Welcome to the Thirty third bulletin
Virtual WISH update
Exciting news – from next week there are two opportunities to join a workshop.
Wednesday 18th November at 4pm is Lockdown Challenge Review with Richard - Click here to register
Friday 13th November at 2pm is our WISH Community session, bring your questions and share your adventures with other job seekers. We will also do some more work on transferrable skills over a cuppa. Click here to register
To join us, you will need to register using the above links, then an email will be sent to you with everything you need to come along.
The links for the next batch of upcoming topics can always be found and you can book in as soon as they come out, no need to wait for the week they are being run. click here to view and register for future workshops.
On Friday 20th November we are talking about “Bouncing back from setbacks”, something that is a challenge to most people, so sign up and join us to hear some practical tips and advice.
Sessions will keep being added so pop back regularly to see what is on offer.
If you are nervous of whether you could manage the technical side of an online course then Aspire Sussex is running an introduction course to help you. Aspire - get ready for learning
If you need some help to work out how to manage the virtual or online apps then just let us know – a couple of weeks ago we spent part of one workshop working out what lighting gave the best effects on Zoom so that everyone could feel confident in an interview situation. If you are at all nervous about something in the job seeking process then just ask.
Challenge of the month – update
Last week we launched the November Lockdown challenge – how are you getting on with your goals? If you haven’t set any yet, its not too late to make some and resolve to use the next month to achieve something specific. Richard will be hosting a drop in on Wednesdays at 4pm to encourage you to keep going.
Application question of the week Explain any gaps in your CV (when your last paid work was March 2020 or shortly afterwards due to the pandemic)
Are you worrying about this question on application forms? Do you feel that hiring managers will wonder why you were ‘let go’? Although logically you know that external influences on the job market is playing havoc with everyone, it can still feel like you need to defend yourself.
Please don’t feel like you are alone – in fact (I appreciate that I am biased!) come along one Friday and meet some other job seekers in the same circumstances and reassure yourself that the weird experiences you are having in the job application market are perfectly normal! Being out of work is nothing to be ashamed of and there is a lot we can do to help you on the path back to a new role.
Interview question of the week
Describe yourself in three words/if you were an animal what would you be?
This is the kind of question that can throw you into a total spin as it is so broad and hard to know what answer they are looking for!
The fact is, there is no right answer – its more designed to see how quickly you can think under pressure and link things together. But there is a way to prepare for this which puts you ahead of the game.
Firstly, choose several friends, family or work colleagues whose opinion you value. Send each of them a private message on social media (or email/text or even drop them a note) and ask them these questions:-
What word or phrase describes me best?
What do you think is my greatest achievement?
What do you think is my top strength?
Ask them to reply straight back to you and when they come in, write them down on a sheet of paper and really look at them. It’s sometimes hard to see the good things in ourselves and harder still to say them out loud, so read them out to yourself maybe while looking in the mirror.
These can now form the basis of your answer, but it also gives you some more phrases and skills to include in your CV which you may not have thought of.
So, instead of dreading this question you now have the opportunity to tell your interviewer all about your great skills – if you get the animal version (or “item of stationery” which I once had), then just pick something vaguely relevant then go for it. This is your chance to say whatever you want them to hear, the stage is all yours!
World Kindness Day is celebrated on Friday 13th November
This year the need to connect with other people is greater and the effort needed is perhaps a little extra, particularly while we are in lockdown. This website has some very practical ideas around random acts of kindness – challenge yourself and pick just one you have never done before! https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/world-kindness-day
Link to businesses who have jobs with immediate starts available - wish-live-vacancies
Maintaining good Mental and Physical Health
Check out the new Wellbeing package offered by the Horsham Wellbeing team which offers a bespoke service either on the phone or by video to help you identify what you can do to target those areas that you are struggling with. You can self-refer and its free to residents of Horsham District - westsussexwellbeing
Their monthly newsletter contains information on a number of other initiatives that you can benefit from - click here for these bulletins
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.
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