In need of some guidance

Hi,

! I returned to the UK 4 years ago after spending 20 years in the far east.

Upon returning to the UK, I set up my own small retail business.

I studied with the AAT, and completed technician level this year

Business is quiet at the momnent, and I am trying hard to find employment either as a bopok keeper, or similar role.

I have plenty of experience dealing with my own accounts, and am able to use sage 50 2010.

However, I am unable to even get an interview, let alone a job dispite applying for an average of three jobs a day for the past 8 months.

Is it the recession, or something I am doing wrong?

I am sure that my CV contains all the relivant information, but as I am self employed, and have declared this so as to be honest, I think this is where the problem is. I have not been employed for years now, therefore have no employer references......only personal.

This is probably the bit that is not going down so well.

Is there anyone else found themselves in a similar situation?

I am beginning to think that at just 45 years old, Im already on the scrap heap, and with 20 years to go on my mortgage, well.......

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Post by Sai Saree

slider1066 | | Permalink

Hi Sai,

Its very difficult out there with, in many cases, hundreds of applicants applying for one post.  Employers are not going to interview every applicant - perhaps they will interview 5 or 10 at most.  So, in order to filter the 100 applications down to say, 10 applicants for interview, employers have to use all sorts of criteria to create a shortened list.

Employers are not supposed to discriminate on the grounds of sex, age, race, religion, etc - so they are left with whether the CV is well written, highlights their issues, stands out from the crowd and grabs their attention.  At the same time, they may reject applicants on frivilous grounds such as they don't like the colour of the paper the CV is supplied on - or they don't like the font that it is written in.  Harsh - but that is the way it is!

You also need to be careful that you have presented your application and CV with proper grammar and punctuation.  Again, this could be a reason why one applicant gets and interview whilst another does not.

I hope you take this the right way, but I have taken the liberty of reproducing your post and highlighting below (in bold) some of the potential grammar/spelling/typo errors in the post that you originally left on the site. 

It may demonstrate that it is worth getting someone to proof read and correct your applications - before you send them.  I hope that I have not offended you.

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Hi,

! I returned to the UK 4 years ago after spending 20 years in the far east.

Upon returning to the UK, I set up my own small retail business.

I studied with the AAT, and completed technician level this year

Business is quiet at the momnent, and I am trying hard to find employment either as a bopok keeper, or similar role.

I have plenty of experience dealing with my own accounts, and am able to use sage 50 2010.

However, I am unable to even get an interview, let alone a job dispite applying for an average of three jobs a day for the past 8 months.

Is it the recession, or something I am doing wrong?

I am sure that my CV contains all the relivant information, but as I am self employed, and have declared this so as to be honest, I think this is where the problem is. I have not been employed for years now, therefore have no employer references......only personal.

This is probably the bit that is not going down so well.

Is there anyone else found themselves in a similar situation?

I am beginning to think that at just 45 years old, Im already on the scrap heap, and with 20 years to go on my mortgage, well.......

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Kind regards and good luck

Slider

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Deep Sea Fishers | | Permalink

There is a lot of uncertainty for several organisations especially on how much public sector cuts will affect them. Recessions however by their nature create a lot of jobs, the loss of jobs is an obvious effect.

I believe that your skills are still valuable and you can keep sharpening them practically including via CPD. Where possible, you may go for a lower position than you may have wanted. Accountants are generally loyal people especially as they go higher in the organisation - at least in the organisation I work for. Just keep your head high and never lose hope, you will one day get that job.

As far as the mortgage is concerned I am tempted to advise you to go for any job for example care work which can help pay the bills.

Thanks for the feedback

Sari Sari | | Permalink

Thank you both for your comments. I have taken them on board.

Unfortunatly, I did not check the grammer before posting, and there were some bad mistakes on there. I always proof read applications prior to sending, so I am not at all offended by your comments.

I will review the contents of my cv, and keep my chin up.

I already did apply for care work , but you know how it is. Too many people chasing every job right now.

If I strike it lucky, I'll let you know

Many Thanks

Sai

 

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