I last job hunted back in the 90’s. It was such a chore. You had to wait for the jobs section to be published in the local paper on Thursdays. The state run Employment Centre had advertisements for the dregs of the employment market. The national papers ran adverts for top end jobs that were out of reach for 99% of job seekers. Job hunting involved quite of lot of speculative phone calls. Trying your luck. Largely wasting your time. When you did apply, you put a stamp on a letter, popped it into a box, knowing it could be days before it were even opened.
How things have changed. The wonders of the interweb. There’s no waiting for days on end for new jobs to appear. They are up on the net in minutes, in real time. Websites such as InRetail and Jobsite gather vacancies from a wide range of companies in one handy, searchable location. And with a little research and thought, you can trawl through the careers pages of companies that appeal.
I’ve started sending off my applications, even though it’s still a couple of weeks before I depart dear Mexico. Two weeks to the day in fact. The process might still take a little time, but the recipients have my stamp-less, envelope-less application a second after I press ‘submit’. It’s made the whole ordeal pleasurable. A pleasurable ordeal? There’s an oxymoron for you. But still.
I have no desire to remain unemployed for any length of time. I am hopeful that I will once again be an active participant of the British workforce. Perhaps I should apply for a role in Top Gear? I shouldn’t think anyone will be fired for the ‘Mexican incident’, but you never know. I promise to test drive the Mastretta through DF and up through the Central Highlands without mentioning tortillas, vomit or sleeping ambassadors. Actually, I have mentioned the Mexican super car not just once, but twice, without causing any great offence in the past. I think.
But anyway. I’m hopeful. Feeling positive. There are vacancies out there, and plenty of good ones which I know I could do well. The question is, will my six years in Mexico count for me, or against me? Will my adventures this side of the Atlantic be seen as a lengthy gap during which my ‘retailing know-how’ has been lost? It hasn’t, by the by. Or will it be viewed with more positive sentiments? I have taken my business and communicative skills to a very new and challenging environment and been successful, during difficult economic times.
Retail, like many businesses, is primarily about people. The ability to communicate effectively, develop and maintain professional relationships and build a viable business using these attributes. Teaching English is primarily about people. The ability to communicate effectively, develop and maintain professional relationships and build a viable business using these attributes. I see a very strong link between the two. I’m not convinced every employer will, but hopefully the smarter ones, those with a little more vision and understanding of commerce, will see it too.