Welcome to the thirteenth bulletin!
If you are one of the many people who have not been able to go out during lockdown or have chosen to stay inside - the prospect of going into shops and even walking outside might be daunting. You are not alone, so be kind to yourself and take things gently.
This week non-essential shops have been opening and there has been a lot of work gone into making it as safe as possible. Please don’t forget to support your local small shops as well as your old favourites – many will be facing an uncertain future and your custom could make all the difference. Horsham District's high streets - plans to re-open safely
Application Activity of the week
If you are new to job seeking, it is a really good idea to create for yourself a single master document with all your basic information, your education and employment dates, grades, institutions etc all laid out and easy to cut and paste into actual applications. This saves you having to keep checking backwards and forwards in a number of places for the information – particularly useful if you find yourself with an application with a short deadline! Most application forms follow a similar format so include something for all the sections mentioned on this link.
Education and Training/Previous jobs
These sections are very important; it’s where you have the opportunity of outlining your experience. Do not simply write ‘see attached CV’. This will give the impression that you are just throwing out a number of generic applications. As we discussed last week, you want to make the employer feel that you are really keen to work for them specifically.
Double-check whether the form asks you to list your achievements with the earliest or most recent first. It is more common to be asked to list them MOST RECENT FIRST. Make sure you present these sections neatly when transferring them into an application, whether handwritten or typed. If you are filling in a form electronically make sure the dates, qualifications and institutions line up. The formatting sometimes gets mixed up in these forms. You want prospective employees to be able to see the information at a glance.
Also check whether they want every qualification at all levels to be listed separately or if you can just summarise them in a couple of lines.
You will be surprised how long it can take to gather all this information together so getting your master sheet completed is going to really help.
Training that you might wish to consider
The government has joined forces with the Office for Students, universities and industry partners to create a fund of up to £24 million to increase the number of highly skilled workers in AI (Artificial Intelligence) and data science roles. The cash will provide places for graduates from a range of backgrounds - both those that have a degree in science, technology, engineering, maths or social sciences and those that have studied other subjects to date. Scholarships will be made available to support applications from diverse backgrounds.
Aspire offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses from Pre-Entry, through Entry 1 to Entry 3 and Level 1 and Level 2 Functional Skills English. Register your interest for the next course by emailing email@example.com. You will need an interview and assessment before enrolling.
Click here for more information - Aspire ESOL courses
Skill of the week - Organisational Skills
If you look back to the Local Market Information from last week, you will see that the second most common quality that employers wanted was Organisational skills. If this is an area which you struggle with, there are many apps and other online tools that you can use to help you be more efficient. Many are free for the basic package and you can try them out and see whether you like them.
At the very least you need to be comfortable using a diary system. Outlook is a very common one asked for if you are going to be working in an office. Why not try a training course this week to brush up on it – the majority of users hardly use any of the features? The one you choose will depend on which version of Outlook you have on your computer. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office
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.
Additionally, in this era of 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
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 is the time to help each other to get back on our feet and you could be surprised by who gets in touch and where it leads.
Maintaining good Mental and Physical Health
If you are planning to stay based at home for a little while longer, for whatever reason, Public Health England have lots of ways to keep healthy.
Last week was Loneliness Awareness Week hosted by the Marmalade Trust. If you would like support or just some ideas how to connect with more people try this link
Horsham Wellbeing Team is supporting people wishing to stop smoking with an online service, so if you would like to have a chat with them do get in touch. Horsham Council support for giving up smoking
Link to businesses who have jobs with immediate starts available - live-vacancies
Employer of the week - Bohunt School in Horsham are seeking at least three Learning Support Assistants, for Art, Communications and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Bohunt School Horsham - vacancies
Just to draw your attention to an opportunity which will be coming up shortly - Census 2021 will offer a wide range of temporary part-time and full-time job opportunities. These will range from managerial positions to jobs working in the field. Contract periods will range from a couple of weeks to several months. Details of specific roles will be available from the start of July, and you can register your interest for either a Manager, Supervisor or Officer level position. For more information follow this link - Census Jobs
There may be other immediate pressures which are impacting on your job searching, you can use this service to find out what help you can get if you’re affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). You can use it for yourself or someone else. You can find information about:
what to do if you’re feeling unsafe where you live, or if you’re worried about someone else
going in to work
paying bills or being unemployed
having somewhere to live
mental health and wellbeing, including information for children
Here is a little message and attached newsletter from Jude, one of our WISH participants, who wanted to share a recipe she created.
It looks delicious!
Good evening All,
Hope you are all well and keeping cool 😎
Richard - I mentioned to Mel that I would write up a recipe for a summer stew for the WISH club to see and maybe try out. It’s turned into a newsletter. Feel free to circulate with the WISH newsletter. NB. All my own work & food illustrations mine & only reproduced with my permission. I was going to do a charity recipe book once upon a time, but another day...
Thank you Jude!
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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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