Welcome to the Twenty ninth bulletin
This Friday (16th October) we will be running our next Virtual Workshop.
We know that many of you have been on webinars, online courses or undertaken training and if you are considering a course it would be really helpful to share our experiences and recommendations.
Sign up here to join us and talk about All Things Training! To register use this link and an email will be sent to you with everything you need to come along on Friday.
The links for the 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.
Sessions will keep being added so pop back regularly to see what is on offer.
On Friday 23rd October, we will be welcoming Kay from the Horsham Volunteering team to talk to us about some of the benefits of sharing your skills with others while you are job seeking and some of the opportunities that are out there currently. Join us to hear more about it, but in the meantime you can register online and also look out yourself for organisations who are still “open for business” and looking for support.
Message from Get Safe Online Global24
“ a unique, international collaboration to be held on October 15 this year. In conjunction with regulators, educational establishments and private sector organisations large and small, we’ll be providing valuable but practical back-to-basics advice as well as addressing some of the of particular online safety issues you’re experiencing in your country. We really hope you can join us and play your own vital part in spreading the word or providing our great advice to help protect others. “
You can see some activities that have already been planned in countries around the world, here: getsafeonline.org
The Skills Tool Kit
Don’t forget the government’s new skills training package is free and has lots of courses to fill any gaps that you have - theskillstoolkit
If you are involved or interested in the creative industries the BBC Digital Cities team are running 3 days of workshops (20-22 October) which might be just what you need to get inspired. It includes roles in gaming and animation. BBC - Digital Cities
Reminder: Online learning – Avail Learning Academy - final chance to access trial
SETAS is trialling a partnership with Avail Learning Academy to offer their short online courses to WISH customers. They are all free to you and cover a wide range of courses. They aren’t accredited qualifications, but they are work-related courses that can be completed quickly and give you additional material to add to your CV and help you build your skills and knowledge.
Please take a look, use the voucher code listed and give me feedback if you do decide to try it out, if it is a success and the feedback is good, we’ll extend.
Click on this link to access the courses - Avail voucher link
If you are interested in a role as a Traffic Marshall then there is training and then paid positions available through your JCP Workcoach, with the initial sign up on 19/10/20. Contact them or us for more information.
Skill of the week - Networking
As many more people join the ranks of job seekers, it is much more likely that you will know someone else who is searching for a new role. It is easy to think in terms of how they can help you with your journey into work, but how about turning it on its head and looking for ways to help them with your contacts.
The more generous you are with your support, the more goodwill you generate, and it may have the knock-on effect that you, yourself find something. A couple of weeks ago in the Virtual workshop we looked at LinkedIn as an easy way to get started with this, but you will also have friends, ex-colleagues and neighbours who might be able to help.
If you feel like you don’t know where to start, get in touch and we can help but try these links to get you thinking. Linkedin Networking
Application question of the week – the big blank space!
With new people joining us each week, we thought it would be a good time to revisit how to approach the most important question on any application form
So you are filling in your application and have used your master sheet to complete all the basic information about yourself, your education and experience are all beautifully laid out and any employer can easily see what a great addition to their team you would be. Then you come to the huge white box which says “supporting information” or “further details” and the temptation is to leave it blank or just put a couple of sentences to supplement the information that you have already included.
The most important question on the whole application form and so many people miss it out altogether!
You don’t have to explain everything or go into massive detail, but they really need you to give them specific information in support of your application in order for them to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way. They will probably be using a scoring sheet and in many companies the rest of the application will be separated off so that they are making their decision purely based on how you match up to their requirements. Still happy to leave just a couple of lines in there?
You can use the criteria in the Person Specification as headings for your response, in fact given that they are probably scoring it based on whether you have demonstrated that you fulfil those points, it seems like a good plan to do so. It will not be suffi¬cient merely to duplicate what the Person Specification states. For example, if it asks for "ability to” or "commitment to”, you need to give practical examples of your ability, commitment, knowledge and experience by reference to your profes¬sional, voluntary or personal life. Experience is not just gained through full¬time work, it can be gained through voluntary work, part-time work, college or school-based projects, job clubs or home life etc.
The link below relates to applying for jobs in the NHS but the principle is exactly the same as for any other role.
If you demonstrate that you fulfil every quality that they are looking for it will be very difficult for them not to offer you an interview. Make it easy for them to say yes by listing the requirements and giving examples of how you fit them alongside. If you struggle to keep within the word count once you have finished then you can always strip out the “questions” and leave the responses, making sure that they still make sense if you do so.
Remember, the purpose of the application is to get the employer interested and wanting to meet you (either in person or by video) so you don’t need to give lots of detail, just enough to get you through to the next round.
Interview question of the week - “What do you know about the company?”
Research, research, research! In order to answer this question well, you must show an understanding and awareness of what the company does. This includes the different service areas it offers, who their main clients are, and a good idea about the size of the company. You should also research the history of the business, find out when it was started and what the company has achieved.
It doesn’t matter how competent and qualified you are for the role, turning up to the interview unprepared for this question can completely ruining your chances of getting the job.
So, choose a company that you would be interested to work for, if they had the right job advertised. Find out as much as you can about them and make notes on things that you might say in answer to this question.
Maintaining good Mental and Physical Health
World Health Organisation recognised World Mental Health Day on 10th October. They have produced some resources and links which can be downloaded, including one on sleep problems which I know has been a big issue for many people.
The Royal Voluntary Services have launched a new project. The Virtual Village Hall is a programme of themed online activities designed to enjoy at home. Sessions are led by expert tutors, Royal Voluntary Service activity coordinators, volunteers and some well-known faces, and require very little space or equipment. You’ll find a wide range of sessions to take part in, like creative arts and crafts, music and singing, cooking and baking, dance and exercise, and technology skills. Join in with live sessions or catch up on demand when suits it you.
Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard. elefriends.org.uk
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. https://www.thecalmzone.net/
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
Check out a couple of new jobs at Horsham District Council too - click here
If you would like some one-to-one job searching support, then fill in your details on this link contact us and we will get in touch.
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.
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