Gail was referred to the Allenton Big Local Work Club by her Job Centre Plus Advisor so that she could access the careers advice on offer from Chris, the Work Club’s Advisor.
Gail was already an experienced administrator, but her CV wasn’t getting her to interview. As a consequence, her confidence was starting to suffer.
Chris at the Allenton Work Club helped Gail to rewrite her CV and also worked with her to improve her interview skills and techniques. Once she’d done this, Gail decided to sign up with a temp agency for work.
Gail said: “The consultant at the agency was very impressed, but said I would struggle to get the kind of work I wanted. I stuck to my guns though and held out for a couple of weeks. Then, out of the blue, the consultant got in touch. A temporary assignment for a PA job had come up to cover a staff absence. I went for the interview and was successful. Before I’d even started I was asked to attend another interview – this time with the PA, who’d heard about me and wanted to meet me. We got on really well and she asked me to join temporary long term as the Business Leadership Team Secretary for four Divisional Managers, with a view to being permanent if we both worked well together! I’ve been there six weeks now.”
Gail took the time to write to Chris at the Work Club to express her thanks. This is what she said:
I know it has been a while since you heard from me, but I’d like to say a massive thank you for all your help and support. You make everyone feel welcome and encourage them to succeed, as well as showing them what is new in the recruitment field and how to use their skills to produce a CV worthy of employment.
Thank you again. I know I couldn’t have done it without the confidence and support you gave me.
Gail concluded: “I have secured a full-time job within my field of expertise and could not have done this without the help, support and encouragement I received from the Work Club. I had worked for the same company for twenty-three years and was made redundant. I’d lost touch with how to write a CV and what to include in a personal statement and didn’t have confidence in myself. Chris was brilliant. He made me realise that I was worthy of another job and that my skills, expertise and qualities were sought after.
“I went to the Work Club for several weeks and Chris showed the same support and encouragement to everyone who attended.”
So, a big ‘Well Done’ to both Gail and Chris.
If you are interested in joining the Work Club in Allenton, call in to the Allen Park Centre on Mondays (excluding bank holidays) between 9.30am and 4pm.