Getting back into work after long-term unemployment
Getting back into work after long-term unemployment

Some businesses flat-out reject applicants who, through no fault of their own, have not been in employment for more than a year. However, if you adopt the appropriate strategy and mindset, there is a way to get back to work.


One of the most important things you can do to increase your chances of returning to the workforce is to upskill. This additional training can help you convince a potential employer that in addition to possessing transferable and essential skills, you also have the drive and commitment required to succeed.

There are many free courses and events available online and by enrolling in them, you have the chance to refresh or learn new skills.

NOCN: Skills For The Future

Online Event – 24th November 2022, 11 am

In this session we will hear from three sector experts at education and skills charity, NOCN Group. Andrew Costello will address the digital skills gap and explain what can be done to ensure people of all ages have the digital skills required for work and life. Liz Rowlands will explain how people who have been out of education or employment for a long time can gain the necessary employability skills to progress into further work or learning.

Finally, as we transition to a ‘green economy’ we will need to adapt how we work and live. Chris Carter-Rowlands will explain how the sustainability agenda will affect a number of job roles and how we can develop the ‘green skills’ of the future.

Consider temporary employment

This is frequently a very effective approach to open doors and later land a permanent position. No matter what kind of work you do—warehouse, production, administrative, or something else—you can add the skills you acquire through temporary work to your CV.

Through temporary employment, you may also receive extremely desirable on-the-job training. Forklift or machine operation training, for instance, is offered in some temporary positions. These are two important abilities that are requirements for many higher-paying jobs.

Your value to potential employers is likely to rise as a result of finding temporary employment. Employing managers are constantly seeking candidates with a range of abilities. Additionally, it’s a simple way to network and establish contacts that could be useful in the future.


Consider different Industries

Although you may have previously only worked in one or two industries, there are many different sectors that you can easily transfer your skills and knowledge to that you might not have thought about before. For example, the waste management industry might not be considered by many, but is an area that continues to grow and has more opportunities available.

There are also many entry-level jobs available, which may not seem glamorous, but can lead to more advanced positions in the future.

Upcoming Events:

Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset

This session will explore developing an entrepreneurial outlook to see ways to create value, whether in existing organisations or via new ventures. Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Dr Tamara Friedrich, will dispel myths on what it means to be entrepreneurial and discuss the psychology of entrepreneurship, such as building your capacity to see opportunities and come up with ideas, as well as manage the fear of failure.