Giving people a chance seems to be a quality lacking in today's job market. Before the credit crunch, the huge redundancies, the vast amount of new graduates flooding the market, things were a little simpler. I don't think I'm looking at the situation through rose tinted lenses, I think it's fair to say that people (particularly in the field I am interested in, the third sector (aka working for a charity)) used to be taken on and then trained on the job. I have friends from my time at Amnesty International who got lucky- from volunteering somewhere else they were given a chance to prove themselves. Not so anymore. I have had a couple of interviews for various "fundraising assistant" type positions. Now, my CV and application form state the experience and skills I have. Sure, some elements may be embellished, but nothing invented. Yet in interview, I'm asked what I'd do in a hypothetical situation, which if were to arise, I'd have been trained and have experience to respond accordingly anyway. So why ask me? I can think on my feet, but I can't imagine quite how to do such and such thing which should be taught on the job. It seems these days employers want you to have done the exact same job somewhere else before they're willing to employ you. But that's the point- I'm trying to work my way up! There's no point going for a job you're already doing, somewhere else, unless the pay is vastly better.
I'm sure this situation is affecting lots of people. I know the whole vicious circle of not getting a job for lack of experience, yet no one giving you a job to acquire that experience! But one step further is- why interview me if you see from my application form and CV that I don't have the exact experience you're looking for?
(It didn't help matters that one of the interviewers was slightly condescending in that way people have of smiling at you as if you're totally stupid). Suffice to say, it really wasn't worth my taking half a day's holiday from work to end up stressed out and nearly in tears from it all!
Luckily, pancakes with nutella and cherries helped a bit..
And a little walk around Brick Lane. These trousers are from New Look, I've wanted a printed pair for a while, and thought these weren't too loud or crazy. Blazer from Topshop.