Welcome to the Fiftieth bulletin.
Sign up for Horsham District Council’s Jobs Fair Wednesday 28th April 10am - 3pm!
Registration is now open to join us for the first online jobs fair in Horsham. Featuring local employers and openings, come along to pick up some tips and contacts to help you with your job search. Horsham Jobsfair
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Online sessions will be held every Tuesday and Friday at 2pm for one hour and will be on Zoom
This week we will be meeting on Tuesday 23rd and Friday 26th 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.
Register here to attend on a Tuesday Click here
Register here to attend on a Friday Click here
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.
Lets take another look at checking your online profile
If you are applying for a job and have spent hours on a smart CV, a perfect covering letter and absolutely aced that email to the recruiting manager asking if they have any jobs suitable for you, it is really important that if they put your name into their search engine the first thing they don't see is you dancing drunkenly in a fountain in Ibiza! Believe this never happens or there is nothing about you online? Think again!!!
Before you start building a positive profile which is going to have everyone contacting you for your perfect job, you need to check and curate what is there already. tips for jobseekers
This week’s LinkedIn Activity - Getting your name out there – in a good way!
When you first start out on LinkedIn you will feel like a new-born lamb, every step you take will feel wobbly and when you hit “send” you will be utterly convinced that you have inadvertently committed some terrible offence! It takes a while to get to know the culture and norms of the platform and the best way to do that is to start by connecting with some people you already know. You can also follow people who are talking about issues that you are interested in or know something about. Keep reading what other people are posting and consider whether their views are in accordance with yours or whether they seem to know what they are talking about! Maybe, if you agree with something they say click a “like” under the post to show that you agree.
The next stage is to actually make a comment underneath, try to make it more than a bland statement of agreement – say why you agree (or disagree) and link it to something that you have experienced or know. Many people stay at this stage and never progress and if you are looking for a new job then this will at least establish that you exist and can give some clues to your personality and opinions.
If you really want to make an impression and get people coming to you, though, you will need to post your own original content. We will look more at that next time, but in the meantime get online and see how it works. It is going to be possible for you to tell a recruiter a lot more than they can read on your CV and so its worth getting it right.
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 49 weeks to choose from, all accessible from the bulletin bar on the SETAS website.
Have you got an interview presentation to do?
Don’t panic, have a look at these tips and work through them methodically. If you are still unsure, book a time for a 1:1 with Richard and he will be delighted to do a practice run through with you, to check the tech and sense check your content!
WEA - All Courses Free (for those in receipt of benefits)
Enrol online or by telephone on 0300 303 3464. Easter crafts
Want to work in a school? As a teaching assistant or support worker in a nursery?
Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges. Tue 30th March- 13th July (every Tuesday for 13 weeks) 9.30am- 2.30pm
Cost: £275.00 (FREE to those receiving relevant income related benefits). For information go to: Click here
To arrange an initial assessment contact email@example.com or call 07825 112798
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
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
Highlighted vacancy - Litter Warden / Cleaning Operative, Billingshurst Parish Council - click here for JD
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Specialist Employment, Training and Advice Services
Mobile – 07855 634679
Email – email@example.com
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