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  • Title: I-resign.com - Where Someone Just Quit Your Next Job
    Descriptive info: .. Username:.. Password:.. Register.. |.. Forgotten password?.. FREE template resignation letters.. Select Template.. Straight to the Point.. Move to another Firm.. Waiver of Notice Period.. Going back to College.. Confirm Extended Notice.. Request Shorted Notice.. No Written Contract.. Leaving to have a Baby.. Leaving Due to Sickness.. You are here:.. Home.. Job Hunting.. Search for a new job.. Holes in your CV? Avoid Resorting to Fibs.. More Job Hunting resources.. Resigning.. Resignation letter templates.. How to resign with style and dignity.. Read some spoof resignation letters.. Four reasons to quit your job right now.. More Resigning resources.. Thinking About Quitting.. Maybe you're just bored at work?.. How a holiday can solve all your problems.. Going back to college / further education.. Choose not to work!.. More "Thinking about Quitting" resources.. In  ...   our shop.. Quitter Twitter.. Follow I-resign.. com on Twitter.. Community.. Latest Posts.. What happened to the thread on offer retracted last minute?.. No idea.. If it is the thread that I think, the advice was that we can't help as the law operates differently in different countries and you.. Posted by shikahra.. Advice.. disciplinary next week.. Flower - with the best will in the world, you may want to cheer people up but it is of no help to the whatsover to go around making sweeping.. I posted a thread on the above topic and am very keen to know what was the advice given by the pro advisors here.. What happened to that thre.. Posted by Victimised.. Show me all discussions.. Privacy.. About Us.. Terms of Use.. I-resign.. com 1999-2014..

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  • Title: I-resign.com - Free Resignation Letter Templates and Sample Resignation Letters
    Descriptive info: Complete Guide.. Resignation Letter Templates.. Other Templates.. Joke Resignations.. Write a letter of resignation from scratch or check out our sample resignation letters below.. You can also personalize and print your own resignation letter by clicking on the templates.. Short and formal letter.. I want to leave right now.. Leave when you're done.. Word is bond.. Leaving Due to Illness.. Sick of it?.. Move to Another Firm.. Polite and formal letter.. Don't burn your bridges.. Request Shorter Notice.. Reduce your sentence.. And not returning.. 1.. Straight to the Point resignation letter.. Personalize, preview and print.. 2.. Moving to another company resignation letter.. 3.. Waiver of Notice Period resignation  ...   7.. No Written Contract resignation letter.. 8.. Leaving to have a Baby resignation letter.. 9.. Leaving due to Sickness resignation letter.. Officially branded T-shirts from our shop.. The Salary Calculator.. Holiday Pay Calculator.. How to write a great CV / resume.. Job-hunting cover letters.. What job is right for me?.. How to cope with nerves at interviews.. Maybe you're just bored at work?.. Why you might need to take a holiday.. Choose not to work!.. Fun and Games at Work.. You're being Watched at Work.. Left the Job, still being paid!.. Should you be worried if you're in this situation?.. Stress at Work.. Getting stressed? Let us know..

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  • Title: Holes in your CV? Avoid Resorting to Fibs
    Descriptive info: By.. The fact that the job market is so competitive today means employers are scrutinising CVs for holes.. Many unemployed people worry about what how they're going to explain the details of their professional lives without resorting to fibs.. Sometimes there is a fine line between tailoring a CV to fit an application and falsifying qualifications to meet requirements.. Research suggests that the higher the income offered, the more likely candidates are to lie in their applications.. It’s no secret that new candidates to the job market are coming up against tougher competition perhaps than in the past.. Recruiters recommend that first-job candidates brush up their skill sets by working.. part time jobs.. and taking additional skills courses.. This can also be a great confidence booster for the tough interview process, which can stretch on for a considerable amount of time.. Employers looking for people who have excelled in school and kept a job for a solid period of time may be concerned when they  ...   For example, if he or she has a history of substance abuse or a prior criminal conviction, employers will want to know.. In most circumstances, the truth will serve the candidate better than providing false information will.. Many new recruits will tinker with their job titles; for example, working in a call centre may become Customer Service Advice and managing a bar becomes Customer Relations Management.. However, it’s not advisable to inflate current salaries as interviewers will quickly be able to see when a candidate has sufficient work experience.. If in doubt, recruiters advise young candidates simply to omit giving away too much detail.. Companies are becoming better and better at performing pre-employment and disability checks.. In a way, they’re trying to net the most suitable candidates for the available role.. In some ways, this helps interested candidates to know exactly who the company is looking for.. Resigning with style and dignity.. Everything you need to quit your job.. Read our famous funny resignation letters..

