Because I'm getting nowhere with accounts vacancies I'm investigating other fields of employment. I completed a government sponsored online skills check and now I've seen a government sponsored careers adviser. The conclusion of the online questionnaire was that I am not at all interested in working with figures, numbers and data. Apparently I should be working in medical technology or medicine and nursing. But of course I'm not trained for these things and I'm nearing fifty.
So the adviser said I need to broaden my scope. Look at administrative jobs as well as accounts jobs. Of course there are more people going after administrative vacancies than accounts ones but chin up.
So I've got a course to go on to improve my IT skills and yet another day's CV workshop to cobble together my "admin" CV.
She gave me some CV examples. The only problem I have with CVs is how to make the hobbies and interests section stand out from the other 199 candidates.
These are the examples of interests I've been given:-
Elizabeth enjoys swimming and running and she also regularly enters short distance running competitions.
Frederick's leisure activities include sailing, travel, and old motor vehicles. He also enjoys socialising with his friends and family.
Tony enjoys watching movies, listening to various kinds of music and spending time with his family.
Jane enjoys playing the guitar and piano. She also enjoys socialising with friends and family.
Ann enjoys all things horticultural, as well as playing and watching sport, and socialising with her friends.
Pauline enjoys reading, watching movies and socialising with friends.
Oliver is very musically orientated and enjoys singing and listening to various genres of music. He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Joe enjoys watching sport on TV, attending the gym, listening to music, and socialising with his friends.
They are all going for different jobs, so they're not in competition. But if they were going for the same job and you were choosing who to interview, which one would you choose and why? Assuming you would have to make conversation with them if you employed them. Bear in mind that Elizabeth either doesn't have any friends or family or if she does she chooses not to see them. But she is very fit.