Monthly Archives: June 2012
If you are deciding what to do this summer. There is still time to enjoy a beautiful walk as part of the Discovery Trail Challenge and help to raise money for The Devon Air Ambulance Trust.
Last time I forgot to mention, that for those of you who feel unable to walk for 25 miles, you can still get involved and raise money for charity by doing part of the walk. For more information about how to do this, please make contact by post, phone or email as notified.
When you are redundant, it can be easy to get into a rut. Do something different to energize yourself.
- Walk a different way into town.
- If you usually have a bath, have a shower instead, or vice versa.
- If you write with your right hand, then try to write with your left.
- If you usually go to the pub to meet your friends, try meeting them in a cafe instead.
- If you normally sit and watch TV in the evenings, then go for a walk.
It’s all about giving yourself something other than the norm to think about, to revitalise a tired routine and to see things from a different perspective.
If you enjoy walking for charity or you have never tried it before, there is no better time than when you are redundant to give it a go.
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It makes me feel sad when I hear people say they have applied for many different jobs and they have not even had a reply!
Why? I ask myself.
Speaking from an ex-recruiters’ perspective, it can be for a number of reasons.
- A poorly written CV
- No cover letter or a poorly written one
- Lack of experience
- Lack of skills
- Lack of knowledge
The thing is, you can do something about all of these and if you keep getting the same answer, for example, no answer at all, then it’s time to change what you are doing because it obviously isn’t working.
There are a number of people and places that can help you to write a good CV and cover letter and that is something I can help you with as part of my new redundancy services.
With regards to lack of experience, skills or knowledge, that is something that you need to learn for yourself and what better way to do it, than by going on a course.
This is particularly true if you are attempting a change of career and you are competing in a market with plenty of people who do have those credentials.
By going on a course, you will be able to decide if your new career, is one that you are passionate about and if it’s the right ‘fit’ for you.
A course will also:
- Raise your self-confidence
- Raise your self-esteem
- Give you an idea of what the job may entail
- Make you feel you are doing something worthwhile
- Give you direction
- Give you a sense of purpose
- Enhance your communication skills
- Show you have something ‘current’ to offer a new employer
- Make you feel better
- Give you a sense of fulfilment
- Give you a greater sense of achievement
- Make you realise, you can do it
So search your local college or university prospectus to find out more about various courses. Many hold open evenings so that you can talk through your options.
Search the web for long-distance courses or other local courses.
Ask at the job centre, what local places hold free courses if you are on JSA. There are often places that you can go to, to get a free or heavily subsidised course but you need to ask about these. I have found a fair few in my local area.
Speak to your family, friends and contacts. They may have gone on a course you didn’t realise they had been on and word of mouth is a good way of hearing about it.
Good luck and let me know how you get on.
I have recently worked very hard to complete 10 modules of a Level 4 IAG Diploma. (Information, Advice and Guidance.)
I got given my modules on the 4th of May and had a tight deadline of the 25th of June, that was extended to the 27th of June. This Diploma is often done over a year and so I had my work cut out. With a lot of self-discipline, a lack of sleep and a huge amount of motivation, I succeeded in getting my coursework in by the 27th of June.
In order to motivate myself, I created a rewards list. That got larger and larger as time went on and I put more hours in to working. The list did work and now I am rewarding myself and it feels great. Here is my list:
- Meet my friends
- See my Grandma
- Visit my parents
- Eat sugar free, gluten free, chocolate ice-cream
- Go to the cinema
- Rent movies out
This list is not exhaustive, but captures all of the main points. Your list will be about what’s important to you.
In order to motivate yourself, it is essential to reward yourself once the work is done. It is important to give yourself little rewards as you go along, for the work you have done so far but if you tell yourself, you are not allowed to do some of the things until you have completed the work and it’s things you really want and need to do, then it will incentivise you to get the work done.
What is on your rewards list?