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  • Title: Resigning From Your Job with Style and Dignity
    Descriptive info: Resigning with Style and Dignity.. By Kauser Kanji.. There are right and wrong ways of resigning from your job.. Doing it the wrong way can lead to bad feelings between you and your employer, recriminations or even a bad reference.. On the other hand, the correct resignation etiquette will contribute to continued success in both your personal and career development.. Make sure that you know what you are doing, be prepared, be positive and good luck!.. Carefully Consider your Options Before Making up your Mind.. Are you committed to leaving? Make a list of reasons of why you should resign (or if you need a little encouragement, read our.. Four Reasons to Quit Right Now.. article).. Have you pursued all avenues for advancement within your current firm?.. Would you leave if you were offered more money or a promotion?.. How is your career going? Talk to the boss or your Personnel / HR Manager to assess how they think you're doing.. Will you be better off in your new job? Consider money, location, career and personal development as the main factors (our.. lifestyle calculator.. may be able to help you with your financial decisions).. Talk to your family.. How do they think you should progress?.. What does your heart say? What does your head say?.. The Resignation Meeting (Resigning Orally).. Work out what you're going to say and then stick to it.. The boss will try and probe you for more information details that you may not want to give at this stage.. Don t be obstructive but simply make it clear that you are submitting an oral resignation.. Emphasise the positives: you never know when your career will mean that you cross paths with your former employers so don t dwell on the negative aspects of your time at the firm.. Expect a reaction: unless your boss is expecting you to quit, your decision may come as a surprise.. The boss may get emotional or even confrontational in which case, stick to your prepared comments.. Retain your composure.. The boss may by now no longer see you as a team player and may even feel betrayed.. Once again, stick to your pre-prepared comments and try not to rise to the challenge.. Speak in measured tones and regulate your breathing.. Always leave the meeting on a good note and be as co-operative  ...   be used as a stick with which to bash you later on.. Don t get personal.. Just because you are now leaving, a written letter of resignation is not the vehicle with which to tell your boss what you really thought of them.. It is never polite to include personal remarks in a resignation letter.. If you genuinely have differences of opinion with your boss, save the communication of them for another time and place.. Never commit these thoughts to paper your comments will remain in your personnel file and may come back to haunt you.. The Counter-Offer.. Consider any counter-offers seriously.. Are you being offered a higher salary, a move to another location, a step up the career ladder?.. Is this what you really want? Has anything changed? Why did you take the decision to resign in the first place and have these factors been effectively addressed?.. Will you have the same standing within the company? The boss may now be doubtful of your 100% commitment to the firm.. In this way, maybe it would be better to move on.. Having already resigned once, will you be more partial to seeking alternative employment more easily next time?.. How does the acceptance of a counter-offer affect your integrity with your would-be-employers? You never know when you may cross paths with them again.. Leave on the Right note.. Make sure that you ve given ample notice to the firm of your intention to leave.. Your notice period is usually stated in your.. contract of employment.. or in the Company handbook.. Where no period of notice is stipulated, you should allow between 2 and 4 weeks for any handover of work to take place.. Make sure that you ve completed any outstanding tasks and participated in the smooth handover of any unfinished work.. Ensure that your boss knows that you ve actively participated in this process and that you have been as co-operative as possible.. Take time out to speak to all of your colleagues and associates.. Give them support and make positive comments about their contribution to your time at the firm.. Try and remain in touch because again, you never know when they ll be useful to your personal and career development in the future.. Negotiate a fair settlement for any outstanding salary,.. holiday entitlement.. commission payments.. that are due to you..

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  • Title: I-resign.com - Joke Resignation Letters
    Descriptive info: Joke Resignation Letters.. You wouldn't want your own resignation letter to look like any of these but I-resign.. com presents over 40 spoof resignation letters for you to chuckle at.. Submitted by users since 1999.. Alternative Career Paths.. Chief De-Beaker from Carlisle Seeks New Billing.. "the big cannon fired them into the safety net time after time".. Curator from Solihull Grits Teeth and Quits.. "maybe I'm losing my cutting edge".. Shiver Me Timbers! Senior Bod from NY in Sea Change.. ".. I am currently accepting applications for First Officer.. Web Consultant from London Quits for Undiscovered Land.. where crunk just got flyer!.. We're Going to Need a Bigger Boat.. Baby, Soon to be born from London, Quits Womb.. blow that thick white mucus out of my face.. Barman from Washington Wises Up.. "if you listen to one song by Cliff Richard it may be beautiful".. Janitor from Milton Keynes Shops KGB Boss, Gives Notice.. predilection for borscht ".. London Acoustics Manager Hears World's Failing Heartbeat.. "Rule by sociopathic tyrants over feudal minions".. Paranoia for the Secret Service Agent from Idaho.. "someone has been delivering Wal-Mart coffee to my house".. We're all Doomed and I Quit - Director from London.. "Everything is as a broken pencil.. Pointless".. Psychological State of Emergency.. Dumping Assistant Runner from London Misunderstood.. "It only remains for me to apologise for the hitherto unexplained outbreak of cable-laying, dumping, dirt-birthing and fouling that has beset this office".. Peculiar warehouse worker racks brains, finds animal magic.. "I shall be involved in the flinging of porcupines between ocean going cargo ships and the shore".. London Artist Produces Critically Derided Resignation Piece.. "I quit".. Memphis Burger Flipper's Resignation is Out of This World.. "jewel-encrusted, self-dribbling, electromemic basket balls".. RSI Claims Morse Code Operator from  ...   Up From Bottom.. "You do know you're the bottom of the heap?".. Counsellor from Austin TX, Pulled Away by Tidal Forces.. "Resignation and unconditional surrender".. Hyper-Olfactory Secretary from London Resigns Over Fart.. "anyone seen the air freshener?".. Investigative Reporter Breaks Own Resignation Story.. "Prince William Love-Child Shock".. London Sales Manager Quits to Scale Incompetence Ladder.. "I-Make-Pol-Pot-Seem-Like-A-Game-Show-Host".. Pentium 130 Too Slow for Admin from Oakland CA.. "held together with duct tape and spit wads".. Sorry Editor's Assistant from London Resigns.. Sorry.. "Going to the cake shop in the afternoon was fun!!".. I'm Too Good for This Place.. Big Cheese Stinks - London Advertising Manager Quits.. "you are always surrounded by a phalanx of yes-men".. Car Salesman from Colchester Gets Too Much Satisfaction.. "Don't worry about a reference.. Consultant from Oxford Self-Outsources.. "Maybe I'm just not a team player".. Librarian from Kingston, Surrey, Can't Stand the Talking.. "My husband and I are going on holiday to Eastbourne".. Money Talks to London Business Development Director.. "big balls and a weenie bat ".. Record Shop Manager, Edinburgh, Hates Boyzone, Quits.. "P.. P.. S.. Our managing director is a lunatic.. Can't Take it Anymore.. Assistant Manager from Chesapeake Gives 2 Minute Warning.. "I have accepted a position as a garbage person".. Gofer from Leeds Exits Unexpectedly.. "Time to be recycled".. London Fashion Designer Says "Sew What!".. "everyone really does need a built-in bum-bag".. Network Admin from Las Cruces, Sticks to Dilbert Principle.. "I have never seen such odd acts with a ketchup bottle".. Senior Bod from New York Quits Due to Alien Menace.. "I would rather be tied in a leather bag with rabid ocelots".. Short and Sweet Resignation of Reporter from Aberdeen.. "job was terrible".. Tube Drives Accountant from Amersham to Get New Job.. "third carriage, second door..

