Hello and welcome to the sixty first bulletin!
Like last week we will be revisiting some more of the topics and headlines from bulletins from the last twelve months as well as some new content for you to consider.
Skill of the week - Perseverance
The jobs market is still a very strange place, and it may feel like whatever you do nothing is coming right for you. Adapting, learning, improving and sticking with it is very difficult. However, anyone who achieves anything does just that, doesn't give up and keeps moving on, (even with a few backward steps occasionally).
Perseverance is something we all have built in, but when our confidence or motivation is low, it is challenging to re-discover this skill.
The following blog is from www.learning-mind.com
Perseverance is one of the key qualities that you need in order to reach success.
In fact, perseverance is a great tool to use and it requires neither a college education nor training of any kind.
Perseverance almost always leads to success. No matter what area your goals have to do with, but if you persevere, you will succeed.
In fact, your perseverance has helped you learn to walk, to talk, and to write. And you have succeeded in this.
You may be active, but it doesn’t mean that you move forward. If you don’t move forward, you will not achieve success. Remember when you learned to ride a bike? Most of us made many attempts to obtain the skills of riding a bicycle, but we showed perseverance, which led us to success, and we learned how to do it.
(The same was when I gave up smoking. I knew I had to and really wanted to do it, but it took numerous attempts to kick it.)
The key way to develop perseverance is to take small steps that result in small achievements. Small achievements lead to big success. Think about solving a jigsaw: you add one piece after another and finally get the final image.
Persistence usually means learning something new in order to achieve the main goal. Always invest in your knowledge as it will assist you in moving forward and exploring new areas to succeed in.
The path to success can’t exist without failures. The most important thing is to learn from these failures and to continue moving forward. Do not give up. Take the necessary lesson, and move on toward success.
The key to success in any field is to continue making efforts to achieve your goal even if you haven’t managed to do it on the first attempt.
Barclays Life Skills site also covers peseverance and building resilience, plus loads more. I would recommend having a look at this free resource, which includes interactive videos and some excellent tips - https://barclayslifeskills.com/changing-worklife/
Interview / CV question of the week - Interests / Hobbies do you have?
I have interviewed hundreds of people over the last twenty five years or so, and have always been interested in the person behind the work history. After all, I'm going to be spending a lot of time with them! Whilst the skills to do the job are very important, understanding what makes someone tick or spend their spare time doing, is also very interesting. After all, a shared interest is something to talk about, or hearing about a hobby I know nothing about allows you to speak passionately about something you know all about.
Don't make something up, just in case you're asked about it i.e. don't say you like reading classical literature if you don't, or when asked about it you you'll be found out!! I have direct experience of this when interviewing someone who said they loved reading. I love reading too, so at the end of the interview I asked them what they liked reading...... she couldn't name a single writer she liked. It did make the end of the interview a little awkward, particularly for her!
Why put hobbies and interests on a CV?
What are interests?
Interests are subjects that fascinate you and want to learn more about. Interests are usually more about learning and discovering ideas, concepts, and knowledge like history, animal behavior, or even pop culture.
For example, if your interest is history, going to museums could be your hobby.
So what are hobbies?
A hobby is an activity done for fun. Hobbies are done during your time off, not professionally and typically done for no pay. Hobbies include collecting things like stamps or Americana, engaging creative and artistic endeavors, playing sports, or exploring ideas and knowledge.
Hobbies and interests are typically done for fun, for free, and don't contribute to the proverbial bottom line. Therefore, don't focus too much on what you do outside of work (just a short section), but showing you have interests or hobbies is never going to damage your chances.
A lot of employers are no longer looking for mere minions to sit and drink coffee and answer phones all day. They want them to fit in with their culture, team dynamic etc. so they want something more than just work experience.
Researching is really important on making applications. Learning about the culture of an employer can give excellent clues on what kind of things would be most relevant to mention in this section.
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.
Horsham District Council’s Wellbeing team also have a range of ‘Get Active’, ‘Nutrition and Weight Management’ and other health and wellbeing free courses and support for Horsham residents. So, whether it’s Bums and Tums, giving up smoking or having a free wellbeing MOT, click here HDC - community/health-and-wellbeing
As I mentioned last week, this week has been Loneliness Awareness Week
There has been an increasing level of concern by health professionals about the impact of lonliness, which has only increased over the last 18-months or so.
Whether you live alone or simply feel disconnected from your loved ones, there are things you can do to feel better. Here are some tips and ideas from the Independant Newspaper Website to help you feel connected. (I haven't add the link as it is SO many annoying pop-ups and Ads)
1. Acknowledge your feelings
It’s normal to feel lonely sometimes, but there’s a major stigma around admitting it.
Talking about your feelings can feel shameful and daunting at first, but it can often be a big relief to have friends and family understand that you need some extra support. Remember: it doesn’t help to suppress your feelings or isolate yourself further by hiding the fact you’re struggling.
2. Plan some activities in your diary
One of the most effective ways to kill loneliness is to develop a plan of action. If you usually rely on other people to suggest meeting up, be the person in your friendship group that takes the initiative to look around for local events and exhibitions that you can all enjoy together.
Just knowing that you have the power to change things in the future can help to ease the feelings of helplessness that often comes with loneliness.
3. Join a local group
If your friends and family aren’t living close by, there’s no reason why you can’t find a new support network.
It’s easy to connect with people when you have a shared hobby or interest, so find community activities that you’ll enjoy attending. It could be anything, from a gardening club to a local fitness studio.
4. Connect with people from your past
That said, it can be easier to reconnect with old friends, rather than finding new ones.
Whether it’s your long-lost school pal or a colleague from an old job, chances are, there’ll be someone you can get in touch with to suggest meeting for a coffee and reminiscing about old times.
5. Take care of someone else
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and feel like part of a team. Whatever your skills and abilities, or however much time you can spare, you’ll usually be able to find something locally that can fill your downtime.
If you don’t fancy making a regular commitment to volunteer with a charity or community group though, there are lots of easy ways to give your time to help others – from having a cup of tea with an elderly neighbour, to holding a charity sale.
If you would like support or just some ideas how to connect with more people, try the Marmalade Trust Link or nhs.every-mind-matters/loneliness
Horsham's new Wellbeing Centre in Horsham town centre has its official launch tomorrow - on Saturday 19 June.
The Hub will offer support to residents and those working in the Horsham District aged 18+. The main focus of the hub will be to engage with the community and provide FREE support and services for those that want to improve their general health and wellbeing.
Here is the link for more information on the launch - Horsham Wellbeing Hub Launch Saturday 19th June 10am - 4pm
There will be a number taster sessions as well as a colelction of events following the launch, click here to see more details.
Local new vacancies
We have uploaded more than 200 vacancies this week, please have a look and see if any are good for you - here are the links for the most recent uploads - click here
And finally, WISH will be finishing at the end of June, so we'll not be taking on any more people from now, however Horsham District Council will continue with employment support after that via the fabulous new team now in place.
All the information you need can be accessed via this link - horsham employment support
We are still doing online and telephone 1-2-1s, so if you're an existing WISH participant please do get in touch with Richard, if you would like some specific support via the email below. We are keen to be of use until the end of June.
See you soon we hope and please take good care.
Richard and Mel
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