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    • Anglian Water (although others may be culpable). Some time ago users of this forum complained about the level or proportionality of standing charges on fuel bills.  The feeling was that 25% standing charge would be acceptable against the unit cost.  Anglian Water in Essex, responsible for sewage removal,  charge around 80% of a bill for this, my last account was £10 unit cost against a £44 standing charge.  Anglian claim that this is due to infrastructure issues and that my area is sparsley occupied.  Southend on Sea has 160,000 residents, hardly sparse, and infrastructure issues are their problem, not mine.  Anglian is also responsible, according to Environment Agency, of contaminating sea water in my locale. If there is no legislation regarding the proportion of standing charge to unit cost, there certainly should be !  Any advice ? (There is a wider issue of charging through third parties that could be taken up seperately.)
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    • Hello and welcome to CAG. I'll move your thread to the Residential and lettings forum and leave you a link to follow from the Welcome forum.   I'm sorry to hear about your neighbour problems, people should be along to advise later.   Best, HB
    • Your only hope is asking for discretion on the grounds of well you didn't realise you had to pay online you expected a toll booth, you didn't see any sign of any penalty charge amount and basically it's your first time using this toll bridge and you were unaware of the process,.   In the past, for 1st time offence, Merseyflow have responded rejecting the appael but on this one occasion have reduced the penalty to the toll fee.   You might be lucky.
    • Yes, Manxman has put you on the right track.   You need to perform a Statutory Declaration (to declare, on oath, that you knew nothing of the court proceedings against you). You must do this within 21 days of learning about your conviction. You can either do so at a Magistrates' Court for which you will need to make an appointment. They may not be able to fit you in within 21 days but so long as you explain to the court that it was the earliest date available they will accept your declaration. Alternatively you can make the declaration before a solicitor. They may charge you a small fee (£5 - £10).   Once this is done the conviction you have (for failing to provide driver's details) is set aside. The prosecution will almost certainly start proceedings again and in many areas they are now doing so immediately following your statutory declaration. Ideally it would be best if you could see the prosecutor before the court sits (ask when you check in at reception) and offer to plead guilty to the speeding charge provided the FtP charge is dropped. It is a common deal which is usually readily accepted. Under no circumstances should you plead guilty to either offence until you have had the chance to discuss this deal. If the deal is refused you should maintain Not Guilty pleas to both charges. They cannot convict you of speeding (they have no evidence you were driving) and the trial for FtP will be held at a later date. You can then consider your position for that offence.   If they do accept your offer to plead guilty to speeding you might try asking if you can be sentenced at the Fixed Penalty level (£100 and three points) provided the speed is low enough (let me know the speed/limit and I will tell you if it qualifies).. Magistrates have guidance enabling them to do this which says this:   Where a penalty notice could not be offered or taken up for reasons unconnected with the offence itself, such as administrative difficulties outside the control of the offender, the starting point should be a fine equivalent to the amount of the penalty and no order of costs should be imposed. The offender should not be disadvantaged by the unavailability of the penalty notice in these circumstances.   But first things first - make arrangements to do the Stat Dec.
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    • My personal experiences of Future Comms 
       
      Don't touch them owe me £500 since January 2019 make excuse after excuse. Seem they always have software problems sending money out. Keep saying they will call back or email nothing been chasing it now for 6 mths the phone staff always have the same banter we will chase it up and get back to you then nothing!
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    • Future Comms is a Big Con. How to get out of it. Read more at https://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/topic/417058-future-comms-is-a-big-con-how-to-get-out-of-it/
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    • Future Comms issues. Read more at https://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/topic/416504-future-comms-issues/
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    • This is a bit of a lengthy one but I’ll summerise best as possible.
       
      THIS IS HOW THE PHONECALL WENT 
       
      I was contacted by future comms by phone, they stated that they could beat any phone contract I have , (I am a limited company but just myself that needs a business phone and I am the only worker) 
      I told future comms my deal, £110 per month with a phone and a virtual landline, they confirmed that they could beat that, £90 per month with a phone , virtual landline  they also confirmed they would pay Vodafone (previous provider) the termination fee. As I am in business, naturally I was open to making a deal. So we proceeded. 
      Future comms then revealed that the contract would be with PLAN.COM and the airtime would be provided by 02, I instantly told them that this would break the deal as I have poor 02 signal in the house where I live as my partner is on 02 and constantly complaining about bad signal
      the salesman assured me he would send a signal booster box out with the phone so I would have perfect signal.
      so far so good.....
      i then explained this is the only mobile phone I use for business and pleasure, so therefore I didn’t want any disconnection time in the slightest between the switchover from Vodafone to 02
      the salesman then confirmed that the existing phone would only be disconnected once the new phone was switched on.
      so far so good....
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I want tips for getting jobs, rather than just not being sanctioned.

 

Th WP Advisors are not much help, more of a hindrance.

 

Mistake: this should have gone in the Employment Forum. Bad night's sleep problems.

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Barriers to Work:

 

I am going to the Careers Advice to get some advice on training.

