Welcome to the fourteenth bulletin
Online courses that you might wish to consider
Many companies offering courses are still free or have extended introductory offers. If you have done some courses but now come to the end of them, try looking back and trying something new. It can be really refreshing to learn about something completely different.
Skill of the week - Good Judgement
Regrettably, there will always be those who seek to exploit others and use the fact that we are distracted by bigger concerns to try and take advantage. This week let’s just take a few minutes to refresh ourselves on some basic online safety measures. Many of the new scams are easy to spot but there are some very convincing ones. Take Five to Stop Fraud has some excellent tips to help you.
As we discussed in Bulletin 11, if you are actively looking for work, doing some voluntary work can help you to keep developing your skills and will ease you back into the routine.
The rules have changed for those over 70 or Clinically Vulnerable who would like to get involved in volunteering,
further information here if that applies to you. - click on this link
As some people who were furloughed are going back to work, there are some further opportunities to join local Community Hubs, so if that is something that you are now interested in, sign up here for more information - Horsham volunteering
Interview question of the week - What else would you like to know about the role?
Often at the end of an interview you are invited to ask any questions that still remain outstanding in your mind. It is easy to forget that the purpose of an interview is not just to see whether the employer thinks that you will fit into their existing team, but for you to decide whether you would like to join them. If you are being interviewed remotely by phone or video, it is going to be even harder for you to get a feel for the business so it makes sense to prepare some questions that you think will help you with this.
One question that its vital to ask is whether they plan for the role to start even if everyone is still working remotely. You don’t want to take a job then find out that it won’t start for weeks or even months. Many companies are starting their new employees remotely and as it becomes more common, they are getting more confident with it. Understanding how they are planning to get people back to working onsite may be critical to your decision.
You might also ask about their attitude to learning and training and whether they have offered their existing employees anything during the pandemic. What else have they done to monitor employee morale and how have teams been able to keep in touch with each other?
Another question would be ask what a typical day might look like if you are successful in getting the role. It can be difficult to predict this from the information you are given beforehand and with job titles becoming more bizarre it is worth checking what will be expected. It will also help you to understand how the role has been impacted by the lockdown and how it is looking currently.
Application question of the week - How to choose your References
If you are only asked to send a CV then it is no longer necessary to include any mention of references. Do not even include “references available on request” as that is considered obvious!
Usually if you complete an online application form there will be a section which asks you for details of one work reference (which sometimes specifies that it must be from your last employer) and one personal one. It is really important that you choose them carefully and make sure that you ask them in advance whether they are happy for their contact information to be shared. You will need to include their name and job title, email address and mobile number and relationship to you.
If you worked for a large organisation it will usually be appropriate just to give the details of the HR department. These can be remarkably tricky to find once you have left an organisation so if possible, make sure you keep a note of them if you are still in touch with them. They may only provide a very generic statement outlining the dates that you worked there.
Tell your named references what the job role is that you are going for, ideally by letting them have a copy of the job description. Obviously choose someone who is going to support your application, as your personal referee is likely to have more scope to highlight your strengths.
If you have not worked before or you don’t want to use your last employer you can use another employer, a teacher who knows you well, a team leader from any voluntary work or club that you belong to or a faith leader, again who knows you well.
Getting these organised beforehand is another job that is worth doing ahead of time in case you need their details in a hurry. It may be that you decide that there are several people that would be suitable who you can match to the role being applied for. Again, having all the contact information ready to hand will be incredibly helpful in your journey to landing that perfect job.
Maintaining good Mental and Physical Health
Every Mind Matters has a Mind Plan Quiz which takes just a couple of minutes to come up with suggestions based on the way you are coping with the current circumstances. NHS - every mind matters
If you are finding that the solutions that you have been using are no longer as effective, why not try something different? Over the past bulletins there have been lots of ideas and ways to re-focus your mind.
Link to businesses who have jobs with immediate starts available - wish-live-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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