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How to get a job with 3 previous dismissals (not fully my fault!) ? 120+ applications and nothing!!
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I am currently seeking advice on how to find a new job after experiencing three dismissals. My most recent dismissal occurred on March 8th, 2023, and despite sending out over 120 job applications, I have not received any replies.
Additionally, a potential employer recently withdrew their offer after learning about my most recent dismissal.
I can only do fully remote work due to extreme Fibromyalgia and personal stuff.
Currently, I am attending weekly meetings with my local Job Centre and following their guidance on job applications, cover letters, and professional letters to explain my dismissals. However, I have not yet been successful in finding a new job.
My dismissals & reasons why I was dismissed:
My first dismissal happened in December 2019 due to taking a lot of time off for an undiagnosed illness which was later diagnosed as Fibromyalgia in April 2020. At the time, I was working as a nursery worker but was no longer able to continue due to physical limitations.
My second dismissal occurred after I left two babies alone in a different nursery's garden. Although I had asked a staff member to look after one of the babies while I took the other inside, that staff member left the baby unattended and falsely reported that I had left the baby alone. The situation was caught on CCTV, but unfortunately, the footage did not show the conversation between me and the staff member.
My most recent dismissal was due to making a number of data breaches, which occurred because my team leader did not provide me with complete details of the correct data protection processes. Despite following their advice for months, I was blamed for the breaches and ultimately dismissed.
Apart from typing cover letters, looking on various job boards and applying, Is there anything else I should be doing?
I would appreciate any advice or guidance you can provide.
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Speak to some recruitment agencies as well.
Look at LinkedIn regularly
Application forms generally ask for employment history and reason for leaving. Are you suggesting the OP lie about the reason for leaving? If they get to the stage of references being requested they will soon get found out.
As an employer that would jump out at me and I would want to know why.
I could chase for this info but having it provided, on balance is probably best.
Reason being, I may not move the application further at this point but if I did, my first question would be why 3 jobs in so little time.
The information will come out in the end. It's a question of how much time a prospective employer needs to spend in acquiring that information.
The dismissals don't look great to be honest, however being open and transparent about them would place you higher in my personal view than me having to tease the same information out of you bit by bit.
Rather than give us just the negatives are there some positives you can show an employer
The job that was recently withdrawn - how did you find that? You say 120 applications with no interest so what was different about that one?
However, the Job Centre should be helping you with finding another job. Are you able to type and do transcription work or data entry work? Those are the jobs you can do from home and you could try to build up your reputation by doing something like that for a while.
I signed up with Indeed and they often send me information about jobs - and if you join LinkedIn, they also notify you of any suitable jobs.
You could also google something like 'typing jobs work at home uk'. (Don't apply for the ones that make you bid, or pay, or both.) They probably won't want an in-depth CV as you won't be responsible for anyone else but yourself.
As for your dismissals, I can see why the employers considered them to be serious but if you won't be doing that kind of work any more then, as I say, you can build up your reputation as an excellent work from home employee.
If you can't type, have you considered further training? Job Centre may be able to help with applying for funding, if there is any.
Just a few thoughts, hope they are helpful in some way and that you manage to find something suitable soon.