‘I’ve utilized for 100 jobs and never bought an interview’

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SOPHIE PARSONS Image copyright SOPHIE PARSONS
Image caption Sophie has utilized for 100 jobs

Sophie Parsons, from Edinburgh, says she is feeling “demoralised” after making use of for 100 jobs and never getting a single interview.

The 22-year-old was made redundant in March after working in Italy, instructing English as a overseas language.

She instructed the Good Morning Scotland radio programme that about 10% of the possible employers had replied with a courtesy electronic mail.

“They say things like ‘there were better candidates’ or ‘we have had 1,000 people apply for this role’,” Sophie says.

“It just sounds like it will only get worse.”

The newest unemployment figures present a slight enhance within the variety of individuals out of labor in Scotland, however the figures may very well be masking an absence of jobs for individuals with out work.

Sophie was initially making use of for jobs she actually needed however is now attempting for something she thinks she might need an opportunity of getting.

“I am still getting rejected,” she says. “Every time I find something I might be interested in I still have a bit of hope but that hope is quickly disintegrating.”

Sophie says her technology are usually not being handled pretty over coronavirus, each being blamed for spreading it and affected by its financial results.

“We are being told not to kill our grandparents, which I think is pretty insensitive, and then we are not being employed,” she says.

“We have got new ideas and we are passionate and we have not been jaded by 50 years of working yet so I think giving us a chance could be a really good thing.”

‘It’s the primary time in my life I’ve claimed advantages’

Fiona Stewart logs onto her laptop computer early every morning to sift via each day job emails.

Throughout her profession, the 51-year-old mum from Renfrew has primarily labored in authorized and human useful resource roles. She was laid off from an administration job in June whereas on furlough.

“I must have applied for 50 or 60 jobs since then, including big supermarkets and schools – anything I feel I’ll be able to do,” she instructed BBC Scotland’s The Nine programme.

Several years in the past, the Scout chief had a earlier spell of unemployment however she says issues are a lot more durable now.

“In the past, you would be able to go to agencies and there would be temporary work available but there just aren’t any jobs out there.

“This is the primary time I’ve ever claimed advantages in my life however I’ve bought to try to stay optimistic.”

‘There are a lot of people going for jobs here’

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Between job applications, Richard Cooke spends his time updating neighbours about the weather.

He lives on the isle of Lewis and come rain or shine he updates his popular social media page with the latest forecast.

“I’ve all the time been obsessed since I used to be tiny and I’ll speak about it to anybody who will pay attention, actually,” he says.

The former Met Office employee had to give up his job when his father became poorly. Now, he’s finding it tough to get back into employment.

“There is lots of people going for jobs right here and it is exacerbated by the continued Covid scenario. It makes it more difficult than it might usually be.”

The 32-year-old has applied for about 20 jobs and says some companies are overwhelmed with applications. “They’re saying they’ve a backlog of interviews to get via and may’t give as a lot suggestions as they often would due to sheer demand,” Richard says.

Originally from Lancashire, Richard is hoping for a customer service role – and despite the challenges of finding work, he isn’t keen to return to the mainland.

“The island and its individuals imply loads to me and I’m fairly comfortable right here,” he says.

‘I’m learning new skills for my CV’

In a warehouse in Glasgow, Brooke uses a pallet jack to lift heavy boxes of baked beans.

The 16-year-old is on an employability course run by charity Move On after struggling at school.

“I wasn’t the most effective behaved once I was youthful,” she says. “A few years in the past, I would not see myself in a spot like this however I’ve bought my head screwed on now.”

Brooke has been unemployed since August and with the programme finishing in a couple of weeks, she’s getting ready to search for work. “I’m doing my forklift coaching as a result of I believe that shall be a superb factor to have on my CV,” she says.

“It would actually imply the world to me to get a full-time job and that is what I’m working so onerous for.”

She says her new skills have made her more confident and determined.

“My dream can be to begin on the backside and work my strategy to the highest,” she says. “When I do begin incomes cash, I’m positively going to spoil my Nana.”

‘I’ve seen others go down a bad route’

Paul Donnelly can often be seen weaving in and out of shops along the high street in Greenock town centre. The area, in Inverclyde, has the highest levels of deprivation in Scotland.

Armed with his CV, he asks staff if they have any shifts available.

“For jobs in Glasgow, I’d apply on-line however right here I desire to only go in and ask the managers,” he says.

The 27-year-old has been without paid work for seven months and is relying on Jobseekers Allowance and support from his family.

“You get a month-to-month cost however I do not agree that is sufficient to dwell on,” he says. “I believe it is placing individuals able the place they’re moving into debt. I’ve watched individuals happening the unhealthy route in life, that is why I’m so decided to seek out work.”

The occasional actor fancies a career in the food industry after a taster course at college, but he is finding it tough.

“It appears that each job I’m going for, I’m not appropriate for,” h says. “Hopefully sooner or later I can get my very own home and get on with my life.”

You can watch extra on these tales on The Nine on the BBC Scotland channel at 21:00 and after on the BBC iplayer.