A careers roadshow event is due to be held in the North East to encourage and support people at every stage of their working life.
The National Careers Service is bringing the 'Jobs Bus' to Stockton-on-Tees's High Street on Thursday and Middlesbrough's Corporation Road on Friday.
Unemployment in the North East currently stands at 10.3% - significantly higher than the national average.
The Job Confidence Index found that 27% of residents in the North East feel their confidence in their job or ability to find work has decreased in the last three months.
- Nationally, it was found that 24% of unemployed people do not feel confident about updating their CV
- More than half (52%) would like to meet employers
- 18% want more careers and jobs advice.
Gary Flavell, 40, from Stockton-on-Tees, has already benefited from National Careers Service advice.
He is now a full-time security officer after he was made redundant in the height of the economic recession.
– Gary Flavell
"Offering CV advice, hints, tips, as well as a friendly and supportive face to talk to, the National Careers Service helped me to secure the job I wanted. The confidence boost that the service gave me will last forever and without it, I wouldn't be in the job I am in now."
"The Careers Roadshow is a great opportunity to deliver advice to people who need it as well as raise awareness of the free and impartial service we offer. We support, encourage and inspire people at every stage of their working life, from recent school leavers and graduates to the unemployed and those in work looking to take the next step in their career.
– Martin Kempson, a National Careers Service adviser from Teesside
"On the Jobs Bus we are excited to offer a broad range of personalised advice whether you have just received your exam results, are rethinking your options following redundancy, a parent returning to work, or seeking a fresh challenge in your career."