Helping others

Curtis restarts his career helping others find work

Curtis Farrell from Croydon continues his career in a role he loves after being unemployed for 1 year and 9 months

Curtis was referred to the Restart Scheme in October 2021, having been out of work since January 2020.

With previous experience in retail management and recruitment, Curtis was looking for a role where he could use his experience to make a difference.

During the pandemic, he struggled to find a recruitment role that suited him and was keen not to return to agency or in-house recruitment.

With the help of our partners, Reed in Partnership, Curtis had his first meeting with his Employment Advisor, Eugenio Gato, who helped identify his transferable skills and advise him on the process.

Eugenio reviewed his CV to make it more concise and set up a mock interview with one of the Recruitment Managers to ensure he was fully prepared.

Curtis said: “More than anything, both believed I could be an Employment Advisor and gave me that motivation to pursue it.”

After a successful interview for the Employment Advisor role at Reed in Partnership, Curtis is now able to help others who find themselves in a similar position to him.

He said: “I have already started sharing best practice with my participants as I have been on a similar journey to them. I feel proud to represent an organisation that caters to people from all walks of life.”

Reflecting on his experience on the Scheme, Curtis said: “The entire process was an incredibly enjoyable experience and fully provided me with the resources to restart my career confidently.”

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