Love Alloa and job-seekers
Finding the job search hard?
If you are, that's not surprising. Looking for work often IS hard, especially if you're unemployed (as opposed to employed, but looking for a better job). It's not just that jobs are hard to find; the process of searching and applying can be demoralising too. I know that because I've spent years unemployed myself.
It sounds cheesy and old-fashioned, I know, but sometimes you just want to talk to someone. If that's you, feel free to contact us; we can talk, in confidence, over the phone, online, or - if you're local to Clackmannanshire - over coffee.
Struggling job-seekers CAN have a career
A decent career is bigger and better than a job, because it belongs to you and you alone. In a career, each successive job-role builds on the one before it. You might receive steadily increasing pay and responsibility, or gradually become more influential, or find yourself developing sought-after expertise. Or all of them; or more.
However long you've been unemployed, at Love Alloa we believe in you, and we believe you can build a career. I've got first-hand experience of going from having to beg for any scraps of work I could get, to having a choice of really good jobs. It didn't happen overnight, and I had to learn some lessons on the way. But it's not as hard as you might think, and I'm not special - if I can do it, so can you.
The jobless community CAN have a voice
Have you ever heard anyone refer to "the jobless community"? Probably not, because people without work are almost never seen as a community. They may be seen as a stereotype: if you're signing on, you go - alone - to the Benefits Agency every fortnight to prove - again - that you're not a scrounger. One of the greatest heartaches of being jobless is that you're isolated from people who believe in you, or at least understand what you're going through.
We can change that, and we will.
What's special about us?
Oh, nothing really; just a few little things...
- We're run for the unemployed, by the unemployed, and everyone here understands what you're going through
- We don't have a day-job: we've dedicated our working lives to this, and we've got time to do it properly
- We're not in this for the money, and we're not going away because some pot of funding runs out
- We're independent of political culture, so we're not going away when government funding priorities change
- We're also independent of the benefit system - you don't have to prove anything to us
- We believe in you: we'll treat you as a worthy citizen unless you work very hard to prove you aren't
- We don't have rules to follow or boxes to tick: we reserve the right to do the best we can to help you, whatever it takes
- We work constantly with local businesses to help you develop your own network of professional contacts
- Because we're part of the local economy, we can actually create jobs
- We provide you with work-related training and Continuous Professional Development (or CPD)
- We'll also show you how to go freelance, do contract-based work or become self-employed
- We invest time and effort in you based on your ability to benefit, not your ability to pay, or to make us look good politically