Avatar
Hello
Guest
Log In or Sign Up
Careers Advice for Parents

Careers advice for parents is a website developed by Carolyn Parry, the CDI’s Careers Adviser/Coach of the Year in 2017 and Project Associate (Wales).

There is a wealth of useful free material addressed to parents (use the Topics and Blog menus) as well as the course for teenagers, which requires a paid subscription.

Visit the website HERE

 

 

6 Tips for Getting Back in the Game After Long-Term Unemployment
September 12, 2018
0

starting work after unemployment

The following article appeared in CareerSidekick.com – an American careers company helping people save time and stress in their job search and get hired for better jobs.

With the low unemployment rate, many people who haven’t been able to find jobs in the past are going back to work.

If you’ve been unemployed for a long stretch of time, you too may be headed back into the workforce. And, if you’ve been out of work for a significant amount of time, you may be feeling a mix of emotions about this next step.

It’s normal to feel a heady mix of relief and anxiety (as well as excitement and fear) when you’re heading back into a job after an extended period of unemployment. To soothe your nerves and allay your fears, we’ve come up with a list of 6 tips for easing your way back into a job.

1. Adopt work-friendly habits in advance

One of the perks of being unemployed is the ability to eat, sleep, and socialize whenever you feel like it. Once you have a job, however, you’ll have to adhere to a schedule, which can be a major shock to the system.

To soften the blow, once you get your job offer, do your best to start getting back into a schedule that lines up with what your work schedule will be.

Start eating regular meals, adjust your workout schedule, and start going to sleep and waking up at times that will line up with your new work schedule.

2. Pare down your outside obligations

If you’ve been unemployed for a really long time, your mind might be slightly blown by how tired you are in the first few weeks of your new job. Your body will be adjusting to a new schedule and your mind will be spinning with all of the new things you are learning.

So, at least for a little while, take it easy on making plans during your workweek. Whenever possible, plan to pare down your weekday social activities to the bare minimum. Don’t underestimate how tiring it can be to get back into a routine. Remember it’s only temporary. Within a few weeks you’ll be on solid ground at work and will have more stamina for socializing.

3. Be humble

Once you begin your new job, remember that it’s okay to be the rookie. Ease into your role in the beginning.

Set realistic goals for yourself and don’t try to do it all or learn it all in your first week. Enthusiasm is a great quality at work but give yourself some time to be an observer of your colleagues and your environment so that you can learn the flow of things.

4. Don’t be a know-it-all

Long periods of unemployment can create insecurity in people and light a fire under them to burst through the door of a new job ready to prove themselves. But taking the place by storm might not be the best approach.

Remember, you were hired because you have the right skill set. So instead of walking through the door, ready to start taking names and kicking butt, take a deep breath and give yourself permission to start slowly. Ask a lot of questions, and admit that you have a lot of learning to do. This will not only take some pressure off of you but being humble about your knowledge will put your coworkers at ease.

5. Get to know your coworkers

Making a friend at work is a great way to begin to settle into a new job. For one, having someone who is available to answer questions large and small will help you feel a little less lost.

From simple things like, “Where is the printer?” to more complicated questions like, “Which health plan did you choose?” a coworker will help you get oriented far faster than trying to muddle through alone.

Also, if you’ve been out of the workforce for a while, you may already feel slightly out of place in your new job. Making friends with your teammates or colleagues will ensure you’ll have someone to have coffee or lunch with, which will alleviate the anxiety of being the new kid in the cafeteria with no one to sit with.

6. Let your boss be the boss

If you have gone back to work in a different field, or have taken a less-senior role in your industry, you’ll have to adjust to your new circumstances. So, while you may have been at the top of the totem pole in your last job, someone else is chief now. It’s okay to share your experience but remember that you aren’t the boss anymore. Let your supervisor do his or her job without having a chip on your shoulder about your current job title.

About this guest author:

Since 2005, LiveCareer has been developing tools that have helped over 10 million users build stronger resumes, write persuasive cover letters, and develop better interview skills. Land the job you want faster using our free resume examples and resume templates, writing guides, and easy-to-use resume builder.

Grow Your Business with Apprentices – Latest Campaign
August 14, 2018
0

For the latest campaign promoting Apprenticeships to employers Click Here.

It includes business case studies, details about the costs associated with training an apprentice and other resources.

Resources
August 6, 2018
0

The following are an example of the resources made available by  DMH Associates.

Read more

matrix Standard Guidance Documents
June 11, 2018
0

The following guidance documents are available to download from the matrix website.

 

 

 

 

 

Career Girls®
June 8, 2018
0

The mission of Career Girls is for all girls to reach their full potential and discover their own path to empowerment through access to inspiring career role models and supportive girl-centric curriculum.

Based in the United States, CareerGirls.org is a video-based career exploration tool for girls, with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers. It’s free to use and free of commercials.

It includes over 7,000 video clips featuring more than 400 women role models. These successful women work in different careers—ranging from astronaut to musician to veterinarian—all over the United States.

CareerGirls.org is unique. It provides inspirational and educational videos of real women who have made it in their chosen fields—and combines these videos with other useful tools for both girls and educators. As well as the videos, their site also includes a range of free resources which you may be able to adapt to your own information, advice and guidance environment.

Visit the Careers Girls website HERE

CDI Launches Updated Careers Framework
March 14, 2018
0

The CDI has announced the launch of the revised and updated Framework for careers, employability and enterprise education (March 2018). 

The framework can be downloaded from their website. 

This new web page also provides PDF and Word versions of all the supporting documents mentioned in the framework.

3 Signs You Are Stuck In Your Career
February 13, 2018
0

This two-minute article, first published by Seek (NZ) may be something to share with employed clients looking for inspiration about their next career move.

One of the problems with being stuck in your career is sometimes you don’t realise it. When you do finally figure it out it can often be a demotivating experience. So, the trick is to identify the signs before it happens.

Here are three questions to ask yourself to see if you’re in need of a change:

  1. Do I enjoy the work? Just for a moment think about the work you’re doing on a daily basis. Go through each of your tasks and responsibilities and take note of how you feel about them. For example, if one of your values as a professional is that you want to be consistently challenged, are you working on anything that’s helping you to grow as an individual?
    Read more
Four Ways to Optimise A CV for Jobs in Law
February 7, 2018
0

Like any sector your clients are trying to get into, to make an impact and be noticed in the world of law, they will have to write a CV so it stands out. How do you do that for the legal sector? Try these tips.

1. Transferable skills

You are potentially a great law candidate, even if you’re fresh out of university with little experience in the legal sector. The trick is to display your transferable skills, as these are core abilities necessary for every role. Highlighting them in your CV could put you ahead of your competition.

Zoom in on these traits in your CV to prove that you have what it takes to succeed in a professional environment. Read more

CDI Annual Conference – Resources
December 13, 2017
0

The CDI Annual Conference 2017 attracted a range of highly knowledgeable keynote speakers to bring delegates an innovative and informative programme.

The presentations for each are available to download on the  CDI Website

IAG Online is Stephen Fry proof thanks to caching by WP Super Cache