Wendy is a bit worried about Dave, particularly his reluctance to network. She hopes that her recent posts have encouraged him to give it a try.
She isn’t surprised that Dave is feeling a bit depressed and that things are difficult with his wife. Being made redundant is stressful for the individual concerned and those around them.
Life changes for the partner or spouse too and this can take a toll. It helps if you can talk about this together. And sometimes you may need outside help from a counsellor.
Keep an eye on how things are developing between you and if they are getting worse have the courage to ask for help! Much better that than to lose the relationship.
Thanks for your last letter.
I hope that my recent posts have encouraged you to try networking. I’m sure it really will help in your search for the right kind of work. I’ll be very interested to hear how you are getting on.
In my next couple of posts I’m going to concentrate on CVs and how you can use the work you have done on your STAR stories to show your competencies.
Yes, I do think potential employers will be interested in both your Civil Service jobs and the voluntary work you have done. But it is up to you to work out how to explain what you have done in a way that shows other people what you have delivered. Potential employers want to see evidence that you can deliver what they need. I’ll help you with this!
That is one of the reasons why you need to establish your own CV template that you can then adapt to each job application. If you read the adverts carefully you will usually find each advertiser is looking for something a little different. If it isn’t obvious from the advert then it may be when you do your home work.
If you are serious about your application, it is worth finding out more about each organization you are applying to be part of. You should be able to find out quite a lot using the internet. Then work out what extras you may be able to offer in terms of your particular experience. As I say above this needn’t just be related to paid work.
Anyway, when you have read my next couple of posts, I hope you have a go at producing the first version of you CV. I’ll be very pleased to review it for you.
Mean while, if you have any further questions please get in touch.
As I’ve said before, if there are other things you would like me to write about here please let me know
With very best wishes
You can find Dave’s letter to Wendy at this link
- >The Latest Letter from Dave and we have a dilemma – to network or not to networK? (leavingthepublicsector.net)
- >Transferable Skills (leavingthepublicsector.net)
- Job Search and the Internet – Using Social Media to Network (leavingthepublicsector.net)