As mentioned in update one, I was at the stage where I had given my contact details to five potential employers and I was hoping to hear back from them. Well, 48 hours after submitting an online application, I was contacted by my third best option. After my initial delight at being offered an interview, I had requested a copy of my potential contract and was disappointed to discover that the online job description did not match the contract offered. The contract was for a role where pay is only given when assignments are allocated and as I would require lengthy training to be suitable for the role, I turned down the opportunity for an interview.
As the serious job hunt has reached the 2 week stage, I am now starting to weigh up my options. Do I apply for a role I will be unhappy in? Do I apply for anything and everything and hope for the best? Or should I have taken up the interview opportunity I was offered?
Rather than sit around and wait for the phone to ring, I start to think of new ways of raising money and curing boredom. As something that I have done before with great success, I have started to buy and sell products online to try and turn a profit. This is a big challenge and I would only suggest that this is done on a small scale as listing fees and postage can sometimes hinder a great bit of business.
As well as online trading, I have subscribed to a small number of legitimate free survey webpages where respondents are paid low amounts for their time and opinions. This is starting to increase in popularity and is a quick and easy way to conduct market research for large organisations. In the last 3 days, I have managed to ‘earn’ over £6 from these surveys which I am pleasantly surprised with. Although some organisations pay in online vouchers rather than bank transfer which is something to be aware of if it is cash you require.
So as I now only have four recent applications handed to companies I am going to widen my job search into other areas of work. Having generally applied for office work, I have now applied for 2 cleaning roles in the Wrexham area. My only requirement is that the job is not located more than 1.5 miles from my home as this would mean that I would lose a majority of my wages in travel costs as I am currently without a driver’s license.
I hope to hear from one or two of the employers fairly soon and will continue to seek alternative ways to make money in the meantime!