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Hiya, hope everyone as well as can be 😊

I just wondered has anyone who is post found it difficult to find a new job?

I have been looking and applying for jobs for the last few weeks and it's knock back after knock back even in jobs I am more than qualified to do, I can't lie about why I haven't worked for so long and I do think it's this which is now preventing me from even getting an interview ... Just looking for a bit of hope and that someone out there has been lucky enough to start from scratch x

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Have you tried Barclays? They are brilliant to work for and really believe in employing people with any health issues. You don’t need banking experience as all the interviews are based on competency questions. Both my hubby and I work there, he is awaiting a liver transplant and has Chrons disease where half his bowl was removed almost 2yrs ago and they were brilliant with us both. There brilliant with all his hospital appointments and offer flexible working. I know we’ll both never leave and neither of us had any banking experience when we joined x

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Funny thing I bank with them hahaha 😂

And thanks for that I will have a nosey on their website 😊

I hope your hubby isn't waiting too much longer x

Which hospital is he under ? (If you don't mind me asking)

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There very good to work for 👍🏻 we’re lucky enough to live a 10min walk from one of their big centres, so around 700 people work there!

Hubbys at Birmingham. He went on the list in March, his is PSC and is linked to his Chrons disease. Really want him to have it but at the same time I don’t as we nearly lost him when he had the tips procedure which then resulted in him in a coma and his bowel being removed 2 days later. It was a horrible time and he was in hospital for 13wks before coming home so I really home we don’t have that level of issues again 😬x

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Can't you say you've been having a really long holiday? Or travelling? 😊

I took out a mortgage not long ago, didn't mention anything about my transplant to the lender. Not the same thing I know but sometimes it helps not to share everything.

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Lol I would if been a couple of years but it's been 7 in total now

Plus I don't want to risk lying especially with a job if something happens I wouldn't have a leg to stand on

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Definitely out could be as disciplinary if you don't mention it if they ask why or any health questions. Good luck with the job hunting xx

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JoJo

I'm in the process of going back to work aged 64 and after eight years since my last job and two years post transplant.

Not easy and still in the retraining period, but I'm feeling confident and ready ( well most of the time ) so don't give up.

Jim

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Good luck x and I definitely not going to give up, just frustrated more than anything

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God luck xx

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Hi

Im so pleased that you feel fit enough to work, you've been through so much. Please let us know when you get job.

I had to finish on ill health retirement and I got the top tier pension because I've got that many things wrong with that I will never be fit to work again. I do get very low at times cos it's not something you want to hear at the age of 52!!! Got to keep smiling, there's always someone worse off than me!! Love and hugs to everyone. Lynne xxxx

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Big hug back from me Lynn xxx

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Thank you so much. Love and hugs Lynne xxxc

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43 here and medically retired. I used to actually enjoy working too. Lol

Gotta find things to keep me occupied now. Am attempting a new life as an author (first book releasing soon 😉) so that keeps me busy but it’s a shock not going to work anymore.

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Hi so glad to hear you feel great. I found also and sensed that seconds silence when having a transplant was mentioned. Was difficult to search for work having had my own business ninety percent of my life and long illness saw the end of.I did get a job which during the interview a cockatiel came and sat on my head, lucky not a woodpecker, but was advised not to take. I now now volunteer with two different organisations in which I am trading and getting used to office work environment as I have always done physical work, mechanic, and it is so great to be doing things and helping other folk.

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I do volunteer I have been since a few months post I would of gone mental with nothing to do lol but we do need the extra cash coming in now I feel awful that my husband works full time and is doing a master's

And we all look earning our own money x

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Yea know what you mean there. Would love to be earning again and decide for myself. It will come, small steps but when it comes it will be so nice.

