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Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006, 11:09 am
Job, job, job.

Excellent question I was asked today. I see an advert for a Technology Support Officer with the NHS. Game for a laugh, I give them a call, and ask them to send me an application form.
"I'm sorry sir, applications for that position are closing on friday. Could you fill in an online application form?"
"Well, I wouldn't make a very good Technology Support Officer if I couldn't, would I?"

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 11:52 am (UTC)

Hmm, if this is via http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/ , your application is (partly) in my hands ;)

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)

He's an excellent candidate, you want him. But in a professional way. No, no, not that kind of professional.

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 12:47 pm (UTC)

At this stage, for the right kind of money, maybe that kind of professional.

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 12:13 pm (UTC)

Why, yes it is! Go on, gissa job. Fiddle with everyone else's applications so that they say "Molests goats" in the hobbies and interests.

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 12:15 pm (UTC)

Or I could just apply, so that at least one of the applications says that.

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 12:22 pm (UTC)

That might be amusing. In that you might get it, and have to come to Watford every day, and thus Share My Agony.

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 12:18 pm (UTC)

Amusing as this would be, I don't think I could reconcile it with my professional ethics ;)

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 12:22 pm (UTC)

Ethics is a county east of London. Go on, they're all goat molestors, except me. You'd be doing the NHS a service, revealing their goat molesting tendancies.

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 12:16 pm (UTC)

How so? (I'm professionally interested in the online recruitment market).

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC)

I'm a Lead Software Engineer who is part of the team which built and runs that site, on behalf of the NHS.

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)

Hey, you can log onto Mono without needing to ask dumb questions.

This already puts you head and shoulders above many other IT people in the NHS, you know... :-)

Good luck!

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)

The possible stumbling point is my references. My CV is a smoking ruin of dead companies. I don't think anyone I ever worked for is still trading, except Telewest, and they've reorganised so as to be unrecognisable.

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)

Ah, right.

To be honest, that's probably not so much of a problem with the NHS. And at worst, you can always get a friend to say they were your boss at that defunct company - after all, who's going to say you're wrong? ;-)

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)

Well, yeah, that's a point.

So, fancy being the managing director of a defunct IT company for the day?

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)

It'd be great.

But I already work for the NHS, in a roundabout kind of way. So they might rumble you. ;-)

Oh, and try not to pick directors. There are records of that sort of thing at Companies House. Better to pick an IT manager or something similar. No evidence at all either way there... *grins*

Wed, Mar. 8th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)

It'd be a doddle. You wouldn't even need to use your own name, we could come up with something comical instead. Virgin Mobile sim card, old unlocked phone, and badda-bing, there's your contact details.