Ben – Returning To Work With a Mindset Shift

Ben is a man in his 40s with tan skin, short hair and a beard. He is sitting in his study, his laptop open and smiling warmly into the camera.

43-year-old Ben from the Leeds area came to the Making a Difference programme for support in finding work. He wanted to return to permanent, full-time employment.

Ben needed a mindset shift as well as a helping hand on all things CV writing and interview training.

How Did We Help?

Ben met with Crystal, an Employment Coach at Making a Difference over multiple one-to-one sessions. He was interested in improving his CV and making it stand out to future employers.

When applying for jobs, we recommend tailoring your CV to every job vacancy. While you don’t need to change it dramatically every time, it helps to display your skills according to each job description. This way, you can show that you are a suitable candidate and understand the requirements of the job.

Ben also created multiple cover letters with Crystal’s help. He then proceeded to send them directly to prospective employers. All the while, Crystal provided guidance and prompt Ben to reflect on the right wording and tone of voice.

Creating a Positive Mindset Shift

Over his sessions with Crystal, Ben also received interview coaching which helped him to prepare for the interviews he had lined up. He worked proactively between his appointments to continue progressing towards his goal of returning to work.

We are happy to share that following one of his recent interviews, Ben has achieved his goal and was offered a full-time position!

When asked about his experience, Ben credited the Making a Difference programme for giving him a mindset shift which has improved his self-esteem. It made him more positive about working and about feeling valued in the workplace.

When asked if he would recommend the Making a Difference programme to others looking to get back into work, Ben said:

“You shouldn’t underestimate the offer of help on hand. Sometimes it takes a simple spark to restart the engine.”

Career Guidance To Get You Where You Want To Be

Making a Difference is an initiative match-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). We help people of all ages find their way into work or training by providing tailored one-to-one guidance and support. Whether you are returning to work after a career break, considering working for the first time or simply want to try something new. We can help you figure out the next step for you.

Contact our friendly team to learn more and start your journey today!

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