Job hunters in Devon can book a free online, one-to-one support session with Pluss Positive People employment specialists to give their job search prospects a boost.

The confidential session, via Zoom, is an ideal opportunity for job hunters to seek expert advice and guidance on whatever job search topic they want.

According to ONS figures, in February 2020 the number of people claiming unemployment benefits across Devon was 16,865. That figure just one year later has more than doubled to 36,840. The demand for paid employment has skyrocketed.

Keiron Hart, from the Pluss Positive People team said: “We know being out of work can be challenging and can have an adverse impact on our health and wellbeing. This service can give people in Devon some much needed support, that is quick and easy to access.”

Anyone who is unemployed in Devon can access the service. What they use it for depends on their circumstances. Typically, this includes tips on the best places to search for vacant roles, getting a CV reviewed, help identifying transferable skills or what critical details to include in covering letters.

To book a session, visit www.bit.do/jobclub and select a vacant slot. An email will be sent to individuals with a link to the virtual meeting. Limited slots are available, offered on a first come, first served basis.

Keiron added: “People who use these sessions have found them extremely useful. Getting guidance in an area they are perhaps lacking some knowledge, or they want a professional opinion on other things they could be doing to secure that paid employment. We also have a range of other support programmes too for the longer term unemployed and these sessions can be used to signpost to other support available.”

The service is delivered in partnership with Cosmic, a Positive People partner, who offer digital skills training and services to a range of organisations, communities, and individuals.

Pluss is an award-winning Community Interest Company (CIC) that supports thousands of people with disabilities and other disadvantages move into employment each year.

The Positive People project helps people not in work, to build their confidence, skills and give a sense of hope for the future. The project gives people the opportunity to get involved in local communities, meet new people and have fun through a range of activities. Positive People is funded by The European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.