The Work Thread

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by That's not a growth » Tue May 02, 2017 7:11 am

:toot:

Hope it goes well!

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by Ad7 » Tue May 02, 2017 7:12 am

Cheers. I actually have no idea what to expect as I didn't actually have an interview. I'll find out soon enough if it's for me.

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by That's not a growth » Tue May 02, 2017 7:13 am

:lol:
strawberry floating hell, well at least you'll get paid while you're deciding.

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by Errkal » Tue May 02, 2017 7:29 am

Good luck! Fingers crossed they aren't crisp munchers!

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by Ad7 » Tue May 02, 2017 7:30 am

:dread:

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by Errkal » Tue May 02, 2017 7:31 am

This is here we find you are going to a subsidiary of Walkers and they have free crisps in shelves in the offices

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by Drumstick » Tue May 02, 2017 8:34 am

Errkal wrote:Good luck! Fingers crossed they aren't crisp munchers!

Or people that love to talk about their babies allllllll day.

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by Winckle » Tue May 02, 2017 9:58 am

Errkal wrote:This is here we find you are going to a subsidiary of Walkers and they have free crisps in shelves in the offices

It's a crisp tasting plant and Ad7 is going to be working in the crunchiness monitoring division. He will be required to listen to the munching/crunching and score each brand.

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by Qikz » Tue May 02, 2017 11:23 am

Winckle wrote:
Errkal wrote:This is here we find you are going to a subsidiary of Walkers and they have free crisps in shelves in the offices

It's a crisp tasting plant and Ad7 is going to be working in the crunchiness monitoring division. He will be required to listen to the munching/crunching and score each brand.


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Meanwhile I'm in the office and it's really busy today. It seems so loud here compared to when I'm in London.

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by Qikz » Wed May 03, 2017 5:29 pm

strawberry float. Picked up the phone 3 minutes before I was due to leave and just as I picked it up my Boss called me up to his office. He started talking to me after I was on the phone so I had to put this woman on hold for a second and as I come off it became apparant she wasn't even ready for us to help her. I told her what to do and asked if she could call back as I thought it was really urgent with my boss (as if I'd done something wrong) and ran up there.

It turns out he was asking me if I wanted to go to HK/China to do some work with our clients there. I would've loved to go, but I have no passport so sadly I can't. I'm really happy I got asked and will let him know tomorrow I'll sort a passport so I have one going forward. In doing that though, that woman called back and she was annoyed with me (after I already left the office). My other boss listened to my call and apparantly it didn't sound like me so I'm probably going to get in trouble with him tomorrow.

In worrying I had done something bad, I ended up doing something actually bad. Damn.

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by Dual » Wed May 03, 2017 5:46 pm

How did you prove you can work in this country without a passport?

Qix u an immigrant or what mate?

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PostRe: The Work Thread
by Ad7 » Wed May 03, 2017 6:26 pm

More like Stayonbenefits amirite

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by 1cmanny1 » Thu May 04, 2017 6:37 am

Work.
Gawsh, it's annoying. I need to win the lotto.

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by souljahsstory » Thu May 04, 2017 7:05 am

I work for a small creative agency. Been here for just over 6 months now. The staff minus me and the Founder are white.

Recently, some of the staff would loudly pretend and mock to shout out and mock the muslim call to prayer. Which I found seriously offensive, despite not being muslim.

This was then followed by a couple of members of staff having a conversation about the use of the N-word and how if it's in a song they say it, alongside justifying using it when in an angry, but it doesn't make them racist because they didn't mean it.

I argued my point that it's something that can never be justified. Don't say it, don't use the N-word. The person who deals with the HR side of things, wanders into this conversation and gets involved by actually saying the N-word loudly and in what i found to be a provacative and seriously offensive manner.

The founder didn't say a word, didn't admonish or say it wasn't appropriate and i sat there ready to let loose. Luckily I didn't as i would have just gone "strawberry float it, here's my notice"

Afterwards i've raised it with someone else, explained my grievances, my problem with the fact that it was HR who used racist slurs, and i now felt incredibly uncomfortable.

He went and brought it up with the founders and person in question and explained it's not acceptable.

i'm now small agency where the person in HR refuses to talk to me or ask me questions that i have the answers too despite sitting next to them and it's making me feel incredibly uncomfortable and the atmosphere in the company has changed.

Do I move on? Or stick it out?

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by Qikz » Thu May 04, 2017 8:21 am

Honestly based on the anecdotal experience I have about HR, they never care about the staff they only do what's best in the interest of the company.

