Thursday, September 02, 2010
Always make sure you know for what job you have applied - BREAKING NEWS, GOT A JOB
A lifetime of office/theatre admin work has made me want a real change. After caring for my father for a few years at our French house and enjoying the interaction, I've decided that I now want to move into geriatric care. I like the thought of being in a retirement home environment, especially one of those imposing old buildings set in beautiful countryside. It's not for everyone, but I still remember taking my father to the home where he ended his days, in Hampstead near the heath and how capable and efficient the staff were - I went there dreading it (I'd sorted it all out sight unseen from France) and came away reassured and happy that he was in good hands
I want to be a pair of those 'good hands' and yesterday I went for an interview as a care assistant in a fantastic building in Tunbridge Wells. It dated back to 1606 and it was like a stately home. After being greeted by a cute little dog and a couple of cats and a warm welcome from residents and staff my interview took place in the picturesque garden. It was when they began asking me about my experience as a cleaner that I realised a mistake had been made. I'd sent my CV in on spec and had even put 'Care Assistant application' in the subject heading - but somehow that had been missed. A Domestic was needed and it was assumed I had applied for that.
I could have kissed the charming elderly man (some of the residents sat in on the interview) who told me I looked more like someone in the management team down from head office than I did a cleaner. Oh well - I've got another interview today - let's hope it's not for a cook or something.