The Weekend Blog (Vol.61)

27th June 2015

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Do you know what I’m most looking forward to about having a job?

Getting my weekends back.

Sure, I have weekends, but everyday feels the same when you’re unemployed. Saturdays might as well be Mondays. I can’t wait to have some structure in my life.

Now I’m back from my holiday I’m back to applying for jobs. I had an interview this week with a recruitment agency, but before I attended I had to take a MS Word test. I passed it with a score of 100% which I was chuffed with, and apparently it’s quite rare for someone to score 100%.

They potentially have a job for me, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Even if it’s only temporary it means I will gain experience that I can take forward to my next job, and I can still continue applying for other jobs.

Plus, you know, money.

In other news, I’d like to say a big thank you for all the kind comments left on my last post regarding my new layout. I am so proud that I managed to complete a goal I set for myself at the beginning of the year and made a responsive theme.

Don’t forget to sign up in the sidebar to receive all the latest posts in your inbox. As previously mentioned, this is not the Jetpack system. It’s powered my MailChimp, and should be a lot better than the Jetpack one.

I’m currently battling a cold/sore throat. Yes I know, I only had one a couple of months ago when I was in New York, but clearly my immune system is feeling a little vulnerable. I must get more fruit into my diet.

The above photo is a snippet of what’s to come on Tuesday in my blog post all about Monaco. I don’t feel well enough to take pictures today.

Have a great weekend!


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  1. Danielle

    First of all, Monaco is gorgeous!
    Unemployment can be really frustrating. Every winter I am temporarily “laid off” because business is slow and I dread it every year. Trying to make ends meet is stressful enough, nonetheless having so much free time. I totally understand where you’re coming from when you don’t feel like you have a weekend.

    Congratulations on passing your test and best wishes on finding a job! Just keep your head up and feel better!

    • Holly

      Gosh, that must be so tough! I’d hate not knowing when I was getting paid next.

      Thank you. 🙂

  2. Chynna

    Oooh, new layout! Love it.

    I feel you on getting weekends back. I’m currently working 7 days a week because my internship I’m doing doesn’t pay me and I still need income, so I work on the weekends. Cannot wait until I finally secure a proper job.

    Good luck in your interview and congratulations on getting 100%!

    Hope you feel better!

    • Holly

      Thank you! Glad you like it.

      I couldn’t put that many hours in and not get paid. Mainly because I have bills to pay, but also because I’d just have no motivation. I’ve got a lot of respect for you for working so hard! I’m sure it’s going to pay off soon and you’ll have an awesome job!

  3. I totally get why you’d want to work regularly to have real weekends back 😀 But I’m at the point where I wish everyday was the weekend for me! I think that means I’ll need to get a break from work soon! I’ll probably take a two-week break or so in October time-frame!

    I do hope that job works out for you! Fingers crossed on my end!

    Also, I hope your sore throat goes away fast! As someone who gets tonsillitis easily, you have my sympathies!

    • Holly

      I will definitely miss the free time when I’m working. I always want what I haven’t got, until I’ve got it, haha!

      Thank you!

  4. Jamie

    Ooh! Being sick is no fun at all! I hope you feel better real soon.

    I hope the new job works out, and they’ll like you well enough to hire you as full-time instead of temporary. Congratulations on passing the MS WORD test with 100%. I did that as well when I wanted to be a secretary, but I never got the position (it was with an agency, which I think they were lying to me the entire time I was with them). But, I’m glad you at least got a temp job. A temp job is better than no job.

    I was in the same boat as you. I don’t work at all, and honestly, it felt like every day was the weekend. I did not look forward towards the weekends. This of course all changed when I started college. I’m glad too.

  5. Susanne

    I was unemployed for a long time before I became a nurse (which of course didn’t really give any structure either since I work irregular hours, weekends, holidays, etc) and it really sucked… I don’t think it was the lack of structure that was bad, but more the lack of money and feeling you were some kind of B person that wasn’t good enough. It sounds great that they might have something for you!
    I’m so curious about MailChimp and the e-mail subscription thing. Since I’ve stopped using WordPress I can’t use Jetpack, and I think MailChimp is the service that Ghost recommends for e-mail notifications (if I lose my password etc) so I think I already have an account there. Is it easy to set up the e-mail subscription? Are people happy with it?

    • Holly

      This is exactly how I’m feeling! I’ve had so many doubts about my own abilities. It’s tough.

      MailChimp is pretty easy to use. At first it took me a while to figure everything out but I like it. I only have one subscriber so far, so I can’t really tell if people are liking it. But I know other bloggers swear by it.

  6. Hope you’ll score on that job soon! Congratulations on getting a 100% on the Word test! I think that’s pretty impressive and a valuable skill to have. Keep on applying and never give up! Your new layout looks really clean and a big plus for it being responsive.

    Feel better soon!

    • Thank you! I think the test is good for separating those who think they are advanced users of MS Word from those who are actually advanced users.

  7. Elena

    Wow congratulations on 100% and your new theme looks great! I need to work on my coding skills as well. The last year I have only had time to learn and practice Java.
    I cannot wait for your post on Monaco, that place is on my bucket list. And I hope you feel better if you are not well yet.

    • Holly

      Thank you! I’m hoping to study some more about PHP. I’ve got a rough idea about it but I’d like to know more.

  8. Good luck with the job hunt! And congrats on the new blog design – it looks fabulous!

    xx Yasmin

  9. I know how you feel about routine. When I didn’t have a job, everything was so dull. Unfortunately I am still trying to find a balance, because every time I am going through busy working hours, I can’t wait for the weekend. I have to admit that it is a nice feeling and a real motivator, but at the same time, I go through periods of time where I feel like I need a break and wouldn’t mind not having a job to worry about.

    As I said on Twitter, best of luck! MS Word is a headache to get around and most people only know the basics, so good job! It’s great that you are doing whatever you can to try and get a job. I am sure you will land something. When I was jobless, I looked for anything I could get my hands on.

    I hope you feel better soon!

    • Holly

      I know the minute I get a job I will miss everything about being unemployed, such as having time to develop my web design skills and spending more days out in the sunshine.

      I’m definitely applying for jobs that are beneath my qualifications, but it’s because I need money and I need experience. Hopefully someone will give me a chance to show what I’m worth.