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Virtual WISH update
This Friday we will host our WISH Virtual Community session, where you can catch up with people and share how you are getting on.
You can join by Zoom by computer, laptop or phone and if you need some support to get that up and running then someone will be available to help you. We start at 2pm and the room will be open until around 3pm so you can pop in whenever you are able to make it, just like when we were in the jobcentre or one of the community hubs! For those who haven’t attended any of the workshops before, it is very informal and you can bring your tea/coffee, in fact I would strongly recommend it.
It’s about being together and remembering that we are not alone in the job searching process.
To join us, you will need to register using this link then an email will be sent to you with everything you need to come along on Friday.
Next week we will be talking about Transferrable Skills – what they are and how to identify them. So if that is something that you would find useful, then register now to join us.
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. setas/wish-online
Sessions will keep being added so pop back regularly to see what is on offer.
Screenskills - If you are at all interested in working in film, children and adults TV or animation then this link to bursaries for retraining may be interesting. screenskills.com
Skill of the week - Setting up as a Freelancer
If you are struggling to find a role in a business locally which fits your skillset, then maybe you could consider selling your services as a self employed freelancer.
One thing that the current situation has really highlighted is that it doesn’t matter where in the country people are based, for many jobs you can work just as well together using online tools. Particularly when so many people are working from home, the restrictions of travelling to the office and commuting times are becoming much less relevant.
If it is something you have never looked at before, it is worth doing some research even if it’s only to rule it out as a possible next step.
If you would like to learn more about how to approach costing your services out before making the decision, there is a webinar on that very topic coming up. eventbrite - charging-your-worth
Application question of the week - Should I consider Seasonal Work rather than waiting for something long-term?
There are a number of short term roles being advertised at the moment in the run up to Christmas. So is it better to apply for just anything to get back into the workplace even if its not for long or is it better to hold out for something that once you start, you know you can settle into for a while?
This is not a straight forward question and there are many things to balance. One thing that is really important to establish if you have a Work Coach is to find out what impact any earnings would have on your benefits.
This link will help you identify some of the things that you need to think about, but one thing that I would particularly highlight, is that you shouldn’t automatically think that these roles will lead to a permanent job with that business. There are a lot of employers who take on extra staff every year and have no plan to increase their headcount after that time is over. Knowing this in advance takes the pressure off in some ways and makes you more strategic in how you use the job to further your journey.
It is a great chance to network, try new skills and sectors, get something more recent to add to your CV and to get you back into the rhythm of working again so no experience is wasted.
Interview question of the week - How do you see this job role fitting into your plans for the future?
Following on from the previous question, it would be good to have an answer to this worked out in advance. One employer I was chatting to about applying for roles with his retail store recommended honesty over trying to second guess what the recruiter wants to hear.
If you are only looking for something for a short period of time, it will really help them to know that as there may well be other short-term positions that are not being advertised currently that you could slot into. If you really want to move into that industry on a full-time permanent basis then say so. If you are studying at college and want a part time job to run alongside it, then it’s perfectly acceptable to say that and that maybe you might be able to be flexible working more in the holidays and less during exam times.
If you are trying something new and want to see if it suits you, then actually saying that might clinch the deal, rather than them guessing why a Nail technician wants to work on a building site! Your covering letter can help with this too, if there is likely to be any doubt in the interviewer’s mind.
Link to businesses who have jobs with immediate starts available - wish-live-vacancies/
Maintaining good Mental and Physical Health
If you are over 55 the you might like to look at The Silver Line Helpline - thesilverline
Online counselling and well-being for any adults - qwell
Maintaining Good Physical Health
We are very lucky currently to be allowed to use our leisure centres as many areas of the country have had to close theirs. If you are less enthusiastic to exercise now that the cold weather has arrived, have a look at what is on offer at locally and support your local Leisure Centre.
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.
If you would like some one-to-one job searching support, then fill in your details on this link https://www.setas.org.uk/contact-us/ and we will get in touch.
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