Hoping for a stamp of approval
GET Hired hopeful Adrian Ward is banking on the "spec approach" to land him a job – and applied to 30 employers in one day.
The 26-year-old, from Higher Compton, wrote the letters to city centre retailers on Monday this week.
He tries the off-the-cuff, blanket approach once a month, with the assistance of an advisor at Working Links, in Mayflower Street.
And he's hoping his latest batch of letters will reap rewards, because he's still looking for work after two years of unemployment, and two months as part of The Herald's Get Hired campaign.
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He recently was interviewed for an office administrator's post at a large Plymouth retailer's head office.
But Adrian has yet to hear whether he landed the job or not, so he's continuing his hunt.
"I've had no luck," he said. "But I have been sending letters out on the spec approach – and did 30 today alone.
"I get them out to all the shops in town, I do 30 letters at least once a month, just trying the same places.
"And in addition I apply to five to 10 jobs on the internet at home as well.
"Unfortunately I have not got anywhere, but I'm still plugging away and hopefully something will happen by January.
"It's just annoying when they don't get back to you."
Adrian has applied for jobs as an admin assistant, a consumer service advisor and for retail positions.
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.
He's had more than 15 interviews this year, and puts his near-misses down to his interview technique.
When The Herald last caught up with Adrian he was about to take part in a one-day interview course at Welfare to Work organisation Working Links.
"It was cancelled because the advisor was ill," Adrian said. "But I'm doing it next week now.
"And in January I'm on a business administration course, that's every day for three weeks."
He said the course will result in him picking up a qualification and he said: "That will be very good for my skills."
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