Help and advice for job seekers

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A HOST of free advice sessions are on offer to help people get a foot on the jobs ladder.

Hartlepool Borough Council's Jobsmart Team is running the sessions that are aimed at people who are either unemployed or at risk of redundancy.

There are Work Club sessions to give people one-to-one help, including job searches using the internet, advice on how to create a CV and complete job application forms and basic computer skills to help employment searches.

The qualified staff will also be able to refer people to suitable training, education and volunteering opportunities and to specialist support in areas such as debt counselling and confidence building.

The sessions start this week and will run until the end of March.

People can either drop in or pre-arranged appointments can be made by calling the numbers above.

Caron Auckland, project officer for Jobsmart, said: "There has never been such competition for jobs, so it's vital that people have all the right skills to find employment opportunities, write the best possible CV or application form and stand out at interview.

"These friendly and relaxed sessions will offer some important tips which could make all the difference in the hunt for work."

THE sessions will be held on:

Tuesdays; Grange Road Methodist Church from 9.30am-11.30am. For details, contact

The Orb Centre, Oxford Road, from 1.30pm-4pm. Contact Jodie Coser on 07767 425850.

Wednesdays; The Salaam Centre, Murray Street, from 2pm-5pm. Contact Katie Wilson on 07824 596628.

Thursdays; Belle Vue Community, Sports & Youth Centre, Kendal Road, from 9.30am-noon. Contact Katie Wilson on 07824 596628.

Stranton Children's Centre, Southburn Terrace from 1pm-3pm. Contact Katie Wilson on 07824 596628.

There are also interview techniques workshops, which will explain the job interview process and include tips on preparing for an interview and examples of different types of interview questions.

The workshops are being held at the Jobsmart office in 41 Park Road on:

Thursday, January 13, from 9.30am-12.30pm; Wednesday, January 26, from 1.30pm-4.30pm; Tuesday, February 8, from 10am-1pm.

Places must be booked in advance by contacting the Jobsmart office in Park Road on (01429) 278700.

The Jobsmart office is also hosting CV workshops, giving advice on preparing an effective CV including what to include and how to identify your skills and achievements.

Tuesday, January 19, from 10am-12.30pm;

Tuesday, February 1, from 1.30pm-4pm;

Tuesday, February 15, from 1.30pm-4pm.

Places must be booked in advance by contacting the Jobsmart office in Park Road on (01429) 278700.