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  • Title: I-resign.com - Where Someone Just Quit Your Next Job
    Descriptive info: Four Reasons to Quit Right Now.. "For long decades we were shackled by a system under which no worker could quit work of his own accord.. it was an insane piece of daring to protest in the place where you lived or worked.. ".. Alexander Solzhenistyn , The Gulag Archipelago.. There is nothing to fear but fear itself.. "But I can't leave this job" you say! Perhaps this job is not as bad as your last and you're afraid that your next move could end up taking you backwards? Or perhaps you fear that your next step will be onto a career escalator that will whisk you upwards faster than you can cope?.. Aung San Suu Kyi has had a great deal to be scared of in her fight to overturn the brutal military dictatorship in her native Burma (now renamed Myanmar).. Her party won the election of 1990, but as she had been placed under house arrest since 1989 she was not allowed to take power.. Suu Kyi says, "Free men are the oppressed who go on trying".. This observation had been already codified in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.. It states that "every individual and organ of society" should strive to promote the basic rights and freedoms to which all human beings are entitled, regardless of who they are or where they found themselves.. By exercising your right to quit your job and biting the hand that holds your lead, you will leave behind whatever holds you back and crushes your spirit, action that will make the world a better, more liberated place.. In stark contrast, deciding to do nothing, to stay put or give in your anxiety about moving on and you become just another means for despair and stagnation to gain a firmer foothold on society and the world at large.. Quitting your job is an exercise in freedom.. Alexander Solzhenistyn, the Soviet dissident who catalogued the 'full loathsomeness' of the Soviet state, observed that one of totalitarian society's favourite techniques is the restriction it places on the freedom to choose where to work and when to leave.. Resigning simply was not possible in the Soviet Union.. Workers had to stay in their assigned job until they were given another, retired or died.. Stirring up too much trouble (or any trouble at all) would mean forced relocation to an unbearably harsh prison camp, years of hard labour and almost certain death.. People have lived, worked and died without the freedom to quit their job as and when they choose.. Even if you believe that it is practically or financially impossible for you to escape a particular job, your situation is infinitely better than many people in the past could have dreamed of.. Quitting is the purest expression of personal freedom at work and one of the few means of  ...   exclusive.. Employees need to think about adopting a similarly ruthless approach when dealing with their employers.. Corporations currently benefit from many of the legal rights that people enjoy, but as an individual, YOU are what matters in the sort of society most people would prefer to live and work in.. If you think you are a valuable employee but are being treated on a par with stationery or office furniture, it's time to go somewhere better.. Your present employer will surely reap what they sow eventually, why stick around?.. Winners Quit.. You wouldn't be visiting I-resign.. com and you certainly would not be reading this article if you were entirely happy with your present circumstances.. No, you'd probably rather be somewhere else right now, doing something more interesting, surrounded by people you like and respect.. Well, what are you waiting for? Are you pushing that pen or is it pulling you into the grave? After all, winners do quit.. Successful, contented people do not waste their time doing things they don't like or leave them hopeless.. Continued to exposure to a bad job and nasty boss can ravage the mind and body with stress related ailments and so it's absolutely imperative that you get out under your own power before you die with your tie on.. A human being at rest generates a kilowatt of heat.. There is no internationally recognised unit of human potential, talent or imagination but the chances are that your employer is not paying what they owe you.. Convince yourself of your worth and charge accordingly.. Even if you have a rotten personality and looks that would cheer two tied sacks of shit, for the sake of millions of years of painstaking evolution, make the best of yourself.. Is your current job setting you up for a bright future in fertile, sunlit uplands or is it a rocky slope down to the shadowy gully of career extinction?.. You'll actually enjoy handing in your notice.. Well, we hope the resources on our website help you make the most of quitting.. If the only thing holding you back is uncertainty about the proper way to go about it read our article.. Resigning with Style and Dignity.. If you're dithering over what to put in your resignation letter, we can help you out with.. this as well.. If you're still looking for a job, use the incredible job-seeking resources of our.. employment partner.. If you have a more specific concern or question, take a look around the.. Coffee Machine.. section of the site - somebody may have been there before you.. Finally, if none of these help,.. email the people behind I-resign.. directly - our combined experience will probably be able to point you in the correct direction.. Remember, walking away from that job for the last time will be a feeling to savour..

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  • Title: I-resign.com - Are you bored at work?
