The theme for the Gallery this week is November.

November’s theme for our family has involved a lot of job-seeking activities.  Every day has involved trawling job sites.  Most days have involved sending off application forms and CVs.  In November, most week days have seen job interviews all over the country.  It is proving stressful and very expensive.

My husband is looking for a job.  His skills are as follows if anybody hears of anything.  Remember he is prepared to locate anywhere in the United Kingdom for work.

* Advice  – debt, welfare benefits, housing, employment

* Negotiation – with third parties on clients’ behalf, with funders and partners

* Court representation

* Outreach work – prisons, health clinics, community centres, housing offices

* Grants processing and benevolence work

* Volunteer and staff management

* Training – design and delivery

* Media relations – writing news releases, acting as a spokesperson for an organisation

* Great IT skills

Here is what he would like from potential employers

* Please pay expenses if possible and invest in your recruitment process

* Please do not interview merely out of curiosity – we do have evidence that this has happened more than once

* Please read what he has put on the job application form

* Please make decisions quickly rather than prolonging the waiting agony

* Please allow travelling time to interview if at a distance thus saving need for overnight stays

* Please do not offer an interview and then change your mind and withdraw that offer

* Please offer feedback in a way that will inform future job-seeking

* Please consider alternative ways of interviewing initially – phone, Skype etc

 

I thought the photograph taken during a family day out to relieve the pressure of the hunt for a job summarised this month.

Looking

Working together

Trying to figure things out.

 

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I am joining in with the Gallery for the first time in ages.  The theme this week is Nature.

I love getting out and seeing the natural world.  I love to be in wild woods sharing my late mother’s love of trees.

When I need to get things in perspective, I head for the sea, my late Dad’s great passion.

I remember staring out to sea when I realised Mum had very little time to live and feeling for the first time that I could live on without her or perhaps integrate her spirit into my life.  It comforted me.

We headed for the seaside at Norfolk recently determined to have fun despite our current worries about my husband’s ongoing unemployment.

Nature worked its magic again.

Here is a picture of my youngest son which shows his nature as well as the grandeur of the natural world.

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