Welcome to the eighteenth bulletin
This week is a slight departure from our usual format as we would like to welcome those who newly find themselves in the position of job seeking and need some ideas to get started. If you have been looking for a while then you can use this as a checklist to make sure that you are not missing anything that could improve your chances of success.
The principles of job seeking will be the same for anyone who is looking to find paid work, although some of the suggestions will be more relevant to certain sectors than others.
The first thing you need to do is to sit down and create your job search strategy. If you have been used to working full time and are planning to return to it, then plan to be spending 35 hours* or so a week on activities relating to your job search.
In our experience it helps to approach it as if you are “going to work” so finding a quiet place where you can concentrate, getting showered and dressed as if you are leaving the house and setting some kind of structure to the time will all help you to keep motivated.
You don’t need to wear your interview suit or very smart clothes, obviously, but it does seem to affect your mindset if you are making a deliberate effort to be in work mode while carrying out the activities. Conversely, when you have completed the things that you set yourself for the day, try to put it all away and have proper downtime. Take regular breaks as if you were at work, going outside for ten minutes can have an amazing effect on your mood and if you stop and take a longer break for lunch it will make your afternoon session much more productive.
What kind of activities can you do during these hours?
There are lots of things that you can do to actively search for work, many of which have been outlined on previous bulletins.
Creating your initial Master Document with all your information on it ready for cutting and pasting into applications.
Working on updating your LinkedIn profile and making the most of this resource
Online courses – both to gain additional qualifications or to update your existing ones, to learn new skills or to see whether a different sector might suit you if changing direction.
Webinars – there are lots of online sessions available to anyone on a wide variety of subjects. You can use them to get/keep up-to-date with changes in your own sector or learn more in depth about a new one. You can join networking groups and get tips on all kinds of useful things, including how to job search. It will also make you much more proficient at using your computer to connect with people online so that if you get an online interview you are ready!
Reading – either physical books, magazines or periodicals or online research relating to your chosen job.
Researching – looking in depth at a company or business that you are applying to or would like to work for.
Brushing up your CV – both initially to get it up to date then every time you apply for a new role, to make sure that you are sending out the very best version that you can to help you land that interview.
Cover letter – as with the CV but even more so, get it absolutely targeted for that job and that employer.
Practising psychometric tests or any other kind of test that might be required
Practice questions for applications or interviews
Catching up with daily bulletins of jobs from search engines such as the government’s Find A Job etc
Attending job clubs (whether online or face to face when allowed)
Signing up with Recruitment Agencies and time spent talking to them
Attending Twitter Jobs Fairs and other online Job marketplaces, check the @JCPinSussex feed for jobs being added daily
Regular discussions with your Journey to Work or WISH team or other support agencies
Join Virtual Job clubs where you can share your journey with others in the same position to share ideas and support
Go and look in shop windows to see who is advertising locally
Working on specific applications
This is not an exhaustive list, just some of the activities that you can be using to land that job.
*If you are receiving work-based benefits through Jobcentre Plus, your work coach will be able to confirm how many hours they expect you to spend, this is set on an individual basis depending on your circumstances. As a very rough rule of thumb this is likely to be equivalent to the number of hours you are looking to work, so if you are looking for part time work then it will be proportionally less.
If you are looking at volunteering to gain or keep your skills then please discuss this with your work coach who can confirm that this is within the guidelines. Keeping up to date with your work coach via your online journal will also mean that you don’t miss out on any extra opportunities that are being offered through the job centre.
Over the past weeks we have elaborated on most of the activities above and provided links to help you get started – to save you going through every single one if you are looking for something specific, we have provided a summary of the content at the top of the menu to help you find your way around.
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.
A few other bits to look at this week
If you missed the information session on Police Apprenticeships then we have the slides – let us know and we can share them with you.
Anyone who is wanting to take their Level 2 Security Guarding course online there is one coming up Tues 18th- Fri 21st August. For more details please get in touch for more details.
Aspire are also signing people up for a wide range of Level 2 courses due to start in August and being delivered online, free to West Sussex residents - distance-learning-courses
Don’t forget the Twitter Jobsfair next Thursday 6th August from 10.30am– search using #M23Corridorjobs. In the meantime check out @JCPinSussex for links to daily jobs being added.
If you are interested in a job with MI5 then this link might be for you MI5 careers opportunities
Another nudge if you are interested in learning basic cookery skills, particularly if you either have or are at risk of diabetes The Community Chef is running a 5 week course starting on 8th September - eventbrite vital-skills-tickets
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.
Richard and Mel
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