So after spending a couple of weeks looking for work I have finally started to get responses. Although not many, I filled out an application form for CPP yesterday or the day before as it’s half 3 in the morning now. CPP is a call centre in Chesterfield, customers call to activate their brand new credit card then once you’ve done that you have to read out some prepared script and try and sell them card protection. CPP = Card Protection Plan.

If they say no, fine you hang up and go for the next one. I’ve applied for this job twice before, the first time I didn’t have any call centre or customer service experience so I didn’t get it and at that point I was still shit in interviews. The second time I was through to the final stages, the interviewer was really impressed with me. Then something happened with the company, think they lost a contract with someone or something and they halted their recruitment process. Never heard back from them again and to be honest I wasn’t all that bothered.

I don’t know why I filled out an application form. I think it’s because I saw my bank account and thought, “Shit, apply for everything.”

But the point is I want a job that I’m going to last in and I don’t think this job is it. I got a phone call today, went to voice mail because I’ve been taking tramadol to help me sleep and it makes you a bit woozy and dizzy in the mornings, not clever I know, especially for a recovering pain killer addict. But the sleepless nights are starting to get to me. The voice mail said that they wanted me to call back in regards to my application. But I haven’t called back yet, I don’t know if I want to work there. There’s a six week training period however I don’t know why because it’s basically activating a card and reading out a script.

Maybe there’s more to it but it sure didn’t seem like it when I watched others in my last interview. Still undecided on this, if I don’t phone them tomorrow then there’s a good chance I never will. I probably will though just to see what the crack is. Though as we all know, me and call centres and sales do not mix. I’m in two minds.

Apparently if you leave the job soon after the 6 week training period, they make you pay back what they have paid you for the training period and the fact that they have a rather high staff turnover is a little disconcerting aswell.

The other response I got, also a voice mail for the reason above was from the Toyota car manufacturing plan in Derby. 40 minute drive away from my house but the wage is over £18,600 a year. Not really looking forward to this at all. Yes the money is good but I have to go in for a three hour assessment next Thursday which includes numeracy and literacy tests (I’m building cars… what the fuck?). I should ace these, if I pass then I’ll be invited back for a physical assessment. Don’t know what this includes but it’ll make me know if I want the job and it’ll show them if I’m right for the job. Again, I’m not really worried.

If I pass that then I get invited in for a one on one interview, I mean Jesus can this be any more strung out? By the time I even get to the one on one interview I’d have probably found something else. And after going through the two long assessments I may not even get the job anyway! From what I’ve been told by friends that have worked there before, the job is extremely repetitive, on your feet all day, you have to turn up to work half an hour early for “warm up exercises” and they can make you work overtime at last minute.

I should be able to do this job as I tore damn near every ligament in my knee at a glass packing factory for minimum wage. Standing on my feet all day has never bothered me in the past, I spent just about three entire days straight standing on my feet in mud at Leeds Festival last year. I can stand. The only thing that really annoys me is the distance. 40 minutes according to Google maps. That doesn’t include traffic. I want something in Chesterfield. The cost of petrol in the shit heap I call a car is going to cost loads!

I applied for a couple more jobs today, one of them was inbound sales. Inbound sales is probably the only type of call centre work I wouldn’t mind doing. People phone you, tell you what they want, you get their bank details and run the payment through, boom. That’s only a five minute drive away too so I hope they get back to me.

The other job was a hotel job, also a job I wouldn’t mind doing again. I enjoyed it at Ibis, if only the manager wasn’t such a bitch I’d probably still be there.

So there we have it, two responses. At least it’s something I suppose. Let’s see what tomorrow (later on today) brings.


