Week 49 
 
Welcome to the Forty-ninth bulletin. 
 
Virtual WISH - New for March 2021 - we have changed our approach to the delivery of online sessions. 
 
New format - one hour discussions will be facilitated by a WISH coordinator, each session focussing on specific topics. The aim will be to enable us all to help each other. We all have great ideas for other people! It is often quite difficult to do the same for ourselves. 
 
We will explore some of the following - 
 
Personal experiences - what went wrong and what could have been done differently? 
Best practice - share what has worked well with others. 
Innovative solutions - hear things you hadn't considered before. 
Get some feedback - come with something you need help with, and see if we can help. 
Suggest a topic - we will deal with all your suggestions, one at a time 
 
We will cover all aspects of job hunting, including interviews, applications, letters, phone calls, online interviews, job sites, feedback etc, some of these we cover all in one session! We want these sessions to be relaxed and informal affairs. 
 
If you would like to be the facilitator on a session please let us know! 
 
If you have a request or suggestion for a session, please email wish@setas.org.uk 
 
Online sessions will be held every Tuesday and Friday at 2pm for one hour and will be on Zoom 
 
We are kicking off this week on Friday 19th March at 2pm with a chance to catch up with other job seekers and share your experiences (and frustrations!) If you are new to WISH you are especially welcome to come along and meet some other local job seekers and share the journey together 
 
To join us, you will need to register using the appropriate link, then an email will be sent to you with everything you need to come along.  
 
Over the next few weeks we are looking at some of the ways that you can use lockdown and COVID as a springboard rather than a wall to your journey and tackle the issues that it has thrown up for the work of work in particular. 
 
Let's take another look at Transferrable Skills. Following on from last week, here are some more ideas and thoughts. 
 
 
This week’s LinkedIn Activity 
 
As promised last week – here is more information about how recruiters might use LinkedIn to find prospects for roles that they need to fill. 
 
 
One new feature that has been used since the pandemic is the round green #opentowork banner. I wonder what you think of this? Here are some thoughts but we would be interested to hear if you agree or disagree. 
 
 
Keep following the bulletins to learn how to use LinkedIn 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 48 weeks to choose from, all accessible from the bulletin bar on the SETAS website. 
 
If you are thinking of approaching Employers direct, are there any tips to make your approach more likely to succeed? 
Everyone has heard that most vacancies are filled before they are advertised but what is the best way to throw your hat in the ring, when you don’t even know whether it exists?  
 
Firstly, I would suggest really doing your research on several companies that you really want to work for and find out whether they are likely to be recruiting in the near future. One of the WISH job seekers last year physically dropped her CV into a local company on the off-chance and they were just about to advertise roles at a new store they were opening. They took her CV, she followed it up a couple of weeks later and is now working for them. Whilst this is not the sure-fire way that most recruiting is done these days, you never know what will work until you try.  
 
If you are going to email them, be aware that a very high proportion will get no response, but if you don’t try, you will definitely not get one back!  
 
Training courses 
 
WEA - All Courses Free (for those in receipt of benefits) 
 
If you have ever thought that you would like to act as a Community Interpreter then there are training sessions starting over the coming days. A couple have already taken place but if you are interested please contact Rupinder whose details are below. 
 
Level 1 Understanding the Role of a Community Interpreter.  
Ref: C2422398. 16th March – 1st April. 6 sessions. Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am – 2pm. Join here 
Ref: C2422397. 8th June - 22nd July. 8 sessions. Tuesdays 9.30am – 12.30pm. Join here 
 
You will need to complete an initial assessment before joining this course. If you are unable to make the date above please contact me and I will arrange an assessment. Join here 
 
Level 2 Award in Preparation for Work in Community Interpreting.  
Ref: C2422396. 28th April – 22nd July. 24 sessions. Wednesdays and Thursdays 12.30pm – 2.30pm. Join here 
 
You will need to complete an initial assessment before joining this course. If you are unable to make the date above please contact me and I will arrange an assessment.  
 
Rupinder Panesar. Education Coordinator. M: 07717 138752 or E: RPanesar@wea.org.uk 
 
Physical and Mental Health and Wellbeing 
Maintaining good Mental Health is so important, if you haven’t found the right fit for you so far have a look at these. 
 
If you would like to volunteer as a first step back to working after being in lockdown, then the first step is to register with the Horsham District Council Volunteering Hub. Although they have plenty of volunteers registered at the moment, as services get up and running again they will be able to keep you informed about new opportunities as they arise. volunteerhorshamdistrict 
 
If you are struggling to identify exactly what you are feeling and why, this link shows a really interesting diagram about how people respond to stress differently. There are lots of places that you can go to get help, we have included many links in previous bulletins where you can seek particularly focused support or more general advice. Different responses to stress 
 
 
WEA are also running some Easter based craft sessions for families which you are invited to join. 
 
Aspire Sussex have a new suite of Skills for Work and Life courses to brush up on your IT skills and Job Searching and Career planning skills – check them out here free-life-work-skills-courses 
 
If English is not your first language they also have a range of offers to help you to access some important tests like the Driving Theory test or to take your CSCS card for construction. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
Mobile - 07783 222956 
Office - 01403 627766 
Email - richard.brooks@setas.org.uk 
Specialist Employment, Training and Advice Services 
 
Mel Simmonds 
Mobile – 07855 634679 
Email – simmondsmel@icloud.com 
 
 
SETAS Ltd. Bailey House, 4-10 Barttelot Road, Horsham, RH12 1DQ 
 
https://www.setas.org.uk/ 
 
 
 
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