AFTER 20 years of being out of work a single mother of four has defied all the odds by clinching a new job at Hall Green Greyhound Stadium.
Jo Hanson refused to let the recession and economic doom and gloom affect her as she sought after work in the hotel industry.
And her long spell of being a jobless mother was ended when she was offered work as a room attendant at the Lodge Hotel, within the grounds of the stadium.
“I didn’t believe that I was employable again,” she said.
“All my skills and experience were based around my daily routine at home and I felt very out of touch with the job market.”
But with a little help from Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG), Jo secured her job and started work five weeks ago.
“As well as feeling 100 per-cent better in myself for taking this step, I am definitely financially better off, and most of all, I am now a positive role model for my four teenagers who are taking their first steps into the working world,” she added.
The 42-year-old of Hall Green was motivated by her sister Jayne who also used PPDG to help her gain employment after being out of work for six years.
Jo’s teenage son and 17-year-old daughter Georgia, who has a severe hearing disability, have signed up for support as they search for employment, including.
Jayne said she was extremely proud of her sister’s achievement as being a lone parent is always a taxing job, but adding the extra pressures of a child with a disability makes it become all the more difficult.
She said: “I was amazed by her motivation and was extremely proud of her.
“She was a little apprehensive so I discussed with her the transferable skills she had acquired during her time as a homemaker and gave her some interview tips.
“Now it’s like having a new sister.”