Author: 'Ard Pete

Hey everyone, my names Pete, friends call me 'Ard Pete because... well, I'm well 'Ard. Currently in Chesterfield, England, currently working as an I.T. Technical Lead for BT Business and Public Sector; it sounds more glamourous than it is but I'm a dab hand with Microsoft products. I enjoy television, mainly any Star Trek, all of Stargate, Lost, anything Joss Whedon has produced, 24 and House. Favourite music includes; Mumford and Sons, Jason Mraz, Eminem, Chris Cornell, Ludovico Einaudi, Goo Goo Dolls, Muse, 30 Seconds To Mars basically a wide variety of anything that's real, I hate dance, trance and anything like that, I don't consider that to be music. Not much of a sports guy, I like Professional Wrestling, Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, I can watch Football but only when I'm forced to watch it. Favourite author is Terry Pratchett, favourite film is Armageddon, favourite comedian is Lee Evans, favourite idiot is Karl Pilkington, favourite game is GTAIII, if there's anything else you wish to know, don't hesitate to ask. I'll more than likely not be busy.

18 thoughts on “Responses!”

  1. go to school and be an Engineer, lol

    Hmm, those first two sound tedious… I hope one of the other two come in for yah, one is close to home and easy, and the working at a hotel always sounds better than an office to me, but what do I know, lol

    I’ve more than paid my dues in Cubicles, lol

    Office Jobs for like eleven years, and then here and there beyond that.

    Good Luck man


    1. Still thinking about getting my Heavy Goods Vehicle license and becoming a trucker, the only thing is, I’ve only driven a Ford Fiesta, Nissan Micra and an Audi A6 so I’m not sure how I’d fare with handing a truck haha. The hotel one is close to home too.

      My sister-in-law has just been given a promotion at her work at the traffic management first she works at so there may be a post opening up, trying to convince her to put my name forward. She’s a little hesitant though because she knows me and how short tempered I am haha.

      Hotel work was fun, I was like the enforcer at Ibis.

      “Pete this man has a complaint.”

      “Oh yeah? About what?!”

      “Uhm…. errr…”

      Yeah exactly, get the fuck out 😀

      1. My Oldest Sister’s Husband actually Drove Trucks for a while… I believe he was Driving a Coke Truck when she met him…

        Though it was in Colorado, so he had to drive in some pretty scary weather


  2. Pete i hope you get fixed up soon both for yourself and the bank manager 🙂
    Driving a HGV lorry is very hard work, i did it with the TA but it would be much harder now.

    1. I can imagine it is, I reckon I’d be screwed if I had to drive a lorry in any other direction than forward. There are too many gears aswell lol

  3. Good luck!

    I am looking for a job as well and guess what? The employment agency asked me to pay them so they can send me the opportunities. haha HELL NO!

  4. With the way the universe works, all of the jobs will be offered to you at the same time. Or, you can learn to work the pole.

  5. Good luck for everything, but seriously… COME TO DERBY! I can stalk you from a distance.

    In house news, it’s not going quite as I planned. Turns out I might be moving out by myself, which means being monetarily challenged for the next few years. We’ll see, though. At least I get an awesome house. Maybe,

    1. I have applied for a Service Desk role in Derby too so hopefully that works out as its more money than what I was getting in Sheffield!

      Oh no’s, what’s happenin? Maybe you can get a nice flat until you save some money for a house?

  6. Jobs are tough to come by. I think you should apply for a movie reviewers job. Wouldn’t that be a great job. I hear that toyota makes you learn Japanese, and all the lunch room vending machines are filled with rice. Good luck on the job search. P.S. The job in the paper for male escort was taken. Got to go. Old Widow Simpson is calling me for a foot massage.

    1. Haha yeah and you don’t even get a bowl to put the rice in, you just have to stick your mouth under the machine.

      Ah good luck with that, they got rid of me last year when I started sucking the toes :X

  7. It seems like all the good jobs are either taken or hidden behind some cloak where you have to be part of a secret society of the, “I know somebody,” bullcrap! or you have to list your resume for a fee. Really? No wonder unemployment is so high! Take down the barriers and let good people work.

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