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Not looking good
It's looking increasingly like Flatmate Kim and I, along with our coworkers, are all out of a job. For those who missed the edits to last night's entry, a more complete explanation is here: http://ailurophile.livejournal.com/503918.html

We don't find out for sure until a meeting at 2pm tomorrow, but my shift tonight has been cancelled - everyone's shifts have been cancelled. I won't speculate further in a public entry.

So yeah, that's total suck - I really like this job!

Still, it will be interesting jobseeking this time. I've learned a fair bit since last time I was in this position. The things I've learned include:

- By the time a job gets to 'official' avenues, it's probably a crap one. Find opportunities through friends and connections.

- I should never sell myself short out of desperation. I've done it before and it never works out longterm.

- The confidence I gained through being self-employed for a year (first as a freelancer, then running the business with my brother) serves me well in interviews and makes me appear more confident and competent, possibly because after running the business, most normal jobs seem relatively simple and stress-free. So the fear and pressure I used to feel regarding employment is more or less eliminated.

- I should not work in face-to-face customer service, the service industry in general, or retail.

- If worse comes to worse, the redundancy does mean I'm immediately eligible for unemployment benefits. This means dealing with Centerlink, though, which is only mildly better than bankruptcy. 9_9

So I'm considering what to do next. Honestly I'd love to find another job just like this one, but that's unlikely. Time is a factor too: I have a mortgage to pay, and I've no idea yet whether we'll get any kind of severance (or even our final paycheck), so I could have as little as a week to find something new before I'm fresh out of money.

Point is, there's an opportunity in every change. Kim is already talking about applying for a job at one of the local universities which would be a much better fit for his abilities. I'm sure I'll find something too. I haven't forgotten writing about the animation / games industry a few weeks back, but I stand by my conviction that this isn't the right time for me to return, and that I don't currently have the right skillset to do so even if I wanted to.

So, casting my net out here in the hopes of catching a few items of interest: anybody local know of any going opportunities for a bright, highly literate gal with a diverse range of work experience? Anybody in general have any ideas about what type of job might be a cool one for me to try? I am your guinea pig, and besides needing a regular paycheck, am completely free to work in whatever field I please (provided I can talk my way into it).
11 have fought ~ fight the power!
From: haakonspet Date: February 28th, 2008 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)
First of all *Hugs* for the situation you are in.

In regards to job hunting and making sure that rent, loans, etc were paid, I found that when job hunting for part-time, temping and permanent work I go to many job agencies and get them to find me work.

Good Luck in your hunt.
master_haakon From: master_haakon Date: February 28th, 2008 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)
If you want to remain in the gambling industry, you could check out the various groups that run contact centres.

Unitab are over at albion.
Tabcorp have (or at least had when I worked there) one in the cbd.
Also see if Centrebet has something locally to.
tania From: tania Date: February 28th, 2008 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)
You're an absolute legend! I will certainly be checking all of those out. I've also just applied for a home-based part-time graphic design position. At the rate they're paying I'd require approximately 15 hours regularly per week, though, and I'm not yet sure they could reliably provide that much work.

Be vewwy vewwy quiet... I'm hunting jobs. Ahahahaha.
master_haakon From: master_haakon Date: February 28th, 2008 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh if you need a personal ref, I'm happy to supply one. There are probably still a few people still at Tabcorp that remember me.
master_haakon From: master_haakon Date: February 28th, 2008 11:10 am (UTC) (Link)
muh haha. The Queensland office of gaming revenue have kindly put a list of all the LMO's in Queensland. LMO's monitor the poker machines that are out in the pubs and clubs and each one runs a contact centre. Maxgaming is Unitab's operation.

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tania From: tania Date: February 28th, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure, I'm interested - but I have no Flash experience, so I'd need to speak with them about whether or not there is anything going that doesn't require Flash, or alternately, if they're happy to let me train on-the-job. Definitely worth a shot. Contact details?

And thank you for thinking of me. *hugs*
pseudomanitou From: pseudomanitou Date: February 28th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've done the job hunt thing so many times in my so called "established" career. It can be pretty painful, but very exciting as well.

I wish I had some contacts I could give you myself, but location would make such things worthless.

...and only yesterday I was posting in your entry about making a new home :(

But, if I can find a good/stable job in this world, I'm sure those people that I know can too.
sigmoidal_suseq From: sigmoidal_suseq Date: February 28th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahh! Just checked up on LJ. *hugs* Last night I got hit by mega flu so ended up missing all interviews and spending most time in bedsheet on couch
raphstar From: raphstar Date: February 28th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well... if you are not against admin stuff, I could always forward your resume where I work. It is not the most exciting job in the world but you do get reasonable hourly rate and there is the added bonus of flex time.

Let me know :)
tengukun From: tengukun Date: February 28th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
porsupah From: porsupah Date: February 29th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, FFS.. that absolutely sucks! Losing a decent job you're enjoying, good coworkers, and all that's one thing, and unfortunate enough, but to have outsiders wind up knowing more about the situation than you do.. ugh.

I suppose it's now a matter of whether they'll go with total liquidation, selling off all the physical assets and customer info (given it's usually a matter of routine to have a clause stating your details can be sold on in the event of sale of the company), or if they might try retrenching as a much smaller operation. I suppose that's up to the regulators and accountants now.

I can't really offer much useful advice, but I'm optimistic you'll work out something good quite soon, given your mob circle of friends. =:)
11 have fought ~ fight the power!