The deepening of the pandemic has forced many businesses to lay-off staff.
As a result of this, Bromley’s eight Rotary clubs have joined forces to form the Bromley Work Club.
A flyer promoting the Bromley Work Club said: “The present circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic can make a job search especially challenging. So, it is even more important that you do yourself full justice when applying.
“Support for issues that concern our local community is a key priority.”
A series of five sessions are being conducted on Zoom over the coming weeks to help job-hunters get back on their feet.
The first two sessions looked at initial job hunting and CV writing. Further sessions are planned to tackle job hunting, interview skills and starting you own business.
The one-hour careers session are targeted at those who have been made redundant, or are looking for a new start to better suit circumstances and abilities.
The Rotary clubs have brought in trained volunteer facilitators from many different professional and business backgrounds, as well as experience.
The key areas of focus are:
- Understanding what your strengths are
- Setting yourself a goal and making a plan
- Where to look for jobs
- Filling in an application form
- Creating your C.V.
- Getting ready for an interview
- How to build your confidence
- Staying motivated
The work club stresses that they are not a recruitment agency or job brokerage. “We don’t look for jobs for candidates or look for candidates for employers,” it says in the literature.
“We are also not a job referral scheme, so we don’t connect employers to candidates, or vice versa.”
Bromley Rotarian, Christine Atkinson, said that the initial sessions had received fantastic feedback.
“The majority of the attendees booked for the future sessions within an hour of today’s session finishing which I think speaks for itself,” she said.
Bromley Rotarian, Christine Atkinson, said that the initial sessions had received fantastic feedback.”
“I was fortunate to pull together an excellent team in early September from various networking groups I had been attending and the Rotary Work Club team met for the first time with the professional presenters in September.
“I’m amazed by what has been achieved in such a short time.
It was a unique experience particularly considering none of us knew each other until very recently. I felt very proud particularly with the standard of presentations.”
Among those offering support for the Rotary initiative in Kent was Darren Weale, a public relations and marketing consultant with Tune PR.
He said: “It isn’t hyperbole to say I was really proud to be part of the launch of the Bromley Rotary Work Club.
“There is no doubt the unemployed – and people in fear of unemployment who won’t get any support through job centres – are in for a tough time and helping them become employed or start a business is important.
“I was taken aback by the depth of expertise and learning shared even in the taster session.
“To see the eight Rotary clubs in Bromley and the professionals pull together has been inspiring.”
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