    Descriptive info: Are you bored at work?.. I'm bored at work.. You're bored at work.. Everyone's bored at work.. Sometimes.. If this is one of those moments and you want to feel even more hopeless ennui, read on!.. "Boredom is where none of the possible things a person can do realistically appeal to the person in question.. This renders the person inactive, and generally unhappy.. Thus, boredom is the result of having nothing to do that one likes.. The Boring Institute.. It's the featureless highway to despair.. It's doom diluted and measured into daily doses.. Boredom has little to recommend it as an interesting or important subject, but from this void springs much of the frustration and depression the average employee has to face.. Civilisation is built upon deep foundations and a long tradition of boredom.. It has become dependent on people who have a high tolerance for dull, repetitive work and an unadventurous acceptance of the status quo.. Non-boring faculties such as imagination, courage and humour are diversions - they do nothing for efficiency.. For every international pop star enjoying a drug-fuelled, champagne and Jacuzzi sex marathon in their private jet, there are thousands of humble bureaucrats toiling away on the ground, keeping the innumerable cogs of the information society oiled and turning.. A Short History of Boredom.. Was boredom always so widespread? Well a superficial glance at history indicates that life was too nasty, brutal and short for most people to relax enough to be bored.. In feudal Britain, for example, every hour of the day was spent holding body and soul together: peasants worked the soil, buried relatives and doffed their caps to whichever psychotic noble happened to pass by.. It was only when people started to move to the cities en masse that the luxury of civilised boredom began to emerge.. Protection from the elements, reliable supplies of food, fuel and water, all combined to remove the ever-present threat of doom, but working conditions were still tough enough to keep the mind and body fully involved in one's labours.. This was a ribald time, when exhausted families made their own fun gathered around the piano in the parlour, or swigging gin in open-topped carriages bound for the seaside.. Boredom, like the washing machine and refrigerator, was one of those modern conveniences whose time had yet to come.. Workplace boredom arrived hand in hand with the inventions of the office and the production line; it was in fact their psychological equivalent.. An enormous intellectual and practical effort was made to rationalise both the production of goods and the processing of the information that controlled production and distribution of these goods.. Early last century, so-called 'time and motion studies' examined the work of factory and office workers in rigorous detail.. The results were interpreted and used to eliminate unnecessary effort or individual technique from the workplace.. People were idealised as components in industrial machines.. Little thought was given to what was going on inside their heads.. This was the age of behaviourism - people and animals were understood to be black boxes with inputs and outputs ("So, how was it for me?" the behavioural scientist asked his lover): output and efficiency were the priority.. Work became boring and repetitive by design, but profits soared.. New generations of workers were supplied to the boredom-based industries by enormous, state-sponsored teaching machines.. Schools and colleges trained the unsuspecting young to accept and, indeed, become comfortable with the prospect of repetitive tasks, rote learning and intellectual conformity.. Refusal to submit would lead to the even grimmer prospects of menial work, punishment and poverty.. Success, however, was rewarded with jobs for life, respectability, material well-being and freedom from fear.. It seemed like a good deal, but something always seemed to be missing from the picture - where were the thrills and excitement of an imagined yesteryear? This gulf between yearning ambition and day-to-day banality was filled (yet at the same time made more acute) by a new industry that used the same techniques to supply the masses with films, music and other entertainment.. Post-modernism emerged when this mass medium wave fell back in on itself as it rolled up the 20th century, rendering innocent  ...   of bits and pixels.. With one hand it delivers us from dull routine: the Internet can be infinitely enjoyable, a source of constant titillation, jokes, games, instant communication and other diversions.. The opportunity to use the Internet in the workplace is one of the most effective means of relieving boredom ever devised.. It's sometimes hard to imagine how workers ever survived without it.. But technology can wield a whopping great stick as well: the same machines make it possible for bosses to scrutinise how much work you are actually doing and how much time you spending amusing yourself and planning your escape.. It's not yet clear whether the forces of stimulation and entertainment will overpower such formidable opposition, but it does seem that technology is, on the whole, duller than it used to be.. For example, early personal computers were infinitely fascinating little devices.. The Sinclair Spectrum was a mysterious black box studded with multicoloured, multifunctional rubber keys; it emitted novel squeaks and buzzes and the determined mind could transform its meagre computational resources into games that are still remembered fondly by people who still don't go out, nearly two decades later.. And what is the modern equivalent? The Playstation - a near-featureless black or grey box with a couple of winking lights but no means of getting inside and messing around with the incredible technology within it.. Enjoyment comes in pre-programmed, shrink-wrapped games packages, examples of second-division creativity intended as profitable merchandise for the latest movie.. There is so much less room for tinkering or unlicensed creativity.. The Wider Effects of Boredom.. What of boredom's more nefarious effects upon society and the wider world? Crime waves are often blamed on disaffected youths who claim they cannot find or think of anything else to do.. Mugging, vandalism, theft and fighting may be impulsive reactions to prolonged periods of blank tedium.. Drink and drugs seem the only sure way to escape boredom for a little while.. Peer pressure to do all of these things can be crystallised in the taunt "you are such a boring ****".. Apathy, or applied boredom, has brought the number of voters who elect to participate in elections to record lows: could it be because politics has become as boring and predictable as the technocrats and pedants who become politicians?.. Boredom has been linked to illness and depression.. "[It] is the major component in what we call world underload, an unhealthy state characterized by low job