Welcome to the Forty-sixth bulletin.
Virtual WISH - There will be no online workshops this week.
I was reminded again that many of you have not been with us from the start of lockdown and there were some basic preparation activities that you might have missed out on. Over the next few weeks we will repeat them, so that you have the best possible chance to job seek effectively.
This week’s Activity – How to develop your LinkedIn profile
There are many ways that having a LinkedIn profile can help you in your jobsearch – it enables you to learn more about companies that you might like to target, you can find out a lot about the culture of the company and recruiters can find out a lot more about you. If you haven’t set up your profile yet there go back to last week’s bulletin for the practical “how-to” then follow on with this.
Once you have the basic profile and summary done, keep following the bulletins to learn how to use it 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 pop back into last year’s bulletins. Just find one that suits you and have a go at one which you know might trip you up. There are plenty to choose from, all accessible from the bulletin bar on the SETAS website.
Here is an example of a question you might be asked in an interview:
Interview question of the week
What would your colleagues say are your best qualities?
The interviewer is looking to assess your relationships with your colleagues and how you engage with other team members. They’re looking to see if you’ll be a good match for their team. Avoid giving vague or over the top claims, this will dent the credibility of your answer.
Instead, prepare for this question prior to the interview. Ask your existing colleagues what they would say about you and think about examples you can use to back their comments up. Qualities that your future employers would want to see include; being positive, hard-working, dependable and easy to get along with.
If you have already left your position and do not feel comfortable contacting your old co-workers, think back to previous appraisals and use the positive feedback you received to form your answer.
If you are developing your LinkedIn and as part of your preparation for your new role, consider using your time to build your connections and ask them to write an online recommendation for you. There are some ideas here but you may have different ones
If you are an existing user of LinkedIn, you might also consider putting something like this on your own LinkedIn page to offer help to other people.
“If you’ve been made redundant (or are at risk), and we know each other or have worked together at any time, please get in touch and let me know how I can help you. Can I put you in touch with a person or company? Write a LinkedIn recommendation or endorsement?
Please don’t feel afraid or too proud to ask – most people are genuinely happy to help when asked. “
Now, more than ever, is the time to help each other to get back on our feet. You could be surprised by who gets in touch and where it leads.
Opportunities in Care
The Government is launching a new advertising campaign to recruit people to work in the caring sector. The public are being called upon to apply for rewarding short-term and long-term opportunities in the adult social care sector to support care home residents and those being cared for at home.
The impact of the new COVID-19 variant is being felt across the country and additional staff are urgently needed now to support the adult social care workforce where absence rates have more than doubled in recent months due to self-isolation. If you think this might be an opportunity for you to try something new, even for a short period of time then there is website with lots more information.
WEA - All Courses Free (for those in receipt of benefits) *many of these are starting this week*
Enrol online or by telephone on 0300 303 3464
Spanish for Beginners Course Code C3746218
Learn key Spanish phrases, vocabulary and grammar structures in order to introduce you to Spanish culture.
starting Wednesday 24/02/2021, 6weeks, 10-11.30 am, £28.80 Click here to enrol
Confidence – Transferable Skills Course Code C3746195
Spend time to develop your confidence and recognise your skills can transfer to lots of different situations.
Starting 22/02/21 Monday, 6 weeks 10-11.30am, £6.40 Click here to enrol
Counselling Course code C3746197
An introduction to using counselling skills to enhance communication at work or in your personal life.
Starting Wednesday 24/02/21, 6 weeks, 12.00-2.00pm, £38.40 Click here to enrol
Curious about starting your own business? Think this might be the way for you? Have a fantastic idea but don’t know where to start?
Come to this 2 hour taster to discover some of the things involved in setting up your own business.
Start Your Own Business Course code C3746186
Practical and discussion based activities to help students to: develop business ideas, write vision and mission statements, consider the 5 Ps of marketing, plan social media and advertising and write up business plans.
Starting Tuesday 23/02/21, 10 weeks, 10am-12pm, £64.00 Click here to enrol
Want to work in a school? As a teaching assistant or support worker in a nursery?
Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges Tue 30th March- 13th July (every Tuesday for 13 weeks) 9.30am- 2.30pm
Cost: £275.00 (FREE to those receiving relevant income related benefits)
For information go to: Click here To arrange an initial assessment contact email@example.com 07825 112798
Samantha Johnson. Education Coordinator
The WEA | Southern Region , Unit 5, Wells Place , Redhill, Surrey RH1 3DR
T: 07825 112798. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Physical and Mental Health and Wellbeing
The Horsham Wellbeing team have launched a new wellbeing package offered by phone or video link. There are new benefits “We're now offering everyone that signs up the opportunity to access 3 months of free exercise via access to AHS Wellbeing Online.
AHS Wellbeing offer a range of fun virtual workouts for all ages and abilities, delivered right to the home by their friendly support team. There are over 30 virtual fitness classes to take part in, from Back to Exercise to Pilates and Yoga to Regaining Strength. Hopefully you will be spoilt for choice!
Alternatively you can book on to one of our 10-week online Get Active courses (Exercise to Music, Pilates and 'Outdoor' Fitness).
If you're ready to make small, sustainable changes every week focusing on nutrition and exercise, get in touch!
Maintaining good Mental Health is so important, if you haven’t found the right fit for you so far have a look at these.
Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard. Elefriends
The Calm Zone their helpline is open 5pm-midnight ready to offer practical advice to help you deal with however you’re feeling. They’ve also put together some tips to help you put some order around your day and tackle everything in the best way possible. The Calm Zone
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.
If you would like some one-to-one job searching support, then fill in your details on this link https://www.setas.org.uk/contact-us/ and we will get in touch. Richard has a number of one to one sessions available during the week where you can do more of a deep dive into your questions. Complete the form and he will get in touch to book you in.
Link to businesses who have jobs with immediate starts available - WISH - live vacancies
Are you interested in working for the NHS? - NHS Jobs - click here
If you would like some one-to-one job searching support, then let us know and we will get in touch. Richard has one to one sessions available during the week where you can do more of a deep dive into your questions. If you would like to book a session, please email or call Richard to set one up, they are for you to use so please do take advantage of them. SETAS - contact us
See you soon we hope and please take good care.
Richard and Mel
Richard Brooks FIEP - Director.
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Office - 01403 627766
Email - email@example.com
Specialist Employment, Training and Advice Services
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