Workwear scheme to the rescue after dog eats jobseeker's suit

Date published: 17 July 2019

When local lad Jack Shaw heard about his dream job he had only one problem – the dog had eaten his suit.

Jack had recently completed a 13-week skills and experience course with Groundwork and had stayed on to take a youth worker course when he heard about a full-time position.

The problem for Jack was that he had nothing suitable for an interview after his only suit was destroyed by a pet dog.

Groundwork put Jack in touch with the Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH) Workwear Workshop scheme. This free service provides help and support when it comes to facing that all-important interview by helping people to look and feel their best when going for a job.

RBH Communities Partnership Worker Kauser Tufail put Jack at ease and sorted out a set of smart clothes for the interview, including a replacement suit.

The tips, clothes and confidence helped Jack swing the interview and he was offered the job.

Jack said: “My new job starts on 22 July and I know I owe a large amount to the support from the Workwear Workshop scheme. I felt a different person in my new clothes and that let me show my best in the interview.”

Kauser said: “Everybody knows how important first impressions are, but not everybody knows that the ‘first impression’ can be just a few fleeting seconds and that too many people fail an interview almost as soon as they walk in the room.”

RBH is committed to assisting people into work through job referrals, training and support.

Workwear Workshops run every Monday and Friday between 10.30am and 12.00pm.

Call on 01706 274194 if you would like more details.

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