On the subject of getting myself back into work, last week I managed to pick up a suit in the sales. And today, I got a pack of white shirts – I’d already got a couple of silk, clip-on ties, and have just checked myself in the mirror and… I look like I can go to work again!

I haven’t had to wear “smart” clothes since 2013, and really, it felt good to look smart again. I’m a lot bigger – before the stroke I wore a 28″ waist trousers, and now my jeans are 34″. The suit was 36″. My neck has got thicker and is now 17″. The rest of my torso hasn’t increased as much, in fact the shirts look a bit tent-like apart from around the neck. But I can’t really complain, I’m coming back after a stroke, after all. I’m more sedentary now, but I’m hopeful that a job will get me moving about a bit more in any case.

One other bit of semi-good news today. The first step toward doing well was having a CV which made agents bite. If I could achieve that, and get the CV in front of the client, then it would normally impress them too, and I would get to meet them at interview.

When I worked up in London, it was Premier Leage stuff (even though it often didn’t feel like it!) and I developed a CV to match. It would guarantee me an interview. Last week, I sent it off in respect of one job, and it obviously still ticks the boxes because the agent phoned today to say she wanted to put me forward.

There is a potential hitch now that the work around here does not match my level, but it will be worth talking to them at least. I also have a job fair tomorrow, although I’m not sure what to expect.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed large IT systems, interrupted by a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Now mix development of health-related software with voluntary work and writing. Married, with an estranged daughter.

6 thoughts on “Ties”

  1. Ah figgered it out. All flashback. Run into the “overqualified” thing myself. End up training the head-hunters so they can better service client needs. Getting past the newbies who are “Senior Executive Recruiters: which requires, you know two months’ experience, I find the clients often have no &^%&% clue. Ah, old guy syndrome….

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    1. Yeah I found myself dumbing my cv down. I even mention my charity work – just to highlight that I went through a criminal record check, and therefore did not spent my downtime in prison!

      Unbelievably, that is the assumption we used to make (back in the days when I was a hirer).

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