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Skills and Tips

How to Get into Work After a Long Unemployment 

After a period of unemployment, it can be daunting looking for a new job, and this fear might even stop you from applying to your dream job roles. However, there are a few steps that you can take to boost your confidence and get ready for a new job that may change your life. 

Tips on Getting Back into Work After Unemployment 

Update your Skills 

If you’ve been out of work for a period of time, your skillset may have changed. To be more employable, update your skill set by identifying skills that are commonly sought after by employers, and work towards getting those skills. Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, as well as giving you an opportunity to boost your CV with job experience. 

Research and Free Resources 

If you have a job role in mind that you would love to have, research about this job role and skills you need for it. There are lots of free courses online which you can do to get a basic understanding of the job role, which will in turn help you to find a job. Here at LETS we also offer completely free courses which will boost your employability and confidence, with a guaranteed job interview and certificate on completion. Contact us to find out more and apply. 

Personal Skills Matter 

Soft skills are personal characteristics that enable you to work individually and alongside others. You may already have some soft skills that you weren’t aware of to help get a job, but adding these to your CV can make a difference. Examples of these include being a quick learner, great team worker, and good communication skills. 

Be Positive 

Employers don’t just want someone that can do the job with knowledge, they also want someone with a good attitude. Being enthusiastic at interviews and being interested in the company and role will allow you to stand out from other candidates. 

Even if you feel disheartened when you don’t get the first job you apply for, stay positive and motivated. Believe in yourself and your abilities to succeed. 

Get into a Routine/Work Habit 

Get into the habit or working with other people, like you would in a team at work. Volunteering can help this, or help out at a school event if you have children. 

If you have been accepted to a new job, it’s a good idea to get into the work routine a few weeks before you start. Set your alarm, get a good morning routine and remember to make a packed lunch. This will help you on your first few days in your new role. 

Job searching isn’t always easy, but remember to stay positive whilst looking for a new role. Don’t be scared to ask for help, support from friends and family can help too. Here at Learner Engagement, we offer free courses to help you get into employment. Contact our friendly team now for more information.