03:15AM, Tuesday 06 March 2012
A recent job seeker has praised the 'invaluable' advice he received from a volunteer-run organisation which helps people back into work.
The Windsor and Maidenhead Executive Job Club runs weekly sessions to advise members on CV writing, interview skills and applications.
Leigh Dworkin, of Old Windsor, turned to the job club when he was made redundant from his product manager role in June 2010.
He said: "I signed on with the Job Centre and they told me about different resources but I struggled to find some decent help. I was just picking away at a lonely keyboard at home trying to find work.
"I was getting a lot of interviews but no job offers so I decided I needed some interview advice, then I remembered the job club."
Leigh started attending meetings at the end of 2010 and picked up interview practice and CV writing skills.
He said: "If you can imagine what it's like going through it, with the job club you have very friendly people around you motivating you. It helps you and makes a big difference in keeping your motivation up as the months go by."
Since then the 48-year-old was offered an eight month contract before landing a role as a product marketing manager for a software company, based in Staines, last month.
Volunteer advisor Hugh Gordon (pictured) said: "The club continues to be a great success, with many members finding support to achieve meaningful and full-time employment in the UK and overseas.
"Members find that associating with others of the same age and experience can be very useful in honing their interview and CV skills as well as finding many presentations of great interest to job seekers."
The club's weekly meetings alternate between Windsor and Maidenhead. To volunteer or for details call Chris Raymond on 01628 637749.
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