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By Resource, the Jewish employment advice centre

“Help, I’ve been made redundant … ”

Friday, 26 October 2012 started out like any other workday for someone we will call Stephen Davies – until his boss called him into his office, told him he was being made redundant and would he please clear his desk and leave straight away.

Stephen was a senior compliance officer with a leading financial services company, with a wife and two children under six.

Three months down the line and in the depths of despair, a friend suggested he contact Resource, the charity that provides free professional advice, support and training for Jewish people seeking employment. Although he was a bit embarrassed and wasn’t sure how they could help him, Stephen made the call.

At Resource Stephen was assigned his own dedicated adviser and together, at their initial one-to-one session, they agreed a plan of action to meet his specific needs. He attended their two-day introductory seminar programme, which covered practical tips on coping with unemployment, preparing an effective CV, interview skills, networking skills and a whole lot more.

Stephen said he really needed his CV to stand out and found all the advice from Resource invaluable in helping him achieve a higher ‘strike rate’ of interviews.

The Resource Networking team also sprang into action. They were able to set Stephen up to meet networked contacts at four companies. As a result, Stephen is now successfully settled into a well-paid position, with excellent prospects, at a leading investment company.

He said: “It was a really difficult time for me and my family and I had begun to fear for the future. But the expertise and support I received from Resource proved invaluable. It’s an excellent service within the community and we are fortunate to have it.”

Resource, the Jewish Employment Advice Centre, is a charity based in Finchley, with satellite services in Redbridge and Stamford Hill. Led by volunteers who are all HR and business experts, it offers free confidential one-to-one guidance and a wide range of seminars to help its clients to succeed in today’s jobs market.

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