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Mental Health Awareness Week

This is Mental Health Awareness Week, #SpeakYourMind

This is a Mental Health Awareness Week with a difference. Many of us are worried about coronavirus and how it will affect us and those we love.

This is why you are encouraged to #SpeakYourMind and reach out to someone who needs a friend with a positive message, or share with them your own tips for coping to make sure they don’t have to face this pandemic alone.

Based on a recent survey with over 10,000 people, one of the most common coping strategies many of us are using during these times is connecting with friends and family online. So for Mental Health Awareness week, it’s more important than ever that you use your own experiences to help each other. For those who have existing mental health problems, you may never have felt more lonely or isolated. Nobody should have to face a mental health problem alone. That’s why Mental Health Awareness Week, you are encouraged to speak your mind and share your stories to others so that they can see that they’re not alone in the challenges they’re facing.

We can get through this TOGETHER. One day at a time.

Here are a few tips that may help you manage your mental health at this uncertain time:

1) Try and remain in a routine which is as normal as possible. 
2) Go out for a walk, whilst remaining distant, say hello to fellow walkers
3) Speak out to someone about how you are feeling, you will be surprised at how many people are willing to help and listen to you
4) Don’t be too hard on yourself, life is a test. Think of some of the good times you have experienced and what puts a smile on your face. 
5) Stay off social media and stop reading negative news. This will cause your head to spin into turmoil and may cause upset to you and others around you. 
6) It is OK to feel the way you do; everyone reacts differently and takes to things differently.  

Direct Response Employment Services hope you are all remaining safe and well and continue to abide by the government’s rules. We hope to see you all soon. 

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Job Hunting Tips whilst on Lockdown

Job Hunting in Lockdown:

 Our Top Tips 

This is a very challenging time for all of us, especially if you are unemployed or have been made redundant as a result of the current COVID19 pandemic. Looking for a new job can be a stressful experience at the best of times, so searching for your next role during a global pandemic is bound to leave you feeling overwhelmed.

Whilst many companies have put recruitment on hold, there are many others that continue to recruit remotely or are actually experiencing increased need for staff. If you are currently searching for work, take a look at our top-tips on how you can make the most of your job-seeking time…

Be Prepared

While lock-down is in place, some of us have more time on our hands than usual. You can use this time to make yourself as employable as possible. Make sure you have updated your CV, if you have LinkedIn, make sure your profile is representing you well online. There is plenty of free online training at the moment. 

If you need help check out our CV writing tips

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Be Flexible and Open-Minded

Be open minded, it is unlikely to be the case that you can walk straight into your dream job. It may be that companies in your chosen sector are not likely to recruit until the national lock-down has come to an end. This may mean that you will need to be more open to trying something new or maybe a temporary role that you may not have considered before. Some industries are experiencing an increase in the need for extra staff, so staying flexible for the time-being may be the best way forward for you. When things begin to return to normal, potential employers will be impressed that you had the attitude and flexibility to take on a new challenge during this time.

Do not get Disheartened

The job market has changed drastically since the Coronavirus outbreak and it may be harder and take longer than usual to find work. Be patient and do not be discouraged to continue with your job search if you do not succeed right away. It is certainly not impossible to find work at the moment  many employers are adapting to this new way of life and are recruiting for roles where you can work remotely from home so be prepared to take-on this new challenge! You can read our tips on working from home. 

We are here to help

Remember to keep in touch with your recruitment consultant if you have  registered with an agency like Direct Response Employment Services. Our teams are working from home and are continuing to do all they can to help as many people find work as possible during these difficult times. If you are not yet registered with us, please do get in touch, you can find our out-of-office contact numbers on our website

We wish you all the luck in your job search.

Please get in touch with the Direct Response Team and  we will do all we can to help you with your hunt for