses some really strange methods.

So now I guess I'm waiting for the rest of the day to see if I actually did better than I'm currently fretting about. The company's really nice, you see, and the salary and hours are good, so it would be a good job to have (even if it is somewhere where there's only one bus out and it comes once an hour).

I tried to improve my karma on the way back by giving some money to the Cats Protection people who were collecting in the shopping centre, but I guess now I'm just going to have to wait and see...
sareini: default (normal people...)
It can get quite disheartening sometimes, to go through the job listings online week after week and see jobs that you applied for weeks ago and never heard anything back from still up there. You really start to wonder what exactly the companies are looking for, and just how desperate they'd have to be before they'd consider having you in for an interview (because they're obviously not that desperate just yet).

On the other hand, I have a couple of leads so far this week - one is for a Stock Taker working evenings and nights, doing, well, stock taking. The job's actually been up for a few months now, and I was feeling slightly desperate this week so I applied. Got a call from them this morning, and I'm now going to a presentation on Monday about it. My one hope is that there isn't some hidden clause about needing your own driving license (the bane of my life now!) that about 90% of jobs seem to demand now. The job spec mentioned travelling extensively using the employer's transport, so I'm hoping that's like a bus or truck or something that ships the employees from supermarket (or whatever) to supermarket. Pay's not too bad either - £50-60 per night.

I've also got an interview with another recruitment agency on Friday, which should be interesting as right now I've actually got no idea where the recruitment offices are. Google's been no help to me, so I'm hoping that my job advisor can save me on this one or it's going to be an interesting Friday morning...

I just wish I'd gotten more than two hours' sleep last night...
sareini: default (American Gods - organising gods/cats)
Everything happens at once.

Firstly, I heard back from the Sellafield people, and my father wasn't one of the ones on their list. Which is a relief. I haven't had time to update till now though, whoch was annoying as just about every time I wanted to something else would come up.

But I suppose that the new big news is that, after weeks and weeks of putting myself abouty the job market with barely any response, all of a sudden people are interested in me. Only problem is, they've all decided to be interested at once and half of them are really far away. I got one call for an interview (or pre-interview, we're not sure) on Thursday afternoon at 3... but it's in Keele, which is some considerable distance from where I am right now. I got another wanting me to go into Newcastle-under-Lyme at 10 tomorrow. I've got another wanting me to call them back, and Vodafone are giving me a telephone interview tomorrow at 10.30.

The problems I have is that right now we don't have the money to get into Keele or Newcastle, or possibly even to call someone back (bloody lack of credit on phone). So right now I'm hoping that the Vodafone telephone interview goes really, really well, because I'm ditching at least one other interview for it at very short notice. Then again, from what I've heard Vodafone take nearly anybody.

On the other hand, I still have to e-mail them to make sure they've got the right phone number to actually ring me on.

Now add to all this the fact that I got about 4 hours' sleep between Sunday and today. Yes, it's been fun times round here - especially since my body shifts into 'hyper' mode when I don't get enough sleep. I was practically making like a hummingbird this morning trying to get stuff sorted.
sareini: default (B5 - 15 things)
I really need to remember to update this more often sometimes...

So, what have I been up to?

Had a job interview last week, for BHS, which I think went well, but of course I'll only know that if, by the end of this week, I've been called back for a second interview. It't be a good job to get - easy to get to, nice people, good hours... but we'll have to wait and see.

[livejournal.com profile] jackthecake worked some magic and managed to get us a pair of sofas for the house today. They're very nice indeed, as well as very big - we can't currently open the front door properly, so we're either going to have to enter and leave the house through the back door for a while or rearrange Nick's office. The cats certainly like them though.

Put my back out somehow, so I'm having a few problems standing, walking and sitting at the moment (no word on lying down as I haven't tried it yet). Just waiting now for the painkillers to kick in.

Been neglecting my writing over the last few days, which is especially bad of me as I'm taking part in this year's April Fools. Then again, it's not like I've been consciously doing so - I just keep getting caught up in other stuff whenever I sit down to write, or getting short-term writer's block. I intend to try and fix that this week, though.

Tonight I'm pulling an all-nighter too, as my RP SG in CoH is meeting, and we're going to be running missions, doing a TF or something like that, all in-character. So I got all my sleeping in this afternoon. It's all go around here sometimes...

Wages...

Mar. 31st, 2007 12:20 pm
sareini: default (reality connection)
Well, I can now safely say that I do indeed pay my taxes.

In fact, after seeing the wageslip that came through today for the two days' work I did last week, I think I might be paying someone else's taxes as well. Like maybe the Queen's. £16.74? Out of £77?
sareini: default (American Gods - organising gods/cats)
So there I am, sprawled on the living room floor with a cat on my hip, eating Milka chocolate and watching Junk (Japanese zombie film, lives up to its name for the most part) when my phone rings.

It's a lady ringing to talk to me about the job I applied for with British Home Stores in an admin/HR role.

Thank Eris I'm not a bad actress is all I can say, because I don't remember applying to BHS for a job (then again, most of the jobs I apply for don't say who they're with on the initial application details). Thankfully, I managed to bluff my way through the impromptu telephone interview (including questions such as "What are your strengths and weaknesses?" and "Why do you want to work for BHS?")

It also apparently helped my case that Jelli decided to start talking to me while I was on the phone, prompting me to apologise to the lady for any strange sounds she was hearing. Turns out the lady was also a cat lover, and had in fact just lost her cat of 19 years (!). So after our cat-lover solidarity was established, things went smoother.

I now have a (provisional) in-person interview next Thursday at 11:30. I should probably work out what job it is that I've applied for and look up some stuff about BHS before then...
sareini: default ("bad century")
Today I made attendance sheets.

Then I shredded documents. And shredded. And shredded. And, just for some variety, shredded some more.

...Then I got binned. Whovever had 'two days' in the pool wins the pot.

Seriously, what is it about me that's apparently so unemployable? No-one says anything to my face, it's all done via the agency. In this case, it was a case of "they just don't feel the work is panning out". They might as well have given the reason as "Well, you know, it's stuff."

So, it's another job to add to the CV with the hope that no-one looks too closely, and back to the hunt...

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