KAREN Vingoe is a dab hand with data.
So much so that her skills in business administration have seen her work for some of the biggest councils in England. In fact it was while working for a local authority in Manchester that she had a health scare which forced her to leave work after two years of dedicated service.
After that time Karen, now 44, of Gleadless, moved to Sheffield to live with her 69-year-old mum.
Since then she has struggled to get back into work despite having a CV packed with experience, boasting spells at councils in Manchester and Coventry along with glowing references.
Karen is the latest person to sign up to The Star’s We Want to Work campaign, which gives unemployed people in Sheffield the chance to pitch their skills in the hope of landing a job.
Her own health issues have now been resolved and she feels more than ready to tackle the world of work. She just needs the chance to shine.
She said: “I have been to about 10 or 15 interviews but never had any luck. Sometimes they don’t get back to you. It’s very disheartening but I am determined to keep trying.”
With a warm personality, it is clear Karen would slot in to any work environment with ease.
She said: “I think I am adaptable. I can pick up things, especially with computers, pretty quickly and easily. That’s where I work best.
“I always get on with everyone wherever I work. I want to get back into work as soon as possible. I just need someone to give me the chance to show I can do the job.”
With the help of A4E, which delivers the Government’s Work Programme, the We Want to Work campaign aims to match skilled candidates with potential employers willing to give them the opportunity to shine. Advisers will also be sharing tips on how the city’s 5,392 women and 11,744 men who are in receipt of Jobseekers’ Allowance can boost their prospects.
n If you have a vacancy which would suit Karen contact A4E’s Sheffield office on 0114 289 4700.