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Brighter Prospects (April 2012)
One of our speakers said that the latter part of last year was the toughest job market he had seen in 25 years of being a recruiter. However, we are now seeing some improvement and in recent weeks, several of our job-seekers, some of whom have been out of work for 6 months or more, have successfuly landed jobs. On the other hand we are starting to see more fall-out from the cut backs in the public sector, something that we anticipated last year but did not materialise.
We still see networking as one of the most reliable ways of getting a job. Just recently one jobseeker wrote "Something you might find amusing is that despite my often stated distaste for networking, it was an ex-colleague in my network, who now works for a recruitment agency that put me onto the job. She made an announcement to her friends on Facebook that she had the vacancy and had my CV in her in-box 15 minutes later. So it does somewhat support the notion that most jobs come through the network! I had to see it to believe it though!"
That's why networking and the hidden job market features prominently in our programme, and we give you the confidence to practice it in a risk-free environment.
Newsletter (Autumn 2011)
The following topics appear in our Autumn newsletter:
- Chairman's Update - George Athorn comments on our work over 5 years, our funding challenges and a new addition to our programme (see next item)
- Interview Plus - interview role playing with actors as part of The Watermill Theatre outreach programme
- Job Seeker Profile - Kath Clouston: how she changed career after redundancy and her tips for job seekers
- Volunteer Profile - John Newell: his dual life as a coach and assessor, alongside organising our programme and helping job seekers
- Keeping the Show on the Road - thanks to a donation from Thomas Eggar and a new way making it easier to donate online
- Feature: Writing Application Letters - a way to make an impact in this era dominated by email.
Tightening Job Market (December 2011)
We have noticed a sharp tightening of the job market since September. Until then it had been slow but steady, with even some degree of optimism. However, our job seekers report longer than usual recruitment processes and a succession of interviews for a single job that spread out over several months. One has even had nine interviews, and the process continues. Despite that our job seekers are getting jobs, albeit some only temporary (e.g. 3-month) contracts. We expect to see more jobseekers make their own job, rather than waiting for employers to recruit. Despite the economic gloom let's hope things look up at least a bit in 2012.
Five Years and Going Strong (August 2011)
We have now completed five years as a volunteer-led organisation. During that time we have helped over 450 people in their search for work at an average cost of just over £100 per person, thanks to hundreds of hours of time given freely by our highly qualified volunteers. In 2010 we enrolled 80 job seekers, of which at least 52 went back into paid employment (not everybody gives us feedback). Although activity is not as frenetic as at the peak of the recession in 2009, there is a regular flow of new job seekers - as well as a regular flow of good news from those who have found a new job.
Our newsletter goes out to supporters and alumni. Articles in the Spring 2011 newsletter (PDF) include:
- Chairman's update - 2010: another busy year but not as hectic as 2009
- The Foundation for Jobseekers Ltd. - a new umbrella charity for our network of job clubs
- Steady as she goes - statistical trends 2006-10, new job seekers, active members
- Job seeker profile - how someone who worked for 19 years in the telecomms industry persevered and landed a project manager's job in financial services
- Workshop feature: direct approaches: how to target potential employers and communicate your value to them
- A volunteer profile - how one of our volunteers radically changed his career - from a corporate HR manager to a portfolio career that includes freelance work and volunteering
- A find farewell - to Isabella Kerr, the Branshaw Foundation's project manager for all the Thames Valley Executive Job Clubs, and who got us started in 2006.
Earlier News and Newsletters
You can view earlier newsletters in our archive. There you will find more examples of how job seekers found employment, the background of some of our volunteers, and workshop features:
- Spring 2010 Newsletter: feature on networking, new supporters, committee changes
- Summer 2009 Newsletter: new volunteers, telephone tips, no summer break
- Spring 2008 Newsletter: our job seekers, feature on CVs, thanks to Town Hall
Our earlier news pages are also available:
- News Archive 2009-10: surge in new joiners, light at the end of the tunnel
- News Archive 2007-8: marketing, accreditation
This page last updated 4th April 2012
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