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Finding your way back to work

If you had already been looking for a job for a while before the coronavirus outbreak, you may be finding it hard to keep motivated and understand how much the labour market has changed.

These feelings are totally natural, and you definitely won’t be alone. The good news is there are still plenty of businesses looking for people to join them.

Hints and tips to tackle any feelings of anxiety or frustration and help you bag that new role.

Learn some new skills

Enrolling in a free course to boost your knowledge and your confidence. The Skills Toolkit has free, high quality digital and numeracy courses from a range of providers such as Google Digital Garage, Lloyds Bank and Open University. You can also get tailored advice on learning opportunities from government organisations that provide guidance for no cost. They also have a database of courses available. Head over and explore My World of Work (Scotland), Careers Wales (Wales) or the National Careers Service (England).

The Prince’s Trust has lots of useful resources and advice for young people to upskill and develop your confidence while managing your wellbeing.

LinkedIn and Microsoft are offering free online learning (external website) for a range of jobs in demand – including programmers, IT support, design and customer representatives.

The Google Digital Garage has lots of courses (external website) to help you develop your career skills, including CV writing, project management and wellbeing.

Try and carve out some time for your mental and physical health

Looking for work can be a full time job and staring at a screen for hours on end can drain your energy and mood.

Meditation can help, and it doesn’t have to take long! Learn some super quick mindfulness techniques.

Fill the CV gap

Think of your CV as a list of accomplishments rather than a just a work history, which you can then keep building out even during periods of unemployment. If you’re a marketing consultant, volunteer to do some pro bono work for charities. If you’re an architect or designer, use this time to bulk out your design portfolio.

Don’t feel like you have to hide

Unemployment can happen for a variety of reasons. When you’re speaking to employers, don’t be afraid to explain why you’ve not been in work for a while and make sure you highlight all the things you’ve learned during your period of unemployment.

Finally, remember you have loads to offer!

Having some time out of work isn’t that unusual. Show employers you have loads of drive, energy and passion. Do your research and demonstrate you care about their industry. All of these things will get them to feel positively about you too.