demand.. When you experience underload, the result is usually anxiety, which can eventually lead to illness", says Dr.. Michael J.. Smith, Ph.. D.. , research psychologist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati.. A recent edition of the New Scientist magazine featured an article on evidence for boredom in animals kept in inadequate conditions.. For example, the confines of a zoo's enclosure have virtually nothing in common with a polar bear's natural environment.. Before long, the forlorn beasts begin to exhibit repetitive behaviour.. They pace up and down the concrete, tracing exactly the same steps, swooping their heads from side to side.. They look very disturbed, they are portraits of frustration.. Examination of captive animal brains has revealed that when certain neural pathways are damaged, stereotypical behaviour can develop.. These findings have brought into question a huge body of research using live animals - it was presumed that they had no capacity for boredom and it played no part in their behaviour.. Lab rats, it seems, are bored out of their tiny rodent skulls.. This hints at a deeper truth for humans - if you find yourself bored you are probably in a situation where your behaviour has been artificially restrained and your potential limited.. Boredom is a biological alarm bell that you should be doing something else and if you don't, the damage may be permanent.. Resolving to quit a job on these grounds is as valid as deciding to move on because of poor pay and conditions, or stress.. 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  • Title: I-resign.com - Take a holiday instead of quitting your job
    Descriptive info: Take a Holiday instead of Quitting.. Sure you want to quit? Maybe you just need to take a holiday and give yourself a break from the daily grind? Here we explain why a vacation is good for your career.. It Will Boost Your Health.. One of the most basic implications of having to work for a living is the daily assault on your right to sleep until noon.. Despite the claims of despots like Mussolini and Lady Thatcher, who claimed that little sleep made them great, a well-adjusted human being needs at least eight hours of blissful shuteye every night.. With anything less than the full measure you run the risk of becoming a cross, hallucinating shambles of a person.. By the end of your holiday you will have had time to reclaim all the precious, life-giving sleep you are owed.. Indeed, you may spend your entire holiday in a bed somewhere, with somebody.. This still counts.. Within a few days your blood pressure, heart rate and other indicators of stress will level out - a sign that your body has caught up with your mind in knowing that it is on holiday.. Of course, this improvement in your physical condition is dependent on the timely delivery of your luggage in an intact and un-rummaged condition and the availability of pristine and peaceful accommodation.. For a few weeks at least, you'll be able to escape the cramped confines of your job, free to come and go to and fro as you please.. You might stop at the beach to let warm waves spend themselves playfully against your bronzed body.. Or, to hell with coming and going - maybe you'll be content to lounge around, doing nothing.. A diet of fresh fish and vegetables, fruit juice and really cheap beer will replace the usual slop of miasmic sandwiches and synthetic coffee you force yourself to stomach at your desk.. Sensible, warm clothing will be jettisoned in some forgotten corner of a foreign wardrobe and efficient air-conditioning will stand your skin to attention.. In return, your body will repay you at the cellular level by leaving you feeling younger and more vigorous than ever.. Hah! Another ludicrously cheap packet of high-tar cigarettes, if you please, barman!.. Your Wallet Doesn't Suffer.. Economists have struggled for years to get to grips with the reasons why beer, cigarettes, fuel and food are so much cheaper almost anywhere in the world that isn't the United Kingdom.. We'll leave such mental mathematic gymnastics to the dull scientists - all you need to know is that by going on holiday, you'll actually be saving money, in Real Terms.. Yes,  ...   preparing the ground in your head for the changes you want to make back home.. The top-to-bottom novelty of a foreign culture can reset swathes of mental trip-switches in one go.. Suddenly, there is a stark realisation that the need to be immersed in an endless stream of new ranges, improved products, spin-off series and follow-up albums is an illusion; you understand that stepping off the conveyor belt that would otherwise whisk you dumbly through the stages of buying a bigger better house/car/juicing machine will not leave you tumbling into oblivion.. Even a few days spent in a relaxed culture will demonstrate that the choice is not so stark after all.. There are other ways to live beyond those modes prescribed by Sunday supplements and makeover shows.. Despite the evidence supplied by 'special reports from our correspondent' and 'dramatic amateur footage', the rest of the world is not in a constant state of violent squalor, despair and fear.. Ask yourself which interests benefit most from having people confined in a particular country, job or set of beliefs.. A holiday is an opportunity to go and see for yourself how the world compares to home.. Sex.. Whether you plan to enjoy a full-fledged phone-number-and-hotmail-address-swapping holiday relationship or just a couple of casual fellationships, it's likely that you'll get very, very laid on holiday.. Now, assuming you take all the necessary precautions such as locking the door and turning down the lights, this should be an enormously life-affirming experience.. Getting passionate and sweaty under a velvety moon as the crickets work their chitinous violas in time with the unwinding of your genetic material - there's nothing like it.. And, for months afterwards, you'll be able to draw strength from these warm, fleshy memories whenever your mind wanders during a meeting.. An Unexpected Benefit.. Far too often, it seems that you and your guts decided to part company upon returning home.. A whole gallery of complaints may present itself in the days and weeks following your otherwise safe return: Truculent effluent, economy class coughs and sneezes, thromboses (deep and shallow), liver flukes, pinworms, chiggers, blebs and pustules bristling with sub-dermal fauna; urchin rashes, mosquito lumps, psittacoses, psoriasis, erogenous eczema, flaking, peeling and weeping.. All too easily, it seems, your body can become a microbiological zoo, a septic network of hives and sties, a target-rich proving ground for hazardous tropical medicines forced on you by curious pharmacists.. There is, however, a positive side to all this ague and ache - you can claim a second holiday by calling in sick for days or weeks on end.. Revel in your infections as you plan your resignation!..

