Archive for December, 2013

Form is temporary, class is permanent

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

It is traditional at this time of the year to reflect upon the previous twelve months. I shall not be disappointing, but rather than listing chronologically the events, it is more appropriate that I take an overall view and try to gain both closure and experience from it.

2013 was the year of the liar, the bully and the cheat. It was the year in which clients wasted hours and hours of everyone’s time before not making decisions which would have been for the good of their business, and the year in which senior candidates thought it acceptable to cancel board level interviews at half an hour’s notice. It was the year when candidates turned jobs down the day before they were due to start and the year where candidates threatened legal action when told that their CVs were a work of fiction.


The courage of your convictions

Friday, December 13th, 2013

I have written previously about the current Ashes series, and the fact that predictions of a 5 nil whitewash to England were fanciful in the extreme. The summer series was much closer than a neutral observer might think, and it was only the fact that England seized the key moments which meant that they won so “convincingly”. This series, England have not seized these key moments – in the first test they bowled Australia out cheaply, but couldn’t take advantage, in the second they had Australia in trouble but dropped three simple catches and today had Australia at five wickets down for not very many.

The key point about sport is that often the best games hinge on critical moments; this autumn, who can forget the drama of the Ireland/New Zealand rugby union test, and the England/ew Zealand rugby league world cup match, both decided with the very last kick of the game. You could say that New Zealand on both counts were lucky, but they got the chance to be lucky by playing until the very last whistle, not assuming all was lost. Were Manchester United lucky in the Champions League final of 1999? Or did they just keep going, until the fat lady sang?


An elephant walks into a dentists……………….

Friday, December 6th, 2013

This morning I was supposed to be at the dentists. However, after a night of broken sleep and hacking cough, I woke and thought that the dentist might not appreciate being covered in my phlegm. I also decided that being lay on my back with my mouth open would only increase my chances of choking.

Being a fine upstanding citizen (stop sniggering at the back), I thought it best to call and explain rather than just not turn up. I then discovered that the surgery apparently didn’t open until 15 minutes AFTER my appointment, but the nice voice on the answerphone told me I could leave a message.


Commercial Gas Engineer, £25,000 – 28,000pa + company vehicle, paid overtime, mobile phone etc, North West England

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Job of the Week!

My client is an expanding, ambitious organisation with serious growth plans based upon intelligent marketing and excellent customer service. To support their most recent contract wins, they are now looking to recruit a time served, enthusiastic and suitably qualified gas engineer to a new role working on planned and reactive maintenance contracts for a range of commercial clients based primarily around the North West of England. You will be able to demonstrate a career in a similar role, servicing a range of appliances within a commercial, public sector or MOD environment, and may also have had some domestic and LPG experience. My client is seeking applicants with a strong work ethic, keen to embrace further training and qualification, and used to managing their own diary and spares. This is not your run of the mill commercial gas engineer role; the company can offer stability, long term career prospects, paid overtime and a guaranteed pay rise upon successful completion of their probation period.