Welcome to the sixteenth bulletin
This week’s Activity
If you’ve ever wondered about the use of Twitter for your jobsearch and how it may assist you, then you will be interested to hear that next Tuesday (21st), @National Careers will be holding a Virtual Jobsfair on Twitter for you with lots of varied vacancies for you to have a look at and apply for. They split the country into areas and details for the South East one is below. If you are happy to travel further or move for the right opportunity then feel free to drop in on the other areas too, details can be found on their Twitter page.
When: Tuesday 21st July 2020
From: 11.00 till 12.00
Via: Twitter - Virtual Jobsfair
To take part, please search @NationalCareers in your search engine or within Twitter to take you to the account.
There are a wide variety of positions available where your transferable skills could serve you well, no matter what sector of industry you are coming from - so check them out.
The local Jobcentres are also constantly adding jobs to their twitter feed and you can follow these at any time. Just search for @JCPinSussex or @JCPin Surrey whichever you are more interested in or you can target jobs in Horsham more specifically by using #Horshamjobs.
The next Gatwick Diamond Virtual Twitter Jobs Fair will be on 6th August 10:30 – 12 @JCPinSussex. Vacancies can be seen across our area them during the event using #M23CorridorJobs
* Please note that Twitter no longer supports Internet Explorer as a web browser. Please use an alternative such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Safari instead. Thank you.
Online courses that you might wish to consider
If you are after a certified course including ones in the soft skills that we have been discussing, have a look at these from Pearson – again many of the courses which are usually charged for are currently offered free. https://uklearns.pearson.com/
If you are looking at the Screen Industries, whether in TV or films check out this opportunity for a bursary screenskills
Skill of the week - Presentation Skills
As mentioned below, it is not uncommon if you are going for a more senior role to be asked to do a presentation as part of your interview. If the very thought of this throws you into a spin then brushing up on your PowerPoint or Word skills if you already have them on your device, will make you more confident with the technical side.
If you do not have access to them or anything similar then contact us and we will help you work out an alternative.
Interview question of the week
Some interviewers will ask you to do a short presentation on a topic or question which they either give you in advance or will give you at the interview then allow you a short time to prepare. You are then given a specific time slot to deliver it and answer questions. When you see this on an interview invitation it is well worth contacting them for more information, unless it is included, to find out what equipment will be available and what format they are expecting. You may be able to use a laptop and projector or just give printed handouts to support your talk and obviously that will help you to plan.
In fact, even if they do not mention presentations, it is always a good idea to go back if invited to an interview to confirm that you are able to attend and ask what the format will be. Although you would think that they would mention it, it’s a horrible feeling to arrive or log in and find out on the day! Also make sure that you still have the job role description to help you prepare as it may have disappeared off the website if the closing date has passed.
If it’s a case study or scenario-based presentation then you can use your usual STAR method to structure it (see bulletin 5 for more details).
There are lots of online sites giving you advice on how to structure a presentation so feel free to have a look around and see which works for you. Here is one which we think makes very clear and easy to follow points. four-tips-for-your-interview-presentation/
Application question of the week
So you are filling in your application and have used your master sheet to complete all the basic information about yourself, your education and experience are all beautifully laid out and any employer can easily see what a great addition to their team you would be. Then you come to the huge white box which says “supporting information” or “further details” and the temptation is to leave it blank or just put a couple of sentences to supplement the information that you have already included.
The most important question on the whole application form and so many people miss it out altogether!
You don’t have to explain everything or go into massive detail, but they really need you to give them specific information in support of your application in order for them to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way. They will probably be using a scoring sheet and in many companies the rest of the application will be separated off so that they are making their decision purely based on how you match up to their requirements. Still happy to leave just a couple of lines in there?
You can use the criteria in the Person Specification as headings for your response, in fact given that they are probably scoring it based on whether you have demonstrated that you fulfil those points, it seems like a good plan to do so. It will not be suffi¬cient merely to duplicate what the Person Specification states. For example, if it asks for "ability to” or "commitment to”, you need to give practical examples of your ability, commitment, knowledge and experience by reference to your profes¬sional, voluntary or personal life. Experience is not just gained through full¬time work, it can be gained through voluntary work, part-time work, college or school-based projects, job clubs or home life etc.
The link below relates to applying for jobs in the NHS but the principle is exactly the same as for any other role.
If you demonstrate that you fulfil every quality that they are looking for it will be very difficult for them not to offer you an interview. Make it easy for them to say yes by listing the requirements and giving examples of how you fit them alongside. If you struggle to keep within the word count once you have finished then you can always strip out the “questions” and leave the responses, making sure that they still make sense if you do so.
Remember, the purpose of the application is to get the employer interested and wanting to meet you (either in person or by video) so you don’t need to give lots of detail, just enough to get you through to the next round.
Next time we can look at what to put if you have “nothing to declare” for one or more of the answers.
Maintaining good Mental and Physical Health
If you are a fan of Joe Wicks and would like to hear some energising and motivating talks then he has just started a podcast where he will be chatting to people about what helps them to keep going and balancing all the pressures in their lives. youtube.com
Link to businesses who have jobs with immediate starts available - wish-live-vacancies
If you are aged 16-30 then have a look at The Prince’s Trust princes-trust - help-for-young-people
Don’t forget the online Learning event for jobs with RAF this Thursday 16th July – contact us for more details if you missed Richard's recent email.
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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