We know there are many reasons why unemployed people may have trouble finding work.

Below are some of the most common reasons we hear – do any sound familiar to you?

Click on each to find out more…

“I feel like I am too old to be given a chance”

Your experience is a strength.

Whether you’ve recently been in or out of work, you will have transferrable skills that, when matched to the right role, will make you a very attractive candidate to an employer. Remember, it is also illegal for employers to discriminate against you on the basis of your age when hiring.

If you haven’t had to look for work in a while, applying for jobs again can seem daunting.

But we are here to help.

We’ll give you an Adviser who can help you identify the right role for you.

We can help you learn new skills, like using computers and re-training for different jobs.

We can also help you feel confident about applying and interviewing for a job.

Work Routes has helped more than 3,437 people aged 50 and over to start working.

Whatever your age and circumstances, we can support you too.

Get in touch today and we’ll tell you more about how our friendly, free support can help you.

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“I have past convictions that I don’t know how to explain to an employer”

Your past doesn’t have to dictate your future.

Most convictions and all cautions can be ‘spent’ after a certain rehabilitation period. This time period depends on the sentence you received, rather than the type of offence.

We can help you work out when this is.

If your conviction does need to be disclosed to an employer, a written statement is usually the best way to do this while applying. You can also do it verbally. Preparation about what to say is really important.

One in four people of working age have at least one conviction – so you are not alone.

The best approach usually follows three steps: start with something positive, explain the offence in your own words and reassure the employer you are not a risk.

Practice and planning are the key. Why not speak to one of our Advisers for help?

They can also help you find the right vacancy for you, accessing training and financial support – as well as helping with your disclosure.

Get in touch today and we’ll tell you more about how our friendly, free support can help you.

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“I have a disability/health condition”

We know that there are so many people who want to work, but feel as though their disability or health condition might stop them.

The Equality Act 2010 says that employers must make reasonable adjustments to working conditions to enable people with disabilities or health conditions to access work.
The government wants to help at least 1 million more disabled people into work.

Funding is available for training and support.

You could talk to a Work Routes Adviser about how we could help you identify the right job for you and your circumstances.

We also have links with lots of disability friendly employers and are specialists in helping them to make the necessary adjustments to fit around your health needs.
We believe that it is about the ability, not the disability.

Get in touch today and we’ll tell you more about how our friendly, free support can help you.

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“I have low-confidence”

If you haven’t worked for a while or you struggle with interviews, you may not feel confident about job searching.

Keeping a positive frame of mind, believing in your abilities and getting the right support is critical.

You could talk with a Work Routes Adviser, whose friendly support can help you feel good about finding work.

We work with lots of people who suffer from low confidence and self-esteem. We help them practice for interviews, prepare what to say at all stages of the process and learn new skills that make them feel good about themselves.

We won’t push you into applying for anything before you’re ready. Making sure you’re happy, confident and ready is our priority.

Get in touch today and we’ll tell you more about how our friendly, free support can help you.

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“I don’t have an up to date CV”

The first thing that any employer is going to see when you apply for work is your CV.

On average, employers spend just seven seconds reviewing a CV, so it’s a crucial document that needs lots of thought and attention given to it if you want to stand out.

Giving a great impression of yourself isn’t too difficult, if you understand how to present the information in an easy way for employers.

You could use an online tool to do this for you.

Or you could talk to a Work Routes Adviser, who will do the work for you.

They will help you to create a CV which really demonstrates your skills and experience.

They will also show you how to easily adapt your CV for each job you apply for.

Get in touch today and we’ll tell you more about how our friendly, free support can help you.

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“I can’t afford work clothes or travel”

The cost of finding work is often underestimated.

We have done research that shows the average cost of starting work can be as much as £186 – and that’s before childcare costs.

Work Routes receives funding, which means that if you are struggling to afford work clothes, or need to pay for travel, we can help you out financially until you are working.

If you come and see a Work Routes Adviser we will even pay you back the money you spent on travel to your appointments with us.

Get in touch today and we’ll tell you more about how our friendly, free support can help you.

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“I need help searching for jobs online”

We know that most jobs are now advertised online, and that this way of applying isn’t easy for everybody.

There are lots of places to look and the process can feel very impersonal and unfriendly.

Try signing up for well-known sites, like reed.co.uk – once you’ve uploaded your CV employers can even search for you.

Or try speaking to a Work Routes Adviser – They can help you find and apply for the jobs online that are right for you.

We also hold regular free job clubs, where you can come into the office and use our computers to apply for work online. Let us do the hard work for you.

Get in touch today and we’ll tell you more about how our friendly, free support can help you.

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“I’m a parent and need a job that fits around my children”

It can be hard to find work that fits around childcare or school hours, but there are jobs out there that can do this.

Job share initiatives, part time working or even self-employment are all ways of finding adaptable and flexible work.

You could try talking to one of our Work Routes Advisers.

They have links with parent-friendly employers and can help you negotiate your working hours at your next job.

The cost of childcare and travel can also be included in our support while you’re looking for work.

Get in touch today and we’ll tell you more about how our friendly, free support can help you.

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“I don’t have the right skills for the job I want to do”

Understanding exactly what employers are looking for is the key.

You may have skills from things you do outside of work that can be adapted for work. Or you may need to take some training courses that provide you with a qualification or a better understanding of a role.

Work Routes can help you out with this.

Speak with one of our Advisers and they’ll help you check what skills you have – and which ones you need for the job you want.

You can access funding for training through our service and we also run lots of free training courses in our offices.

Get in touch today and we’ll tell you more about how our friendly, free support can help you.

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