Empowering Local Careers: The Success Story of the Cranleigh Job Club

The Cranleigh Job Club was launched in 2022 by Cranleigh resident Paul Lynch, who was facing a redundancy situation in his own career.                                                                                                    

Paul initially created a Job Search Group on nextdoor.co.uk and was surprised by the positive response from all corners of our community. 

He also gained support from other local volunteers with relevant experience in business and career development to help run relaxed and supportive meetings, some practical workshops on CV writing, interview preparation and skills and modern networking techniques.

Over 90 local people have reached out to Paul and his co-facilitators; 76 have attended one or more meetings, including 28 Ukrainians, and others have benefitted from individual support. The majority are settled in new jobs.

The idea of the Cranleigh-based Job Club is to minimise people’s time looking for a job. 

The Club has created a positive environment, built a supportive network and encouraged and motivated job seekers to grow their skills and focus effectively on their career objectives.

Constantly surprised by the diversity of skills and experience from members of all ages dropping into meetings, successes include members landing new jobs in Retail, Local Council, Care, Hospitality, Sports, Energy and Project Management, to name just a few.

What members are saying: 

If anyone is thinking about heading to the Job Club for the first time, they can’t go wrong.

The Job Club offers advice that comes with genuine care and interest in your future.

It’s a lovely relaxed environment. There’s no pressure on making any decisions, there’s no judgement whatever stage you’re at in life and in which direction you’d like your career to go.

Even if you have no clue what you want to do, the conversations about your strengths and interests that you have here, can help you figure that out.

Even if you just want to listen to other’s experiences, have others listen to your current situation, have an easy conversation about what’s on your mind job wise, you can find it all here.

And, in case you’re wondering, Paul himself is now happily fully employed in a job he loves!

Paul and the team are firmly committed to the continued support of other local people through their job search journey, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The group meets at Rowley’s Community Centre every two weeks on Mondays between 7.00 and 9.00 pm.

For more information, please get in touch with the Cranleigh Job Club at cranleighjobclub@gmail.com

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