Welcome to the Thirty fifth bulletin
Virtual WISH update
There are now two opportunities to join a workshop
Wednesday 25th November at 4pm is Lockdown Challenge Review with Richard. Click here to register
Friday 27th November at 2pm we will be holding another Community WISH to chat about how you are getting on and sharing stories over a cup of coffee. Click here to register
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.
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. wish-job-clubs/wish-online
Sessions will keep being added so pop back regularly to see what is on offer.
Challenge of the month – update
At the beginning of the current lockdown we launched the November Lockdown challenge – how are you getting on with your goals? If you haven’t set any yet, it’s 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. If you have any questions relating to last week’s workshop on bouncing back you can also catch up with him and chat further.
*NEW* December Challenge starting soon
December, traditionally, is a quieter month for job adverts as recruiters wind down before Christmas. With the changes in Lockdown and Tiers it is unlikely to be very different, so we are suggesting that you join us in a “Press Pause Challenge” and take a step back to review what is working and what is not.
We will kick off on 4th December, “Creating an Employer Hit-list” but we will then spend December looking at other ways to find a role than just by completing hundreds of job applications.
We will also take a deeper look at how using your network can benefit your job search and how getting involved in a community online might be the breakthrough you have been looking for. There are lots of different groups, set up for a variety of purposes with each one linking you to new circle of contacts who can be looking out for opportunities for you.
Application question of the week - Highlighting a skill that isn’t directly referenced in the Job Description/Candidate Specification.
Go back to bulletin number 16 on 13th July to remind yourself of a structured way to approach that big white space, where you are asked to demonstrate that you have the skills and qualifications required for the job you are applying for. Don’t forget that the purpose of an application form is only to get you to the interview stage, so if you can answer every line with something that shows that you can fulfil that point, then they have every reason to put you through.
The easiest way to do this is to copy the list onto a separate word document then answer each point in order with an example of your experience or qualifications. When you are happy with it, you can copy and paste it back into the box, it will usually be much easier to address any formatting issues doing it this way. If you are not restricted for words then you can leave the full questions in there but if not then summarise them as headings. The recruiter at this stage is really wanting this part of the process to be as easy as possible so by putting the points in order and answering them directly you are helping them to put you through to the next stage.
If you have a particular skill or experience that you really want to include in your application and you can’t squeeze it in anywhere else then it is fine to add it to the bottom of the section. Consider first though whether it can logically be used to “offset” something they have specified that you have not quite been able to fulfil. Do not try to stretch this too far though - “Do you have use of a car during working hours” is not best answered by telling them that you have a passion for horse riding! Use your common sense and ask someone else if you are not sure if it reads logically.
Interview question of the week
Rather than concentrate on one question this week, I attach a list that someone has made of common interview questions for you to pick your own to practice on. There are some in here that we haven’t talked about before – how do you think that you would approach them?
There are hundreds of these lists on the internet – don’t get overwhelmed just pick one or two then work your way down them systematically.
Maintaining good Mental and Physical Health
If you are finding that your regular daily walks are getting a bit stale, there are lots of self-guided Heritage trails available from Horsham Museum. Aimed at people of all ages and levels of fitness, they combine information and straight-forward instructions for you to learn more about the area you live in. Horsham museum-heritage-trails
If you previously worked in the airport or related businesses and have not yet come across aviationaction.org then you might like to check it out. There is industry specific help available and you will find lots of other information particularly targeted for you. This includes practical help with CVs and applications but also mental wellbeing and peer friendship services.
As the coronavirus continues, loneliness affects more people. Life can feel overwhelming. Reaching out to others may feel like a challenge at times and knowing where to look for advice is sometimes hard. These resources might help https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-help/get-help-with-loneliness/support-and-resources-for-adults
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
If you would like some one-to-one job searching support, then fill in your details on this link SETAS - contact us and we will get in touch.
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