Week 55 
 
Welcome to the Fifty fifth bulletin. 
 
Horsham District Council’s Jobs Fair is here - Wednesday 28th April 10am - 3pm! 
Join us for the first online jobs fair in Horsham! 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. Click here 
 
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 
Just a quick task this week – check your LinkedIn profile and see how it stacks up against this list of common problems. If you are sending employers to your page to get to know you better and enhance the information that they can find on your CV, is it doing its job? If not, take a bit of time to remedy it. With jobs flying on and off the listings pages, you wont have time to tinker with it if you have to do a quick application. 
 
Keep following the bulletins to learn how to use LinkedIn in your job seeking journey. 
 
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. 
 
Looking for some “COVID specific” questions that you can prepare for if you are going for an interview? 
We can go through some suggested ways to tackle these over the coming weeks, but just in case you are heading off for an interview (or indeed interviewing someone else) this week, there are some common themes appearing. It would be well worth practising what you could include in a great answer to some of these, but also when invited to ask your own question to put something together which will really give you a good feel for the culture and attitudes of your prospective employer. Now is the time to find out if your own experiences will be valued or discounted. 
 
Is now the time to take a “Bridge Job” or should you hang out for one in the sector you really want to be in? 
Interesting question, the comments below might get you started but much depends on the reason you are considering it. For most people, the current job situation is very unusual and you may not have been in a position of looking for a new role for many years. I’m guessing that you are finding it a lot more difficult than you expected and there are many things about job searching that you find surprising, even shocking. If you are claiming out of work benefits, you are expected to consider any job that you could reasonably do as a possibility especially if it is a while since you last worked. 
 
Taking a job in a new direction or area that you would not usually consider, however, is not necessarily the negative step that you might have previously thought. Most employment skills are transferrable across roles and sectors and it may be that you are able to gain some more breadth in an area of experience than you would have been able to in your last job. Working in a smaller business may give you a chance to understand the wider effects of your input or you might be involved in more of the process than you are used to and see it from end to end. Conversely, if you go for a larger company, you might have a chance to really hone your skills on one particular aspect of the process by concentrating on just one step. Any job that has a large element of customer service will stretch and improve your skills if you move into another industry – whilst learning a whole new set of jargon and concepts might be challenging at first, it can really help you to be asked to work in a different way. 
 
Many people who make a big change, find that they actually like the work and the people and stay for longer than they intended – certainly in this job climate you are unlikely to be the only person who is new, but even if it turns out to be just “for a season” there are positive experiences to be had if you are willing to take a chance. opentowork-hiring-activity 
 
Training courses – still in time to sign up 
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. 
 
Physical and Mental Health and Wellbeing 
 
Are you finding yourself obsessing with your jobsearch and thinking of little else? Maybe a new hobby is called for! 
 
 
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 
 
 
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