How your business supports others get back into work

Through Newground Together, Nicola was introduced to community employment advisor Helen Brayshaw. As part of their project “More Positive Together”, work began straight away to improve Nicola’s CV & create a new online Indeed account.

Nicola said, “Last time I had applied for jobs, nothing was online. I was really struggling with my computer skills, but Helen helped me to work on my online CV and showed me how I could search for jobs online.”

Over the coming days, Helen and Nicola worked together to search for job roles and applied to the positions which interested her. Excitingly, it wasn’t long before she was invited to an interview. They practised interview questions and looked at what Nicola should read about the company to be successful.

Since leaving her last role, Nicola’s confidence had suffered, “Helen helped me build my self-esteem back up. I was so nervous about the interview, but I needed the job as it was perfect to work around my family. Helen coached me for my interview and advised me on what I should read about the company to impress the interviewer.”

Through the work done together, Nicola now had the confidence to know how her skills gained from previous employment could be directly transferred to the new role she had applied for.

Shortly after the interview, Nicola was extremely pleased to hear that she had secured a new job at a leading hardware store, “When I was offered the job, I was ecstatic! I’ve never been out of work before, so everything felt daunting. With Helen’s help, I was able to find this job so quickly. I have been here six weeks now, and I love it; everyone is so supportive.”

Upon hearing the excellent news, to financially support Nicola before her first wage, Job Centre Plus Coach Kus arranged a fully paid bus pass that would last for a month.

Nicola added, “I would really recommend anyone looking for employment support for whatever reason to get in touch with More Positive Together. I honestly don’t know where I would be today if I didn’t have Helen’s support.

It has been a long time since I looked for a job and with everything now being online it truly took me out of my comfort zone. Helen is really easy to talk to and is proactive. She helped me navigate it all and I now know I can do it! I couldn’t thank her enough.”

Helen said, “I couldn’t be prouder of Nicola for following the advice and running with every opportunity she was given. Her hard work paid off and I wish her the best of luck in her new role!”