Monday, September 18, 2006

Week 2 - Update

Well, it's now two weeks since I started writing the blog and, at the insistence of a number of people on various forums, I decided last Monday to try and get in contact with a literary agent to see if there might be any kind of interest in turning my blog into a book. Remarkably, it seems there might be - I'll let you know in my next couple of weekly updates if I hear anything more!

I also appeared on the TFM breakfast show (hear my interview here - http://www.solsbury-hill.co.uk/Interview1.mp3) and chatted about my job hunting exploits - and, as well as hopefully getting a chance to try out for a newsreader, they've asked me to appear on the show again this week to let them know how I'm getting on. And my local paper, the Evening Gazette, phoned me for an interview last week and are sending a photographer out tomorrow - although I've no idea where I'm going to have the photo taken yet as I've asked them not to take it at my place (I'm kind of embarrassed about my housekeeping abilities!)...

Meanwhile, on the job front, I have discovered that applying to be a Male Escort is a rather tedious and long-winded process! The agency wrote back to me last week and told me that I needed to get something from my local police called a Subject Access Form which I then have to fill in, return to my police station (who then send it to Scotland Yard) whereupon I eventually get it back and have to send it to the Escort Agency! Well, I got the form and I've now sent it back but I'm sure it must be less hassle applying to join MI5! It could take me up to six weeks to get this form back - by which time I may be well past my best! :-)

In more bad news, I was devastated yesterday to receive a reply from the Oregon Wildlife Foundation telling me that the position of part-time Antelope Keeper has, unfortunately, already been filled. However, not to let them off the metaphorical hook quite so easily, I sent them the following reply:

Hi Richard

Thank you for your swift response…

I hope you will keep me in mind should any future positions arise. I am prepared to work with all varieties of four legged mammals, with the possible exception of elks.

Best Regards

Oliver.

Not a lot of feedback from other applications so far but I am confident this must be due to the closing dates not yet being up, as opposed to them dismissing my application out of hand as the work of a madman and pinning my resume up in the staff canteen for people to laugh at...

2 comments:

S. Dennis-Martineau said...

Have you considered trading up for a job? Are you familiar with the man in the U.S. who began trading with a red paperclip and ended up with a house? Of course, the house is in the wilds of Canada somewhere, but the point is, he traded for it. Perhaps you could find a way to trade jobs with people until you find something you like? It might prove interesting...

Oliver Davies said...

It's certainly an interesting idea! However, the man with the paperclip at least had a paperclip to trade! I'm not sure I currently have a great deal to offer! :-)