Adrian wants to brush up on his interview skills
GET Hired hopeful Adrian Ward will today be brushing up on his communication skills – because despite landing 15 interviews this year he's still looking for a job.
Adrian, who has been out of work for two years, applies for about 10 jobs every week.
This year he's been given interview by major retailers, law firms and doctors' surgeries, among others.
But, sadly for him, none of the interviews have led to work.
"They always come back with a letter or telephone call saying I was just short of what they want," said Adrian.
"So I've just missed out on some of the jobs."
The 26-year-old, from Higher Compton, puts his near misses down to his interview technique, saying he thinks he comes across as "nervous".
His most recent interview was for a major retailer in Plymouth.
"There was a group of applicants, seven or eight of them," he said. "We did a shop walk, observing what was happening on the shop floor, and then we had one-on-one interviews, and that's where I struggle – it's nerves.
"So if I brush up on my interview skills I will get there."
Adrian was today due to take part in an all-day interview course at Working Links, based in Mayflower Street, organised by his mentor at the Welfare to Work scheme provider.
"It's about how to conduct yourself in an interview," Adrian said. "Hopefully it will help."
And Adrian wants to be able to put his new-found skills to the test soon, with applications recently sent for jobs as an admin assistant, a consumer service advisor and retail positions too. He's hoping one of them will lead to full-time work and a career to put his qualifications to good use.
The former Eggbuckland Community College student has GCSEs and a General National Vocational Qualification (GNVQ) in IT and business.
But despite this he's only worked in temporary jobs, such as in admin and office roles, and data entry for Royal Mail.
Adrian, however, has not given up hope, yearning for the independence and freedom having a steady wage brings.
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