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hello! Are you asking a question or having a moan? Happy to give advice if you have specific questions :)


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Lol... Well try a lot of recruitment agencies, but be wise.

 

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Youll get contacted in no time.

 

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hello! Are you asking a question or having a moan? Happy to give advice if you have specific questions :)

 

Looking for helpful anecdotes. Real life experiences. Successes mostly,, but also what not to do.

 

Not at specific questions stage.

 

Things that have worked.

 

Plan of Action

 

(1) Modernise my CV. Mine was old fashioned and very poor in today's climate. They have changed from four years ago. Much more sophisticated nowadays. (I thought I knew what I was doing, but apparently not.)

 

(2) Sign-up with the Recruitment Agencies.

 

(3) Get third party tips. I chose the Careers Agency which were helpful.

 

(4) Try to deal with the skills gap. (Again, I am not up to date)

 

Older worker. I am 61, which may or not have particular problems?

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Linked in - half my job leads come from linked in, get a proper spiffy profile up there!

 

Wether age is a problem depends on the field.


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Much as it was against my inclination to do a TRAWL for lots of posts, it proved to be useful in finding what was out there in the jobs market.Starting post.

 

My natural inclination was to ANGLE for a particular post. Not out of the question.

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Much as it was against my inclination to do a TRAWL for lots of posts, it proved to be useful in finding what was out there in the jobs market.Starting post.

 

My natural inclination was to ANGLE for a particular post. Not out of the question.

 

I don't do riddles. If you are a fisherman please just say so.


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I found the National careers service to be helpful. The online assessments surprised me, I did better in somethings than I thought I not as well in others. I have also spoken to them.

 

I have to admit that the careers advisors at the job centre was not a great deal of use and my work Program woman while very nice doesn't really know what to do. I do have particular barriers to employment especially the type of work i would like to do but they can I hope be overcome


Any opinion I give is from personal experience .

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I don't do riddles. If you are a fisherman please just say so.

 

Metaphorical. I live by the seaside.

 

The trawl (applying and searching for lots of jobs) for lots of jobs catches jobs that are not any good. They have to be thrown back. But I see the shortfall in my qualifications rather than skills. This means lots of rejections which is disheartening, but it may turn up something worthwhile.

 

I think in metaphors. That's the way I am. Angling will be choosing the right bait and tailoring your CV for a particular job in mind. There is much more work involved.

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Or you could just tell us what your trade or profession is so we can suggest other approaches or contacts. If you want to play guessing games, go ahead, but it'll make it impossible to help you.


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Metaphorical. I live by the seaside.

 

The trawl (applying and searching for lots of jobs) for lots of jobs catches jobs that are not any good. They have to be thrown back. But I see the shortfall in my qualifications rather than skills. This means lots of rejections which is disheartening, but it may turn up something worthwhile.

 

I think in metaphors. That's the way I am. Angling will be choosing the right bait and tailoring your CV for a particular job in mind. There is much more work involved.

 

I like this metaphor :) i would talk it clicks and colours if it were my choice lol.

 

You could be a Creative Writer?

or perhaps try applying to B&Q where they have age equality.

 

I am looking myself for something I can do.

 

Best of Luck

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I like this metaphor :) i would talk it clicks and colours if it were my choice lol.

 

You could be a Creative Writer?

or perhaps try applying to B&Q where they have age equality.

 

I am looking myself for something I can do.

 

Best of Luck

Clear33

 

I am a technical/creative writer and editor. Not enough dosh. Never was really.

 

So I am looking for office/administration/advisor/information dissemination jobs that involve communicating with the public.

 

My specialist subject is environmental/wildlife/ecology but I have experience and not qualifications. My main craft is as a writer. I do talks, presentations, book consultancy in the past, but an injury/illness and redundancy knocked my sails down for a few years and I lost touch.

 

My skills need updating in this fast moving world.

 

I am having a look at NVQ 3 or 4 in Advice or Guidance. But it is over 40 years since I went to college. Very unsure, if it is worth doing the course. The local college have discontinued the course but it is still available at Open University at a cost of over £1000. Jobs ask for this qualification, but not that many.

 

I am averse to sales jobs. It is opposite to my temperament. I need £300 a week gross plus travel costs. However, if I really like the job I could make do with less.

 

Writing is a bit lonely and I fancy working as part of a team.

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At 61, no one really gives a stuff if you have qualifications; it's all about experience. What I am struggling with though is your target job - comms vs advice vs admin - it's all over the shop.

 

What do you *really* want to do, and have experience of? An agency will stick you right into a pigeonhole, they will NOT see you as a versatile multi skilled person - you will need to chose, it's how they work.

 

There are probably many more jobs for internal comms people than external, have you considered this? Do you have a portfolio of comms campaigns you have worked on and the results? If you are up for interim work which will pay much better I'd also have a look at topconsultant.com


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At 61, no one really gives a stuff if you have qualifications; it's all about experience. What I am struggling with though is your target job - comms vs advice vs admin - it's all over the shop.

