Herald Get Hired hopefuls determined not to give up
NEVER give up hope of finding a job – that's the message from The Herald's Get Hired hopefuls.
Take Adrian Ward, for instance. The 26-year-old joined the groups of job-seekers we've been tracking last week.
He's hoping to find something soon after having applied for "hundreds" of jobs.
Adrian, from Higher Compton, has tried office work, customer service, visited hotels, approached shops, and even sent off letters to estate agents and doctors' surgeries.
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For Adrian, who has GCSEs and a General National Vocational Qualification (GNVQ) in IT and business but he lacks practical work experience, it's all about never giving up.
The same goes for Michael Connors, a 24-year-old from Keyham, who is applying for care sector jobs after taking part in a two-week Skills for Care course organised by training and employment support organisation Working Links.
He has also been working two days a week, unpaid, at a Plymouth city centre department store on a voluntary placement also arranged by Working Links.
Meanwhile, Marc Du feu has been trying to secure a job by "cold calling" employers.
The 37-year-old, from Stonehouse, has also been attending City College Plymouth to brush up on his maths and English.
Stella Murray, aged 59, from North Prospect, is continuing with a computer course and is about to join an English literature course at City College.
And 27-year-old James Ranger, from Tamerton Foliot, is also planning to become self-employed and is awaiting the outcome of a micro-grant application needed for him to set up a mobile phone repair venture.
Liane Cvetanovic tried the same route – and has now started her own business.
The 47-year-old mother of three, from Ford, is self employed having moved onto the Enterprise Allowance scheme for entrepreneurs and started clothing business New to You.
Window fitter Luke Male, aged 22, went from being homeless, living in his car with faithful dog Elvis, to having a roof over his head, after window firm New View Windows, in Saltash, offered him work.
Paul Farley, aged 19, from Torpoint, didn't stay out of work long either – landing a post helping to deliver the new qualification in dance, music and media at his old school, Torpoint Community College.
Robert Davies, aged 20, from Ham Drive, found work too, landing a part-time paid job at Pluss' bed-making factory in Honicknowle.
And Keira Robinson, aged 18, from South Brent, started a two-year forensic science course at City College Plymouth's Goschen Centre.
Are you an employer who can help any of our Get Hired hopefuls? Ring William Telford on 01752 765529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org