My name is Sophie and I work for Nationwide in the Executive Recruitment team. A few weeks ago our team decided we wanted to use some of our 14 hours volunteering time offered by Nationwide to give back to our local community, and we were keen to use our specific recruitment skills to help.
We were put in touch with The Shaw Trust, who support the long-term unemployed to help them to develop the skills to move into work. We planned an employability skills workshop and spent a day in their Swindon office with 9 clients.
As a team we ran a series of interactive sessions and communications exercises. We covered topics such as where to search for a role, what employers are looking for, CV writing, interview technique and how to get the best out of LinkedIn as a jobseeker. We also ran some fun ice breakers to get to know one another and help the clients feel more relaxed. We finished the day with mock interviews and then gave constructive feedback to the clients about how they performed.
The team at the Shaw Trust were extremely grateful for our support, they made us feel very welcome and we’ve had some great feedback following on from the day. The clients who joined us felt that they had really benefited from the advice and insight we shared to help them find their next job.
As a team we really enjoyed getting involved and using our skills to help others, we would recommend The Shaw Trust to everyone as a great opportunity for a team-based volunteering day and the chance to make a difference.