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Doing the groundwork

Alex is a very experienced and motivated person who was made redundant as an Operations Manager for a printing company. She had applied for lots of jobs but was getting nowhere and was becoming extremely frustrated which seemed to impact on her motivation.

After having a few conversations over the telephone, her Employment Coach Trudy invited her into the office to work together. Trudy conducted a mock interview followed by focus on improvements to Alex’s CV and responding to interview questions using STAR (Situation, Task, Actions, Result). Supporting training documentation and examples were handed to Alex as an aide memoire. During this discussion, they ascertained key skills and a job search plan.

To support Alex, Trudy carried out an extremely focussed job search within 25 miles of Coleford and along the A34 corridor as she was able to live with her parents temporarily if necessary. Trudy found jobs on company and local authority websites, LinkedIn and various other jobsites and sent several vacancies to Alex per week. These jobs included project management, customer service operations, manufacturing management, production planning etc.

Never give up

Alex was successful in getting lots of interviews, often requiring a lot of travel to places like Petersfield and Portsmouth. With two of companies, she got to the third interview but was “pipped to the post”. Trudy continued to support and encourage her with STAR responses and with focussed job search activity.

In December, Alex had another three interviews all on the same day via Zoom. One of which was Greenkey (in Lydney – so very close to home).

In the New Year, Trudy received the following confirmation of Alex’s success;

“Hello Trudy, I hope you had an enjoyable break. I was offered the job at Lydney, I started today! I can not thank you enough for all your help and support. I have no doubt I would not have maintained any sanity over the last 4/5 months without you. I am going to miss your e mails and our chats. Thank you, so much.”

Trudy is still in regular contact with Alex to check if she needs in work support and it appears, she is currently doing well albeit a little unusual due to current lockdown restrictions.

In partnership with Prospect Training Services. The Work and Health Programme is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund. Stock image used.

Area: Gloucestershire

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