Andrea’s Story

Hello, my name is Andrea.

Last year I was made redundant from my job as a finance assistant. Although I’d worked for the company for 20 years, they restructured and decided to get rid of me. I was devastated and didn’t know what to do next.

I couldn’t sleep, so my doctor recommended some workshops to help me deal with the stress. There I met an employment adviser called Charlotte.

I told her I was nervous about applying for jobs again as I hadn’t been to an interview in 20 years! But she put me at ease and made me realise there’s lots of other people in my situation.

She helped me update my CV and gave me some interview tips. We did some practice interviews too, which really helped, and she even told me about Smart Works, where I managed to get an interview suit!

After LOTS of job applications I managed to get an interview for a finance position. Sadly they didn’t offer me the job, but it wasn’t as bad as I’d thought. Going through the interview process gave me a boost of confidence and I felt ready to have another go! I believed in myself.

I got an interview with another company a few weeks later, and was offered the job the very next day! I was thrilled!

I’ve been working in my new job for a few months now and I’m loving it. I work in a really nice team – everyone is very friendly and I feel valued.

Being made redundant was tough, but I proved to myself that I could start again, and now I’m even happier than I was before.

It’s never too late to update your CV!

– Andrea


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