I went into my old workplace to visit some of my friends. Things haven’t improved there; apparently of 1000 employees there are 400 earmarked to go (I’ve already done my bit for you, guys – solidarity, comrades). Once they’ve come to the end of shedding contract workers and giving redundancies I can only see them encouraging suicide or even better murder/suicide and suicide pacts (think of the cost savings per capita) – then the budget bottomline will look good, and that’s all that matters.
What I can’t wait for is when things improve, the Government will then be squealing “We can’t get qualified staff, we should have kept people on, it was the previous government’s fault, it was short-sighted, it’s not our fault.” In a society where we increasingly expect citizens to take responsibility for their actions isn’t it funny that the people at the top of the pile seem to take less responsibility than ever? What happened to the captain going down with his ship or the general falling on his sword? The ‘buck stops here’ is only musical chairs, when you get caught without the chair then you get the buck (or do you get bucked? I’m not sure on this grammatical point).
And so the sun sets in God’s own country…
Well, been busy but not much to show for it. Several job applications have gone suspiciously quiet for over a month – some of them have the cheek to say that if you don’t hear anything for a certain period then consider yourself ‘unsuccessful’, a euphemism for unappreciated and unloved. In these days of email, how hard is it to compose a list of emails and send a bulk one (with bcc’d addresses of course) out to all the weepers and gnashers of teeth? For Christ’s sake give me a contract to do it and I’ll do if for you, you lazy bastards!
I got a definite knockback for a lower level job from my old employer. I could do the job, as it is directly related to my old job, but they had 180 applicants and interviewed 8 who had done the exact job before (all this for one definite job and maybe two more later). We keep hearing the economy is mending but that doesn’t sound too promising to me – perhaps it’s mending from a heart transplant, so it’s technically alive but still a trifle seedy. God help us if China really does have a double-dip recession.
I have made an observation about economics; I don’t know more than the very basics but a lot of people either in charge or making pronouncements in public either know even less than me or are lying more outrageously than I ever thought possible. When the economy was booming along, it was all “this is the best it’s ever been and there is no end in sight, property prices are booming and blah blah roses, wealth, early retirement”. Then suddenly it went to shit and we find that all the King’s horses and all the King’s men had no bloody idea what was going on and Humpty Dumpty fell off and broke while they were all scratching their arses and congratulating themselves on their wisdom. Even I had thought this can’t last for ever, and I don’t see any offers for me as Treasurer.
Things are such that I’ve even applied for a job in Afghanistan, it’s only for 2 months so what could go wrong? So if the blog goes permanently quiet, look for me on TV for my 15 minutes of fame.
On a more positive note, my wife has finally applied for a job pool she has been waiting to reopen for the last 18 months. When the global financial crisis hit they stopped running this pool every six months (as they had previously been doing) and just shut up shop. Now fingers crossed again.