Written on: 25/08/2010
. I applied for job seekers allowance after graduating from university. I arrived back home, there were no jobs and I couldn't afford my medication. I applied over the phone, the woman who called me clearly didn't want to speak to me, she huffed and tutted her way through the "interview" (as she called it) and made me feel worthless.
2.They asked me to arrive at the job centre at 9am for a meeting with a personal advisor, all customers were left standing in the rain until 9:30 until the security guards opened the door, we were then herded (like cattle) to another area where we were told that we'd have to wait until further notice because we were late and the next appointments were arriving.
3.I was sent by the jobcentre advisors to apply for jobs that were advertised on their website, some were fine, some vacancies had never existed or were out of date and resulted in an awkward discussion between myself and the manager of the place I'd been sent to.
4. They aren't interested in you as a person, in my opinion they're more concerned with figures. I'm trained in science, they were sending me for cleaning jobs because "having ajob in science isn't realistic" I was then rejected from the cleaning vacancies because I was "overqualified" instead of listening to me and considering my strengths they blamed me for not trying hard enough to get a job. I filled 2 of those little books they give you in one week....I am definately trying!
5. They brought me in for a lecture on how to find a job, I went in thinking it may be useful, I left feeling patronised. The hour lecture was spent teaching us how to type "job vacancies" into google. The staff look down on you, treat you like a child and make you feel worthless.
6. I was actually mocked for having got my degree in science. I was also told that I should travel out of my county to look for work, they weren't interested in the fact that I can't afford to travel for 4 hours by bus per day.
7. This "matching team" they try to sell everyone on: I was told to expect a phone call from that team so they could help me with CV's, applications etc,....3 months and a lot of chasing later I still haven't heard from anyone.
In fact, even though I haven't found a job I am signing off. The service is no help what so ever. Everything I've done in my job hunt has been done by myself with no help from them.
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