For the first time in nearly 3 years, I completed a job application today. Imagine that! Is this part of me getting my groove back?
It is a job that I could do stood on my head. Not that I can stand on my head but you know what I mean. Will I get it or even get an interview? Very probably not due to the fact I will not get the best reference from my last employer. Will they take into account that I was not functioning at best during that last short-term job as my Mum was terminally ill? Will they look at how the targets of the project were never realistic anyway? I very much doubt it.
However, what the experience of completing the application brought home to me was that it is 20 years since I got my first proper job.
As I am a Groovy Mum or one in the making anyway, I have decided to sell myself on here. You never know who might be watching. Also, I have decided that despite often feeling like a fat and useless blob over the last few years, I do have some fairly impressive skills and experiences. All I need to do now is find someone who wants them.
So here is what I have done/can do. A working life review if you like.
1. I have advised members of the public on issues such as debt, welfare benefits, housing, employment and relationship matters.
2. I have negotiated with third parties (creditors, landlords, employers, government agencies) on clients’ behalf.
3. I have represented clients at court and tribunal hearings. The most satisfying cases were the ones where I saved someone’s house or got them a backdated cheque for unpaid benefits.
4. I have devised public relations strategies for a number of organisations.
5. I have given talks on a wide range of topics and to diverse audiences.
6. I have written advice columns.
7. I have promoted the goods, concepts and volunteering opportunities within charity shops.
8. I have gained significant media coverage in newspapers, magazines and newsletters.
9. I have given interviews on radio and television.
10. I have organised a Fashion Show for a charity.
11. I have promoted volunteering and active citizenship in cities, towns and villages.
12. I have organised events to recognise the social and economic value of volunteers.
13. I have linked potential volunteers with volunteering opportunities in a wide range of public and third sector settings.
14. I have organised several charity fairs.
15. I have organised several craft fairs.
16. I have promoted the concept of Action Learning as a tool of personal, professional and organisational development.
17. I have organised on-going Action Learning Sets (groups) for the voluntary sector and also some multi-sector groups.
18. I have contributed content for websites.
19. I have written a guide to Action Learning. It even has an ISBN number!
20. I have organised 3 big conferences with venues such as a sports stadium, a private prison and a tourist attraction.
21. I have brought together players from the private, public and voluntary sector looking at how they can share resources and work effectively together whilst breaking down cultural dissonance.
22. I have established a e-bulletin that is valued in the criminal justice sector to this day.
23. I have raised funds from trust and the corporate sector.
24. I have acted a a trustee of a women’s refuge
25. I have delivered training on issues such as law, government policy, media relations, volunteering and learning tools.
26. I have recruited, trained, supervised and supported volunteers in a variety of settings.
27. I have published a local magazine for mums.
28. I have written reviews of goods and services.
29. I have blogged.
So I guess number 30 has to be ….
I hope I don’t get a load of flack for blowing my own trumpet. It is just I think sometimes it is necessary if only to convince ourselves that we are worthwhile. In the midst of housework and parenting, it is so easy to lose sight of what we are capable of out in the big bad world.
Well, there you are, I am throwing down a gauntlet of sorts.
Sending a message to the universe in the belief that good things will come.
Watch this space and I will report back on how the cosmic ordering goes.
Why not actually sit down yourself and really look at what you have in that skills bank? Probably far more than you feel on a daily basis. Here’s to me, here’s to us!
Do I press publish? Hell, why not?
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