Have sent six letters out this month but only four were for advertised vacancies, the remaining two being speculative ones now that an already subdued market is winding down further in the run up to Christmas.
I started writing this blog about my experiences of looking for work from early 2008 given that I have a relatively moderate condition of Asperger syndrome. I was in the classic Catch 22 of not being impaired enough to be deemed "incapable of work" in the benefit system, but finding employers' requirements for "good / excellent communication skills" meant that I would not often be their first choice of person.
I am employed now with my breakthrough being an agency job I started in May going medium term and at the end of September, transferring onto the employer's own books on a fixed term to the end of February. I recognise that I have not had as much time to continue the blog, for the right reason, though I have continued to link to other blogs, news articles and forum threads I identify with from my unemployed experience and I am well aware not to count too many chickens.
I wish to remain anonymous hence no full name or photo on this profile.