Welcome to the Forty-seventh bulletin.
Virtual WISH - There will be no online workshops this week. We are currently re-designing the new online engagement plan. We are still doing plenty of 1-2-1 appointments however, so please do get in touch if you would some individual support.
For those of you that have not been with us from the start of lockdown, there are some basic preparation activities that you might have missed out on. Over the next few weeks we will repeat them, so that you have the best possible chance to job seek effectively.
This week’s Activity – How to develop your LinkedIn profile
If you haven’t set up your profile yet because you don’t see the need for it, read this Forbes, Linkedin
then go back to the week 44 bulletin for the practical “how-to” and get started.
The next stage is to look at the various sections where you can tell recruiters all about yourself so read these tips then have a look at the profiles of some people you know already on there. See how theirs match up to the suggestions and start working on your own.
Once you have the basic profile and summary done, keep following the bulletins to learn how to use it in your job seeking journey.
Looking for some practical ways to prepare for those jobs that you find on our Live Jobs pages?
For those who are new to WISH you will find help to practice answering application or interview questions if you pop back into last year’s bulletins. Just find one that suits you and have a go at one which you know might trip you up. There are plenty to choose from, all accessible from the bulletin bar on the SETAS website.
Here is an example of a question you might be asked in an interview:
Interview question of the week - "Do you prefer working by yourself or working in a team?”
This question is a tricky one as both are hugely important. Show that you are aware of the benefits of both and that you understand that you need to be comfortable working in either scenario. It’s fine to have a preference, as many of us will prefer one to the other, but the key is to make sure you demonstrate that you can do both. Check the job description carefully to see whether one is indicated more clearly then the other.
If you use the STAR format to answer this, then there is a danger that your answer will ramble on, so instead prepare a couple of very short, snappy examples along the lines of the elevator pitch then say which you enjoyed more and why.
Aspire Sussex have just launched their new spring offerings. Here is some information from them
Our Level 2 Distance Learning courses are designed to be completed in your own time, learning at home when it suits you with a paper and online workbook and support from a tutor. An initial induction meeting with your tutor will take place over the phone, email or through video call. There is no deposit required for West Sussex residents, making them completely free!
We have expanded our range of Distance Learning subjects to include these brand new NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate courses (click on the course name for more information and to enrol):
For more information or to enrol on our Level 2 Distance Learning courses, visit our Distance Learning page, call 0345 601 0161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Physical and Mental Health and Wellbeing
With the Spring weather finally arriving getting out and about locally for your daily exercise will hopefully be possible for almost everyone. If you have exhausted all your usual haunts or just fancy a change of scene, the Horsham Museum has put together some self-directed heritage trails, which combine great walks with lots to see and learn. If your children are head back to school next week, this could be a chance for you to do a walk for your own learning and interest.
Maintaining good Mental Health is so important, if you haven’t found the right fit for you so far have a look at these.
Shout is a text based service which you can use in a crisis and may be suitable if you are not able to talk for any reason - giveusashout
Wellbeing and sleep: a quick-fix relaxation exercise from the mental health foundation - relaxation-exercise
Immersive relaxation tracks to use at home are kindly shared here by Chailey Heritage Foundation - chf.org.uk
The Calm Zone their helpline is open 5pm-midnight ready to offer practical advice to help you deal with however you’re feeling. They’ve also put together some tips to help you put some order around your day and tackle everything in the best way possible. The Calm Zone
Don’t forget that if you are feeling overwhelmed or need help urgently it is very important to get it. The link below will help you find it quickly.
If you would like some one-to-one job searching support, then fill in your details on this link https://www.setas.org.uk/contact-us/ and we will get in touch. Richard has a number of one to one sessions available during the week where you can do more of a deep dive into your questions. Complete the form and he will get in touch to book you in.
Link to businesses who have jobs with immediate starts available - WISH - live vacancies
Are you interested in working for the NHS? - NHS Jobs - click here
If you would like some one-to-one job searching support, then let us know and we will get in touch. Richard has one to one sessions available during the week where you can do more of a deep dive into your questions. If you would like to book a session, please email or call Richard to set one up, they are for you to use so please do take advantage of them. SETAS - contact us
See you soon we hope and please take good care.
Richard and Mel
Richard Brooks FIEP - Director.
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