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  • Title: I-resign.com - Leaving Work to Study
    Descriptive info: Leaving Work to Study.. Who goes back to college?.. Ever since I-resign.. com started in 1999 we've been asking our users, at regular intervals, what you plan to when you quit work.. Whilst between 3 and 4% of you are starting your own businesses and another 3% are thinking about going travelling, a relatively whopping 7% of you tell us that you're leaving work to study or go back to college.. Socio-economic factors obviously have a bearing on this.. In 2001 for example, a combination of the dot com bust and the terrorist attacks in the United States saw some universities and business schools reporting increases of up to 70% in the number of applications to their courses, compared to the previous year.. Every year, over 100,000 people over the age of 21 choose to enter higher education - that's nearly one quarter of all places.. As a mature student, you won't be alone in going back to college.. Banish images of being immersed in a sea of spotty teenagers and their hormones; half of those going back to college after the age of 21 are older than 25.. In addition to increased openness towards mature students, many institutions are looking to take on a greater proportion of part-time students.. You won't have to give up your career completely if that would be a problem.. Also, if life in a hall of residence or squalid student flat doesn't appeal, then studying near to home is usually possible.. However, bear in mind that the distribution of higher education centres around the country is patchy, especially away from major cities.. So, here follows a brief guide to leaving work and going to college.. This article should be taken as an summary of some of the options rather than an exhaustive guide.. At the end of the article, you'll find a collection of links to resources that should help you to get onto the right track.. What to study.. There are over 42,000 courses on offer at more than 261 different universities, higher education colleges and institutions in the United Kingdom.. You're going to have to decide what you would like (or need) to study and where.. Maybe you feel you need an extra qualification to move your career to the next level? Do you need to take time out from the rat race to clear your mind and determine your priorities? Do you want to develop some transferable skills, perhaps in IT or management? Or maybe you just feel like studying for study's sake?.. The chances are that your requirements will be met by a course offered somewhere.. With such an abundance of subjects, from kite flying to curry making, photography to philology, choosing between them could be your biggest problem.. Once you have a good idea of what you'd like to study for the next year or so, you'll have to decide what type of course would be most suitable.. Will this be your first degree (which will require 3-4 years of commitment), a Masters degree (usually just a year), a doctorate (2-4 years) or a vocational course (days, weeks or months)?.. Much if your choice is made for you by your record of academic achievement to date.. Nobody embarks on a doctorate without having a good first degree, for example.. If you want to get a degree, but don't have the A-Levels, there are Access and Foundation courses available that could help you on your way.. Some Access courses lead directly to places at college while others serve as general preparation and an opportunity to develop skills.. It's likely that your study skills will have deteriorated a little over the years, but this is usually reversible after a little practice - the human mind is excellent at recasting itself in this way, you really have nothing to worry about.. If you have the sort of mind that wants to learn you probably have a mind that can.. Where to study.. The calibre of your qualification, the quality of teaching, the cost of living and studying and who your fellow students are will all hinge on where you decide to study.. There are higher education colleges of one description or another in most towns, but you would be advised to do a little research on  ...   the cash as well as your place.. A strong academic record is a definite asset - you'll need a 2:1 degree to be even considered in most cases.. Below is a list of Research Councils in the UK:.. Biotechnology Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).. Economic Social Research Council (ESRC).. Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).. Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).. Particle Physics Astronomy Research Council (PPARC).. Medical Research Council (MRC).. Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB).. Sponsorship.. Yet another alternative is commercial sponsorship, where you find yourself a place on the interface between academia and business.. This may be the most lucrative option, but at a price.. Firstly, the scope of your studies may be somewhat limited by what the sponsor is willing to pay for - it must have some commercial relevance.. Secondly, you may lose rights over any intellectual property you create.. Finally, it may be a condition of sponsorship that you have to go and work for the firm once your studies have been completed.. Of course, this guarantee of a job may turn out to be just what you need.. However, what of you decide to strike out alone with your renewed confidence and abilities? There could be penalties for doing so.. It's possible that your university or institute has access to research money, where specific projects are funded by government grants or private money.. For example, the Wellcome Trust offers a limited number of awards up to a value of 12,000 for specific projects.. Your supervisor may need research assistants whatever their field of study.. By keeping your eyes open and ears to the ground, you may get to hear of such unique opportunities before anybody else.. The importance of networking cannot be overstated.. People with initiative are as highly sought after in academia as in other walks of life.. Such people are perceived to have what it takes to do creative, high quality research.. Instances of gaining a place by proposing own original research to companies or institutions are not unknown.. So, if you have a good idea, don't hold back.. Imagination, persistence and powers of persuasion can get you a long way with the right people.. Part-time study.. The fastest growing group within postgraduate education, part-time students enjoy added flexibility.. They can work alongside their studies and manage debt more carefully.. The part-time approach to study may be useful if your current employer has an interest in helping you acquire new skills.. It also appeals to single parents, mature students and those new, or returning to, education.. Finally, if you're continuing on from your first degree, being a part-timer allows you to kick-start your working life at the same time - you can earn as you learn and boost your CV.. Charities and Funds.. There are a lot of largely untapped funds out there - you just need to find them, probably by ploughing through a lot of information.. Freefund.. com are an excellent starting point for researching these financial resources online.. Your local library will also have a list of charitable trusts and addresses.. Teaching.. An excellent source of extra income while you study is to teach at undergraduate or further education level.. Some institutions will not allow such work, but it's definitely worth checking if you think you have something to offer as a teacher.. Bear in mind that your workload will grow as you take on more responsibilities.. Most universities offer a number of these positions to research students.. The deal is for the student to teach in return for waived fees and a yearly award of around 6000.. While this can be a good option to take, you need to consider how your teaching workload will fit in with your own research.. Obtain a clear contract stating your duties, your amount of teaching hours, and salary.. Summary.. Decide what you want to study.. Select an appropriate level of study - vocational training, professional qualification, degree, masters or postgraduate study.. Choose somewhere to study, taking into account location, cost of living and quality.. Prepare your application and secure funding or budget accordingly.. Useful Links.. Lifelong learning.. UCAS.. They didn't want us to link to them, so here's an article from The Guardian about them.. Learndirect.. com Charitable Funding Guide.. wow gold buy.. runescape money..