That doesn't sound like a very nice company. Stay there and look for something better at the same time imo.

In regards to my post, I called up the lady this morning and apologised. She was perfectly happy with my apology and all is good. I emailed my boss to let him know I did it (but didn't mention I heard about it last night, just that I saw it in chat this morning).

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by Ad7 » Thu May 04, 2017 6:33 pm

Qikz wrote:Honestly based on the anecdotal experience I have about HR, they never care about the staff they only do what's best in the interest of the company.

That doesn't sound like a very nice company. Stay there and look for something better at the same time imo.

In regards to my post, I called up the lady this morning and apologised. She was perfectly happy with my apology and all is good. I emailed my boss to let him know I did it (but didn't mention I heard about it last night, just that I saw it in chat this morning).


Is another office romance blossoming for Qikz? :wub:

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by Qikz » Thu May 04, 2017 6:38 pm

Ad7 wrote:
Qikz wrote:Honestly based on the anecdotal experience I have about HR, they never care about the staff they only do what's best in the interest of the company.

That doesn't sound like a very nice company. Stay there and look for something better at the same time imo.

In regards to my post, I called up the lady this morning and apologised. She was perfectly happy with my apology and all is good. I emailed my boss to let him know I did it (but didn't mention I heard about it last night, just that I saw it in chat this morning).


Is another office romance blossoming for Qikz? :wub:

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by Green Gecko » Thu May 04, 2017 8:35 pm

I wouldn't feel comfortable in a work environment that is inconsiderate like that.

Sometimes banter is just allowed to go on with no recourse and it negatively affects the culture for the people who are marginalised by it. I'd bring it up politely 2 or maybe 3 times, and then simply leave. It's not worth banging your head against a brick wall, aside from "desensitising yourself", not something everyone should have to do to accommodate arseholes. I've done that many times in the past, even when it came right from the top. I'm extremely tolerant in the workplace. I've always regretted not sticking my neck out in the long term as you get trodden on and it whittles away your self esteem. If they have the confidence/cockiness to smack talk about something that doesn't actually hurt them in any way, if it bothers you, respond in kind. They'll either back down or you'll find yourself better off somewhere else where it doesn't happen.

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by jiggles » Fri May 05, 2017 12:25 am

So, I'm writing my CV for the first time since before I graduated and I'm not sure how to word the summary without sounding full of myself or cheesy.

Here's my first pass (in image format because I don't want it being indexed by google)
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Is this good? I have literally no idea.

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by Green Gecko » Fri May 05, 2017 3:06 pm

I'd say don't be afraid of highlighting a positive personality trait as often that's a reason to get hired. You don't want to appear dull or overly serious.

Mine is similar and I've not had any evidence to suggest it looks pompous or ego inflating or whatever.

I use the phrases "self-starter" to say I am motivated (personality), "enthusiast" instead of simply "expert" to say I am a technical evangelist who is passionate, and I also say I am sociable, because it's true, I am likeable compared to many people I have worked with who are very closed off or even rude, and I easily make friends with colleagues.
I say "willing to take on and offer constructive criticism" because I believe in humility and self improvement equally. Also "analytical" and "serious-minded" (stolen from previous references) say I am studious and can work hard when needed, thinking things through.

All in a lot less words. I've had some advice to the effect my CV is really good from recruiters, my struggle is with interviews and competing with others. And that stuff is right a the top. On more than a few occasions it would seem that and just barely scraping the often ridiculous experience requirements has got me somewhere in the process including getting the role because often hiring a good person / personality fit is a better long term proposition than hiring someone with loads of skills but there's no evidence they're a good colleague. Which is really important if you're starting in a new role, the HR/recruiter wants to know you are more likely to mesh in and stay and not have to spend a lot of time and money finding it it turns out someone is an arsehole or has no work ethic for some reason (eg they don't enjoy working with people).

I honestly don't think it's really about keywords anymore. Do that stuff on your job / LinkedIn profiles and leave it off the CV.

1. Sell yourself
2. Quantify your achievements in:
3. 2 or 3 relevant experience with examples of utility, how you did the job well or got results
4. Highest academic qualification

Maybe hobbies depending on the role but that could be obvious in the skillset, maybe mention a complimentary creative or adventurous side to the career like travelling, photography, blogging, games design or something that isn't the same time/place/genre as sitting in front of desk/computer doing the same things. You must enjoy something. People that are 100% work focused are miserable to work with.

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