Our six job-hunters to get top tips on making first impressions count
A MOTIVATIONAL speaker has invited six jobseekers to attend a seminar about building their confidence in interviews.
Keith Loring, the outgoing chief executive of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, regularly talks to people looking to build their skills in public speaking and presentation.
Together with speaking course provider Another Voice, he has invited the six members of the Derby Telegraph's We Want To Work campaign to a session at Quad today.
Usually, the day-long course costs £195 but it is being offered free of charge to our jobseekers in a bid to help them find work.
Mr Loring, who will lead Another Voice training sessions later this year, hopes it will give a jolt of confidence to the job-hunters.
He said: "It is highly important to make a great first impression and the aim of these courses is to show people exactly how they can do that and make their potential employers sit up and pay attention.
"When I read about the We Want To Work campaign, I started to think about how we could help those people looking for work and this will be a great asset to them.
"Hopefully, by taking part in one of the motivational speaking courses, they can learn the key skills that will help them get back into employment."
Mr Loring will soon leave the cricket club to venture into skills training, specialising in sales and marketing.
Journalist Nick Britten, who works for the Daily Telegraph, will be leading the session today and he said taking part in one of the seminars would be invaluable.
The session covers a range of areas including confidence building, improving body language, engaging an audience and projecting your voice.
He said: "When you go into an interview or when you meet a potential employer for the first time, those initial 10 to 15 seconds are vital because it is in that time you make a lasting impression.
"It's vital for that impression to be the best one.
"What we teach is how to speak confidently, how to boost your confidence, the way to give off the best body language and much more.
"It is all crucial in how to communicate the most positive message to those potential employers."
Deborah Wylie, one of our six job-hunters, said: "When you're out of work for a long time, it can really knock your confidence so to have an offer like this, where we can start to build it back up again, is fantastic."
To find out more about Another Voice's training, visit www.anothervoice.org.uk
Our `We Want To Work' participants:
Lauren Clough, 19
Location: Alvaston, Derby
Would like: Catering and hospitality work
Experience and skills: Jobs at Syn nightclub, Vie Lounge and Pete's Snack Bar in Derby, serving customers, handling cash, waiting on tables, cooking food
Robert McPherson, 58
Would like: Engineering, industrial fabrication
Experience and skills: More than 40 years' engineering experience, sheet metal work and fabrication, working to the highest standard throughout
Deborah Wylie, 38
Would like: Various, including reception work and retail
Experience and skills: Previous employment includes estate agency and as a property developer, dealing with customers, working in sales, business management and reception
Anthony Smith, 26
Location: Normanton, Derby
Would like: Administration
Experience and skills: Has worked at Derbyshire police, Rolls-Royce and Remploy in administration, data management, filing, dealing with customers. Qualified with level 3 NVQ in business and administration
Jacqueline Hughes, 23
Location: Clay Cross
Would like: Retail, hospitality
Experience and skills: Has worked in various high street shopping chains and developed excellent customer service skills
Lisa Giwa, 40
Location: Normanton, Derby
Would like: Health and social care, various
Experience and skills: Achieved Access to Nursing qualification and proficient in first aid, childcare, cooking, cleaning