Addressing The Problem
Whatever it is that is stopping you from applying for a role you shouldn’t feel embarrassed as there is always help and guidance available when it comes to finding employment. Most job seekers will experience at least one employment barrier in their career but the good news is there are ways of overcoming them and still going for your dream job. It is important that the potential employer is aware of any problems you may be facing so they have a good understanding of how it may affect your ability to work. Employers are looking for the positive traits in a potential candidate so it is important for any job seeker to focus on their strong points such as qualifications and a personality that fits in well with the company culture.
A few common barriers for employment are;
- Disadvantaged background
- Domestic violence
- Drug and/or alcohol abuse
- Mental illness
- Require childcare assistance
- Lacking basic employability skills
- No transportation
- Gaps in employment
What you can do?
Potential employability barriers can be off-putting when applying for roles and getting you where you want to be with your career. However, there is many things you can do to become more employable which will help you overcome barriers. Firstly, it is essential you have a positive attitude when finding employment. Constructive criticism is a great way to improve yourself. If you’ve been to an interview and received constructive feedback you should use it to improve your weak areas and enrich your skill set. It is also important to stay open and positive about finding help and using any tools that are offered to you. There are many free counselling services in and around Greater Manchester which could be a great first step to identifying barriers and configuring a plan to break them down.
Going through a recruitment company to find a role is a great idea as you may feel more comfortable confiding in a third party rather than directly to the employer. This also gives the recruiter the information they need to seek out a role that is best suited for you. It is important to thoroughly research any support services that are available to you if you are struggling to manage barriers such as finding Childcare or Transportation. Take all the help you can get before you give up on your ideal role. It is also paramount to have perspective on the barrier, it only becomes an issue if it affects your ability to get employed. After your own research and speaking to a recruiter about your barriers you should be able to minimise or overcome them.
Gaps in employment is potentially something that may get picked up on by employers and they may ask for an explanation on what you’ve been doing in this time period. It is important if asked to mention what experiences you’ve had in your time off from work whether that is travelling, looking after children or maybe a sick relative. Any transferable skills or life skills you have acquired in this time is worth mentioning in interview. It’s not necessary to mention all your work experience on your CV just experiences where you may have transferable skills that are most relevant to the role you’re applying for.
Why an Apprenticeship is a great first step?
Apprenticeships are great route to employment as you receive one on one training from your training provider to get you through your modules and give as much support as needed. You will have regular meetings with your training provider who will help to develop your skills to allow you to get the most out of your employment and your qualification. Generally Apprenticeship employers will have employed an Apprentice before so they are aware that they need to provide as much support as possible as you are a new member of the team going down a completely new career route which means it is the employers responsibility to help you learn about the business and adapt to the company itself and the way they work.
If you are lacking confidence in your employability then an Apprenticeship is a great starting point as you build your skill set as you go along you’re not expected to know everything on your first day! 87% of Apprentices stay on with the employer after the duration of the Apprenticeship so once you get your foot in the door, you’re on the right path.