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Posted On: 24th Feb 2014

Employment Advice

Some of the Fixers group
Animation from Ask Joe website
The group working on their Fix

A group of Falkirk Fixers, who feel there’s little support for unemployed young people, want to make it easier for job seekers like them to get on the employment ladder.


Alexander Podmore (23) and his team think they’d stand a better chance with employers if more guidance was available.


‘We’re concerned there isn’t enough help,’ explains Alexander, who’s been without a job for six months.


‘It’s a real struggle looking for work as it is, so it's even harder when you’re made to feel like you’re on your own. There are only so many times you can accept the word "no".


‘Our campaign is about offering hope and support to out-of-work young people in order for them to carry on despite the knock-backs.’


With the help of Fixers, the group have produced a website called ‘Ask Joe’.


Its aim is to give unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds handy tips, which range from CV writing to interview etiquette.


Fellow Fixer Kirsty Allen, 22, who has been out of work for two years, says: ‘We wanted to create something that young people could relate to.


‘As a group, we’ve all experienced the heartache of receiving a rejection from an employer, so we understand what others might be going through.


‘We hope that people will find this project inspiring and gain a greater knowledge of the career options available to them.'


The Fixers want to share their website on social media as well as show it to school leavers, who are looking to find their first job.


‘The earlier that people understand what it is they want to do in life, the easier it will be for them to make their dreams a reality,’ adds Alexander.


‘Our message to others is not to give up because an opportunity could be just around the corner.


‘You need to work for the things you want. They don’t just come to you. That’s what our campaign is all about.’


Click the link (www.askjoeonline.com) or image below to visit the group's website.



Author: N. Farooq


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