Week 54 
 
Welcome to the Fifty fourth bulletin. 
 
Sign up for Horsham District Council’s Jobs Fair Wednesday 28th April 10am - 3pm! 
Registration is open to join us for the first online jobs fair in Horsham which is coming up next week! Featuring local employers and openings, come along to meet recruiters who have actual jobs on offer and to pick up some tips and contacts to help you with your job search. If you are looking in a particular sector, make sure that you include that information on your registration details so that employers can look out for you on the day.Click here for information 
 
We continue to look at some of the ways that you can use lockdown and COVID as a springboard rather than a wall to your journey and tackle the issues that it has thrown up for the work of work in particular. 
 
This week’s LinkedIn Activity 
 
Keep following the bulletins to learn how to use LinkedIn in your job seeking journey. 
 
Once you are in a job, what then? 
 
Is LinkedIn only for job seekers and salespeople aggressively selling you stuff you didn’t know you needed? 
One mistake that many people make with LinkedIn, is to only update it when you are searching for a new role. This can mean that there is a lot of work to do to overhaul everything and also there is no history of interactions demonstrating your expertise and knowledge in your sector. Once you have secured that new role, try to keep going with LinkedIn and build your new network ready for your next move as well as enhancing your ability to do your current role. This writer suggests a way to make sure that you keep your CV and profile ready to go at any time. What do you think of this as a strategy? Would it make you unsettled to look at other jobs when you are happy in yours or does it keep you on your toes? I don’t think the answers will be the same for everyone. 
 
 
Looking for some practical ways to prepare for those jobs that you find on our Live Jobs pages? 
 
For those who are new to WISH you will find help to practice answering application or interview questions if you look back through the last year’s bulletins. Just find one that suits you and have a go at one which you know might trip you up. They are all accessible from the bulletin bar on the SETAS website. 
 
Be ready at all times to bump into your next boss! 
Particularly with the jobs fair coming up, are you ready to answer that question “what is it that you are looking for? “ with a short rehearsed, but natural sounding response? You only may have a few seconds to hook their attention and so it is really important that their first impression of you is a great one. Looking back over your life and previous opportunities, how many of them came when you were expecting them and felt fully prepared? You might meet your next boss anywhere, as lockdown starts to relax and people are mixing a little bit more, so make sure you are ready with that elevator pitch. If you would like help with yours, email Richard for a one to one session. 
 
Formal Online tests 
There are a number of careers which incorporate psychometric tests in their application process and whilst it can be very tempting just to leave it to luck, there are definitely things that you can do to improve your chances of acing them. One of those strategies is practice! You are usually provided with a few sample questions by the recruiter to show you the general format of the questions but you can buy courses to practice many more examples and even ones which will teach you step by step how to approach each type of question. One such provider is here, and they offer courses reduced to 99p at certain times, although there are others that you can find online just by searching. If you know that this is an area which you find tricky, and most people do, and you really want that job then consider it an investment. Speak to your work coach if you would need financial help to buy a course, it may be possible to get some support if they are not on offer at the time. 
 
Horsham District Council is advertising a few new roles - Click here 
 
Training courses 
Aspire Sussex from May will be doing Face to face assessments for Maths and English GCSE courses due to begin in September. 
 
They are also running a range of new computer courses – follow the link to see more 
 
Excel 
We often get requests for courses which will improve people’s Excel skills, check here for several options – check which one is appropriate for your level and enquire about concessions if needed. 
 
Food safety Course 
If your work involves food then you will need to ensure that all food handlers are supervised, instructed and trained in food hygiene. Sign up here for a one day course currently being delivered on Zoom but soon will be face to face. Next dates are -  
 
Thursday 20th May 2021 - 09:30am to 04:30pm 
Thursday 15th July 2021 - 09:30am to 04:30pm 
 
To book a course place, please fill in Food Safety Course Booking Form email it to publichealth.licensing@horsham.gov.uk or post it. 
 
 
WEA Confidence Building (50+) Course code C3746612 
Designed for older students wanting to develop their skills and confidence to enable them to move back into the workplace or aim for a career change, although anyone who want to boost their self-esteem and confidence is welcome. 
 
Starting 22/04/21 Thursday, 8 weeks, 10.00-11.30am, £38.40. Free if in receipt of benefits or low wage click here 
 
News from WEA 
Throughout May the WEA is celebrating the amazingly diverse world we live in with our Celebrating Diversity Festival, 
Join us for our Launch Event 28th April, a day of FREE talks to stimulate discussion, raise awareness and deepen understanding. 
The first 3 events are now enrolling (there will be more to follow!) 
 
11am - 12pm - Diversity is about counting people, inclusion is about insisting people count! – course code C3746731 
Atif Choudhury, founder of Zaytoun CIC and CEO of Diversity & Ability, shares his story. click here 
 
2.30am - 3.30pm - ‘Islam, Society & Racism’ with Dr Samia Husain – course code C3746703 click here 
 
6.30am -7.30pm - The Long and Winding Yellow Brick Road – Reverend Richard Coles – course code C3746702 
The Revd. Richard Coles talks about his journey from 80s pop star to rural Northamptonshire vicar. click here 
 
Enrol Online or over the telephone on 0300 303 3464 with the course code 
 
Physical and Mental Health and Wellbeing 
 
Horsham District Wellbeing Team 
This month, news of their brand new pop up Health and Wellbeing Centre in Horsham click here 
 
Don’t forget that if you are feeling overwhelmed or need help urgently it is very important to get it. The link below will help you find it quickly. 
 
Local new vacancies  
From now on the new vacancies will be uploaded as a pdf, so you can download and save them yourself -  
here are the links for the most recent uploads - click here 
 
And finally, WISH will be finishing at the end of June, so we'll not be taking on any more people from now, however Horsham District Council will continue with employment support after that via the fabulous new team now in place.  
 
All the information you need can be accessed via this link - horsham employment support 
 
We are doing more online and telephone 1-2-1s, so if you're an existing WISH participant please do get in touch with Richard if you would like some specific support via the email below.  
 
See you soon we hope and please take good care.  
 
Richard and Mel 
 
Richard Brooks FIEP - Director. 
Mobile - 07783 222956 
Office - 01403 627766 
Email - richard.brooks@setas.org.uk 
Specialist Employment, Training and Advice Services 
 
Mel Simmonds 
Mobile – 07855 634679 
Email – simmondsmel@icloud.com 
 
 
SETAS Ltd. Bailey House, 4-10 Barttelot Road, Horsham, RH12 1DQ 
 
https://www.setas.org.uk/ 
 
 
 
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