Meetings Programme

Our Spring 2024 programme has now been published. Details are shown below. You can also download a PDF copy (A4, then fold into A5).

Most meetings will take place at Broadway House, 4-8 Broadway. Newbury (by the clock tower) atarting at 1.45pm on Wednesdays. Occassionally, if enough job seekers are unalbe to attend, we will meet via Zoom. Our registered job seekers will receive details via email, including Zoom login details. To register with us - go to 'How To Join' on the job seekers' page. Joining and attending meetings is free.

Meetings last around just under two hours are in three parts: 1) Tell Me About Yourself (your short sales pitch);2) Hear and Share - sharing progress and tips; 3) A presentation/workshop om a specific topic (shown below): It roughly follow this curriculum. Not all modules are run each term and some new ones have been added since the map was created.

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.

Meetings Programme: January - April 2024

Date Workshop
10 Jan Getting (Re)started
The current state of the job market and how to approach it. An overview of the different ways of getting a job.
Presenter: David Skyrme :: Host: James Gardiner
17 Jan Tell Me About Yourself
Hone your response to this most frequently asked question by agencies and prospective employers
Presenter: Adrian Foster-Fletcher :: Host: David Skyrme
24 Jan What Employers Look For
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: David Skyrme
31 Jan Preparing A Winning CV
How to develop one that is right for you. We critique each other's CVs, so be ready to share your own.
Presenter: David Skyrme :: Host: James Gardiner
7 Feb Coping With Unemployment
Facing reality and how to cope – finances, relationships, stress etc. How to get organised and plan your job search.
Presenter: Dorothy Nesbit :: Host: Adrian Foster-Fletcher
14 Feb Half Term
No formal meeting during the half-term break. However, some volunteers may be available for a 1-on-1 session (must be pre-booked).
21 Feb Preparing for Interview
Increase your success rate at interviews through preparation, presentation and coping with those awkward questions
Presenter: Adrian Foster-Fletcher :: Host: James Gardiner
28 Feb The Hidden Job Market - Networking and Direct Approaches
Over 70% of jobs are not advertised. How to use personal networking and LinkedIn to unearth those hidden opportunities and then following up with a direct approach
Presenter: James Gardiner :: Host: David Skyrme
6 Mar Competency-based Interviews
In this common form of interview you need to have real examples using the STAR approach that demonstrate your competences. We may do role play – so be prepared!
Presenter: Dorothy Nesbit :: Host: Adrian Foster-Fletcher
13 Mar How To Uee Recruiters
How to get the best out of employment agencies, head hunters and HR departments
Presenter: Adrian Foster-Fletcher :: Host: Dorothy Nesbit
20 Mar Using LinkedIn Effectively
Advanced features of LinkedIn you can use to stand out from the crowd. We log in to LinkedIn and share profiles and tips.
Presenter: David Skyrme :: Host: Dorothy Nesbit
27 Mar Your Other Choices
Think about something different using your transferable skills, such as a career change, a portfolio of jobs or starting your own business
Presenter: James Gardiner :: Host: David Skyrme
  Easter Break
10 Apr Start of Summer Programme

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 1:30pm for a prompt 1:45pm start. 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 20th December 2023.



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