 

What do you *really* want to do, and have experience of? An agency will stick you right into a pigeonhole, they will NOT see you as a versatile multi skilled person - you will need to chose, it's how they work.

 

There are probably many more jobs for internal comms people than external, have you considered this? Do you have a portfolio of comms campaigns you have worked on and the results? If you are up for interim work which will pay much better I'd also have a look at topconsultant.com

 

Thanks for the advice. I agree with your diagnosis. I did not know how Recruitment Agencies work. I call the work projects. Thinking ...

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Agencies are ONLY concerned with filling vacancies they have *right now* and working for the person they get paid by (not you) - many people misunderstand this and get frustrated.

 

So, you have to make it easy to place you. Look at what they advertise for closely over say a week, and decide if you are happy being pushed into the shape of the hole you'd need to fit in.


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Hi, long time lurker, first time poster etc..

 

Anyway tips on getting a job.

 

LinkedIn is a good way of starting - try to link up with as many old colleagues as possible as that network is useful for names of secondary and tertiary connections. Also you can search for companies that do what you want to do. Get a list of them and spend time checking their websites - many companies do recruitment directly.

 

Try the various recruitment sites - Monster , TotalJobs etc...- any that specialize in your area (there probably is one, or something closely related)

 

Talk to any friends about jobs- so much is done via social media that a chance conversation can lead to an opportunity.

 

CV : urgh - I've done one recently for the first time in 15 years and it was hell - but get anyone who has moved jobs/ got a job recently to look it over. If you can, do several for various areas of interest and tailored for those areas, my ex-boss has 4 for different particular job roles.

 

I've been lucky as I've been in employment and am in the process of changing job - but its been a fairly rocky last 3 years , so sympathize with anyone looking - last month my ex-boss of 14 years was made redundant (and his boss, the month before) so the feeling of needing to move was rather high.

 

Talking and networking helped me as an ex-colleague works at my new place and put in a good word (I'd forgotten, but once I realized, I got in touch) - which do I think made a difference in getting an interview.

 

Best of luck - if I think of anything more I'll add it to this thread.

 

 

Anyway, good luck I'm sure many others will add many more useful tips that will help .

 

Edit : Er sorry, not sure what happened there, missed the last bit off...

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Common Careers for Personality Types

 

 

Research has shown that many of the different Personality Types tend to have distinct preferences in their choice of careers. We have incorporated observations of each type's character traits which affect career choice along with some suggestions for possible directions. We have also included lists of actual careers which the various types have chosen in their lives.

 

This material is provided for your reference, and is intended to be an informational guide. It does not comprise a complete analysis of ideal careers for individuals, and does not guarantee success or failure at any occupation. As we know, individuals vary greatly. However, we certainly encourage personal self-knowledge and research in your quest to live up to your fullest, and for this reason we provide you with this information. For a complete and personal evaluation of career possibilities, you should speak with a career guidance counsellor.

 

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I found this personality typing useful for inter personal relations. It may not be to you taste.

 

It is not mainstream. (hearsay from a psychologist in occupational guidance, and from a human resources person).

 

It tests aptitudes, not skills. The tests cannot be relied upon.

 

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.

 

The statistical validity of the MBTI as a psychometric instrument has been the subject of criticism.

 

"It is unethical and in many cases illegal to require job applicants to take the Indicator if the results will be used to screen out applicants."

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MBTI

 

Recommended Test: Paragon Learning Style Inventory (PLSI)

http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/jshindl/plsi/

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Hello Perseus.

 

I've merged your threads on this forum because I think they're about the same topic. It makes it easier for the advisers. :)

 

HB


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Hello Perseus.

 

I've merged your threads on this forum because I think they're about the same topic. It makes it easier for the advisers. :)

 

HB

 

I don't mind.

 

But I did envisage two separate subjects. Quite different. The first thread was strictly practical down to earth practical ways of getting a job.

 

The personality typing was thought of as abstract theoretical reasons why job failure or dissatisfaction occurs, e.g. you have fallen into or chosen a job with demands are quite different from the way you would naturally relate to the world and other people.

 

I have been to interviews (e.g. Social Services) where the questions were unusual and abstract and seemed to asking questions to make up a psychological profile.

 

I don't see any long term or even medium term value in faking your own personality just fit the patterns required for a post.

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how long ago were the abstract interviews? That technique is dated and seldom used now - as it isn't a great indicator of future performance, just of role motivation, and there are better ways of predicting that too

 

Also you can't fake modern tests - most have an in built validity measure and on reading them I can see how consistent people were and how much they wanted to please the test administrator vs being honest


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how long ago were the abstract interviews? That technique is dated and seldom used now - as it isn't a great indicator of future performance, just of role motivation, and there are better ways of predicting that too

 

Also you can't fake modern tests - most have an in built validity measure and on reading them I can see how consistent people were and how much they wanted to please the test administrator vs being honest

 

What are the modern tests called please?

 

I have not completed any MBTI tests in a formal setting or used them in career choices. I only considered they measured aptitudes.

 

I used Keirsey "Please Understand Me II" to resolve inter-personal problems.

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