Sheer Weight of Expectation.


September 27, 2013 by jeliwobble

Day 99 in the Big Brother House of Unemployment.

The three older children are at school.

The baby is asleep.

The woman is typing her blog.

The man is in the Diary Room on yet another interview.

In the last week, Him Indoors has had four face-to-face interviews, as well as a telephone interview, two for temporary positions and two for permanent contracts. He has others lined up for next week.

Over the last 3 months, he has sent his CV/resume to over 200 places.

The metal crunch of savings and severance being swallowed whole is getting louder and closer.

There is a palpable sense of being at the Tipping Point of the Unemployment Experience. On the one hand, in general, it takes between 7 and 10 interviews to get a job, and he *is* getting interviews. On the other hand, this is the biggest recession since the Great Depression, and it’s dirty out there. The pool of talent is wide and employers can afford to be choosy; if your face doesn’t fit, you’re not coming in.

Is my sheer weight of expectation enough to push the balance of the tipping point over the edge into the safety of ‘Yay, he got a job!’ or will we lose our grip on the edge and slide into the abyss of using his 401K to keep us afloat for a few months longer before giving up and walking away from our lives here?

6 thoughts on “Sheer Weight of Expectation.

  1. Dramaramamama says:


  2. Mr Potarto says:

    On the minus side, it seems to be harder to get a job offer when unemployed. When I was a frequenter of lower division football terraces, I noticed that a new player signing would inevitably provoke a comment such as, “He was dropped by Colchester. Why would we want him?” (The answer being, Colchester’s management is as crap as their team.)

    On the plus side, interviews are at least 50% image-representation, and your man is one of the best at generating an image out there – and I mean that with deep respect.

    • jeliwobble says:

      I worry they think he’s *all* front and no substance though. He’s bloody good at what he does and he excels in a line of work where people skills matter. I don’t know if that can come over easily in an interview situation though.

      • Mr Potarto says:

        I wouldn’t fear that too much. All interviews carry a certain amount of luck and it’s possible to do badly just because you remind the interviewer of someone else. Saying that, he knows his onions and he is good at concealing any gaps.

        I appreciate that it’s easy for me to say, but I’m sure he will slot himself into something interesting soonish.

      • jeliwobble says:

        I do hope so. Thank you, my lovely xxx

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