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  1. Yeah, never fully understood the thinking behind constantly re-writing a CV. In honesty your CV ought to be tailored for every job you apply for. So having one 'fixed' CV that in all honesty is your adviser's CV with your name on the top always felt a bit forced. The CV is 'you' on a sheet or two of A4 and there's no harm in putting on the experiences that you're proud of. The key thing is to make more of the things that are actually relavent to the post being applied for rather than taking things out.
  2. Fragil1ty, I was (for six months until I found a job I actually enjoyed and thought was valuable) an adviser/coach for one of the companies named above. I'll start by saying that we weren't all illiterate nor would I consider myself a moron, but moving on... What's been said already is, in all fairness, correct. The WP is not geared towards helping professionals into professional roles. It's geared towards getting as many people as possible into any sort of work, that means that largely it's the work that's most freely available. It's this that get's the 'McJob' reputation. Unfortunately, it's also geared into doing it with the least possible investment into the people it's supposed to be helping. I'll freely admit that I know as much about web design as I do about quantum physics, and unless your adviser/coach also happens to be a weekend coder then neither will they. What I did (and to some extent still do) know about is how to help people through the recruitment process having been at the front end of shortlisting / interviewing / recruiting etc for longer than I'd freely admit. I honestly think that one of the sore-points in the WP experience is the expectation of the DWP that someone take any job, rather than only the job they want. That's clear in the fact that the only routes out of the WP are: Getting a job, signing off JS or dying. You ought to know, better than anyone, what the job market for newly qualified web designers is like: Is it an active market? Are newly qualified designers employed/employable by companies or are their expectations of an in-house designer somehow different? Is it primarily a self-employed market? Are your uni friends in work as designers or are they doing something else and building a portfolio? Who are your potential employers? What other skills do you have / can you develop to improve your chances? How far into the recruitment process have you made it so far and what feedback have you had? and probably a million other things to consider. In light of the fact that you're effectively conscripted, would you consider working doing something else whilst you carry on looking for the perfect post-grad job? If only to get you out of the rigmarole of basic training sessions etc. Let's be frank about it, I don't for a moment beleive that the DWP / WP providers think that they're a place for aspiration. They will of course tell you the complete opposite, but their actions tell a different story. Nothing about the training available is anywhere near Post-Grad level, so if you find that you're getting dragged into it then the suggestion made earlier about finding a volunteer post somewhere of your own choosing and then extolling the virtues of it to your adviser / coach is an excellent one. Good luck in whatever you choose to do. TAI
  3. 123ab, Look, like P3t3r I'm out. You've failed to say what you're actually hoping to achieve. It's clear from the responses you get EVERYWHERE you post this that you ought not to be surprised that you were sacked. It's no surprise either that any cause to invoke disciplinary proceedings within three weeks of starting somewhere is likely to terminate your probation / assessment period. Honestly, what did you expect? Before you expend any more energy on this, ask yourself what you really want from it. If it's to drag an unspecified SUPERMARKET through the mud a bit until we all forget about it over the weekend then crack on. Good luck to you. Or, if it's something else, ask yourself why it's not happened by now...
  4. Here: http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?t=2071175&highlight= and here: http://www.worldlawdirect.com/forum/miscellaneous-topics/74484-supermarket-dishonesty-please-sign-petition.html It would seem that regardless of wherever you post this you're getting the same advice...
  5. i think the thing we've tried to impress on you is that there can be no surprise when through lateness/not turning up/being obstructive that your employment didn't continue throughout the assessment period. Did you really need a meeting to tell you to turn up, on time for your rota'd shift? Why would even the best willed employer be expected to tolerate that so early in the relationship and not think 'hmm, hang on - he's not really right for us.' Indeed, it would seem that if the effort you're putting into complaining about your treatment had been applied during your probation you'd never have found yourself in this situation. It seems that you have, subsequently, managed to scrape through an assessment period with another employer. Congratulations. Now, seriously, walk away and get on with your life.
  6. So, in effect, you didn't like / didn't want to work the rota - decided not to go in and subsequently you were dismissed? To be fair, I don't expect the team I work with to agree with the rota. I schedule based on their contract of employment and business need. Working for a supermarket there has to be an expectaion of flexibility in times, otherwise why would you go for it? If I may, let me edit your first post for accuracy... "A few years ago I was dismissed by SUPERMARKET for being late / awol within the first three weeks of being there. They moved straight to Gross Misconduct (which not turning up for your shift probably counts pretty highly) and dismissed me. Is there anything I can do?"
  7. I'm guessing that the requirement to be on-time was also in the handbook? Could it not be argued that by being late you broke the contract first?
  8. Wow, 123ab - that's some video... Perhaps given your clear dissatisfaction with 'supermarket' (love the repeated emphasis: SUPERMARKET!!! in the video...) you were better parting ways when you did. I'm sure that in more inebriated states I've probably said much worse on Facebook, it's for my friends to see and doesn't represent me 'at work' that's what LinkedIn is for. I don't think it's any surprise to anyone that a company would use any reason to invoke the disciplinary procedure just three weeks into someone's employment to review the decision of the recruiters. There's no doubt that it was frustrating and disappointing but pointing out grammatical errors in emails and potentially damaging personal information isn't going to gain any truck. We're all humans, not angels and we're certainly not running to be the next prime minister. Good luck in whatever you're doing now but I honestly think, if only for your own health, that it's probably best that you pen this one down to experience.
