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I’ve simply had an e-mail from a reader asking me how he can get work now that incapacity misplaced him his job.

That is what he says in his e-mail:


the issue

“Pricey Jasmine,

I’m writing to you as a result of I want your type recommendation. I’m 64 and from 2017 I’m disabled particular person with shifting issues. Till 2017 I labored some 44 years within the Delivery trade. Final 12 years I labored as Fleet Superintendent with certainly one of Ship administration Firm positioned in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2017 I used to be dismissed attributable to well being issues as a result of on 2012 my left knee was changed and on 2014 I acquired the stroke.

After dismissing I acquired critical stress as a result of I’ve misplaced not solely my favorite work and livelihood but in addition the objective of life as a result of I’ve a spouse, two daughters and three grandchildren, they usually all trusted my work. I attempted to search out some job in one other ship administration firm however unsuccessful even though I’m skilled specialist for various kinds of seagoing vessels like Tankers, LPG Carriers, Balkers, and so on and I’ve superb data for mechanical engineering, accounting, budgeting, buying, and so on associated with ship administration.

Are you able to advocate me what I’ve to do as a result of I nonetheless looking for any job appropriate for me. I’m searching for any job appropriate for me. I want job from residence. I’ve laptop computer, printer, scanner.

Your type reply can be very appreciated.”


jasmine’s reply

This can be a rotten factor to need to undergo and I actually sympathise. It’s unhealthy sufficient to lose your earnings if there’s simply you to take care of, however when there are kids and an prolonged household to help, it’s very troublesome.

Lots of people face this and, though I don’t have contacts within the delivery sector or any expertise on this enterprise, there are some basic items that anybody can do once they discover themselves out of labor, however keen to work, due to a incapacity.



Firstly, be sure to have all the advantages you’re entitled to. As somebody with disabilities – and significantly as you could have dependents – you’re entitled to an a variety of benefits.

When you haven’t already executed so, do check out the advantages calculator at

these will present you which ones advantages you’re entitled to so as to verify and be sure to have the whole lot you need to.


your union

Many unions have cash that they can provide out to individuals in circumstances of hardship. In addition they usually have entry to jobs and work in your area so it’s an excellent concept to get in contact with somebody at your union to see what they could have the ability to do for you.


get the household onboard

When the principle breadwinner has issues, everybody wants to drag their weight. Typically it’s a superb get up name for individuals who have gotten moderately too used to dwelling off another person’s sweat and toil. It can be a chance for stay-at-home wives, who haven’t had a lot expertise of labor, to get that have.

There isn’t any disgrace in staying at residence via incapacity and permitting another person to do the money-earning for some time. Work on it collectively and see what work prospects there are for different individuals within the family aside from you. For a when you might do the cooking, maybe, and handle the house so far as you’re able whereas they exit and produce residence the bacon.

It’s additionally potential that collectively you might arrange a household enterprise. One thing the place you are able to do the pc work, the technique, the books, the pondering and so on whereas different members do the bodily work, the driving, delivering, constructing, assembly or no matter else is required exterior the house.

When you all work collectively you’re more likely to succeed than if one tries to do all of it on their very own.


break down the weather of your work

It is perhaps that the job you’ve been doing isn’t one that you would be able to proceed to do with the sickness or incapacity you now have.

Nevertheless, there are at all times components of your job which are transferable.

Take into consideration all the weather of the work you used to do.

Take into consideration the qualities you wanted for that job – perhaps flexibility, or management, or organisation,
What abilities did you must have – perhaps laptop abilities, constructing abilities, designing abilities
What did you discover that you simply have been significantly good at? Did you discover you have been good at promoting? Perhaps you have been good at negotiating or getting initiatives completed or calming individuals down. These are all helpful abilities in different work.

After getting labored these out (write them right down to remind your self) then you’ll be able to take a look at different, fairly totally different work.

community – on-line and in actual life

Now could be the time to get in contact with everybody you understand or used to know and allow them to know that you simply’re searching for work.

Inform them your state of affairs and the way it occurred
Inform them what you are able to do
Inform them that you’ve got your CV to ship out, or your small business concept to inform individuals about and will they put you in contact with somebody who might assist.

Throw away any delight or disgrace. You may’t afford it!

It’s the individuals who community like loopy who get the roles. They’re on the market however you must put your self in the way in which of them to get them.



Have you ever up to date your Linkedin profile?

If not, go on there now and fill it in to make your self look as employable as potential

Get your self some suggestions from individuals you could have labored with (ideally bosses)
Ensure your photograph is sweet and updated
Put in any awards, any quotes from bosses which are optimistic and something you’ll be able to consider that you simply did in your job that’s value a bullet level!
Be part of some teams linked with what you do. Get on there and community with the individuals on there.
Make it clear that you’re searching for work.
Additionally make it clear what your limitations are, in case you have any (mobility and so on)

You might additionally publish extra – attention-grabbing gadgets that individuals in your trade might go for.

Additionally, think about posting articles about your sector which might get you seen. When you’ve got time, publish one thing each week or extra usually.

Take a look at the roles on Linkedin. Lots of people rent there so in the event you’re searching for work it’s a superb place to be.

Enhance your connections and profit from those you could have. Are any of those connections individuals who would possibly have the ability to introduce you to somebody who might provide you with work? Or maybe they might provide you with work themselves. Begin a dialog. Inform them you can be found for work (at the least from residence) and see if they’d do a Skype dialog with you or converse on the telephone. Hold doing this as you construct up your connections.


fb #jobs and twitter #jobs

When you’re on Fb and Twitter, create columns in Tweetdeck or Hootsuite (or whichever platform you utilize) that may notify you each time the phrase ‘job’ or ‘jobs’ comes up. You will note a great deal of posts which are of no relevance to you however now and again you would possibly see one thing that may give you the results you want.


its a numbers recreation

I’m critical about placing your self on the market.

Don’t assume that since you’ve utilized for 2 positions and been rejected by each that that’s it.

It’s a numbers recreation.  I don’t need to hear from you till you’ve tried at the least 100 individuals.


That you must be in contact with hundreds and a great deal of companies and people to get work. When you’re not on the market touting (or on-line touting) for days and weeks then, on this world of labor, you’re simply not making an attempt.

Be like this author who aimed for 100 rejections. When you intention to get rejected then you’ll be able to’t fail. When you really get accepted then that’s a bonus in itself. Oh and, by the way in which, she did get accepted…a lot of occasions.

Let me understand how you get on!



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