From welfare to work - searching for jobs

Moving from welfare to work and searching for jobs, can be achieved by completing a few small steps. It can be quite difficult to find employment, particularly if you have not had a job for a long period of time. When you are unemployed, employers often look favourably upon people who have undertaken some training or voluntary work.

The first step you need to take in moving from welfare to work and search for jobs is to look at the reasons why you cannot find employment; lack of jobs in the local area, unsuccessful applications, unsuccessful interviews, or other reasons. With any of these reasons there are steps you can take to overcome barriers. If there are few jobs within your local area in your trade or industry, consider relocating to another area, a career change or setting up a business yourself.

Alternatively, you could re train and refresh your skills which will enable you to diversify and be able to apply for a broader range of jobs in your local area. If however, your job search is unsuccessful because you are repeatedly getting letters stating that you have been unsuccessful at application or interview stage, then it is important that you spend some time redrafting your CV and covering letter, review your application forms and look at your interview technique to ascertain if there are any obvious mistakes.

If you are in receipt of welfare benefits you are entitled to additional help and support from the Jobcentre Plus or partner agencies who will review your CV, covering letter and application forms or set up a mock interview to identify any possible areas for improvement.

Ensure that your CV is no longer than two pages, it includes all of your work history and briefly outlines your main duties and responsibilities for each role. Include relevant ‘power’ words such as designed, created, generated at the beginning of each point and also list any relevant professional or academic qualifications.

In terms of interviews, you can prepare some small cards to take in to prompt you for answers if you feel it will help. If you do not understand a question, then ask the panel to explain further. In some interviews, you may be asked to undertake a test; take your time, read the instructions thoroughly and work through the task carefully and methodically. At the end of an interview, always ask a couple of questions, but try not to relate them to pay or holidays. Asking questions shows that you are enthusiastic about working for the organisation. If you find interviews difficult, try to relate the questions you are asked by the interview panel to tasks that you have undertaken in previous roles. If you are well suited to a job, then it should be relatively straightforward to answer the questions asked.

By following the information outlined above, you may be well on the way to finding and sustaining suitable employment and moving from welfare to work finding suitable jobs.

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