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Meet our Volunteer – Clare

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As part of National Volunteers week we thought it would be a good idea to introduce some of the wonderful people who volunteer with us.

Our first feature for the week is Clare. She’s an interview training volunteer who has been with Smart Works Edinburgh since early 2014. She’s been associated with us even before we got our office space in Edinburgh.

So what do interview volunteers do? Quite simply put, they help the client prepare for her job interview. This could range from helping her to find answers for general interview questions, help explain CV gaps better, how to sit, stand, breathe(for nerves) and exude confidence in her interview. Some of the women who come to us do not realise that they have a lot of skills to offer a potential employer. Volunteers like Clare, help them think about their interests and other transferrable skills. Most importantly, interview training volunteers boost the client’s CONFIDENCE in herself and her skills.

Clare, who has been volunteering for little over 2years with us, felt that there was little practical help available to support women in particular in being successful at interviews. She wanted to help women achieve their aspirations by getting the job they wanted.(So glad that she decided to volunteer for us!)

She has over 35 years of experience in the IT sector, starting work as a software engineer and finally holding the position of Director of Business Development for an Edinburgh based IT company. She is now (early) retired and volunteers with various other charities.

She loves to see the difference an hour’s coaching (and dressing) can make to a woman’s self-esteem, confidence and can-do attitude ! (We love to see that as well!). She enjoys being part of the Smart Works team in Edinburgh and working closely with the dressing volunteers to help prepare women for interviews.

In her own words,

“It is a privilege to volunteer with Smart works and hopefully in some small way make a difference to the women who are on their pathway to employment.”


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