How to get work when incapacity makes you lose your job

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I’ve simply had an electronic mail from a reader asking me how he can get work now that incapacity misplaced him his job.

This is what he says in his electronic mail:


the issue

“Dear Jasmine,

I’m writing to you as a result of I would like your sort recommendation. I’m 64 and from 2017 I’m disabled individual with transferring issues. Until 2017 I labored some 44 years within the Shipping business. Last 12 years I labored as Fleet Superintendent with considered one of Ship administration Company situated in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2017 I used to be dismissed on account of well being issues as a result of on 2012 my left knee was changed and on 2014 I received the stroke.

After dismissing I received critical stress as a result of I’ve misplaced not solely my favorite work and livelihood but additionally the aim of life as a result of I’ve a spouse, two daughters and three grandchildren, and so they all trusted my work. I attempted to search out some job in one other ship administration firm however unsuccessful even though I’m skilled specialist for various kinds of seagoing vessels like Tankers, LPG Carriers, Balkers, and so on and I’ve excellent data for mechanical engineering, accounting, budgeting, buying, and so on associated with ship administration.

Can you advocate me what I’ve to do as a result of I nonetheless looking for any job appropriate for me. I’m in search of any job appropriate for me. I favor job from house. I’ve laptop computer, printer, scanner.

Your sort reply can be very appreciated.”


jasmine’s reply

This is a rotten factor to need to undergo and I actually sympathise. It’s dangerous sufficient to lose your revenue if there’s simply you to take care of, however when there are kids and an prolonged household to help, it’s very troublesome.

Lots of people face this and, though I don’t have contacts within the transport sector or any expertise on this enterprise, there are some basic items that anybody can do after they discover themselves out of labor, however keen to work, due to a incapacity.



Firstly, ensure you have all the advantages you’re entitled to. As somebody with disabilities – and significantly as you will have dependents – you’re entitled to an a variety of benefits.

If you haven’t already performed so, do check out the advantages calculator at

these will present you which of them advantages you’re entitled to to be able to test and ensure you have the whole lot you must.


your union

Many unions have cash that they may give out to folks in instances of hardship. They additionally usually have entry to jobs and work in your subject so it’s an excellent thought to get in contact with somebody at your union to see what they could have the ability to do for you.


get the household onboard

When the principle breadwinner has issues, everybody wants to tug their weight. Sometimes it’s an excellent get up name for individuals who have gotten slightly too used to residing off another person’s sweat and toil. It may also be a possibility for stay-at-home wives, who haven’t had a lot expertise of labor, to get that have.

There is not any disgrace in staying at house by means of incapacity and permitting another person to do the money-earning for some time. Work on it collectively and see what work potentialities there are for different folks within the family other than you. For a when you may do the cooking, maybe, and handle the house so far as you’re able whereas they exit and produce house the bacon.

It’s additionally attainable that collectively you would arrange a household enterprise. Something the place you are able to do the pc work, the technique, the books, the pondering and so on whereas different members do the bodily work, the driving, delivering, constructing, assembly or no matter else is required outdoors the house.

If you all work collectively you’re more likely to succeed than if one tries to do all of it on their very own.


break down the weather of your work

It could be that the job you’ve been doing isn’t one that you could proceed to do with the sickness or incapacity you now have.

However, there are all the time parts of your job which might be transferable.

Think about all the weather of the work you used to do.

Think in regards to the qualities you wanted for that job – possibly flexibility, or management, or organisation,
What abilities did it’s a must to have – possibly laptop abilities, constructing abilities, designing abilities
What did you discover that you simply have been significantly good at? Did you discover you have been good at promoting? Maybe you have been good at negotiating or getting tasks completed or calming folks down. These are all helpful abilities in different work.

Once you will have labored these out (write them right down to remind your self) then you’ll be able to have a look at different, fairly completely different work.

How to get work when disability makes you lose your job

community – on-line and in actual life

Now is the time to get in contact with everybody you already know or used to know and allow them to know that you simply’re in search of work.

Tell them your scenario and the way it occurred
Tell them what you are able to do
Tell them that you’ve your CV to ship out, or your small business thought to inform folks about and will they put you in contact with somebody who may assist.

Throw away any delight or disgrace. You can’t afford it!

It’s the individuals who community like loopy who get the roles. They’re on the market however it’s a must to put your self in the best way of them to get them.



Have you up to date your Linkedin profile?

If not, go on there now and fill it in to make your self look as employable as attainable

Get your self some suggestions from folks you will have labored with (ideally bosses)
Make positive your photograph is nice and updated
Put in any awards, any quotes from bosses which might be constructive and something you’ll be able to consider that you simply did in your job that’s value a bullet level!
Join some teams linked with what you do. Get on there and community with the folks on there.
Make it clear that you’re in search of work.
Also make it clear what your limitations are, when you have any (mobility and so on)

You may additionally put up extra – fascinating objects that individuals in your business may go for.

Also, take into account posting articles about your sector which might get you seen. If you will have time, put up one thing each week or extra usually.

Look on the jobs on Linkedin. Lots of people rent there so if you happen to’re in search of work it’s an excellent place to be.

Increase your connections and benefit from those you will have. Are any of those connections individuals who may have the ability to introduce you to somebody who may offer you work? Or maybe they might offer you work themselves. Start a dialog. Tell them you can be found for work (a minimum of from house) and see if they’d do a Skype dialog with you or communicate on the cellphone. Keep doing this as you construct up your connections.


fb #jobs and twitter #jobs

If you’re on Facebook and Twitter, create columns in Tweetdeck or Hootsuite (or whichever platform you employ) that can notify you each time the phrase ‘job’ or ‘jobs’ comes up. You will see a great deal of posts which might be of no relevance to you however every so often you may see one thing that can give you the results you want.


its a numbers recreation

I’m critical about placing your self on the market.

Don’t suppose that since you’ve utilized for 2 positions and been rejected by each that that’s it.

It’s a numbers recreation.  I don’t need to hear from you till you’ve tried a minimum of 100 folks.


You should be in contact with hundreds and a great deal of companies and people to get work. If you’re not on the market touting (or on-line touting) for days and weeks then, on this world of labor, you’re simply not making an attempt.

Be like this author who aimed for 100 rejections. If you purpose to get rejected then you’ll be able to’t fail. If you truly get accepted then that’s a bonus in itself. Oh and, by the best way, she did get accepted…plenty of instances.

Let me know the way you get on!