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If you’re just starting your job search, try these tips:
• use the internet and Universal Jobmatch phone service (Tel: 0845 606 0234)
• check local and national papers
• use social media sites such as LinkedIn to make contacts and job search
• many jobs aren’t advertised and are filled by word of mouth — tell your friends and family you're looking for work so they can keep an eye out for vacancies
• don't forget recruitment agencies - some of these specialise in temporary work, which can lead to permanent jobs
• join a job club to get support and meet with other people looking for work
• get help from someone at the Jobcentre Plus, a careers adviser or your probation officer
Doing some volunteering or completing a training course are great ways to work on your skills and boost your confidence. It will also give you something positive to talk about when you are applying for jobs and could improve your chances of being offered work through word of mouth.
Don’t just rush out and apply for every job you see — apply for fewer jobs but spend longer on them. Increase your chances of being offered an interview by following the instructions on the application form, show how you meet the person specification and make it neat and tidy.
You will save yourself time and effort if you only apply for the jobs that you have the right skills and experience for. Once you get your first job, if you're a good employee you'll find it easier to get your next job.
If any of these factors apply to you and your conviction(s), mentioning them to employers may make them see you in a more positive light;
• your criminal record is very old
• you offended when very young and now have responsibilities such as a partner, a family, a house, a job
• the crime isn’t relevant to the job you're applying for
• you pleaded guilty to the crime
• you committed the crime because you were going through a bad time, such as financial problems, but these are now sorted out
• the crime sounds more serious than it is
• if the circumstances in which the crime was committed makes it less serious
Make sure these don't sound like excuses. If you're honest and own up to things that were your fault it will show you've accepted responsibility for your actions. Don't try to hide or gloss over your record, but try not to write or talk too much about it. Stress that you are applying for the job because you think you'll be good at it and have the right skills. Make this the main focus of your application or interview.
If you have more than one conviction, you could try to group them together rather than listing them all. For instance, if you've had more than one conviction for theft, you could say ‘I have convictions for theft, but the most recent of these is now spent'.
If you’re aged 18 to 30 and unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week, you might be able to get help from the Prince’s Trust.
You're not alone - Unemployment happens to a lot of people-not just those with criminal convictions, hard-working people, qualified people, ambitious people. It's one of life's hurdles that can affect people indiscriminately, for a number of different reasons. Online and offline networking with people in a similar situation can really help you come to terms with this fact.
Stick at it, daily - Recruitment processes can be slow, but you have to “be in it to win it”. Remember, with every CV you send out and application you make, you are one little step closer to reaching your goal. Every day you wake up and talk to one more recruiter or employer is a day closer to receiving an offer of employment. Design a schedule for your week if you feel it will help, for instance-8am, wake up. 9am, gym. 10am-12pm, job search. 12pm, lunch and so on. But ALWAYS stick to appointments, it makes you reliable, punctual and confidence in you will grow.
Be ready to go - Maintaining availability and flexibility is really important when you're searching for something new, as is having your phone to hand at all times! Be ready to take calls, attend interviews, and respond to emails. Speed is key when it comes to applying to jobs, recruiters and employers want to fill their jobs as quickly as possible, too, remember!
Be responsive - On that note, it's a great idea to sign up for a job searching mobile app, or job alerts like those provided by CV-Library, Indeed and Jobsite to ensure you have your finger on the pulse when it comes to the freshest vacancies in the area/s of work that you want.
Look after yourself - Finally, much like you are not only your job when you're employed-you are not only your job search when you are unemployed. There is so much more to life than focussing on job hunting, so make sure to eat as healthily as you can, exercise regularly, socialise and enjoy the things you normally do, to maintain a healthy balance and keep that pride in yourself. It is also important to talk about what you're feeling, be it with a loved one or professional. Get those feelings out in the open, don't feel ashamed, and be open to all of the support available to you. You will get through this!Unemployment can quickly become a vicious cycle and leave you stuck in a rut.
5 tips that may help
1. Be Positive - During the job hunting process always remain positive. So even if you think you would be absolutely perfect for a specific job role and you don't get it, don't become bitter and resentful. Keep positive about your job hunt and this attitude will shine through in your applications.
2. Keep Active - Step away from the computer for now and be active in your job search. Attend industry discussions and recruitment events, or get in touch with previous contacts to network with professionals. Ask your friends and family for help. You never know who knows who, and what opportunity that contact could lead to.
3. Stick to a Structure - If you know there's no need to get up out of bed at 7am every morning, it's hard to convince yourself to do so. Crawling out of bed in the afternoon and “slobbing” in front of the TV all day won't find you a job! Set yourself a structure to keep to; get up early, go for a run and begin your job search afterwards.
4. Take Your Time - Don't send out numerous applications in the space of 10 minutes with the same generic CV; take your time to really sell yourself in each individual application, moulding your pitch to the specific job role requirements.
5. Spin it (turn a negative into a positive) - Many employers can see long-term unemployed job seekers as 'damaged goods', but don't feel the need to use the dreaded 'out of work' term. If you're a freelancer or designer, build up a portfolio of your own work in your free time to show off to employers during the interview process when they ask what you've been doing recently. There's nothing worse than finally bagging yourself an interview after all this time, and having to embarrassingly admit to the prospective employer that for the past 10 months of your unemployment, you've spent every day up the pub! Employers want to see that you want their job, rather than a job in general. Show them how you've spent your time out of work productively; working on your own projects, gaining qualifications or furthering your industry knowledge with training courses.
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