Security ace Robert eager to get going

Robert Ponsford, 46.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2952M
Robert Ponsford, 46. Picture: Liz Mockler D2952M

HAVING numerous years experience in the security guard field has actually caused a hindrance, Robert Ponsford tells us.

For the frustrated jobseeker has discovered that his 17 years in the industry and running his own security business has worked against him in job interview situations, he told the Free Press.

The 46-year-old said: “I am frustrated that all of my skills cannot be utilised and can’t really understand why no-one has been willing to give me a chance.

“I’ve run my own business and encountered the stress of it all so I would ideally just like to be a security guard with a full-time contract.

“I am a grafter and I want to work as hard as I can, but having the experience I have has actually worked against me in several interview situations.

“I just need an employer to use my skills to their advantage and not to dismiss my applications because I am considered over-qualified.”

Mr Ponsford, of Low Road, Balby, was involved in security up until 2011 when he left London to move to Doncaster. However, he has since struggled to find employment.

The security specialist has been a manager, overseeing contracts for various shops, authorities, pubs and clubs.

Mr Ponsford does not drive but is willing to travel and has a Security Industry Authority licence and badge up until November 2014.

He has been trained in a variety of security-based areas such as risk assessments, searching and monitoring vehicles and key holding duties.

Mr Ponsford, who describes himself as a “happy, go-lucky” person, is currently considering going back into running his own business if no other jobs come up and has teamed up with the A4E Doncaster branch to look into his options.

He added: “I just want to work again.”