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Fusion In Action

Fusion In Action
 
Surrey Job Centre Plus and local recruitment company launch initiative to help unemployed executives return to work
 
A new workshop programme designed to help unemployed professionals and executives in Surrey find the route back to work has been launched by Guildford-based recruitment and training specialist Fusion, working in partnership with Surrey Job Centre Plus. The one-day Executive Jobseeker workshops which are funded by the Department of Work and Pensions and provided free to people claiming Job Seekers Allowance, will enable participants to learn about the most up-to-date job hunting techniques, network with other professionals looking for work, and prepare their own tailored career action plan. They will be held at a number of venues across Surrey, including Guildford, Epsom, Chertsey, Staines and Esher, with events at other locations to be confirmed.
 
Many professionals finding themselves out of work struggle to find support in their search for another position, and many may feel that some of the current schemes available to help the unemployed are not appropriate for them, says Philippa Bassett, Director of Fusion Recruitment. These Executive Jobseeker Workshops will offer them the opportunity to do something practical and positive to improve their chances of getting a new job, and inspire them as they search.
 
In addition to helping participants improve their traditional job hunting techniques such as creating an attention grabbing CV and improving their interview skills, it will also enable them to learn more about new ways to find a job in the era of online job search. The world of job hunting has changed beyond recognition, continues Bassett, but it may have been six or seven years since many of these professionals last applied for a new role. These  workshops will help them navigate the minefield of job boards or internet-based social networking.
 
During the workshop, each participant will work with a qualified business coach to assess their strengths, highlight areas for development and pin-point the types of roles and organisations where they are most likely to be successful. They will then create their own personal job-hunting action-plan, which will provide detailed advice on the next steps they need to take to find a role that exactly matches their skills and career ambitions. They are suited to the needs of those who have only just found themselves unemployed, as well as those who have been out of work for six months or more.
 
The programme will also give participants the chance to meet other unemployed professionals in a supportive and up-beat environment. Having been made redundant myself earlier in my career, I understand how isolating and demoralising it can be, says Bassett. People coming on these workshops will be able to share their experiences with others in a similar position and they will hopefully go on supporting each-other in the weeks and months after the workshop as they continue their job-search.
 
Louise Punter, Chief Executive of the Surrey Chambers of Commerce said that the scheme would do much to help local unemployed, and also businesses across Surrey. A number of companies are currently facing the unpleasant prospect of having to make staff redundant. The Executive Jobseeker Workshops are an additional service they can discuss with their employees to aid them at this difficult time. It will undoubtedly be of help to the Surrey economy in a challenging financial climate.

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