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  • Title: I-resign.com - Choose Not to Work
    Descriptive info: Choose not to Work.. Most of the time, people quit their jobs and jump straight into another one.. But sometimes, there are good reasons why you might choose not to work.. Tim Snaith examines some of them.. "I have a friend called Darren.. He used to work in Burger King.. He worked there for two years full time, but during that time saved up some money (don't ask me how!) to buy a sampler.. Music was his hobby at the time.. "He left his job and went on the dole.. that was where he stayed for a few years, but during that time he spent every waking moment making tunes and learning his craft.. He was eventually rewarded with a record contract and spent a couple of years in a vaguely successful dance band.. They eventually split up and Darren got himself a job as a lecturer in music technology due to his now relatively great understanding of said subject.. "He is therefore, even in the eyes of society as a whole, a useful and worthwhile member of it.. He pays taxes, imbues young people with knowledge and so on.. Stories like Darren's are rarely reported in the mainstream media.. The unemployed have long since been written off as a sort of pariah underclass.. Not much is expected of them.. They're supposed to lounge around at home, cynically avoiding work while living comfortably thanks to ludicrously generous benefits.. If they do manage to snap out of their trance and turn off the TV, then it's only to break into the house of a neighbour who's out earning an honest living; or maybe they're shoplifting.. Any loot will be used to pay for their next fix of hard drugs.. Get the job you really want.. The truth is that many people choose to quit their jobs, i.. become voluntarily unemployed, for nobler reasons other than catching an easy ride through life.. Only a minority would qualify as criminally minded scroungers; the rest are adults who are actively engaged in looking for work or developing skills that will get them the job they really want.. Unfortunately for the majority of unemployed it's the feckless, greedy minority that fleshes out the public's consciousness of the jobless.. Tabloid television and newspapers are happy to demonise and demoralise so-called scroungers.. Certain rabble-rousing politicians legitimise the contempt culture through their policies and divisive rhetoric.. Only asylum seekers are a more maligned group, unlucky enough to be both unemployed and foreign at the same time.. The stigma.. In the UK, employment is at its highest level for a generation.. The stigma attached to being unemployed is even greater than usual when an economy is going through good times.. There's a feeling that if you cannot find gainful employment when the economy is perceived to be in such a vigorous state, it follows that you're one of society's abject failures.. Your lack of a job probably reflects a deeper flaw.. You are a bad person and should be punished and made to feel worthless, rather than assisted.. Benefits should be squeezed until layabouts like you are forced to take a job, any job so long as you're working and paying tax like the rest of us.. In fact, it should be illegal to be out of work.. If your parents are unable to afford university tuition  ...   relations are likely to suffer.. So, the choice to slum it while building a reputation, portfolio, audience, business, family or whatever is still made despite the obvious financial hardships.. Believe it or not, income support payments won't leave you wanting for nothing - they cover the bare minimum of sustenance and little else.. Job-hunting itself requires a certain minimum of resources, which may not be available to the chronically unemployed.. Add to these difficulties the feelings of depression, hopelessness and wasted time that accompany joblessness.. Some people, even whole communities, sink into a mire of despair and never return.. This is a permanent loss of human potential that pockmarks society with permanent scars, it threatens to render the entire structure unstable.. In France, the 35-hour week was introduced last year as a measure to alleviate unemployment.. One side effect of this measure, proposed in 1997 by Lionel Jospin's Socialist government, has been a massive boost to the leisure industry.. An article in The Observer of 27 May 2001 reports that since it's introduction, the 35-hour week has proved 'positive or very positive' for 80% of workers affected by the measure.. More money has been spent on travel, books, eating out and home improvement.. The economy has in short been boosted and the unemployment rate has fallen to new lows.. France is not perfect, there are a great many problems in the suburbs that surround many cities and towns, but the decision to treat workers and those looking for work with respect has proved beneficial in both economically and socially.. Benefits to the Economy.. If the government of this country decided to trust and respect the governed a little more, even the lowest of the low who refuse to take badly paid, no-hope jobs, there may be long-term net benefits to the economy as a whole.. These benefits would more than compensate for the extra expense of supporting those who can demonstrate their determination to cut a respectable niche for themselves.. As Darren's friend so succinctly puts it:.. "Had he not been able to spend those 4 years 'scrounging' on the dole he might still be in Burger King and not fulfilling anything like his potential.. There has, and will presumably continue to be, a net benefit to society by providing the dole even to people who, shock of shocks, don't actually want to take a shitty job on offer and aren't 'actively seeking work'".. There is actually reason to believe that the stigma of unemployment may soon be less of a mark on one's character.. Since the hype- and silly money-inflated dotcom bubble deflated in a chorus of raspberries, thousands of relatively well-spoken, well-educated, Wallpaper* reading, bright young things have found themselves on the dole.. These people are often the offspring of well spoken, well educated, Daily Mail reading parents.. They're not the scrounging scum begat of blobby, TV dinner munching, Sun reading plebs polite society finds it so easy to write off.. Unemployment, in its new media 'career development' or 'gone travelling' forms may have become respectable after all.. Hopefully, a new realism that permits the unemployed to contribute to society in any way they wish, even through the pursuit of so-called alternative lifestyles, will emerge.. Only realism can take the place of contemptuous, small-minded dismissal you'll find in benefit offices and policy making minds across the land..

