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Personal Experiences of Unemployment
Member Name: sn0zb0z
Personal Experiences of Unemployment
Advantages: You can gain more qualifications and some work experience
Disadvantages: Job centre are no help and jobs are hard to find
Unemployment; an issue sadly I am having to deal with along with many others. Unemployment is on the rise we can only hope it gets better soon, but is there really any hope of that?
Where are you jobs!?
I search every day for jobs on a number of websites, first looking through all jobs then narrowing my search down to specific areas just in case I missed anything or the website didn't show it for some reason. Despite searching within a 30 mile radius of the city I live near half the time I get the phrase "There are 0 results from your search", especially on the job centre website. The job centre have told me nurmerous times to "widen my search", but as of yet I've found nothing wider than searching all jobs.
Any jobs that are available gain hundreds of applications, making the employers job much more difficult and I guess at times that may lead to certain CVs being ignored even though the person is qualified for the job and has a good CV.
But is the main problem simply the lack of jobs or is there more to it?
Ah, the good old job centre - there to help the unemployed get a job, right? I think someone needs to tell the staff that, although to be fair some places/staff are worse than others.
When you first sign on they don't appear to care much. You go to your local job centre every two weeks. Then after a few months they seem to get worried that you've yet to find a job so they ask you to come in weekly. Then a few months later they assume you've no hope and it's back to every fortnight and it really goes downhill from there.
Shortly after signing on you go to a group meeting where they claim to help you find work. They tell you everything you already know and throw in a few statistics that make no difference to anyone, although when I went they did manage to depress me by telling me it was really hard to find any jobs and your main hope was being in the right place at the right time. Where ever that might be.
Even now it baffles me how an earth they managed to make that meeting last well over an hour because by the end I realised that they hadn't actually given us that much information at all.
So what next? Keep signing on. To start with staff check through a booklet you must fill in to prove you are looking for work and they do a job search with you and print off any suitable jobs. But over time that gradually stops. They may glance at the booklet, but that's about it. You sign a piece of paper and get told when your money should be in the bank and when your next sign on date is.
Once I waited about 20 minutes only for a guy to push a piece of paper forwards to sign to prove I'd been that day then that was it. I was there less than 30 seconds. I didn't even get a hello.
Needless to say, I think the job centre needs to make a few changes.
The job centre isn't the only company out there who claim to help you find a job. Connexions is a main one, but they tend to deal more with people who have just left school.
There is also a company Avanta that run other companies of various names across a large section of England. They offer a work program to help you get work experience, which is a key part of being able to get a job as most employers are looking for previous work experience.
On the plus side they did get me on a work placement with a company and I now volunteer at the place since the work placement has ended. But do they help in any other way? The short answer is no. I spent the first few weeks at the work program job searching for 6 hours a day. Yes, 6 hours, Monday to Friday! On a Monday morning no site has updated the latest jobs and there's never any from over the weekend so that's one day wasted. Every other day even going through a weeks worth of jobs on 10 different sites you're done by 10.30 at latest.
They did a little bit on interviews and on CVs, but the staff had different ideas about how a CV should look so even that wasn't very helpful. They did allow you to go around town for a short while every so often to ask nearby companies about jobs, but in a town full of shops that's only useful for those wanting retail and 99% of the places were fully staffed.
One point up for trying to tackle unemployment, two points off for not only being unhelpful but keeping you 6 hours a day to sit infront of a computer unable to do anything else.
Previously unemployment was a problem, but when the Government changed more people could then get job seekers and since then unemployment has risen. People who may have been forced to go for any job before are now happy living with getting job seekers. Course, there are still many out there that do want a job and just can't get it and for them job seekers is a great help, but other than allowing more people to have money it seems they haven't done a lot to help.
Qualifications, work experience, qualifications, work experience:
What does it take to get a job? A very important question. Well it seems qualification and work experience are the two most important things to have, but how much does it take before employers consider you as suitable for a job?
Employers obviously want to know you're going to work hard, but to get work experience you need to get a job and, of course, for that you need work experience so it's difficult. There is the option to volunteer and this may mean you aren't getting experience in the area you want, but at least it is a start. However, the main option for most people is a charity shop and many often have enough, or sometimes too many people and won't take on any more. Volunteering can also cost you a lot in travel. Some charities pay you back for travel, but it's not always an option and the job centre refuse to pay you back. They will however pay your travel for so long if you get a paid job.
For any job you need to be qualified and that is where college comes in. When on job seekers you can get on certain courses free, but you are limited to what you can do and the amount of hours you are allowed to do. Anything is helpful to show you are willing to try, but you may find the perfect course for what you want to do is one you have to pay for.
I worked, I got good GCSE grades, I got some more work experience, I went to college, I got more work experience and now I'm at college again while volunteering to gain work experience, yet still I haven't been considered for an interview and I know I'd be able to do every job I applied for and it is clearly written that I could in my CV and covering letter. Am I missing something or is there just a large number of over qualified people who are getting the interviews instead?
I did a level 3 qualification then later got told I'd have been better off not going to college. The reason is apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships allow you to work, be paid and earn a qualification. Many are aimed at those between 16-19 and you generally aren't accepted if you have a level 3 qualification or higher as they are at level 2, which seems unfair to me. The Government is apparently trying to bring in more apprenticeships, but I haven't noticed any change.
Personally I think apprenticeships are a great idea and I'd happily go for that if I could, but currently there that's not possible and, as with jobs, usually only one person gets the apprenticeship which still leaves many people with no work.
I do have friends that after months and months of trying have finally managed to get a job, but each has had problems with the job centre and they have gone to college to get more skills. Others are just volunteering and looking for a paid job.
There are many people out there living on benefits, but there are also those like me and my friends who have tried or are trying to do what we can to get a job and are having no luck. Perhaps the job centre were right about one thing at that meeting, it is about being in the right place at the right time.
Is there more they could do to tackle unemployment? Definitely.
I think the job centre needs to do more and they certainly need to improve their website as searches aren't always related to what you've searched. I also think they should team up with colleges and offer some free short, part time courses for various areas (e.g. admin and retail) that give qualifications and run often so that everyone has a chance to gain a qualification and learn some skills, or at least get current courses ran more often and advertised through the job centre so that people are aware of them.
It would also be a good idea to not only run more apprenticeships, but offer it to more people. Or they could bring in a new type of apprenticeship so that people can gain a qualification that's recognised by employers, but the apprenticeship only lasts a few weeks or months rather than being a year or more. That way companies could take on more people doing an apprenticeship rather than having one person for a long time, which gives more people work experience and a qualification. If the job centre set it up or monitored it they could also see who was willing to work as anyone who wants a job would surely be happy to have an apprenticeship (so long as it's suitable. E.g. if you want to do admin you get an admin apprenticeship.). Places like the job centre and similar organisations could help find a suitable company for you too as often you have to find the company yourself.
There are possibly other ways as well to tackle unemployment, but even just doing some small improvements like having a site that shows you the jobs it should would be a good start. There is a lack of jobs and creating jobs may not be an option, but something needs to be done. Unemployment is rising and there are far too many people without jobs who are willing to work, but sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference.
Summary: It's not as easy to find a job as you may think