Daves' Diary

Welcome to my very own slice of the world wide web. This is an account of my trials and tribulations as I try to forge ahead on this spinning globe and get myself a 'career' in the process. Please read on and make sure your feet are clean. Thanks!

Sunday, 29 January 2012

ideal interview...

Ideal Interview:

In my head I have an ideal interview scenario. This hasn’t actually taken place but there is always hope…..

I am looking smart and confident…

The panel warm to my chat...

We have much in common....

After we are finished they try to make me stay...

But I have to leave…..much sadness...

Within 24 hours I am made an offer......
The End......

Thursday, 26 January 2012

me and job markets....

Me and job market:

Researching and over analysing….


Slam dunking…..


Tuesday, 24 January 2012


Interview Coordination:

Running interviews is tricky as there can be many, internal and external, parties involved. I am sympathetic to this but how long should a candidate wait to get any feedback (good or bad)?

Along with this interviews can end up being spread out over more than one week. If you are seen first is this not a great disadvantage as you will, by the end of the process, just be a distant memory?

My solution to this……

……or be the best candidate!

Friday, 20 January 2012

hanging on the telephone......

Fone interview:

I was supposed to have a telephone interview today.

 Did my prep, put on shirt and tie....

 and tried to look eager (see previous post) but, at the last minute, it was cancelled.

Went to gym and exercised away my angst.
no pain no gain....



Latest interview feedback, from what I felt was a strong interview, was that we felt you would be ‘bored’…….

I think my interview face looks like I need greater stimulation.

Next time…..

Can’t really help my face!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012


In my wee short life I have calculated that I have had 20 jobs and 34 interviews but 100,000 applications. This is a rough calculation and the statistics have not been fully worked through. 
If statistics never lie then this patter or ratio of 'success' could be seen as somewhat demoralising. With my resilience and bloody mindedness I battle on.
Updating this in a coffee shop 18 months forward in time. I have won lotto so have bought a castle.
Wee boy next to me slurping juice through straw. Cute but annoying.
More amaaazingg details to follow.

Friday, 13 January 2012



My most recent bash at securing a new job seemed to go well. The conversation flowed, we agreed on many things and had similar experience of our chosen field. All good but I have been here before. This one is different though. More boxes are ticked and confidence is high. Hopefully no more false dawns on my horizon……

Sunday, 8 January 2012


2012 and on..:

Well, 2012 landed on my doorstep to the familiar tones of ‘this is the year…..’, ‘make change happen…..’ etc etc. But what does that mean? How can I change the landscape that lies in front of me into being one of more favourable economic, emotional and psychological conditions?

Answers on a postcard please.

The key ingredient is this recipe is establishing myself in a job/career that will benefit from and add to my vast array of skills. I need to sell my diversity as a strength and not as a joke.

I like a challenge.

This is not a panacea to fix all ailments but, rather, a platform from which fixes can be found.

Over the Xmas and Ne’er period it has been hard to keep my patience in check and now we are into January I am trying to manage my expectations.

This neverending story  will continue…..