Help getting back into work


Posted on21 Jul 2020

The pandemic has had a huge financial impact on so many people – some have been furloughed, while others have been made redundant or seen their incomes reduced or disappear entirely.

Here we look at, advice for helping people back into work, and application advice for those who are currently job seeking or the support available to help build confidence and finally Universal Credit updates and government plans for job creation.

Finding a Job

A new website linked to Jobcentre plus has been launched to link people to the jobs that are still available during the coronavirus outbreak as well as providing advice and information on job searches, redundancy and benefits available. You may also want to consider developing new skills while you are seeking work. There are free training resources available online visit for a range of online courses where content is free, with just a cost to take a test and receive a certificate.

Applying for a Job

There are numerous templates you can download from the internet and many will follow a common theme. Here are some key areas to consider:

  • Identify the right personal details to include.
  • Add a personal statement.
  • Mention former jobs.
  • Try to add detail about your achievements in these jobs rather than just a list of the duties carried out.
  • Add any relevant qualifications.
  • Tailor your CV to the job that you are applying for.
  • Keep your CV up to date.

Upload your CV

Once completed, you can upload your CV to a number of job-search websites. Recruiters can see your CV and you can set up job alerts, for when organisations post a new vacancy.

You might also want to get in touch with some recruitment agencies depending on the role you are looking for.

Preparing for an Interview

  • Be yourself and try to relax
  • Prepare - you will feel more comfortable about talking about yourself if you have done the preparation.
  • Think about what you have done in your previous jobs, a good tip is to think about what is known as the STAR technique.

Specific situation
– set the scene, give some background context
Task – what was required? When? Where?
Action – what did you do? What skills did you use?
Result – what was the outcome? What happened?

This approach then means that when you answer a question you can be specific and offer a real example. Rather than saying what you would do, you are saying ‘this is what I have done’.

There really is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to securing a job, but with some careful thought and planning, you will give yourself the very best chance. Good luck!

Building Confidence

Yorkshire Employability Project is also running free workshops and 1:1 support for people aged 18+ who are unemployed and living in York and North Yorkshire to help them look and prepare for work.

Yorkshire employability project

Experience Counts (York) CIC provide training and coaching to people aged 50+ through their supportive training programmes. This enables individuals to rebuild confidence and self-belief, helping them to overcome both real and perceived barriers to progression into employment, volunteering and or training. Please note their training programmes are suspended until October, when they hope to resume face-to-face delivery of the programmes, but with reduced numbers. However, they are still taking referrals and are applying for funding to run bite size taster sessions, with the hope that participants will move onto the full training programmes when they resume. They are very good at developing relationships with potential participants and will ensure that the support they provide is tailored to an individual’s needs.

Government plans for Job Creation and Benefit Update

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has outlined how the Government aims to boost job creation in the UK. Over the last 4 months, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has provided support to a record number of people and it intends to double the number of frontline Work Coaches to 27,000 by March 2021. These Work Coaches will support people looking for work, ensuring they have access to any additional support required.

The Flexible Support Fund

The Flexible Support Fund will allow Job Centres to put in place support for their individual local community. The DWP is planning to increase the capacity of the Rapid Response Service, deployed for large-scale local redundancies. The aim is to provide funding to address specific barriers that may prevent people from returning to work.

Universal Credit Debt Recovery

In March, the DWP temporarily paused the recovery of overpayments for three months. This change meant that some people saw an increase in the amount of money they received. Debt recovery action restarted on 6 July 2020 and those people affected will be told of this change through letters or updates in their Universal Credit journals.

Find out more about all these plans at www.GOV.UK