I am a self-published Author of Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy To Get Back Into Work – An A-Z ‘How To’ Guide and How To Get Started With Twitter For Absolute Beginners, Get Going and Get Growing, A Step-By-Step Guide – On Amazon Kindle. My huge passion for writing knows no bounds and I am currently working on another two books for differences audiences.
I got my first job working for the Totnes Times as a Data Input Clerk. It was through that role that my passion for writing blossomed.
Although my main job was to type up copy, I was more interested in creating news stories. I remember the editor asked me to go out on location for one story about why two girls were in Victorian costume. Another time she asked me to conduct an interview over the telephone for a sporting event and she used an idea I had for another story. Even though I didn’t get credit for any of these, I knew I must have something special for her to use these stories and that boosted my confidence no end.
Unfortunately, it was a part time job which hardly covered the costs of my transport. It wasn’t long after, I got a different job, nearer to where I lived in Exeter. It was in retail and I have worked in retail for over 17 years since then.
During my 17 career in retail, I have learnt a lot about selling and have worked my way up from being a part-time sales assistant to being in management for over 7 years. In my management roles, I interviewed, recruited, trained and coached staff. I have been made redundant twice and still worked my way back up the ladder. So I feel I am in a unique position to be able to offer help to others who have been made redundant to get back into work. Which is why I created my book, that will be available to buy on Amazon soon. It is called Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy to get back into work and is an A-Z ‘How to’ guide. What makes it a quirky book, is the fact I have crossed over two genres, an A-Z guide with a ‘How-to’ book. That to my knowledge, has never been done before. It also takes a holistic approach to redundancy, treating the inner being, and getting back to the roots of what you were born to do, before dealing with the practicalities, such as job applications and interviews.
At the end of 2011, I took a year out from my career in retail to focus on my writing and setting up my own business called Beat Redundancy Blues to help people who are redundant or unemployed to get back into work.
During this time I completed two business courses, gained a PTTLS Level 4 teacher/trainer qualification and an IAG – Information Advice and Guidance Level 4 Diploma, along with several Adobe courses. In October 2012, I decided to return to a day job in retail, working as the Fitted Bedroom Specialist for John Lewis. I use the money from this job to pay for bills whilst working on my two businesses in the evenings and on my days off.
I teach Blogging as an aid to recovery for the Recovery Learning Community, that is for people with mental health difficulties, their family, friends and carers who support them.
My redundancy website: http://www.beatredundancyblues.com It is an invaluable resource for anyone who is:
- Redundant from their job
- Currently job seeking
- Looking for work for whatever reason
- Wanting a change of career
- Lacking in direction
- Wanting motivation and inspiration
I am pleased to announce that beatredundancyblues has already won a Special Recognition Award:
On July 20th, 2013, I officially launched www.beatredundancyblues.co.uk. It is similar in content to the .com version, with access to Job Sites, Recruitment Sites and Courses Sites from within the one site and has top blogs posts from other recruitment sites on the home page – helping you even more!!
My second business: I am changing my quirkybooks.net website into a much more attractive website with an e-Book store to publish my own books.
Check out my redundancy blog at www.beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com
- A is for Appreciation of your reader (A-Z of writing) (quirkybooks.wordpress.com)
- Launch of beatredundancyblues.com (beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com)
- Special Recognition Award beatredundancyblues – It’s official (beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com)
- Recognition for beating redundancy blues (beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com)
- beatredundancyblues.co.uk Coming Soon (beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com)
- Launch of beatredundancyblues.co.uk (beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com)