Hope for job hunters
Published Tuesday 10th July 12 in Council - news and information releases news
Are you looking for work? If so, a new Job Group based at Southend Central Library might give you just the boost you need.
The group offers a free 12-week SeeChange plan starting on Wednesday 18th July, at the Library, in Victoria Avenue, Southend.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council's Deputy Leader, Councillor John Lamb said: "For those seeking work in these tough economic times, this is a marvellous free opportunity for people to gain positive and practical help."
The sessions are organised and run by Andy Bater and Jane Dring of Southend's SeeJobGroup (http://www.seejobgroup.com/) and their SeeChange plan suits all ages with or without work experience.
Jane said: "We bring a fresh and inspiring approach that will not only increase job searching skills, but also promotes results.
"We see the potential in each person that comes through our SeeChange plan; so success is based on us working together with the person, focusing on them and their needs as an individual.
"We do not take a one-glove fits all approach.
"Increased knowledge of successful job searching techniques and strategies will naturally increase peoples' confidence and self esteem, helping them stand out from the crowd.
"As well as covering CV's, job searching, cover letters and interviews, the individual coaching sessions we offer are the key to success.
"During these sessions we can tap into each person's passions and skills to achieve a clear direction and results when they are searching for jobs."
The format of the Job Group alternates, so there will be group workshop one week, and the next week will feature individual 20-minute coaching sessions to focus on individual goals.
Places are limited places so pre-booking is essential, but it is free to join, and each weekly session runs from 9.30am until 12.30am.
For bookings and information, call Andy and Jane on 079574 98340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sessions are held in Central Library 's Ground Floor Meetings Room, which is accessible to wheelchair users.
Adjacent to the library there is car parking for Blue Badge holders. Toilets for disabled people are available.
There are induction loops at all help desks and lift access to all parts of the building and a library café on the ground floor.
Previous participants have commented:
Aiden: "The work that both Andy and Jane do at SeeJobGroup has been an absolute lifeline for people like myself and they provide the hope and encouragement that is sometimes difficult to find during prolonged search activity."
Simon: "SeeJobGroup have provided me an excellent, professional service with a personal touch through re-educating and assisting me in how to search for employment, installing confidence in myself that I can obtain 'that dream job' or at least take the steps towards it and finally by working with me to totally re-think how I approach prospective employers and market myself to them as a highly employable individual. I can't thank Andy and Jane enough, their outside-the-box thinking and experienced approach has given me an edge now regarding every aspect of applying for work."
Maxine: "I've just had an employer call me up, he didn't have anything available at the moment, he just wanted to call me and tell me he was so impressed with my C.V. As soon as anything is available, I'm in for an interview!"
Jackie: "I was immediately welcomed and given the chance to discuss my hopes and worries. I have greatly valued the work of the job group both in practical terms and also in friendly advice and support during a difficult period in my life, and would heartily recommend other job seekers to make use of this excellent service."
Dan: "The support given to me by the team was like none I've experienced before. They took focus on me as an individual and worked hard to discover what I enjoyed and what I would suit best. I believe their methods will not just get people back into work but I believe they'll alter people's perspective to help ensure longevity in young people's careers. It's a wonderful and encouraging atmosphere and it really helped me to discover more about the employment world and myself."
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