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More Film Work?

I completely enjoyed the work driving for the film company, they were a good bunch of people, happy to stop for a chat when they weren’t working, but focussed (!) when they were on work time. They didn’t seem to look down on me at all as their driver. I quickly moved from straight driver to more than that anyway. I had to lug their kit around the locations, and some of it was far heavier than you’d be allowed to lift in a normal job.

The camera was called Red and that weighed quite a lot, but its tripod, which I think they called a spider, was stupidly heavy.

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And then I did little jobs all the time. If they needed something from the shops – and often they might be a prop like a wheel barrow – then I’d have to look it up online, then drive off to go and get it.

Admittedly I was bored stupid at times, but in general it was good fun and I said to the director fellow that I’d be delighted to do it again – after all look at the funky beast I had to drive:

Chief WagonThere seems like there is a lot of work there, but the difficult thing for most people is that they can’t just drop their tools and take up the offer. I don’t think that would bother me much as most of the time I’m waiting around hoping for a job from Jon, my Dad, and now The Co-op, so bring it on! Maybe I’ll get to drive all sorts.

 

A drive – one way from London

Yesterday the guy I used to work for gave me a shout and asked if I fancied a small job. Right there and then. I said yes without even wondering what it might be, and I’m glad I did. I had to take a car over to York, then catch a train to London, where I was to check over another car, and if it was OK I had to drive it back.

OK, that’s good enough already. That and the fact I’d be paid a hundred quid. And get lunch thrown in.

But hat’s not the good bit, the good bit was the cars.

I had to take a 1996 Porsche 928 to York. It was old, nearly as old as me, and bloody demanding to drive, you couldn’t relax. But the noise. And the poke. Wow. It was completely amazing. It had a weird gear arrangement where first was where you expect second to be, then the handbrake was strange too, but what the hell it was the fastest feeling car I have ever driven. I guess it’s no faster than dad’s FD’s Range Rover, but that is so smooth you don’t really know what’s happening, but in the Porsche your ass is nearly on the ground.

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I’m on the tube now on my way to an address in Chelsea to pick up the other which is even older. It won’t be fast, but I think it will be cool. It’s a 70’s Mercedes coupe, in yellow! First though I want to find an Arab café for lunch, Roger said there’s one on the Brompton Road to look out for – big kebab with foul medames here we come.

Bloody hell London is busy. Mad but lovely place.

The art of blogging

I’m not exactly sure when blogging became an art form, but it certainly does seem to be the case at the moment.  The problem is that so many people are doing it that the blog has to be as good as it can be in order to catch the eye.  Another issue for me is that I’m up against so many other writers that are very, very good at what they do.  I’m not aiming for an audience of millions (although it would be good to know that there are that many people out there who are interested in what I have to say), but to have a few readers and maybe get some discussion going is what I would like to achieve with this.

So what does blogging entail?  To be honest, I don’t think that there is a right or wrong answer to this one.  Take my blog for example.  You can see from the categories that there are many subjects that I like to write about.  I’ve noticed that many sites will stick to one particular subject, and there is nothing wrong with that if you have a specialism that you want to talk about.  At the moment I’m not really specialising in anything and write about any issues or subjects that come into my head.  A specialist blog is fine if you have a product or service to promote; customers need to know that you know what you’re talking about.  For an ordinary mortal like me, blogging is just the chance to let off a bit of steam.

In the early days of the internet, blogging was reserved for the technical few, but with sites such as WordPress and Blogger out there it is easier than ever to write your own blog.  You simply set it up and off you go; the site does all the hard work for you.  Some bloggers have been lucky enough to make a bit of cash from their blogs, but this takes dedication and a lot of patience.  Earning from my blog would be nice but I’m not sure I’m ready for that commitment level yet.

Anyone who has a few minutes to spare in the day should have a blog.  It doesn’t take long to update it and soon you could have a few followers who are interested in what is going on in your life.

Do people really want to know what goes on in my head?  I’m sure there are some people out there who are interested in the thoughts of others (psychiatrists, mainly).  However, there are probably a few who have stumbled across my blog and wondered what on earth I’m going on about.  My blog is just an outlet for me.  I’m currently not working, so something a little creative like this can stop my brain from clogging up and helps me to voice my opinion on anything and everything that comes into my head.  I’m sure, as time goes on, my blog will grow, and I hope that I can gather a few regular readers.

The CV rethink

When you have spent time trying to find work as I have, the next logical step is to reconsider the CV.  I don’t mean making it a little fictional, just tweaking what is there.  I’ve always prided myself on being able to present my work history in a way that makes it interesting as well as including all the salient points.  However, when you send out dozens of CVs and get very little response, it might be time to rethink a few things.

First of all, I’ve looked at the layout.  For years I’ve used the same blueprint, but a quick look online showed me all the different possibilities, so I’ve made a few changes to the existing layout.  Catching the recruiter’s eye is essential.  The next concern is that once you have caught their eye, they need to be reading something that they won’t forget in a hurry.

Casting an eye over my current CV, I see that it has everything on there, but it doesn’t necessarily sound that good.  There are ways of describing the everyday tasks in a job that makes them sound like you are in control and that you are an achiever.  I’ve looked at the descriptions I’ve written and tweaked the wording so that it not only sounds like I’ve done something great, but it is also a lot more interesting to read; and the good thing is I’m not telling any lies.

This is something that I would recommend for everyone.  Even those who are not job hunting at the moment should take half an hour to polish up the CV.  You never know when the ideal job is going to be advertised and you should be ready to take advantage of it.  It is hard work trying to find a job, but it is equally as hard when you are in a job that you do not love.

On being unemployed

UnemployedBeing unemployed is not easy and I’m speaking from experience.  It can be hard to keep the spirits up and it can be hard to even get out of bed in the mornings and motivate yourself into getting stuff done.  Having the support of family and friends has been brilliant, but there are times when I’ve felt down about my prospects.  The key thing is to keep doing stuff and by that, I mean more than just looking for a job, which, obviously, is the most important thing.

To help, I have taken up a fitness regime.  I go for a jog at lunchtime every day and I play five-a-side football and tennis.  I’ve started to lose weight and there is a real sense of achievement in that.  Achieving something like getting fit and losing weight is important because it gives me the sense of having reached a goal.  It is so easy to become down on yourself when you’re out of work, so something that inspires self-confidence is crucial.

In terms of looking for a job, I have found that I have to be methodical about my job search.  I have to set aside some time every day to scan web sites and so on, and to send out job applications.  I read somewhere that looking for a job is like having a job in itself, and that the jobseeker really has to apply themselves in terms of the time it takes to search out employment or training opportunities, and to apply for them.

I have applied for numerous jobs at this stage and there are multiple copies of my CV out there in the world.  I haven’t heard back from most of the organisations I’ve applied to, which is very frustrating, and it would be very easy to just give up.  But I am determined to end this period of unemployment, so keeping my head up and thinking about a better future is vital.  I know it’s not easy but my advice to anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation to my own is not to ever lose hope.

 

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