Welcome to bulletin 15.
This week’s Activity
It seems impossible that we are now on Week 15 of the bulletins – whether you have been with us from the start or joined us along the way, we really hope that you have been able to do some activities to help you to cope with lockdown and to use your time productively. We have had some great feedback, although we're always keen to have more, good or bad! Also, any suggestions for us to include also welcome.
If you have only just joined us or felt unable to tackle anything work related in the early days, all the bulletins are still available, and you can use them to help you to prepare for the next phase of your journey to work.
So, let’s have a look at how far we have come in that time - if you were with us in Week 2 you may remember we suggested that you set yourself some Lockdown Goals. Whether you set them that week or you have set yourself other challenges and achieved them, it would be lovely to hear from you what you have done and what benefits you have found from having a bit more time available to concentrate on developing your skills.
Some people have taken online courses, some have been volunteering and others have been practising their answers to the weekly interview questions. There seems to have been an explosion of cooking and gardening going on too! Its not too late to start so in particular check out those online courses that have been free during lockdown and sign up before it is too late.
Online courses that you might wish to consider
The BBC are running some Introduction to Journalism sessions – the dates advertised here are full, but they are planning to run some more in August so if you are interested, email the contact and let her know that you are keen to join next time. Click here
Interested in being self-employed or developing your own business? Those who attended the Horsham WISH club will remember Rhys Williams coming to talk about a very practical and straight forward course that he was running in Worthing. make-money-doing-what-you-love
If you were originally put off by the travel involved going to the physical course, it is now being run online so get signed up and share in some really great help and advice. Everyone is welcome whether they were previously going or not.
Skill of the week - Be brave - making the most of opportunities when they come along!
As we are coming out of lockdown many of us are feeling a bit wobbly and uncertain about how things are going to work as we return to the “New Normal” as they are calling it. Even things that we were used to doing without a single care in the world are feeling challenging and uncertain. Let us support each other in this and acknowledge that for some people this is more difficult than others.
If you find that the prospect of going out to work and more active job hunting is making you feel very anxious then let someone know and chat it through with them. If you would rather talk to someone you don’t know personally, there have been plenty of organisations listed in previous bulletins that can help, just go back and find one which fits your circumstances.
We can all look out for opportunities this week to stretch our current boundaries whilst still following the Government advice that is appropriate for you. Whether that is physically going a little bit further or getting more involved in the community around you, actively seek ways that you can move forward out of the lockdown. Some of the local volunteering opportunities are starting to come back if you are in a position to try those, maybe help with litter picking or weeding in the parks. If you need help to find ideas, then let us know.
Interview question of the week - How to make a great first impression when you interview is taking place online
Dress as if you are going to a face to face interview – This may seem somewhat pointless when the interviewer is only going to see your face, but it is really important. You will feel more focused and the interviewer will see someone who has put thought into their preparation.
Do everything that you would for a face to face interview, if you feel that you look good then that confidence will be reflected in your body language and answers.
Check out this advice on how to put together the best look for the role you are looking for. How-to-Dress-Guide
Here are some very straight forward tips on the technical side to get you started but if you do not feel confident then we would be happy to advise. acing-online-video-interviews
National Careers Service run a webinar every Tuesday morning on how to prepare for an online interview tips for virtual-interviews
If you are invited to an interview and would like some support beforehand, do let us know.
Application question of the week - Covering or Speculative letters
When applying online using one of the job search apps which send off your saved CV, how often do you think that you should bother with their offer to include a covering email or comments? Always! Otherwise how do you show that you are actually interested in working for them and not just sending out random applications into the ether? In bulletin 12 we looked at CV Software checker so since you are writing a covering letter for a specific job then you would obviously make sure that you include all those key phrases that you have found in the advert in your cover letter too.
If there is a particular company that you would like to work for then you might try sending them your CV with a speculative letter. In this case you are not applying for a specific advertised role but asking them to consider whether you have skills and experience that they would like to discuss further. If you are going more generally though, how do you show that you are a good fit for their business?
This is where you need to be a bit of a detective and read their website very carefully to see what kinds of words and expressions crop up regularly, which would give you a clue as to how you might phrase your own approach. Head to their pages marked About Us or Meet the team and also find their Mission Statement and their Vision and Values. There will be lots of information about what they consider to be vital to their business and what is important to them. By including these words and phrases in your covering letter you are signalling that you are someone who they should be interested in.
This link leads you to a couple of exercises that you can try, take the basic template and then add more information about yourself using the words you have found – the more different businesses you practice with the easier you will find it. Maybe try a company that you have absolutely no interest in as well and see if you can make your CV work for them too. You may be surprised at how looking at your skills from a different perspective gives you new ideas. link to Cover and Speculative Templates
Maintaining good Mental and Physical Health
Health and Wellbeing team have just released their July update including details of the return of their WOW (Weight off Workshop)
If you are living on your own and would be interested in a cookery course to help you learn new skills then check out the Community Chef, whose very popular courses are running online until September. There is one particularly focused on prevention and management of diabetes. http://communitychef.org.uk/online-cookery-courses-for-isolated-and-vulnerable-people/
Link to businesses who have jobs with immediate starts available - wish-live-vacancies
Additionally, these vacancies were advertised at the Jobs Fair (held on Twitter) last week - Twitter Jobs Fair Vacancies
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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