Sue applied for 300 jobs but only got two replies

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A woman who has applied for more than 300 jobs in the past seven weeks has only received two responses.

Sue Bicknell, 59, of Raunds, will finish a nine-month temporary contract at the end of next week and has been busy contacting a variety of firms to find a new position.

Like many people of her age Sue had expected to retire at 60 but changes to the retiring age means she cannot access her pension yet and needs to keep working.

She said: “I’ve sent off 300 applications in the past six or seven weeks but I’ve just had two replies, including one saying I’d been unsuccessful. My pension has been put back another two years so I have to work.

“All I want is for someone to want me to work for them. Even if it’s short-term, for a year or two that would be great or if they need someone for longer I could work until I’m 65.

“Enhanced technology means jobs are offered nationally rather than locally now and to cope with the surge in applications many employers use automated responses which just say if you’ve not heard anything in two weeks you’ve been unsuccessful. It’s a great pity the one-to-one contact there used to be has gone.”

The latest Office of National Statistics figures show nationally there are 2.67 million unemployed people, up 48,000 on the previous quarter. The unemployment rate has not been higher since 1995.

Rushden-based Nene Valley Community Action (NVCA) has said more people are turning to it to organise volunteering opportunities because they are strugglnig to find work.

Jenny Rolfe of NVCA said: “In 2010-11 we had 568 people apply for 854 volunteering opportunities. In the 10 months up to this January we had 540 people apply for 790 positions and we’ve had lots more applications since so we know we’re going to beat last year’s figure.”

Employers interested in finding out about Sue can call 07958737788.


In 1997 Sue achieved a higher national diploma in business and finance and she has previously worked for Bedford College, Dawsons Books and Tillomed Laboratories.

She is currently doing a job share reception role, she has spent many years working in customer services and has experience of running a switchboard and telesales.

Sue can travel within about 15 miles of Raunds and prefers office work but is willing to do virtually anything within reason. She has a good knowledge of geography, Sage 200, the internet, Word, Excel and Outlook.

She says she has a brilliant sense of humour and is very quick which means she can talk around difficult situations and she has good references.

Before moving to Raunds last summer to be near her daughter, Sue also fundraised for the RNLI, Bedford Hospital South Wing and Bletchley Boys Gym Club.