Welcome to the nineteenth bulletin
This week’s Activity
Right back at the beginning of lockdown, in the first bulletin, we posted a career quiz looking at what kind of person you are and identifying some careers that might suit you. This week, I was recommended another more detailed test, which includes ideas about how your personality might influence the type of workplace and management structure where you will thrive. As with all of these kinds of things, the results will very much depend on what answers you give to the initial questions so try to be as honest as you can. The conclusions might help you to identify areas that you have not been looking for work or confirm directions that you have only vaguely looked at before. 16personalities.com
See below if becoming self employed is something that you would like to explore.
Online courses that you might wish to consider
If you are looking to move into public sector industries like the Police, Fire, Civil Service, the Forces or similar there is a very structured process to get through. How2become provides online and workbooks together with lots of sample questions for you to practice ahead of the deadline for the actual test. how2become.com
Next week the much anticipated Optivo online course for people considering Self Employment starts so if you are not booked in but would like to join us, hurry over to Eventbrite to get your ticket. There are ten sessions over the two weeks to attend with a really good spread of information and practical tips to help you. It is suitable both for those who are already self employed and those who are considering it.
The National Autistic Society has a free online course called Finding Employment so if that might be relevant to you the link to sign up is
Skill of the week
Over the next couple of weeks, we are planning to offer the opportunity to join a virtual workshop where we can get back together face to face, albeit online for the time being. We will be running these initially on Zoom which is very easy to use and can be accessed by smart phone, tablet, laptop or computer. WISH online workshops
There will be more details coming out next week but in the meantime if you haven’t tried attending a webinar yet, how about choosing one which takes your fancy and have a practice?
We would like you to tell us what you would like us to cover, please take one minute and if you have any ideas or requests please click here -There were 992 free webinars available within the next 7 days when I last checked on Eventbrite which is an easy way to find what is on offer, so there must be something you would like! If you find it difficult to navigate the instructions, write down what you found hard and let us know so that we can make sure you get the support you need to join us. eventbrite.co.uk/
Interview question of the week - Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
This is one of the most typical interview questions, so it’s important that you’ve thought about your answer. For this question, the interviewer is looking for an answer that shows you have goals and are ambitious. Be honest but realistic.
Avoid talking about money, or about starting up your own business as these are not the intentions your potential employers will be looking for you to have. Instead, put your ambitions into context within the role and the company, this will show the interviewer that you are committed and planning to progress with them.
If you are moving into a new sector due to redundancy or changes in the industry that you have been working in up to now, then be honest as the interviewer will know that. Focus on the ways in which you think that the skills you have developed in your previous career make you a good fit for the new direction you are taking and reassure them of your commitment to make it work.
Let’s be honest – no one who was asked this question at interview five years ago, got the answer right!
Application question of the week
Why does the employer want to know about my hobbies and interests? Surely that is outside work and none of their business!
There are a few reasons why you shouldn’t waste this opportunity on your application form if you are given it
It provides something for them to use as an ice breaker at the beginning of your interview
It’s a chance to show you will be a good fit for the culture of the business
It is another way to make yourself stand out from other applicants.
Rather than go through all the possible things that you might include in here, here is a link to get you thinking. For me, the takeaway point is that selecting activities to put in here is all about choosing which aspects of your personality you want to emphasise and communicate.
It should be as specific to the job role you are applying for as your cover letter and your answers to the rest of the form, so maybe sit down today and make a list of everything that you could put in there, but only choose the most relevant couple to include in your next application. By the way, don’t forget to keep a note of which ones you used so that if you go through to interview you can prepare something sensible to say about them! blog - hobbies-and-interests-on-a-resume
Maintaining good Mental and Physical Health
Horsham Health and Wellbeing Team’s newsletter is out with some great opportunities to get support if you would like it. It is all free so if you feel that your choice of job is going to be limited by something that can improved then why not sign up for help and advice. Check out the new Wellbeing package – three sessions to get you started on your journey. HORSHAM wellbeing bulletins
If you would like some one-to-one job searching support, then fill in your details on this link contact-us and we will get in touch.
Link to businesses who have jobs with immediate starts available - wish-live-vacancies
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.
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