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LESSONS learnt during a career as a recruitment consultant reflected in Vicki Clifford’s own search for a part-time job.
Formerly the proprietor of her own agency in Milton Keynes, north of London, Vicki has been among users of the Jobs Board in the Times and Bulletin Classifieds.
After Vicki’s notice highlighted her search for two to three days’ work a week, she received a call from tax accountancy James Baker and Co, and now works on administrative support at the Sheldon business.
Vicki uses the analogy of a circus performer to sum up the main message from her 25 years in the recruitment industry.
"You (job seeker) have to keep as many plates spinning as possible and keep trying," she says. "You need to try lots of different avenues, particularly when (economic) times are difficult and you want something that is not easy to find."
VICKI’s notice cited not only her recruitment background but also sales experience she has had in the four years since she and husband Gary Beach migrated from the UK -- bringing their two beloved west highland terriers, Hettie and Holly -- to live at Wellington Point.
"My dad (Keith Frewin) is Australian and he migrated back here 13 years ago after Mum died," Vicki says.
"My elder brother, Keith, and his family then came here, and my younger brother, Sean, followed them so we decided to come too."
The Redlands now claims the entire family among its residents.
Vicki says life here is "absolutely fantastic", with the climate, the beautiful Redland environment and the friendliness of the local people all winning their hearts.
"You are simply too late," my true love said to me. So this year I’m determined not to sit like a partridge in a pear tree.
Time-management analyst and personal concierge Louise Denisenko, of Redland firm Running Errands, each year refines her analyses of "what you can do now to make Christmas less stressful". Her 2008 tips:
Ensure all appointments such as car service, hairdresser, beauty therapist and doctor, and restaurant reservations, are booked.
Decide Christmas menus and stock up on non-perishable items so you need to get only fresh ingredients on busy days before Christmas.
Send cards in the first week of December or consider e-cards.
Have a few extra gifts on hand in case of unexpected guests.
Value time with family and friends more than the gifts.
- Thanks for joining me to meet the great people in the marvellous community of classified advertising. This column has appeared in The Redland Times, Cleveland, REdland City, Queensland, Australia - on the shores of beautiful Moreton Bay.