bookzombie: (chris)
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So who has two thumbs and a new job? That would be me!

I've had an offer from Oxfam, which I've decided to accept. The salary is a bit of a compromise: not as good as I was pushing for, but there is good mitigation for that.

The feedback was that they really liked me: they thought I would be a good personality fit for the team, they liked my attitude and approach and my interest in non-profit organisations. They were also impressed by my presentation.

The downside - and why the compromise over salary - is that they had other candidates who had better technical knowledge. This is totally fair. I always knew that my rather aging technical knowledge - due to working at one company for a long time where they have a fairly stagnant technical stack - would be my weakest part. But it seems that it was more important to find someone who fits the team than to tick all the boxes technically.

I'm quite ridiculously pleased with this result. I'm not telling everyone yet (so I'm talking about it here on LJ, but not on Facebook) until I've got the official offer and sorted out the admin. We're also working out a start date - as next week is a bank holiday week, I've put in a bid for earliest starting date of 6th June.

So there will probably be an epilogue at some point, but in the meantime I am a very happy bunny!

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Date: 2016-05-24 01:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] coth.livejournal.com
Well done! I'm so pleased for you.

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Date: 2016-05-24 04:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bookzombie.livejournal.com
Thank you! I hope things are going okay with your job hunting too.

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Date: 2016-05-24 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] coth.livejournal.com
Thank you. I might get somewhere if I actually spent time on applying for things. I am tracking various websites and saw a couple of things I wanted to apply for at the weekend, but so far this week haven't had any time to progress them - spent yesterday on Brian's parents (still in the wars: Dad still falling, Mum now diagnosed with dementia) and I've just spent most of the day on checking energy bills and sorting out a new supplier. Still, that is done now, so maybe tomorrow...

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Date: 2016-05-26 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bookzombie.livejournal.com
Yes, job hunting these days is a very time-consuming process - it's not just picking up Computer Weekly or Computing once a week and turning to the job pages. You have to work much harder at selling yourself than you did 20 years ago. And that takes energy and is tiring.

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Date: 2016-05-24 01:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sabethea.livejournal.com
Oh, that's fantastic news! Congratulations :)

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Date: 2016-05-24 04:02 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2016-05-24 01:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clawfoot.livejournal.com
Excellent news! Congratulations! :)

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Date: 2016-05-24 04:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bookzombie.livejournal.com
Thank you!

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Date: 2016-05-24 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] replyhazy.livejournal.com
HOORAY!!!!!!

How will the commute be?

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Date: 2016-05-24 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bookzombie.livejournal.com
Thank you! The commute should be less than an hour each way under normal circumstances (though it can be longer sometimes.) But they also encourage flexible working and like people to work from home once a week, so that's a bonus.

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Date: 2016-05-24 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] replyhazy.livejournal.com
Loud cheers for flexibility by the employer!

So glad. Hope this all takes your stress levels down and helps you generally feel better.

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Date: 2016-05-24 03:24 pm (UTC)
lcohen: (confetti)
From: [personal profile] lcohen
YAY!!! so happy to hear this! i hope it works out brilliantly and that you love it.

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Date: 2016-05-24 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bookzombie.livejournal.com
Thanks! Me too :-)

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Date: 2016-05-24 04:42 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2016-05-24 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frostfox.livejournal.com
Well done, my best friend started as an Oxfam manager last October, she seems to enjoy working for them.

FF

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Date: 2016-05-24 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathergalaxy.livejournal.com
Congrats!!!! And yes, fit is more important in the end. You can always get training on the stuff you don't know, but you can't change your personality.

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Date: 2016-05-26 06:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bookzombie.livejournal.com
Thank you!

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Date: 2016-05-24 10:23 pm (UTC)
andrewducker: (Illuminati)
From: [personal profile] andrewducker
Fantastic news! I hope that this is a very good thing for you.

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Date: 2016-05-26 06:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bookzombie.livejournal.com
Thanks! Me too. I've got a pretty good feeling about it so we'll see how it goes!

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Date: 2016-05-24 10:35 pm (UTC)
owlfish: (Default)
From: [personal profile] owlfish
Fantastic news!

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Date: 2016-05-26 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bookzombie.livejournal.com
Thanks! Looking forward to seeing you at P.s party. It's been a long time!

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Date: 2016-05-24 11:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fairest.livejournal.com
Congratulations! A lovely end to the saga. :)

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Date: 2016-05-26 06:42 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2016-05-25 01:03 am (UTC)
nwhyte: (dancing cyberman)
From: [personal profile] nwhyte
Hooray!

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Date: 2016-05-26 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bookzombie.livejournal.com
Thank you!

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Date: 2016-05-25 03:17 am (UTC)
boxofdelights: (Default)
From: [personal profile] boxofdelights
Congratulations!

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Date: 2016-05-26 06:42 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2016-05-25 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ecmyers.livejournal.com
Yay! Congrats! Sounds like it's also an excellent opportunity to bring your skills up to speed, which can equal good career advancement farther down the line. So glad this worked out for you, and best of luck with the new position. May it be as good a fit as it seems!

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Date: 2016-05-25 06:46 pm (UTC)
ext_15862: (Default)
From: [identity profile] watervole.livejournal.com
yo! That's great news. Well done!

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Date: 2016-05-26 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bookzombie.livejournal.com
Thank you!

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Date: 2016-05-26 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bookzombie.livejournal.com
Thanks! I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Incidentally, Superman fan that you are I thought you might be interested in the latest Movie Bob 'Really that Good' video about Superman: The Movie.

You may already know about it, but in case not, here's the link:
http://moviebob.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/really-that-good-superman-1978.html

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Date: 2016-06-11 05:16 pm (UTC)

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