Improving your job prospects
Here are some tips and suggestions to improve your chances of returning to work.
- Life skills are work skills too
While out of work you’ll have developed skills that an employer will value. For example, if you’ve been bringing up a family, you’ll have skills in balancing family responsibilities, managing the household budget, perhaps getting the children to school, and organising your day. Employers rate highly ‘transferable’ skills, such as adaptability, initiative and organisation.
Ask your family and friends what you’ve got to offer an employer if you can’t think of any yourself.
- Get networking
Don’t just wait for job vacancies to come up, networking is the best way to find a job. If you have contacts in the area you’d like to work in, talk with them, ask them for advice.
You may feel that you don’t know anyone useful; but spread the word to family, friends, ex-colleagues and acquaintances and you could be surprised.
- Get some support
You’ll find returning to work easier if you ask friends and family for support. It’s also useful to talk to people who are going through what you are. Think of joining a local network.
With so many social networking groups online, it’s easier than ever.
- Get back into the work habit
Get used to working with other people and at someone else's pace again. Voluntary work of any kind will get you back in the habit of being at a certain place at a certain time.
Getting into work on time is an essential skill for keeping a job.
- Update your CV
If your CV needs updating, our CV Builder can make this easier.
- Make a fresh start
If you weren’t happy in what you were doing before, make a fresh start. Before deciding on a new career research your ideas here.
- Believe in yourself
Returning to work can be quite scary. But every time you speak to a new contact, fill an application form or look up local organisations, you’re moving forward. Believe in yourself - you’ll succeed!
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