Don’t Have a Job? 5 Tips to Beat Unemployment Terror

In an uncertain jobs market, how can you beat the terror of unemployment?

In April, it was announced that unemployment in the UK had increased for the first time in seven months. From December 2015 to February 2016, the number of people out of work grew by 21,000 to a staggering 1.7 million. Unfortunately, the Brexit referendum is likely to depress the employment market in the short term. If you’re looking for a job, this sounds like bad news. How can you expect to find work if there are no jobs available? Despite worrying figures on a national level, the employment rates on a local level are a little more revealing. In Ipswich, unemployment rates fell to 1,550 (1.8% of the total unemployed). In Suffolk, it’s a slightly worse picture, with unemployment rates up to 358 in Mid Suffolk and up to 302 in Suffolk Coastal. So if you are unemployed, is there anything you can do to beat the terror and improve your chance of finding work?

Fortunately, there is. No matter what state of the jobs market, there are always jobs available. The main reason why people find themselves unemployable is because their application can’t compete with others’. Also, most people don’t know where to find jobs, or they’re looking in the wrong places. This guide will give you a run down of the tips and tricks you can use to make yourself more employable and help change those sad statistics.

Identify What Jobs are in Demand in Suffolk

Your best chance of securing work is identifying what skills are in demand. Our last blog post on the booming industries in Suffolk discovered that the care, NHS and healthcare workers are in high demand due to skills shortages. Also, consider what industries are always employing. Vacancies in sectors such as construction, agriculture, police, teaching and logistics are popular and always available, as there’s a constant need for these services.

Use a Suffolk Local Jobs Board

Job boards are a great resource as they collect every vacancy and make them available in one place. Chances are you’re looking for a job where you live, and national job boards don’t always have a large variety of positions relevant to you. This can mean there are plenty of job vacancies in London, but not a lot of jobs listed in Suffolk. The benefit of using a local jobs board is that they cater specifically to one locality, so if you’re looking for jobs in Suffolk, you’re much more likely to find a suitable vacancy on a local jobs board. Top Suffolk Jobs is a great example of this, where you can get the latest Suffolk jobs direct to your inbox!

Use an Up to Date CV

It’s crucial to have an up to date CV whenever you apply for a job. Any voluntary work or courses that you attend while unemployed are great additions to your CV and can make you stand out from the crowd; they also show that you weren’t just sitting around idle, waiting for a job to come along.

You should also be tailoring your CV to every job you apply for. If you’re applying for jobs in multiple industries, you’ll want a separate CV for each position. A CV for an administration job will allow you to emphasise your organisational skills and Microsoft Office proficiency, whereas a retail position will require you to focus on your ability to communicate with others and provide a quality customer service.

We’ll be covering how important tailoring your CV is in a future post. We’ll show you how you can alter you CVs design to make an impact and secure a job, so stay tuned.

Tailor Your Cover Letter

This is one of the most important steps to take when applying for a job. Companies might receive hundreds of CVs from applicants, so a tailored cover letter can really make a difference. This is your opportunity to show that you know the company and demonstrate what you can offer them as an employee. It’s wise to visit the employer’s website and gauge what skills and personality traits they ask of their employees. This is important, as it not only shows that you’ve done your research, but you can also see if you’d be a good fit for the company. There’s little point in working with a company whose values don’t align with your own. If you’re not as productive because you don’t fit with the culture of the workplace, it’s neither good for you nor your employer.

Reach Out on Social Media

Reaching out on social media is one of the best tactics you can use. Simply making yourself visible, by liking a post or commenting on a potential employer’s update for example, can help you stand out from the dozens of other applicants. This also allows the employer to put a face to your name and could convince them that you’re the perfect person for the job. Just make sure you keep it professional. You don’t want to make yourself look unprofessional by having photos on your profile you wouldn’t want employers to see (no drunken Photo’s)!

Finding work can be difficult no matter the state of the job market, but the principle is always the same: you need to keep trying and differentiate yourself from the pack. By following these tips, you’ll give yourself a much better chance of securing a job.

If you’re looking for work, why not check out the Top Suffolk Jobs board? Register today, see what jobs are available and new vacancies with the ‘job alerts’ option.

What’s Hot? Booming Job Industries in Suffolk

As the jobs’ market faces uncertainty, what industries are currently booming in Suffolk?

In recent years, the UK and jobs’ market has been a mixed bag with unemployment rates in constant flux. In fact, the number of unemployed people in the country has risen for the first time since July last year. However, the picture in Suffolk and its surrounding areas (Ipswich, Bury, and Felixstowe) is a lot more promising. So what’s the key to surviving the uncertain Suffolk job market? It’s having an understanding of the thriving industries and being able to identify where job losses are less likely even in years to come.

Ask Yourself “What’s in Demand?”

It doesn’t matter where you are in the UK, there’s always going to be demand for a decent hairdresser, doctor or dentist. The most secure jobs are those which aren’t likely to disappear in a hurry. There’s a reason why construction is one of the booming job industries. It serves the community and will always be needed, and not just in Suffolk but all over the UK. If you ask yourself “what’s indisposable?” and “what can’t I live without?” you might be surprised at the answers.

