Welcome to the Twenty First bulletin
Reminder about this week’s main event!
**COMING UP THIS FRIDAY ***
Join us for the first of our Virtual WISH sessions on Friday 21th August at 2pm!
This week we are launching our face to face online workshops where we will be discussing some of the issues that have been raised in these bulletins and giving you the opportunity to get back connected with your fellow job seekers. The subjects that we will be covering include Motivation, Application Forms, Online Interview Skills, Training opportunities, How to research possible companies, Maintaining your Mental Health and other topics that you have requested.
Please do put your own ideas to us using this survey to help us to provide the information that is most relevant to you at this time https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3K6WGHV
The session will be delivered over the Zoom platform, which can be accessed on PC, laptop, tablet or phone and is very easy to use. We can provide someone to help you to get it working if you are concerned about it so please don’t let that stop you joining us.
Register in advance for this meeting: WISH Zoom meeting After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
If you just want to turn up on the day, you can do that too. click on zoom - join meeting and add meeting ID number 933 3069 4187.
The first session will be very informal and an opportunity to hear more about what we are planning and have your say – so sign up as soon as you can and make sure that you take full advantage of this additional way to interact with the WISH team.
To sign up to join us please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you direct with the relevant joining information.
We are SO looking forward to seeing you again!
Online courses that you might wish to consider
We recently highlighted a free course being offered by Avado for young people Avado but they also offer some short online courses for Leaders and Mangers who would like to sharpen their skills. Whether you are still working from home or facing redundancy, if this is something that you are interested check out this link. https://www.avadolearning.com/futureleaders/
And for those of you who have been missing the libraries we are delighted to let you know that they will be open from 17th August.
Skill of the week - Resourcefulness
To be resourceful means to be able to create useful and unique solutions in challenging situations. Useful means your solution works and it's practical. Unique means the solution is interesting, unexpected, or clever. When you find creative solutions in tough situations, that's resourceful.
There is a great need for people who can think outside the box at the moment, those who can use what they already know to solve the difficulties that are being thrown up by the current situation. When you get to an interview situation it is almost impossible to think of ways to demonstrate this skills but it is one which is highly sought after, so can I encourage you to keep a notebook to jot down some real examples that you can weave into your interview responses.
Interview question of the week - What are your weaknesses?
The biggest mistake you can make with this question is to say that you don’t have any weaknesses. The interviewer is looking to employ a human and not a robot, so avoid this answer as you risk looking arrogant. Same goes for dressing down a positive as a negative, e.g. “I’m a perfectionist” or “I work too hard”. The interviewer is likely to see straight through this!
Use this question as an opportunity to identify something you would like to improve on. Identify a weakness, but then suggest ways in which you can resolve it. Employers are much more likely to respond to an answer like this as it shows that you are willing to invest time into your own professional development and are not complacent.
If you have used your furlough or lockdown to do some online training or taken a course which specifically addresses this weakness, showing that you are already taking steps to improve, then this is a perfect time to mention it. In fact now that you have identified how you would answer, take some time to find a way to get working on it!
Application question of the week - Which sectors are currently looking for staff?
One of the harsh realities of the job market at the moment is that whole sectors of jobs have been affected by the pandemic and it may not be possible to immediately return to the same kind of role as you were previously in. This may seem obvious and hardly worth mentioning but it is something that you may have to spend some time coming to terms with, before you can move forward in your job search.
Whilst you may feel sure that your chosen field will be coming back up again in the future, the fact is that right now you may have to do something different to earn money. Any new skills that you learn will not be wasted and you may actually discover a job you really love.
If you look at the job sites advertising in our local area the biggest ones currently are the NHS, Care and Support services, Cleaning and there are starting to be some retail vacancies. Check out the Civil Service Jobs website Civil Service Jobs and Parliament website for something a bit different Parliament Jobs
There are more jobs being advertised in IT, Warehousing and delivery services and Lorry driving. Construction is another sector which needs more people.
If you are looking for a role in a particular industry we have a list of more specialised websites that you might like to follow – let us know and we can send it out to you.
Link to businesses who have jobs with immediate starts available - wish-live-vacancies
If you would like some support to help you to identify where your skills could be used in another way, please get in touch for a chat.
Maintaining good Mental and Physical Health
Horsham Parks and Countryside team have some updates on places to visit locally Horsham Wellbeing Bulletin
Don’t forget Places Leisure open their leisure centres from 17th August – more details here, so if you have been desperate to get back to your usual exercise then that’s great news. HDC - leisure centre information
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.
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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