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Giving Jobseekers the 'Heads Up' at The Works

Friday, October 9, 2015

A workshop at The Works, designed to give local unemployed people some insider tips on how to get that job, played to a packed house. The Works is a partnership between The Work Company and the University of Manchester aimed at helping local unemployed people into temporary or permanent employment.

Stephen Johnston, HR Partner in the University’s Faculty of Life Sciences (FLS), found the workshop ‘Getting ahead at the interview game!’ was a big hit.

He was able to dispel some myths about what employers are looking for when recruiting staff and to give some insider advice on the dos and don’ts at interview.

Stephen said: “I really enjoyed chatting with the Works’ clients.”

“The opportunity to make my experience and professional knowledge available to people looking for work was really fulfilling and I’m looking forward to doing it again. For me it was interesting to see how the things we take for granted are sometimes outside of the experience of people resident in local communities.”

Steve Grant, Assistant Director of HR who leads The Works, said: “We have had  great feedback from the people who attended the workshop. I think that Stephen’s warm natural style removed barriers which led to a really dynamic, interactive event.”

“This was the first of a series of workshops which will see employers help broaden the experience of people who are looking for work.”