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Confidence Tricks

Michelle LukeMichelle Luke had been out of work for months. Her last job, in a factory, had ended abruptly after the company was taken over.

“I was just about to go on holiday and I couldn’t believe my ears when I was told there was nothing to come back to. No job, no money.”

Over the next few weeks, Michelle applied for a number of jobs, but with each knock back, her confidence and self-esteem suffered.

Fortunately for Michelle she joined one of Dundee and Angus College’s programmes run by employability skills tutor, Jim McEvoy. The four-week course is aimed at the long term unemployed. It helps with writing CVs, building self-esteem, writing spec and cover letters, and creating personal statements. But as Jim says, quite often all that’s needed is a different approach.

“We show them how to research the job market in their area. How to target the jobs they’re interested in and how to make themselves attractive to those employers.”

And it certainly seems to have worked in Michelle’s case.

“For the first time ever I’m working in the Care sector. I’ve always wanted to do this and I’m so excited about that. There’s no way I could have done that without this support. I wasn’t even getting interviews before this course and now everything’s really turned around for me.”