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Old 01-24-2014, 01:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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how do i get back in to work


or should i rephrase it how do i get a job, not really had one and now im 42 years old

i got no cv and nothing to put on one

i left school at 16 with no qualifications
i got a job straight away in a pig/meat factory that lasted 6-8 weeks
i went straight in to a trainee/job as a hgv mechanic/fitter which lasted 2 years and i only got one qualification city and guilds part 1 mechanics.
i was out of work for 4-6 weeks
then i got a job in a abbatoir that maybe lasted 1 year on and off
(they would employ anyone because people didnt stay,its now closed down)
then i didnt work for 9-10 years (i had a few oppertunities where i lasted a day or a week and walked out)
after the 10 years of being on dole i got a job in a chocolate factory for about a year and half
out of work for 8 months
then a job in a milk factory for 3 months
then a job in a fruit factory for 3 months
then odd jobs for a month
then green house work for 3-4 months
then back to milk factory for 3 months
then dole since 2003

not a good cv



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Old 01-24-2014, 01:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I dunno how it works in the UK but the Government has all kinds of back to work and retraining schemes here - have you checked those out?

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Old 01-24-2014, 02:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i had to end my post quickly to take kids to school

i know my life is so so so boring at moment, no job, not drinking, days too long because i got nothing to occupy myself, any hobbies i like cost money.

but i can only take full time permanent work otherwise im better off all beit im skint) as i am because i get my rent paid, most of my council tax paid, free prescriptions etc

sounds **** and like why should i work???

but thats not what im saying, im saying i need to be able to pay my rent etc if i work, and personally i need stabillity and security so i need permanent work so as im not worrying what will i do in 6 weeks time when this agency work/contract runs out etc

for my own stabillity if i only got offered agency part time or temp work i wouldnt take it

on the other hand i would consider any work, the only thing i dont like cant do is heights.

i know im not quallified but i would do factory work driving labouring etc

how do i go about it with such big gaps

or do i tell the truth i drank and thats all i was interested in doing?????
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Old 01-24-2014, 02:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey Teardrop, In my experience, it's all about spinning a good CV.

I use the word spinning as rather than listing a historical timeline of jobs, instead split all the jobs into categories eg factory/manuel work, machine operating, mechanical, and then under those headings list the skills that you had to show in each of the jobs, with only the starting dates.

At the end of the day you have more experience than a teenager coming out of high school/university in the UK, and so what your trying to convince an employer is why they should pick you with all your experience rather than a 20 something year old with probably more qualifications but potentially less experience.

Employers rarely go back further than a few jobs in an interview, and so all the jobs that were only for a few months, they'll never know all that, but what they will know from your CV is the skills you have and th jobs you know how to do!!

Focus on your strengths rather than all the gaps in your employment history!!
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Hey Teardrop, some voluntary work can work wonders on your cv
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I would ask the jobcentre if there is some sort of training scheme you can do to attain new skills. xxxx
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You should have a local job club in your area that will be able to advise you.
Also, I'd take temp work, as the DWP have a 'rapid reclaim' system in place if you need to claim again in between jobs
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Dave I'd suggest that you get some help from your local job services for writing up your CV.

Here's a question for you: if you were asked what job/skill you'd most like to have, what would your answer be?
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