A Glasgow-based training company is offering job-seekers free help online in finding their next role.
Up to 5,000 unemployed people will be able to apply for free access to a virtual masterclass on interview techniques by Pink Elephant Communications.
The organisation, run by former recruiter Andrew McFarlan, is offering the free support in an anticipation of widespread unemployment as the furlough scheme comes to an end.
Those enrolling will learn how to build rapport with interviewers online, answer questions with confidence and perfect their body language, pace and tone.
The masterclass also draws on the skills of former STV and Radio Clyde reporter Colin Stone, who demonstrates how to engage a remote audience using good lighting, audio, framing and technical setup.
McFarlan said: “We’re expecting widespread job cuts from the end of October as the furlough scheme closes. At that point, a huge number of people will enter the virtual jobs market for the first time.
“Many will encounter twin fears of job interviews and virtual technology. But there are a number of clear solutions to turn that fear into confidence”.
“Anyone out of work can email us to request a free licence. They’ll learn how to research, prepare properly, interact professionally, present with confidence, answer tough questions, lead the conversation and make a winning impression on interviewers.
“I entered a tough jobs market in 2009 mid-recession – with up to 50 applicants for each job. I learned how to go way over and above to make a successful impression based on solid communication techniques and hard work. That’s what I’m here to share.”
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