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!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015


Coffee shop research is ongoing. Currently leader is Pret at only 1.75. Going to be hard to beat...


I am not a free man..

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Kept on file...

Not all applications are successful so I am kept on/in a file...
Better than being stuck in the bin...


Given my current period of penny watching and increased spendthriftyness (due to lack of income generating employment) I am researching the best, most affordable, coffee shops for my daily cuppa Americano. Today I am in Cafe Nero. Coffee is ok (they are remarkably similar from shop to shop) but at £2.10 it is not the most financially friendly. I like my window seat though. Research is ongoing.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015


Thinking about diversifying and building a new career. Possible avenues:

The choice is, seemingly, endless. Need to give this done serious thought.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Career choice

Maybe I should have been a golfer....?


After careful consideration we have decided your face does not fit. In addition we are giving you no feedback at all. Best of luck in your continuing job search..

A. N. Employer 

Thursday, 16 July 2015

What's for you....

....won't go by you.....

Luck... make your own....


When I apply for jobs I tend to do absolute full of confidence that I will be progressed (except when I applied to Downing Street - that was slightly tongue in cheek) so imagine my shock/horror/surprise/confusion/dismay when this does not happen?! 

It does happen though and helps keep my aspirational feet grounded. Mind you they are all wrong in their decisions!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015


Have another interview today. Have had a few recently but this is the first one actually in Aberdeen. That makes it more important. With the council so stable, sustainable and secure. Personally it will help me to stay in one place and put down some roots. Wish me more luck!

Friday, 10 July 2015


A bus came along today. I had my ticket booked but didn't get in. Felt it was taking me too far from my intended destination.

Thursday, 9 July 2015


They say that buses come along in twos when none have been seen for ages. Have to make sure you have the right fare and the bus is going the right way. Don't want to get off at wrong stop or sit next to wrong person. Never be rude to the driver. Be smartly dressed and have a wash just before the journey. Buses are just like jobs. Analogy ad nauseum....

Monday, 6 July 2015

Here we go....

This is not a football chant but more of a long pissed off sigh. I am revisiting my job hunting routine. Same DSS palava, coffee shop visits and head scratching. Need to revitalise my attitude as I have had interviews recently with more coming up..Snap out of this downbeat 'life is tough' attitude. What would John Wayne do? Give up or get on his horse and charge?

What works.....

In the interview/job search 'process' what works best? Having the right experience, qualifications, competencies, suit, shirt, tie and shoes. Get the perfect storm right by being in the right place at the right time and world is yours...

Wednesday, 1 July 2015