Warehouse, cleaning – industrial cleaning, builder cleaning, private cleaning, warehouse office cleaning, picking and packing, cleaning large areas, including the school dining floors and warehouse , toilets, classrooms (and their toilets and work sinks), stairs and halls, staff rooms and assembly halls, within a time limit. I was able to complete the work tasks within a time scale. Warehouse work was picking and packing, and using a computerised system.
litter picking - environmental cleaning of streets, alleys, parks and lanes. Dealt with fly-tipping, public toilet cleaning, dealing with lost property, working with chemicals, working with the public, key holder, supervising and training agency workers. As a litter picker I was partly responsible for keeping the areas of Shephall, Town Centre, Chells, Pin Green, Broadwater and Symonds Green clean
Catering – prepping all menus, stock and pantry checks, sandwich maker, filling vending
machines, washing up, portering, using industrial cleaning machinery. Catering environments - Schools / handicapped/ public cafes/ industrial area/ factory
cafes / college café/ waitressing at Knebworth / private functions/ town cafes/ Bowes Lyon Community Centre/ burger bar / supermarket café. chip shop ( competent at using chipping machine, bucketing chips, till work, filling hot cabinet, chip shop cleaning. do not know how to turn on deep fat containers / how to maintain temperature or how to drain oil, but was trusted to be left on my own to cook chips and serve. )
retail work - Shelf filling, cleaning, arranging stock. I worked for Sainsbury’s prior to the night shift job, as a catering assistant, and after the job finished, I returned to Sainsbury's canteen, employed through Blue Arrow. Prior to 2000ad, I also had a
job as a part time retail manager at YMCA, and am skilled in customer servicing, managing a small staff of volunteers, accountancy, stock rotation, stock managment, pricing, window displays and numerous other small but important tasks
Is physical wellbeing a skill?
<< I worked here;
Litter picker 2001 -2004
My hobbies of swimming, cycling and walking contributed to my enthusiasm for this physically demanding job. You wouldn't believe how tiring it can be , walking around stevenage, constantly bending. If I hadn't been so fit, I wouldn't have lasted a week! I found it enjoyable rather than tiring though, and it kept me fit. The added benefit of not having to pay for the gym was great. Work for me is normally a means to an end, and I will not spend the time I am at work moaning about it, when it does get tiresome. I would rather concentrate on the money I am earning and plan on how to spend it, than dampen my own mood with negative thoughts. This means I am normally cheery and reasonable while I am working.
My interest in physical well being extends to my catering career too, and reflects my personal belief that food should be presented with a healthy attitude.
Qualification; Free Renewable energy course, held at Stevenage business skills centre. Where next?
I could volunteer in Spain at a renewable energy farm run by an organisation named Sunseed Desert Project. Volunteers pay less than visitors
to stay at this farm. I am not sure of work permits, and I haven't stayed there myself yet, but I only passed the renewable course this year. CLICK ON THE BANNER TO KNOW MORE.
The information and course details were provided by;
I received loads of information from Reed when I asked about courses that may help me back into work. I enquired first, then received a phone call from a customer service operative. I was sent an email, listing all the courses that I may be interested in. If you click on the logo (above) this will lead you to the course pages
Other free courses, including learning how to read and write, are available at the local college. So many people forget that a high percentage of the public are not literate or numerical, nor have ever been to school. School is also free, in this country, from the ages 5 years old to 18 years old. It is also compulsary. Learn more from http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/.
Skills gained volunteering;
Volunteering in charity shops gave me lots of skills. I volunteered at BHF for years. The retail experience, that included till work, stock control, and stock rotation, helped me get a job as an assistant manager.
I worked here; Y.M.C.A. assistant retail Manager 1999-2000
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the shop was on a short lease, but I managed to double my weekly target in the time I had there. It was too small to accommodate furniture, so the target sales were from clothes and bric-a-brac.
unwanted possesions ?
Even though I did not do ebay when I was a charity shop manager, I became interested in it after I stopped being involved in charity shop volunteering. When I looked I was really impressed by the range of good quality goods offered for sale by individuals. I think it is a great way to offload unwanted gifts and to buy what you need. It also reduces landfill waste and dumping. If you click on the ebay icon, it will take you to their website. Ebay is legal for those on benefits, as long as the seller doesn't sell bulk, and if the items for sale are not stolen. If you want to contribute to a charity, you can donate some or all of the sale price that your item raises. Quite a few charity shops now use ebay to sell from a shop, so you can browse them online too.
What am I doing with my qualifications now ?
When I completed a course in 'O' level English and Computer studies (1982) I saw no real use for either. The computer studies course was mostly involved in computer hardware building, CC+ and basic binary programming, and the Literature studies were mostly concerned with old classics. When I left school, in 1982, most of the course was obsolete as most computer manufacturers used Windows or Linux as operating platforms. The need to write java scripts was also negligible, as was building my own computer. However, the IT part of the course has been something I have always used. It is only recently that I have revived my interest in both subjects because I needed both to write my books. Gimp is a free drawing/ paint / animate program similar to Photo shop. Our computer studies tutor taught us to use it while teaching us about simple and complex programming. We also looked at openoffice draw with the hope of improving the program. Both are free downloads, and both were used in the construction of the book covers. My English 'O' level in English Language helped me to correct mistakes that Microsoft Word overlooked, and the Literature 'o' level, combined with my History 'O' level helped me with the 'Pray' story line. Book writing doesn't seem that tedious but proofreading the same 300 page document makes it less interesting than reading the finished document. It has to be thoroughly re-read and edited numerous times before it is ready for print. This skill is useful while numerating documents and inputting data, as well as keeping the mind occupied while working at menial tasks. Both books can be found online, on the Amazon site. The process of turning the document into an e-book was free. I just had to upload the book onto Amazon, and a program did all the work of converting it into an ebook. For Prime Kindle users, both books are free downlowds. They make a great FREE present for anyone.
More volunteering, that will give you skills;
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To volunteer for this company you need to be part of a local community group. If there isn't one, create one. Ask at one of the charity shops whether they will organise a group. Try Bowes Lyon House and other community groups. It is all for charity, and you learn a lot while volunteering; serving at a crowded bar, participation in crowd control, organising in stressful conditions. You also have free entry into the festival...
Interesting fact for those who are thinking of using website advertising; The amount of people who viewed my CV website in the first 10 days was 245.
1031 people viewed it within the first month - october 2012, - and I have had six potential interviews so far.
I have reached far more people than I would
have reached otherwise.
This site was created by me using Weebly. Weebly
is a web designer site, which is totally free and easy to use. It is a drag and upload site, so you don't need any specific computer knowledge to use it. It has lots of features that I haven't included, but there are some that you can only use if you pay.
sample business cards that compliment my CV site;
my new cv business cards were free from moo moo. Click on the cards to go to their website. 'My friend got a free 50 pack of Business Cards - can I have one too?Just like the MiniCard 10 packs mentioned above, we do occasionally give away free 50 packs of Business Cards. Again, there are always a limited number of these, so once the offer is over, it's over. Sorry about that.' from the moo- moo site.
free tip ; Click the yoga photo below to take you to a facial yoga news item. It has several yoga exercises for the face . I find it is more effective upside down
Being unemployed means I can't afford fillers or thermage, so I do this yoga instead. It seems to make a difference, and it is very relaxing to take the weight of my shoulders for a few minutes a day. De -stressing quickly is a good skill to have.