Consider Long-Term Growth

A recent report by PWC in 2016 outlined the projected growth rate of a variety of industries up to 2025. Job stability is a key factor in any job search. We all want to know that a job’s still going to be there for us further on down the line. A quick glance will tell us that the business services industry is set for massive growth up to 2025, having almost doubled from 1997 to 2015. The education sector could see growth of over a million jobs. These sectors are likely to be in demand on a national scale, so it doesn’t matter if you’re restricting your search to a certain locality like jobs in Suffolk. These figures can ultimately give us great insight into what industries are set to explode over the coming years.

What’s happening in the Suffolk job market

Watching the news and reading newspapers are great ways to find out what industries are in demand. Stories about companies going bust and businesses thriving are equally common, so the media is a great way of finding out where jobs could be. This is a good way to become aware of sectors that are more in demand in Suffolk.


The tech industry is experiencing massive growth in the UK at the moment, and it’s easy to see why. From the cloud storage we use to the security measures on our PC that protect our data, tech is everywhere. Organisation TechEast is taking it further by concentrating it in one place. Aiming to create a “unified tech cluster”, this could see 5,000 new jobs generated by 2020. Their ultimate goal is to make the East a hub for technology, a sort of technology capital. This year’s Tech Nation report already recognised Ipswich and Norwich as centres for technology and innovation and, with 15,000 jobs already in the sector, their potential is only set to grow.

Food and Logistics

Especially in the East of England, there are industries thriving that don’t see as much growth in other parts of the country. The East plays such a huge role in agriculture, food production, and logistics that we need experts to ensure the whole process runs smoothly. This is an especially important sector in Suffolk, with the container port at Felixstowe – the UK’s largest – employing around 2,500 people. If you’re looking for driving jobs in Suffolk, you might be onto a winner!

Other Industries

With ARM, Cancer Research UK, and the University of Cambridge all located in this region, research and development in medicine, technology, and IT are booming. And, according to Directgov, the caring and business sectors are high in demand due to skills shortages. They also employ the most people. Healthcare, caring services, and senior management are sectors set to grow over the next six years, with the health support sector alone foretasted to employ 22% more people. Employment rates in the East are also set to rise incrementally, with 20,000 people predicted to become employed over the course of next year.

The key to finding a job with staying power is to keep on top of industry trends and growth rates. We’ve seen that despite the uncertain job climate, there are plenty of job vacancies in Suffolk and the surrounding area. Ultimately, if you can find a job involving something we can’t live without (healthcare, food, our mobile phones!), you’ll have a job for life.

Search for work today on Top Suffolk Jobs and register online to get Suffolk jobs direct to your inbox!

What do recruiters look for in government employees?

If you haven’t noticed, local government like most organisations are having to find savings. This is due to reductions in budgets by the national government in what they hand out to the local public sector organisations.

Given this need to find savings it is clear that one quality that local governments recruiters will be looking for are people with new ideas. These new ideas don’t need to be earth shattering like advances that most people relate to when they think about new ideas.  They can be common sense things that are simple to implement. Not only that but they will be especially interested in people who have experience of seeing their ideas through to implementation. Don’t worry if you have children or elderly relatives that you have to look after then you may experience and ideas that may be useful. What else might a local government recruiter be looking for? Regardless of the nature of jobs that you will be interviewed for, you must be able to demonstrate the following key abilities.


Communication is one of the basic elements in building healthy working relationships. Apart from verbal and written communication techniques, in public facing jobs you will also need to be able to deal with people. Not only will your communications skills be put to the test but your ability to deal with people with tact and thoughtfulness will also come to the fore. Think of occasions where you’ve had to handle a difficult situation at work. What skills did you use to resolve the situation? How did you handle the individuals involved and did your handling of the event conclude successfully? Good examples with show you have experience in handling such situations and make you a desirable asset for any public service team.

Management Organisation

Whatever level of local government employment you enter each job will come with certain levels of responsibility. Considering that government works under budgetary guidelines, it is important to exercise your duties in a manner that saves time, funds and enhances quality of services. Time management, thought process organisation and application processing are some of the activities that will portray your style of management and organisation before and during the interview.


Having an impressive communication skill set is the greatest prerequisite for team work. Have you been in an environment where you need to work as a team to deliver goals? It does not necessarily mean you were a team leader but that you can accommodate and adapt to the working styles of other people. The best way to demonstrate team work is in a group exercise where the role of each team member has not been defined.

Problem solving

Working in a government office is synonymous to solving problems associated with the be an effective public official you need to be able to have strong analytical skills because basic information must be analysed to come up with possible solutions to a problem. Past instances of your role in problem solving are important and again think of examples where you have demonstrated this.

The above are some specific areas that you will need to consider when applying for a local government job. The first and foremost thing though is to research the organisation you are going to be applying for. Find out what services they provide. Go to their information or career days and go armed with questions. This is your opportunity to find out as much as possible and how they work. Above all you need to be enthusiastic about working in the public sector. Like anything else if the enthusiasm isn’t there then you will not enjoy the job and it will soon become a chore. No one wants that!

So if you’re looking for local government jobs in Suffolk aim at projecting how well you interact with others. It will form the biggest chunk of what you do when you get employed.

Here are some resources that you may find useful:

  1. How your council works
  2. The People’s Budget

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