Martin was worried he'd be unemployed forever - but not now

Martin 33, says he was worried he’d be unemployed forever after losing his job in the pandemic. But now his career is on the up after receiving tailored support from the Links to Work team.

Why Martin joined Links to Work

Martin was referred to the Links to Work M3 programme by his Jobcentre Plus Work Coach. Suffering with anxiety, Martin had previously found it difficult to sustain in work, partly down to working from home. As a result, he’d seen a decline in his confidence levels.


How Links to Work helped?

Martin was supported by key worker Tracey Starkey, who started by working on his anxiety and confidence issues. He quickly enrolled on a Health and Wellbeing course organised by Fedcap Employment, which specifically helped with anxiety management.

Tracey also provided him with helpful hints and tips for coping with self-isolation, particularly as he’d recently had almost no contact with other people.

Working together, Tracey and Martin developed a new CV, especially to highlight his experience in radio scheduling and other qualities and attributes which were not shining through.

This new CV and his new-found confidence did the trick, and Martin was soon gaining interviews.

Getting the job

Martin saw an advert for an Executive Officer with the Department for Work and Pensions and decided to apply. Tracey assisted Martin with the application and gave him guidance for the upcoming interview along with our tutor.

After impressing at his interview, Martin got the job and started work in spring 2021. Although working from home again, Tracey’s new hints and tips around routines and boundaries have helped him settle into his new role.

Martin said: “Like so many, I found myself out of work during the start of the pandemic last year. And as the uncertainty of 2020 continued on it felt like I was never going to be back into the working life I was so used to.

“(Joining Links to Work) was a decision that changed me for the best. I was assigned to a coach called Tracy who spoke to me not as just some customer she was assigned to but as a real person. She was bright and bubbly and really friendly, she spoke to me about the company, what they can offer and how they support job seekers with regular check-up meetings to see how we are and to provide as much support as they can.”