Contributed by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
11/11/2020 - Careers with disabilities
Unfortunately, redundancy is a common occurrence in recent times, and something that many businesses are finding unavoidable. This means that many people are finding themselves out of work, sometimes for the first time in their lives. But it doesn’t have to be the end of the world, and there is always a way to pick yourself up again, find security and ensure your bills are paid.
So, what are the next steps?
Plan Your Search
Finding your way to the internet and typing in ‘job search’ may seem like the first step, but there are so many different websites and different places to look you could find yourself spending hours unsuccessfully searching the internet and ending up fatigued. There are specific websites for specific careers and people in all circumstances. For example, the employment options available for people with disabilities are potentially going to be more specialised so will be found in places that you may not think to look initially. This is why doing the required research and knowing where to start is essential. In addition to knowing where to look, you should plan the hours per day you will be committing to your search, and how you are going to keep things organised.
Update Your CV
It’s likely that the redundancy came as quite a shock, so your CV may be years out of date, it may need a little makeover and it may be lacking some very important information that will help you get the perfect job. So taking the time to update everything on your CV and ensure that you have updated your Linkedin profile at the same time can improve your chances of success. There is advice available in many different areas and also help people who have been in the same shoes as you in the past. Don’t forget that a CV should stand out from the crowd and is the first impression a potential employer will have of you.
Think Outside The Box
Would a refresher course on customer service skills help you on your quest for work? Could you take a different direction and try something you’ve always wanted to do during this time and make it work? This may be the golden opportunity to change things for the better. There doesn’t always have to be a big life long dream to follow but it’s always a good idea to rethink what your goals are, and how you are going to achieve them. You may just realise that you weren’t heading in the right direction all along and that you can make the most of your time now.
Whatever you do, don’t lose hope, there will be something for you that you may never have imagined possible. Many people have found themselves in this difficult position before and have reported it being the thing that kickstarted their new venture or career path. Just remember to keep informed and do as much research as you can so that you don’t end up going in circles in the meantime.
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