Struggling to Get a Job: Ingeus Can Help

15 Aug 2023

Looking for a job can sometimes feel like a never-ending process, but here at Ingeus we can support you during your job hunt. 

Due to the cost of living crisis, some companies have been forced into making redundancies. For example Google and Microsoft have let go a combined total of roughly 22,000 staff in January 2023 so far. 

As a result of this, more people are looking for jobs, making searching for work even more daunting. 

According to Glassdoor, each corporate job offer attracts 250 applications

However, there’s no need to worry, there are multiple programmes that can help you gain your next role.

Simple steps to take while looking for a job

As well as utilising the services Ingeus has to offer, there are certain things you can do to prepare yourself to be the best possible candidate for a role. 

Here are five ways you can improve your chances of being employed:

Take a break 

Constantly applying for role after role won’t help you put your best foot forward when you’re looking to be employed. Some job applications can be extremely time consuming and drain your energy, meaning if you’re applying for multiple jobs one after another, you’re probably not giving your best answers to questions or you may miss out important information.

By taking a break and limiting yourself to X applications a day, you will apply with the fresh energy and enthusiasm that each role deserves.

Learn new skills or re-skill yourself

There are plenty of free online courses to help you brush up on previous skills or learn new ones. This will help show that you’ve got the right skills for the job and that you’re a proactive self starter with a genuine interest in the role you're applying for. Learning a new skill may also provide you with transferable skills, improving your chances of gaining your next role.

Change your mindset 

It can be disheartening when you apply for a job and don’t get it, but you need to try not let this affect your mindset. Going into an application or interview process with a positive attitude will help you feel more confident in what you bring to the table as well as showing employers that you’re a good fit for their company.

Build your network

You’ve probably heard of the phrase ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’. This is more often than not the case, as you may be more likely to gain a role if you have previously built a relationship with the employer.

Attending networking events or creating a LinkedIn profile will help you grow your network and allow you to reach out to people or companies, as well as giving them the opportunity to reach out to you first. 

Building a strong network will allow you to share your skills, previous employability and connect with others in the job industry you’re interested in.

Prepare for interviews

Preparing for interviews can be extremely helpful as it will help calm your nerves and give you an idea of what’s to come. 

You could prepare for an interview by:

How does Ingeus help? 

Ingeus has been delivering services to help people improve their employment, skills, health and wellbeing in the UK since 1997. In 2022, our services placed more than 50,000 unemployed people into work. 

We do this by using evidence of what works, rethinking public services and building alliances with expert partners around the needs of citizens today.

Restart Scheme 

The Restart Scheme is part of the Government's Plan for Job, and is commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions. We deliver the Restart Scheme in Greater Manchester and Central and West London and are partners to Serco in Central West Midlands. 

In order to access local job vacancies you will need to be referred onto the programme by your local Jobcentre Plus Work Coach. After you’ve been referred you will also receive advice and guidance from a dedicated advisor.

The Restart Scheme has made many positive changes to people’s lives. For example The Body Shop’s open hire project helped people find a job that works for them and their personal lives as well. The open hire project has helped make The Body Shop’s teams more inclusive and diverse, helping to create a more positive working environment.

Open hiring allows the first person who applies for the role, to get the job so long as they successfully answer three standard questions. With no CV's or interviews, this widens the talent pool for hiring employers.

To learn more about The Body Shops open hire project, watch our video.

The Work and Health Programme

The Work and Health Programme (WHP) is designed to help people with a health condition, a disability, or people who have been unemployed for a long time, back into work. 

Last year, Ingeus provided employability, wellbeing and youth services to over 29,000 people with a disability.

We work with a variety of health professionals, employment specialists and local community organisations to help you find the right job at the right time and help you overcome any challenges. 

The programme is available in the North West, Greater Manchester and Central London.

When you register with Ingeus, one of our advisors will be in touch to see if WHP is right for you. If it is, you’ll get referred, and then you’ll have access to the following: 

When 55 year old Hayley from Blackpool needed to find employment after her husband passed away, the WHP helped her manage her grief and back problems, so that she could get back to work and build her confidence. Listen to her story here

Find your next job with Ingeus

Looking for a job can oftentimes feel overwhelming, but with a positive attitude, perseverance and the right support, you’ll soon find you’re back on the road to employment. 

When you register with Ingeus, we’ll get in touch to find out more about who you are, your circumstances and your goals. From there, we’ll refer you to the programme most suited to you. 

We aim to help people develop new ways of dealing with or overcoming issues they’re facing, as well as helping to improve health, employment, wellbeing and skills. From articles offering CV tips to learning how to bridge an unemployment gap, we offer a wealth of guidance on our website. 

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