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Bridging The Gap: What does work ready really mean?

30th November 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen UK unemployment surge, with high numbers of skilled workers finding themselves without jobs in an increasingly competitive market. Reed in Partnership is delivering the ‘Work and Health Programme: Job Entry Targeted Support’ (WHP JETS) and is working with active jobseekers to get ‘work-ready’ once again to secure new roles.

Whether employees have found themselves out of work following the government furlough scheme that was originally due to end in October 2020, or were made redundant in March, there are both personal and professional challenges for candidates when it comes to being ready to re-enter the workplace.

Beyond the world of cover letters and interviews, we look at what it really means to be work ready. Find out below how we are supporting our candidates in securing employment to bring value to both the candidate and the businesses we collaborate with.



Challenges of long-term unemployment

The disruption caused by unemployment can have multiple effects on the candidate and their lives, so it’s important that they are ready to return to work in every aspect. To identify what it means to be ‘work-ready’, it’s helpful for us to understand some of the challenges candidates may be dealing with following their unemployment. This might include:

  • Impact on finances
  • Changes in routine, health or circumstances
  • Loss of confidence
  • Unfamiliarity with the current job market
  • Inexperience in newer work procedures and/or different sectors
  • Need for renewal of training and qualifications


We work with our candidates to overcome these challenges to ensure that when the right opportunity presents itself, they are fully prepared to re-enter the workplace and do what they do best.



Rebuilding confidence

Losing a job is devastating at any stage of your career, and can have a profound impact on your confidence. This can subconsciously hinder performance in interviews, in the role itself and even in the search for a job; so it’s important that we help our candidates to realise their potential, and work on getting their confidence back. We work with candidates to reflect on their achievements, recognise their skills, realise their potential and reshape them for a workplace that’s a good fit for both parties.

We identify opportunities in businesses searching for the qualities of our candidates, and help show how their skills can be transferred into new sectors. Rediscovering what makes candidates great at what they do is key for a positive reintroduction to work, and ensures that they feel work-ready.




A positive attitude is always a benefit when searching for work, but candidates must also be ready for the reintroduction of work culture into their lives. This includes being ready for the practical, physical, and sometimes mental upheaval that happens when returning to a role after a long period of unemployment.

We prioritise the wellbeing of our candidates to help ensure that they’re ready to hit the ground running. This means that they can turn up on time, meet deadlines and manage the tasks at hand to do their job effectively. We collaborate with candidates to understand what they need from a role, supporting them with the change in routine, the logistics of balancing work and home, and helping them feel excited for a new challenge. Wellness and finding a good fit are both pivotal to what we do.



Refreshing knowledge

For many candidates who have spent years either in the same role, or at the same company within their sector, new processes and rules can seem unfamiliar. This is particularly true following longer periods out of work, as the demands of industries and businesses can change significantly within a few months. We help to support candidates with additional retraining, or the gaining of up-to-date qualifications to show that they are prepared for new ways of working, all at no cost to the employer.

It’s important to remember that even years of valuable knowledge and experience can still always be improved and built on at any career stage. By working with candidates to refresh or learn new skills, they can get fully up to speed with the changing requirements of the industries we work with.



Reintroducing team dynamics

Starting a new job with a whole team of new faces and responsibilities can strike fear into the most seasoned employees, so for those who have been out of work for long-periods, the worry can feel overwhelming. While this has become even more challenging during the pandemic, we help candidates rebuild their interpersonal skills so that they can confidently – and safely – work well and socialise alongside new teams. We support candidates in adapting to management needs, taking direction, delegating to others and supporting colleagues so they can be the best team player they can be in a new role.



Reinvigorating attitudes

Being ready to work is much more than a need; it’s a want. Our candidates must be in a position to want to go back to work, and be enthusiastic about embracing new challenges, meeting new people and learning new things in a new setting.

We work to reinvigorate the excitement in candidates and employers alike. Whether individuals are searching for roles with another business in a sector they know fully, or transferring their skills for a completely fresh opportunity; we want to inspire them with a world of possibility, helping them secure a role that fits their passions and expertise. We help candidates to feel positive again about going to work, and coming to work for you.



At Reed in Partnership, our WHP JETS scheme collaborates with businesses to source work-ready talent and bring the right people into your team. We work to ensure that our candidates are ready for everything, so get in touch to let us know that you’re ready too.

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