Back to Employment

People with skin disease often face difficulties finding employment. Very often, their self-confidence is low. They may have other debilitating psychological and mental health issues, such as depression, caused by their experience of their skin condition. Some may have been out of employment for a long period, maybe years and therefore, are unfamiliar with the current job market. This project provides training in the form of workshops and one-to-one advice sessions.

Our ‘Back to Employment’ service will roll out a three month intensive programme designed to help unemployed skin disease patients get back to paid employment, self-employment or voluntary work. The service will also create a database of employers that will be approached to provide job opportunities to skin disease patients. SDBM will seek to raise awareness amongst employers of the special needs of skin disease patients and offer support to employers so that they will consider employing SDBM clients.

The Back to Employment service will feature:

Self-assessment and self preparation, including skills audit and analysis, assessment of the potential impact of skin disease, building self confidence and self-esteem, personal and social awareness, personal objectives.

Access to technology, each participant will be issued with a laptop that they will use during the period of training.

CV preparation, what is a CV, when should one use a CV, what information should be included, formatting and presentation, length (in pages), tailoring to suit different applications, cover letters, examples of what makes a good or bad CV.

Online work search techniques,,, universal job-match, major jobsites, signing up for email alerts, online applications, using social media as part of a job search.

Recruitment agencies, working with recruitment agencies, their role, what to expect.

Networking, including linkedin, direct approaches to employers.

Interviewing skills, preparation, what is an interview, answering difficult questions, asking questions, telephone interviews, how to dress.

Access to the National Careers Service, the National Careers Service is the publicly funded careers service for adults and young people (aged 13 or over) in England.

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance on learning, training, career choice, career development, job search, and the labour market. It can be accessed online, by telephone, and face-to-face (for people aged 19 and over).

The aims of the service are to provide:

  • “high-quality information about careers and skills, and independent, professional advice and guidance”;
  • “a focus on specialist careers guidance, built on the principles of independence and professional standards”; and
  • “information, advice and guidance both to inform and to stimulate demand for further education, work-based training and higher education.”

Launched in April 2012, it brings together elements of previous publicly funded careers services for adults and young people.

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