  9. Sorry, wrist duly slapped over 2.5 hours. In general practice we're independant contractors and not, at least here, held to the A4C although I am aware of its existence.
  10. and they're worth every penny. I've the pleasure of working with two excellent nurses, and an equally good HCW. £26k after 3 years in uni is just on expectations of normal graduate pay. Given that the work involves 24/7 rotas and extraordinary responsibility it's not excessive in any way. It works out on an average 40 hour week (which is an absolute understatement) at £12.50 an hour.
  11. LMOHM, a regulated environment is one that involves financial / insurance or medical issues. So if you've worked in sales it's likely you will have been asked to sell some sort of store cards, insurances etc. That's a regulated environment. Nurse pay depends on grade and level of responsibility, junior nurses don't earn an awful lot, some of the fantastically well qualified ones do.
  12. Were you driving a convertible in the rain? Or was your sunroof open perhaps? I'm just curious as to how you couldn't see that as you approached it, or at least acknowledged the presence of a sign and checked it as you climbed out of the car. To be honest, the 'water gets in my eyes' defence is only likely to spark raucous laughter in the appeals office. Listen (read) to what you're actually saying. Interestingly, opposite my office is a disabled parking bay, both signs for which are a good ten foot up and no bigger than that one.
  13. Rosekin, I'm a PM. One thing to be very aware of is that GP's ideas around correct HR procedures are often as far from correct as is possible. Make sure that you seek advice on every stage of your journey here, perhaps from CAB or ACAS.
  14. You may also find that although any additional time goes unpaid, that you're able to accrue TOIL (Time off in lieu) and then recover hours worked at quieter times. Watch that you're not going under NMW at any time too. Good luck in the new job.
  15. Agree with HB, not unusual at all... The 'request' is likely to come at a time when the organisation is at a critical point like end of year / contract where additional work is required to complete all of the tasks required and to be fair, I'd think long and hard before refusing the 'request' if you see what I mean.
  16. The distinction we use is whether or not the request can be fulfilled by pressing 'print' on the records. In which case it's £10.00 - in fairness, this seldom covers the cost of such a request once you factor in the £ for recorded signed for postage. In the event where we're having to retrieve the paper records, find the relavent paperwork and photocopy it then we'll charge more. I'll be honest and say that if you've been with your practice for the entire time under question then a copy of the electronically held records will almost always suffice. Vary rarely indeed do you find anything in the paper records less than 10 years old and all letters received are scanned on and held within the same record as your consultations and medication details so should come as part of the 'pressing print' exercise.
  17. Presuming a full 5 day week is your usual pattern, and that your holiday year starts on 1st April the calculator says: Calculate holiday entitlement The statutory holiday entitlement is 5 days holiday. The employer: can include bank and public holidays as part of the statutory entitlement must not round down the holiday entitlement, but may round it up must provide holiday pay during the statutory leave can provide more paid holiday - this will be in the employment contract and is called ‘contractual leave entitlement’ Previous answers Start againIs the holiday entitlement based on: days worked per week Change answer to "Is the holiday entitlement based on:"Do you want to work out holiday: for someone leaving part way through a leave year Change answer to "Do you want to work out holiday:"What was the employment end date? 5 June 2015 Change answer to "What was the employment end date?"When does the leave year start? 1 April 2015 Change answer to "When does the leave year start?"Number of days worked per week? 5.0 Change answer to "Number of days worked per week?" Now, as you say you've had a week off already (5 days) it seems to think you're even... Provided, of course, my assumptions are correct.
  18. Well I suppose you could, if you were splitting hairs, work the accrual rate down to a daily one - I too wouldn't pay a full month's accrual for 5 days worked. But, I do use the HMRC holiday calculator and hand the print-out to the departing member of staff as proof of having 'done it properly' Perhaps you'd like to use the calculator and, if there's a difference, present your employer with the print out. https://www.gov.uk/calculate-your-holiday-entitlement/y
  19. The problem is people do take it seriously, it's like reading Harry Potter and expecting a triple decker bus to turn up. They say that a country gets the media it deserves. Clearly the DM is for the 'special people'...
  20. Frankly, if you take anything the DM prints seriously then you deserve the misery that reading such nonsense brings. How it can ever call itself a newspaper is beyond me, I'd sooner read the back of the bottle of bleach next to the loo.
  21. Having working in a few big call centres, 5 minutes slack time to get a coffee and take some meds seems quite generous, many employers would expect you to do this before 'clocking in'.
  22. Very much down to personal preference/ethics I think. We had a serious issue and so it was best to 'hit em hard' so to speak and comprehensive baiting and poisoning gave us the desired results with minimal risk to our dog and livestock. It was just a case of checking the dog wasn't eating the carcasses if he found them. The poison worked well for us and frankly was much cheaper, cleaner, safer and more effective than the .12 gauge. They're quick on the move and so you need to be a confident shot with the majority of your thoughts based on what's behind the target before you pull the trigger. It's also remarkably messy.
  23. Ford, we live on a farm so rats are par for the course. Good anti-coagulant rat poison works very well indeed. Just keep it from any other pets or livestock.
  24. Probably because people put them on the back of their wheeled chairs and they have a nasty habit of getting caught up in the wheels and making the chair tip when someone tries to move back quickly. They also present a trip hazard for the same reason.
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