I left Lambert Smith Hampton following a personality clash with another member of staff, recently brought into the Purchase Ledger Team. Feeling uncomfortable with the developing situation, I decided to leave the company in hopes of finding similar employment elsewhere. This did not go to plan.
I was renting at the time and was unemployed for a significant length of time, during which I incurred debts that I was unable to repay. I sought to improve my situation; moving back in with family and applying for a Debt Relief Order (DRO,) on the advice of the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.
The DRO enabled me to clear all debts, provided that I remained unemployed for a further 12 Months. The DRO went into effect at the end of December 2010, and came to an end at the end of the following year; during this time I had to assess whether the wages/salaries on offer would enable me to clear my debts and start over, in a reasonable amount of time.
I moved to Skegness with family in late September 2011, and have been attempting to find work since the following January (at which time I was debt-free and able to accept any wage/salary on offer.) I do not have any experience in Retail or Bar Work; which meant that despite applying for numerous positions, I am still currently unemployed.
I am aware that having a significant length of unemployment on my CV is not ideal; but at the time it seemed the best option available to me. I have made every effort to improve my employability; I have enquired at the Job Centre regarding any short-courses available, and the possibility of completing my AAT Qualification. I am also taking driving lessons, and have my Practical Driving Test booked for the 14th of February – I hope that having my own transport and a full Driving License will improve my employability, and the number of employers that I can get to comfortably.
I started 2013 in the hopes that I could put the mistakes and misfortune of the previous years behind me. I have qualifications and experience in an office environment, and in accountancy specifically; I simply need to get my foot in the door.