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Friday. Fandango’s Flashback. A chance to post something from this day in years gone by, to see what we thought back then.

I have been ready to jump back into work for over a year now, and even a year ago, I posted about the frustration of finding a job.

This post, from 9th November 2018, talks about my frustration with the job boards.

I hear politicians talk about record employment in the UK. At the same time, I see record numbers using food banks, and wonder which world those politicians are living in, because employment certainly doesn’t equate to affluence. I don’t doubt that the USA is exactly the same, because we take our lead from you in most things.

Another thing that politicians will tell you, is that there record numbers of jobs available. This too is a sham. What happens is that the same job is reposted over and over, as if it were a new job each time, just to keep it near the top of the pile. I can imagine if I made the same post every day, you’d soon be fed up with me. So I am seeing new jobs that I first saw posted maybe eighteen months ago.

The net effect? Well, I look at job boards less frequently, maybe weekly instead of daily. Some boards, I have given up altogether, so the advertisers shoot themselves in the foot. And, of course, the boards themselves don’t mind, presumably they’re earning their fee for every time the job is posted in any case. Anyway, I don’t want to just repeat my original post again now. So please enjoy my flashback.

Stroke Survivor

It is an interesting conundrum. I see the same job, for the same salary, posted again and again. I can see, if you’re a poster, that you might assume that someone, who might be perfect for the role, might not have seen the job that time around, so it might be worth advertising the same job again.

But I’m seeing jobs that are just being re-advertised for months on end, at the same salary. If someone were looking for that job, don’t you think they’d have seen the ad by now?

It leads me to an interesting question – at what point do you, as a recruiter, throw your hands up in surrender and accept that there whilst there might be nobody sufficiently skilled to do the job, there might also be something wrong with the job which stops people from applying. It might be the job description itself, the…

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Fandango’s Friday Flashback (25 October 2019)

It is that time of the week again, and Fandango has posted his Friday Flashback. He uses his post to re-blog something from this day in a previous year, and I try to follow suit.

My blogging is purely spontaneous, I write when I feel like it, and in previous years I have gone days or weeks between posts. This week, I can just about get within a few days of the anniversary.

A very short post from a couple of years ago. Don’t worry – I have long since reconciled myself to it being a topsy-turvy world – that people having dumb ideas earn a lot more than I ever did!

Stroke Survivor

I was up at the hospital the other week. All the signs there are that NHS white-on-blue, with the exception on those to the Eye Clinic, which are bumble-bee black on yellow. Great, must make it easier for people with vision issues to find the place.

And then you think, “what if they’re not going to the eye clinic?”

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Fandango’s Friday Flashback

He catches me every time! He reminds me that it is Friday once again, reminds me how little I have accomplished this week! Yes, Fandango has published his Friday Flashback, and prompted me to go scurrying around for a post of my own.

I find it helpful to write thoughts down, it helps to turn them into coherent ideas. One of the reasons I like blogging in particular is that it allows me to explore subjects in perhaps a greater detail than I’d want to in a Facebook post.

One of my interests is in current affairs and politics. I’m a guy in my fifties, so many of my beliefs are pretty-much cast in stone. But some issues are ambiguous. I’m not sure. That they are ambiguous makes them interesting.

Here is one such question.

The backdrop is that here in the UK we will be coming up to Remembrance Day in a couple of weeks time. The day we take out to remember our veterans. I guess pretty similar to Veterans’ Day in the USA, although I don’t know for sure. My ponderings go a bit further though. A conflict may be right or wrong, so what responsibility does a serviceman have, to call it out when they think it is wrong?

I’m sorry, it rambles a bit – probably relects my own uncertainty on the issue. A year later (to the day) and I hope my current writing is a little clearer.

Stroke Survivor

In the UK, we are coming up to Remembrance Sunday once again. I must admit, I’ve struggled with this in recent years.

A hundred years ago, say, for example, in World War One, the average man-in-the-street would not have known about, or would have had a limited view of, world events. They would have trusted the judgement of their “betters”, who sent them off to war.

If people had known what they now know about the reasons, would they have been so prepared to fight? Especially as the “war to end all wars” was repeated just 25 years later? Certainly, as I understand it, we were sucked into war almost accidentally, due mainly to distant alliances coming into play, and was far from clear-cut.

On to World War Two, and I think is an easy one to justify, in the light of Hitler’s behaviour towards minorities such as Jews, for…

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