Recruitment consultant offers jobseekers 'Five Steps to Work'

A Lancaster recruitment consultant is encouraging jobseekers to complete an affordable new online training programme designed to help applicants to stand out from the crowd.

Mandy Blackwell, who specialises in working with businesses in north Lancashire and South Cumbria, started offering the ‘Five Steps to Work’ programme in response to increasing competition for jobs caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mandy said: “Young people are being hit hardest by the current uncertainty in the jobs market, and with competition for every position so high it really does make a difference if you’re well-prepared for the application and interview process.

“The Five Steps to Work programme is designed to equip job applicants with the essential skills they need while being practical and affordable.”

The five online modules start by helping jobseekers to understand their strengths and values in order to identify target employers and sectors. The programme continues by moving on to practical skills like CV writing, interview techniques and post-interview follow-ups.

Mandy said: “The thing I love about being a recruitment consultant is helping people to find their dream job and seeing them flourish in their careers.

“These are challenging times for anyone looking for a job, and especially for young people and new graduates. 

“Just like anything else, getting shortlisted for a job and making a great impression in an interview takes a set of skills that you can learn and develop. 

“No matter what stage you’re at in your career, there’s always room to learn and improve. Investing in yourself is always money well-spent.”

The ‘Five Steps to Work’ was developed by national recruitment agency Gordon Yates. The £50 online course takes around seven hours to complete, and there is the option to add additional one-to-one career coaching.

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