We hope you're well and keeping positive and active on keeping yourself prepared to work, either with one of the numerous employers who are still recruiting right now, or after this period of uncertainty is over.
Mel and I have put together this week's bulletin, hopefully to give you some useful hints and tips which can help you to keep up some momentum. Please keep in touch with Mel, myself or Lesley and let us know if we can be of specific help to you.
This week’s Activity
*Let’s look at setting some specific goals to work towards while we are out of our usual routine. Complete the attached exercise – if you need some help then get in touch and we can explain it further. Click on this link to open a Word Document which contains the exercise.
What did you do last week that was new, to help someone else? How can you contribute to the community using your existing skills even if you are confined to the house? Have you spotted a gap in local provision that you could fill but don’t know how to go about it – let us know and see if we can help you?
If you are able to volunteer locally to help and would like more information
Interview question of the week
“What has been your biggest achievement either in work or outside of it? What are you most proud of and why?”
Each week we would like you to prepare an answer to a question that is commonly used at interview, using the STAR method. Write it down and practice delivering it as if you were talking to a prospective employer.
The STAR method is a structured manner of responding to a behavioural-based interview question by discussing the specific situation, task, action, and result of the situation you are describing.
Situation: Describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. You must describe a specific event or situation, not a generalized description of what you have done in the past. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand. This situation can be from a previous job, from a volunteer experience, or any relevant event.
Task: What goal were you working toward?
Action: Describe the actions you took to address the situation with an appropriate amount of detail and keep the focus on YOU. What specific steps did you take and what was your particular contribution? Be careful that you don’t describe what the team or group did when talking about a project, but what you actually did. Use the word “I,” not “we” when describing actions.
Result: Describe the outcome of your actions and don’t be shy about taking credit for your behaviour. What happened? How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn? Make sure your answer contains multiple positive results. Be as specific as possible at all times, without rambling or including too much information.
Skill of the week
Online courses that you might wish to consider – all of these offer free courses in a wide variety of subjects
If you haven’t looked at WSCC library services recently then have a look here
Link to businesses who have jobs with immediate starts available
Maintaining good Mental Health is extra important at the moment, so we thought that we would introduce you to some different ideas/websites each week.
Calm is a website and an App which has resources for reducing anxiety to listen to
NHS OneYou – Every Mind Matters has a lot of practical ways to address self-isolation challenges
Don’t forget that if you are feeling overwhelmed or need help urgently it is very important to get it. The links below will give you some guidance on how you can help yourself, or if you're in need of additional help, how to find it quickly.
We are committed to helping you on your journey towards employment so please get in touch if we can help you in any way. It has been great to speak, text or email with many of you over the last couple of weeks and hear how you are getting on. We are really looking forward to hearing about your goals, if you would like to share them, and helping you to achieve them.
Richard Brooks FIEP - Director.
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Office - 01403 627766
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