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How unemployed Chris Gresty overcame 200 rejections to land job at St Helens' The Glass House pub
AFTER applying for more than 200 job vacancies over 18 months only to be faced with a bundle of rejections you could not blame Chris Gresty for getting fed up.
But after getting the right advice Chris, 30, got the break his determination deserved and landed a job at Wetherspoon’s The Glass House pub.
His struggles are now behind him – and he is even up for a promotion.
Chris Gresty, from Fingerpost, had been relentlessly applying for jobs in any field he thought suitable.
These ranged from shelf-filling and warehouse work to management, admin and data inputting. Despite his hard efforts Chris seemed to be having no luck.
His situation mirrored that of many other long-term unemployed people in the town.
Current figures show more than 5,000 people are claiming unemployment benefit. More than 1,500 have been jobless for longer than a year.
Chris said: “The continual knock-backs put paid to my self-esteem. I really wanted to work and to support my family, but the more I tried it seemed the furthest I was from succeeding. It was very difficult to stay motivated and I began to feel I was unemployable.”
It was only when Chris was referred to Welfare-to-Work providers, Ingeus, that things suddenly started to look up.
Ingeus looked at Chris’ employment history and helped him list skills he had amassed throughout his working life.
They also helped him with writing CVs, his interview technique, and helped him begin to rebuild his confidence.
Employer Partnership co-ordinator Nicola Brown suggested that a catering job in Wetherspoon’s would be a great match.
Chris said. “Before I went to university in 2001 I worked for Sodexho at Pilkington Glass as kitchen staff so I knew I could do catering.”
Ingeus work with businesses to understand their recruitment needs and outline the benefits of using the Work Programme to fill their vacancies and help unemployed people, all free of charge.
“He proved his case very quickly,” said The Glass House licensee Jennifer Westwood.
“The Work Programme has certainly worked for us and for Chris.”
Chris is revelling in his new-found role of responsibility.
He said: “The thing I enjoy most about my job is being really busy. It might sound weird, but after being unemployed and sitting at home for 18 months with nothing but time on my hands, I like being busy. I like coming home tired at the end of the day.
“Since I started working again I’ve lost all of the weight I piled on when I was unemployed. Things like that help because I can see the hard work I’m doing paying off.
“It’s like the clouds have parted and I can see a way forward for my career.”
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