Week 36 
 
Welcome to the Thirty sixth bulletin! 
 
Virtual WISH update - There are now two opportunities to join a workshop 
 
Wednesday 9th December at 4pm is going to focus on CVs – Keep it Simple, Keep it Clear with Richard. Click here to register 
 
Friday 11th December 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. Come, share new ideas you have tried, what is working and what challenges you have discovered. Find out more about how you can press pause, step back and evaluate where you are in your job seeking journey. 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. Click here - SETAS - WISH ONLINE Sessions will keep being added so pop back regularly to see what is on offer. 
 
*NEW* December Challenge 
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 with Friday’s workshop 4th December, “Creating an Employer Hit-list” this isn't about getting revenge on employers! It is about how to establish a list of employers who can contact and research about vacancies and also send your CV and speculative letter to. 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. There are a number of people in the link below, who regularly give advice on job seeking on LinkedIn – you may wish to have a look and see if there is anyone that particularly chimes with you. In some cases the advice is aimed at a different country but most is relevant and you can just ignore anything that doesn’t help. 
 
 
Training 
I attended a webinar with someone this week who was amazing and really passionate about helping Job seekers get into work. She offers a free online course which you can follow at your own pace. Click here 
 
Interview question of the week - Keeping in the right headspace! 
 
Last week on the workshop we heard about a slightly alarming new phenomenon, where a job seeker was phoned out of the blue by someone they had applied to and interviewed on the spot. This was originally thought to be a one off but it has happened more than once with different businesses so I thought it was worth mentioning. 
 
We have discussed before the importance of keeping your application information in some kind of order so that you can easily find the details. On this occasion the “interviewer” just launched into their questions and it took a little while for the job seeker to work out who is was and what the job role was that she had applied for! All credit to her, she kept her head and didn’t let it put her off but managed to get through the main points that she needed to. 
 
So, firstly, I would say that no one is going to give their best answers when halfway round the supermarket or in the middle of cooking lunch! I appreciate that it is probably only the first “screening” interview, but it is still important to give the best impression that you can. I would therefore politely explain that it is not convenient to speak right now but you are very happy to schedule a better time – even if it’s only in 1 hours’ time! That gives you a chance to calm down, get your head in the right place and look up the notes from your application form and advert. 
 
Do not be drawn into giving any personal information – if the person ringing is genuinely following up your application, they will have those details in front of them so there is no need to give them again. Be wary of fraudsters trying to gain information that they have no right to. In this instance there is no evidence that it was a scam but this link might help you to think a bit about how you can avoid being a victim of a fraud. which.co.uk - job-scams-employment-fraud 
 
Save the number on your phone immediately with the business name so that when they ring again you are prepared. Check that your voicemail message is polite and appropriate and don’t be afraid to let it go to voicemail to buy yourself more time. If you managed to catch the name of the interviewer as well then include that too. 
 
Lastly, if they insist that if you don’t do the interview straightaway then you will not be considered for the position its probably not the job for you. Any organisation that pressurises its staff in that manner, let alone its prospective staff, is likely to carry that attitude throughout its policies and unless you like that style, will not make you happy. 
 
Maintaining good Mental and Physical Health 
So, we have introduced you to some lovely local walks, now it the turn of cycle ways. There are a number of routes that you can follow to add some variety to your daily exercise. Horsham - outdoor activities 
 
With “Strictly” all over the media you might be hankering for some way to take part yourself. Who would have believed, this time last year, that you could do ballroom dancing lessons online! Make your New Year’s Resolution to learn a new skill. linkedin - activity 
 
If you are struggling to make new connections or keep in touch with the ones that you have, then the Red Cross has some ideas for you to think about. Red Cross - making new connections 
 
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. 
 
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 
 
 
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