Hello to you all.
Welcome to the sixth bulletin and an especially warm welcome if this is the first time that you have joined us. We are all finding ourselves in new territory, but we believe that there are some basic things that you can be doing to improve your chances of getting back to work and these are what we are sharing on this website.
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So, with the announcements about the post lock down rules starting to come through, how do you feel?
With the last couple of weeks of intense pressure to know the way forward, maybe comes a feeling that we now need to be rushing around and DOING something to get on with it. We risk putting ourselves under a lot of stress, second guessing what is going to happen and what impact that will have on our own situation. Try not to be caught up in the frenzy of the next few days and instead decide what your first couple of priorities should be. You will see that we have suggested that a check of your CV and making sure that you could cope with the technical side of an online interview, might be appropriate.
This week’s Activity
Ensure your CV is a completely up to date, live document, ready to be used at very short notice by answering the questions on the attached sheet. Before you read your CV, see how many of these questions you can answer about what it says about you - CV Quiz
Now review it again, does it give a great account of what you have to offer in the current climate?
If you are not sure and you would like some support, let us know and we can help you.
New online help that you might wish to access
The Government has launched a new website with lots of information and links - DWP Jobhelp
It is also offering its own set of online courses called The Skills Toolkit
Skill of the week - Online Communication Tools
The aim of this week is to develop your skills in managing the new ways that businesses are communicating with their public and staff.
Sign up for and attend a webinar on any subject of your choice – you can just listen to expert talk about something you are passionate about, or try one where you can join in the conversation and put your own thoughts across. Eventbrite is a good place to look for online events and will give you practice with the booking process too. There are plenty which are free to attend. Click here
If you need support, then don’t hesitate to get in touch. Once you have done one or two, you will get the hang of it. If you are applying for job roles at the moment, then any interviews are likely to be taking place firstly by phone and then by some kind of video link – by attending webinars, you can practice setting up your equipment and iron out some of those tech wrinkles before you need to make a good impression!
If you are currently not feeling confident to cope with a Skype or Zoom interview this is your chance to practice. It is very unlikely that face to face interviewing will come back in the near future so if it’s something that worries you, let us help you.
Interview question of the week - What did you do in your last job?
There is a great temptation to ramble on in answer to this question as, surely it is the thing that an employer will be most interested to hear? Well, not necessarily, as they are looking for someone to fit into their business and not how well you fitted into someone else’s.
You will want to describe:
Skills and duties relevant to your new job
People you dealt with
How long you were there
If you were promoted
So above all, keep it short and very focused. Cover the points in a few sentences and always relate it to the job you are applying for. Again, think elevator pitch rather than auto-biography!
Maintaining good Mental Health
If you are ready for some more colouring inspiration here are some Horsham based ones colour-in-horsham
Don’t forget that this Friday is VE Day 75th anniversary. There are lots of events to celebrate which have been moved online so check out the Horsham Time Well Spent Facebook page for more information. Bank Holidays are usually a day when you can take time out from your usual routine, the temptation is going to be to consider it just another day at home. Why not plan and do something special to treat yourself and anyone else in your household?
Don’t forget that if you are feeling overwhelmed or need help urgently it is very important to get it. This NHS link will help you find it quickly.
Check out the Places Leisure App with lots of great free home workouts for you to try! There is something for everyone, with exercises focusing on core, strength, cardio, stretch as well as a “keep moving” workout for older adults! placesleisure home-workouts
I'm sure many of you are already doing them, but if not and you're feeling quite energetic, I would recommend the daily workouts that Joe Wicks is doing on YouTube - thebodycoach
Sharing what has worked for you
Last week we asked you to share things that you have been doing to keep yourself motivated and to develop some of those skills we have discussed. Here are a few of your wise and motivating thoughts and suggestions:-
Keeping in touch regularly with organisations that support you
Keeping a healthy lifestyle 3 meals a day, sleeping at an acceptable time and spending time outside within quarantine boundaries such as walking the dogs and spending time in the garden.
Playing Chess with computer on iPad and going out for a walk every day
Buying a really thick book to read!
Keeping busy on my allotment
Going for a run
Learning something new, like 'Nutrition and Mental Health'
We also had this lovely email from one of our customers, which outlines many of the experiences we have all been going through over the last six weeks or so, thank you so much for sharing this -
I am missing meeting people face to face too and am much kinder and more patient as I wait in line to do the food essentials shop. I’m much calmer as I’m forced to go slowly round the store and as such worry less. I suppose I’m saying it’s made me less multi-tasking and more mindfully focussed on one task at a time.
Another thing the situation has brought us that I’m doing some of the things I’ve put off for years:-
1. Sorting out my laptop that doesn’t work properly.
2. Doing yoga at least once a day - I go to dru yoga online which is free for 30 days and some content is free at the moment.
3. Donated to NHS via doing a mass online yoga with Hotpod yoga (on 5 live). Discovered an amazing yoga teacher who does a weekly yoga session on a Friday. I’ve continued with this twice a week. Hotpod app available on usual AppStore and Android version.
4. Stopped listening to the news on all platforms.
5. Watched twin on bbc iPlayer - a danish subtitled drama - a must watch. Pay attention as it’s like an onion! I don’t tell you all about it as there be no point watching it. Watch it and see what you think!
6. Let my son take me for a walk - being inside and home schooling I like to give him some freedom to make a choice or two! He olives it and we both discover nature and chat together.
7. Annie Deadman on YouTube. She’s a 60yr old personal trainer who does live exercise classes weekdays. Early morning and early evening. I’ve done a few of these before the school/work day gets going! It’s free and good to join others to motivate to keep fit.
8. I listen to the birdsong at 7pm for half hour or so. Sometimes at sunrise too.
9. I go with the flow more and worry less; living in the moment.
Most of all, in all of the above, I’ve let them find me and instead of putting them bottom of my to do list; I’ve put them at the top. I watch tv only for an hour or two in the evenings, sat in garden all day when the sun shone & do my boring chores when it rains.
For Lesley’s lovely crocheted bee - how about Bee Different? challenge yourself to do something different every day. Try a new tea. A new walk, a new habit and keep the things you like doing and stop the ones you don’t. You might surprise yourself!
For we’ll all be different at the other side of this.
Take care everyone.
Link to businesses who have jobs with immediate starts available - wish-live-vacancies
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.
Best wishes and stay safe
Richard and Mel.
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