2009 and all that
Back in the wonderfull days of 2009 having been made redundant from a job of xx years standing (at least 10 years too long but thats a whole different story) - I found myself trying, along wirh many others, to find a new job.
Disaster Area would be the best description.
Jobs that were paying £15 per hour were now minimum wage.
I was considered too old and over qualified at 50 something...
Job Center wanted me to apply for jobs that were based many miles from home at £11,000/year.
I had to show records of phone calls/letters/replys, there were pages and pages of them.
Allways there was the threat of withdrawing the job seekers allowance !!!!
I gave up with the JC after 3 months, got a bit of work but that fell through then got in with an agency.
A few months work at minimum wage close to home eventualy led to a permie position elsewhete through a different agency.
All in all 2 years of stress and financial embarasment that took a number of years to get over.