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I'm at a bit of a loss to see the relevance, but I suppose they meant well!

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Anne58 Mon 11-Feb-13 13:20:13

I've just received an email from one of the many jobsites that I'm registered with.

It started with the following message:

"If you think finding a new job is like looking for a needle in a haystack then maybe the finding of King Richard III under a car park will inspire you!"

Is it just me? confused

gracesmum Mon 11-Feb-13 13:27:38

Me too then hmm

Ana Mon 11-Feb-13 13:34:15

grin How many years has he been buried there....?

petallus Mon 11-Feb-13 13:36:14

I wonder what idiot thought that one up.

Was it supposed to be malicious do you think?

grrrranny Mon 11-Feb-13 13:38:15

Good grief - where do they find these numpties? shock

kittylester Mon 11-Feb-13 13:40:01

confused must be too much wine

absent Mon 11-Feb-13 13:40:29

Since 1485 so that's 528 years. A long time to wait for a new job to come along. What a stupid message.

Movedalot Mon 11-Feb-13 13:43:40

Perhaps they are trying to suggest there is always hope? Wierd. I was under the impression there was not a haystack full of jobs to be looking though sad

It was ever thus with employment agencies. I insisted they never messed with my CV as they tended to be far less literate than me.

vampirequeen Mon 11-Feb-13 13:58:49

I suppose it was just a way of saying never give up hope.

FlicketyB Mon 11-Feb-13 14:39:41

Richard III gave up hope 528 years ago.

Hearing the archaeologists talking, they only did the dig because the Richard III Society funded it and wanted it done. They really did not expect to find anything. So to find the body of Richard III on the first day really was a chance in a million. I think that is probably the point the jobsite was making

However the rule is, if you are going to make oblique references, make sure those you are sending the reference to, know where your coming from. As an amateur archeologist I got this one. If it had been a reference to physics or astronomy I would have been uncomprehending.

Anne58 Mon 11-Feb-13 15:47:38

I still feel it's not exactly inspiring for jobseekers!

One of the sites I subscribe to is always banging on about the "thousands" of sales positions it has each week. Great, so I put in my postcode, hit enter, nothing. I then play this game several times, increasing the distance each time, and having a little bet with myself as to how far a distance I will have to put before anything comes up! Such fun! (NOT).

I have bitten the bullet and applied for JSA, have an appointment for 11am tomorrow.

My perverse logic is that the minute I start claiming, some sort of job will turn up.

Bit cross with myself though as you can only back date a claim by up to 3 months, so I have missed some benefit that I was entitled to.

Ana Mon 11-Feb-13 16:16:12

Is it still means-tested after six months?

Anne58 Mon 11-Feb-13 16:24:11

Not sure, they asked me if I wanted to claim contributions based JSA or income based, I said contributions based.

It's not very joined up, I remember from my last lot of attending the Jobcentre that the staff there are not benefits trained, so they are unable to answer benefit related questions.

I know already who the advisor is that I will see, as he is the specialist for the over 50's. He will be disappointed to see me back.

He was my advisor when I was made redundant for the first time (2005) and again for my most recent one.