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Unemployed for a long time

If you’re long term unemployed then it’s understandable that you may have certain concerns about going back into the marketplace. Maybe your confidence has been affected or you’re nervous because it’s been a long time since you applied for a job or went for an interview. You may be worried about how the workplace has changed since you were last in work or that your skills may be out-of-date.

Whatever your concerns however, there are organisations and schemes out there to help you and there are many things you can do to help you get back into the workplace.

Here are some Top Tips for returning to work after you’ve been unemployed for a long time:

  • Try a new route to get the best new job for you. Newspapers, online with, job centres, industry magazines, recruitment agencies, interactive TV, careers offices, networking and approaching employers directly can all be effective ways of finding a job.
  • If you’re keen to update your skills, make enquiries with your local college about the suitable courses available. There is bound to be something that’s suitable for you.
  • Contact your local Job Centre for help with travel expenses for interviews and work trials.
  • Look at the Returning to Work link for your local area to see suitable back to work schemes near you.

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