Leaving prison can be a challenging time but it can also give you the opportunity to take stock and improve your skill set, giving you the best chance of finding work. Here are five tips to help you secure a job:
1. Assess your skill gaps
Take the skills assessment on the National Careers Service website to find out what careers might be a good fit for you. You never know, you might just come across something you never considered before.
Take a look at the thousands of critical jobs in growing industries.
2. Develop your skill set
Whether you’re considering a completely new career or are getting ready to go back into a similar role to the one you had before prison, think about areas you’d like to develop in. You can get tailored, free advice on learning opportunities from the government organisations listed below:
- go to the My World of Work website (Scotland), the Careers Wales website (Wales) or the National Careers Service website(England)
- for help with digital and numeracy skills take a look at, The Skills Toolkit website which has free, high quality courses from a range of providers such as Google Digital Garage, Lloyds Bank and Open University
- there are also numerous free courses on the Reed website
3. Gain experience through volunteering
Volunteering gives you the chance to do things you haven’t done before. It’s also a great way to gain experience when you’ve been out of work for a while, boosting your chances of gaining paid work. It demonstrates to employers that you’re motivated, capable and able to develop yourself. You can volunteer right now – find out how to help in your local area by visiting the NVCO website.
4. Update your CV
You’ll have a range of skills you maybe don’t recognise, and perhaps you even gained new ones during your time in prison. The How to write a CV page on the National Careers Service website has some great advice on how to reflect those skills in an effective CV.
5. Contact your work coach
If you claim Universal Credit on release, and are able to look for work, you will have been given a work coach based in your local jobcentre. They can help provide you with a tailored programme of activities that will help give you the confidence and capability to move back into work. The best way to contact your work coach is through your Universal Credit online account.