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Certainly will, I will keep my fingers crossed for the both of us 😊

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What type of work did you do in your previous life? Have you ever thought about going self employed? Or retraining at college to do something different? I used to be in banking when I had my transplant 23 years ago. I went back to NatWest post transplant and they were very good. After two years I had my daughter and spent 5 years at home and retrained to work in childcare After my next transplant I am thinking that my sick record is going to be so bad that I’m going to look into going self employed when I’m fit and well. Whatever you decide I wish you good luck 😉

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I worked with adults with learning disabilities and also the elderly I can still do some support work with them but no personal care and that's doctors orders due to my constant low white blood count

To be honest I don't want the responsibility of any huge role so my own business is out of the question, I don't even want to do full time hours

I got disheartened by Asda not even giving me a chance when they employ idiots constantly lol

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Have you thought about starting off in a voluntary role. I have a twenty year old daughter with moderate learning difficulties and locally we have good organisations who’s support I find invaluable, but they are always in need of volunteers to help. It’s a way of getting your foot in the door. Or otherwise give local colleges a ring to see if they can offer anything. They may have students starting that need extra support for a few hours a week. I think scope is a national charity that helps people with disabilities. You never know, someone out there could need someone with your experience. Good luck x

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My first job interview post transplant was Asda and when I said transplant they looked at each other, yep.

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Hi

I am in a similar position I am volunteering for the police (Non Uniform) and that way you get proof of you capability to work and get to see the permanent opportunities as thy come up, and if you worked in the role you get a good chance.

Just a thought

Good Luck

David

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Hiya David, I already do volunteer and as much as I love it I am not getting the same satisfaction as you do when your earning a wage and they do keep saying they are going to invest in my training and apply for a grant for a wage but that's been said for the last year or so and I can't wait forever x

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Hi Have a look at a company called

Natcen

it's social research I worked for them. pre Transplant and went back after 6 months. It's a reasonable income and you work your own hours to suit

E

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Hiya and thanks I will do a bit of research on them x

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I have worked for them for 7 years. I just needed a letter from my doctor just to cover the company regrading low amune system,but quite honestly I wouldn't interview anyone who is coughing and sputtering before I had my transplant.You apply on line. You can use my name Elizabeth Harrison I work in area 9. ( web address)

natcen.ac.uk

free lance interviwer

Elizabeth

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Hi Beture47 ,Is Natgen an American company?

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So sorry I can’t help. I work with my hubby in our own business. Can see it might be a problem. If it continues can you do some work for a charity to prove you have the stamina? Good luck

Sorry just read your reply to David

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Hell I know that one, as I am looking for work as well, but I have reached 65 !

I believe the right job is out there

Its as I was told like the china mans smile with got bigger every time he got a rejection as it meant he was one more step closer to success!

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Hi JoJo,

Happy to go through one of your applications with you if it would help. Sometimes its good to have a second pair of eyes to see if you are putting across your competencies enough to get through their initial read through or their computer's read through, lol

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Thanks hunni I have a new CV together so that would be cool let me know when you are free and I will make a brew 😊

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Ok, happy to come round this evening or tomorrow evening whichever is best for you.

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I have had significant issues with job hunting over many years and was forced to temp and do contracting. I cannot work now but try to do as longer term work as you can. Changing no matter why is not liked. Do not admit medical issues unless you are asked or you need help for treatment. As a lawyer I must say you must admit it if asked otherwise if discovered you could be fired but unless asked you are under no obligation to tell. Consider both public and private sectors. Public employers understand illness and are more understanding and can offer great jobs. Its also easier to move within the public sector to more suitable jobs if needed and go part time. Good luck with it.

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Make sure you look at tax credits no matter where you work. Additional credits can be gained for illness.

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Hi Jojo.

This has been on my mind a lot lately. I look through the job ads and there are so many jobs I could go for, but I then wonder if they would risk taking on a transplant recipient. I am waiting for a single lung transplant, but am always trying to think of the future.

I really hope you find something suitable for you. Have a lovely weekend.

Cas xx 🌸🌻

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Omg ,I’ve lied even before I was ill,to get a job,and I’m certainly not going to come clean especially now,you have to do what you’ve got to do ,I get the job and only when or if I become ill ,do I mention something to them whether that’s the truth I don’t know,I’d play it by ear,but everyone s different and personally it’s only me who’s feeding my children and only me paying my morgage ,and when I say lie I mean fibbing ,lucky I’ve an understanding employer ,I’d imagine if I was unemployed and in the condition I’m in iwith liver disease ,it’d be really hard emotionally because it can drag you down sometimes even with a job,I’ll be thinking of you,always be positive.

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Feel your frustration Jo Jo , keep going , somewhere will be the right place for you. Just remember " you are a diamond , and my darling nothing will break you . "

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