Meetings Programme

Details of our Autumn 2021 programme are shown below. You can also download a PDF copy (A4 folded into A5)

The series of meetings covers the whole lifecycle of the job seeking process, from getting started to improving your performance on the phone and at interviews. However, the timing of redundancies hardly ever coincides with the start of a cycle! Never mind, join us, and we will brief you on what you have missed. See our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) for newcomers.

Our weekly meetings take place on Wednesdays. They are either on Zoom at 10am or at Broadway House (scroll down for details) at 2pm. So check carefully below to determine the correct 'venue'. The meetings last about an hour and a half to two hours. Scroll down to read more about the meeting format. See also the curriculum map. Not all modules are run each term and some new ones have been added since the map was created.

Meetings are free for job seekers who have registered with Careers Springboard West Berkshire.

To register with us, go to 'How To Join' on the job seekers' page.

Meetings Programme: Sep-Dec 2021

15 Sep Getting (Re)started (Zoom 10am)
Latest updates on the job market. We share experiences using the A-E framework of getting a job, creating your job search strategy, organising your job search approach and marketing yourself.
Presenter: David Skyrme :: Host: Adrian Foster-Fletcher
22 Sep Competency-based Interviews (Broadway House 2pm)
In this common form of interview you need to have real examples that demonstrate your competences. This session helps you prepare for for such interviews through adopting the STAR approach.
Presenter: John Newell :: Host: Charles Fowler
29 Sep What Employers Look For (Zoom 10am)
Learn what it's like from the other side and get some tips on how you can make yourself seem the ideal candidate
Presenter: Adrian Foster-Fletcher :: Host: Peter Adams
6 Oct Preparing Your CV (Broadway House 2pm)
We review different formats of CV and discuss how to develop one that is right for you. We critique each other's CVs, so have a copy of your own to 'screen share'.
Presenter: David Skyrme :: Host: John Newell
13 Oct The Hidden Job Market (1) - Networking (Zoom 10am)
Over 70% of jobs are not advertised. How to use personal networking and LinkedIn to unearth those hidden opportunities and get connected to those who can give you a job
Presenter: David Skyrme :: Host: Jan Dixon
20 Oct Mentoring Day
No formal meeting during the half-term break. Either pre-arranged 1-on-1 support or a short update/self-help meeting on Zoom.
27 Oct Preparing for Interview (Broadway House 2pm)
Increase your success rate at interviews through preparation, presentation and coping with those awkward questions
Presenter: Adrian Foster-Fletcher :: Host: Ian Vickerage
3 Nov Tell Me About Yourself (Broadway House 2pm)
Hone your response to this most frequently asked question by agencies and prospective employers
Presenter: Adrian Foster-Fletcher :: Host: Jan Dixon
10 Nov Using LinkedIn Effectively (Zoom 10am)
LinkedIn can help you find and develop those contacts who can help you get your next job. In this session we login to LinkedIn and share profiles and tips for getting the most out of this vital networking tool.
Presenter: Peter Adams :: Host: Jan Dixon
17 Nov The Hidden Job Market (2) - The Direct Approach (Broadway House 2pm)
Turning recruitment on its head! How to make direct approaches to prospective employers through better targeting and by developing a compelling 'value proposition' and leveraging your network.
Presenter: David Skyrme :: Host: John Newell
24 Nov Responding to Adverts (Zoom 10am)
When hundreds are applying for the same job, how do you decide whether and how to reply? This session helps you read between the lines, decide if it’s worth your time and prepare your response.
Presenter: Jan Dixon:: Host: David Skyrme
1 Dec How Recruiters Work (Broadway House 2pm)
How to get the best out of employment agencies, head hunters and HR departments
Presenter: Adrian Foster-Fletcher :: Host: Ian Vickerage
8 Dec Your Other Choices (Zoom 10am)
Think about something different using your transferable skills, such as a career change, a portfolio of jobs or starting your own business
Presenter: Adrian Foster-Fletcher :: Host: Peter Adams
15 Dec Review Session - Top Tips (Zoom 10am)
Job seekers share experiences of what has worked well for them using the various methods covered in the workshops during this term
Spring Term 2022
After the Christmas break our programme of meetings will resume on 5 Jan 2022

Speakers and topics are subject to change without notice, although this happens only occasionally.

Programme Extras

During the course of a programme, the following extras may take place, depending on demand and volunteer availability. Since these are often decided at short notice (1-2 weeks ahead), details are provided to registered members in the weekly email.

Format

Each meeting follows roughly the following format:

At our face-to-face meetings there will be light refreshments available on a side table in the conference room.

Venue

Broadway House

All face-to-face meetings take place at:
Broadway House
4-8 The Broadway
Northbrook Street
NEWBURY
RG14 1BA
We usually meet in Conference Room G9 on the ground floor. You will need to use a phone in the lobby to gain access.

Broadway House is a three-storey red-brick building very close to the Clock Tower and opposite Domino's Pizza. The building is run and funded by the Greenham Common Trust, and has recently been refurbished to a high standard, with air-conditioning throughout. Most of the occupants, permanent and temporary, are charities.

Click here for a location map

The doors to the conference room are open from 1:45pm. If you come later you will have to telephone for access from a phone in the main corridor.

The nearest car park is in Pelican Lane, just north of Broadway House. Other nearby car parks are at Park Way and the multi-storey Newbury Council car park behind W H Smith, with access via West Street.

Go to the West Berkshire website for more information (opens in a new tab):

West Berkshire Council Car Parks



This page last updated 19th September 2021.



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