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  • Title: I-resign.com - Where Someone Just Quit Your Next Job
    Descriptive info: How to Survive your First Week in a New Job.. I recall spending several Sundays fretting about my first day with a new employer.. The imposition of having to be in good shape and in good temper rules out spending your last hours of weekend freedom in the pub.. It's just you and your nerves for company that Sunday evening.. The cruel clock ticks away hours filled with inadequately diverting televisual entertainment and panic reading of the company handbook: this is usually the prelude to a night of fitful sleep.. But don't worry: there are a number of ways to ease the transition.. It's actually quite easy to make the next few days almost bearable.. Here's our guide to surviving, indeed flourishing, in the first week in a new job.. The journey to work.. Make every effort to arrive on time on your first day.. Set out in the certainty that you've allowed enough time for an unfamiliar journey.. The night before you're due to arrive at your new employer for the first time check that there are no scheduled road or rail closures that will add time to your journey.. Repeat this check the next morning by listening to local radio or breakfast television.. If it looks like there are likely to be serious delays, then get on the phone and hire a taxi.. If your only experience of the route to work has been on the way to interviews in the mid-morning or afternoon, consider what difference travelling during the rush hour will make.. If you overcompensate and arrive at the office with half an hour or more to spare, relax, this is the perfect opportunity to have a last coffee, bacon sandwich and cigarette before announcing your arrival.. Who's your first point of contact?.. Do you know who you're supposed to ask for when you come face to face with an inscrutable receptionist? Are you certain how to pronounce their name? Are you absolutely sure it's 9:30 at the North Entrance and not 9:00 at the West Gate? Confusion at this stage will set your nerves on edge.. Identification and Security.. A lot of larger employers take security very seriously.. Your first appointment upon arriving at your new job may be with a security officer who will take your photograph and provide you with an identity or key card.. Take a look at your confirmation of employment offer.. Sometimes you will be asked to bring along a couple of passport-sized photos.. Alternatively, they may have their own camera for taking mugshots, so it's worth looking extra-presentable because that image of you on a Monday morning will haunt you for years.. A few seconds of preparation could save hours of trouble later.. Bank details.. You'll expect to be paid at the end of your first month in your new job.. The personnel department of any firm will need your banking details if they are to flood your bank account with cash.. Your account number and your bank's sort code and address should be enough.. If you haven't memorised these details, remember to take a recent bank statement with you.. P45.. Your last employer should have provided you with a P45.. It's simply an account of the money you have earned, the tax you have paid and the amount you are expected to pay in the current tax year.. Your employer will be grateful if you remember to hand it over early on in the proceedings.. If you have never received one, or have mislaid the original, it will be difficult to get a new one.. However, a sympathetic employer will accept written evidence from your previous job that contains all the necessary information.. Make yourself at home.. Most employers permit a bit of personalisation of your personal workspace - family photographs, bits of shrapnel, tonsils in formaldehyde, brass rubbings and so on.. Some people find that they relax more quickly if surrounded by such personal memorabilia.. I've never subscribed to this, I  ...   outgoing personality, for a few days at least.. In some ways, your co-workers are clients - here, they are buying your personality.. Check out our.. client meetings article part one.. for tips on how to charm your way through this trying period of meeting, greeting and small-talk.. Mnemonics.. A significant part of charm is being aware of who someone is, how they see themselves, what they do and what they can do for you.. You're allowed to forget or mispronounce somebody's name a couple of times, but they'll cease to see the funny side after a couple of weeks.. So, concentrate on associating names with faces and with roles in the company from the very start.. After a short time, all these biographical details will become unconsciously associated with one another and you won't even be aware that everything has fallen into place.. Such is the miracle of the human memory.. Any organisation that is rich in information technology, expertise and investment will probably have an intranet: look for a who's who page which puts names to faces and use it as an aide-memoire - this will accelerate the whole process significantly.. Delineate your responsibilities.. Your duties and responsibilities should have been discussed in detail at your last interview.. However, if you find yourself stooped over the photocopier for much of your first week and you're certain that you did not apply for photocopying job, have a few words with your boss before everyone takes advantage of you.. Yes, you should be accommodating, charming and pleasant, but don't let people mistake this kindness for weakness.. If you feel that your time would be better spent doing something else, say so firmly and do so early.. Extract valuable information from your colleagues.. When getting to know your workmates, ask what your new employer offers in the way of perks and benefits.. Although grasping and selfish on the face of it, it is a valid field of enquiry and many people will enjoy conspiring with you.. There may be special deals on gym membership, a subsidised bar and canteen and any number of extra-curricular activities.. Discuss these with your new friends over lunch (don't even think about going to lunch alone in your first few days, you might as well turn up in a Hessian sack with the word 'PARIAH' sewn into the back).. Spend a few minutes looking at the company notice board, or the events section of the intranet.. Have an introduction prepared.. Sooner or later, you'll be asked to introduce yourself to the rest of your department.. You want to sound spontaneous, but figure out in advance who you are, what you have done and what your responsibilities will be.. No one is expecting great oratory or anecdotes that will have them chuckling until they draw their last breath: no, a few nuggets of information will do the trick.. A hesitant and reticent mumble won't win much confidence - stick your chest out and say your piece, field a few questions from the floor, then sit down.. The false sense of security.. So, it's the end of your first week and everyone is eager to take you down the pub, get you drunk and get to know you.. Be careful not to let your guard down at this stage - you might think you know who's who and what's what, but saying too much will have unforeseen consequences.. Do you really want to be labelled as The Raver, The Swinger, The Football Hooligan, The Special Constable, The Weekend Soldier, The Slapper or The God-botherer in your first week? Revelations about the more salacious or idiosyncratic facets of your personality should be avoided until you're certain that you can trust whoever you are confiding in.. Moaning about an ex-girlfriend, describing in dermatological detail a recurrent rash or offering to supply 'whatever you need, mate' could see the shutters going up or the axe coming down.. Above all, tread carefully, but at the same time, relax!..

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