National Careers Service
The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers.
For more information and for a free 'Lifelong Learning Account', please see here for more details.
R40 - Use form R40 to claim back tax if you think you've paid too much on your savings interest and send the completed form to your Tax Office
R85 - Use form R85 to tell your bank or building society that you qualify for tax free interest on your account.
Calculating Your Redundancy - https://www.gov.uk/calculate-your-redundancy-pay
Calculating Your State Pension - https://www.gov.uk/calculate-state-pension
National Insurance Options - https://www.gov.uk/voluntary-national-insurance-contributions
National Insurance Credits - https://www.gov.uk/national-insurance-credits
Jobseekers Allowance - https://www.gov.uk/jobseekers-allowance
If you are receiving Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) you could be entitled to reduced cost travel. You will also need to get a Travel Discount Card. If you want to benefit from this, please see the TFL website for Jobseekers.
Further information on the Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card to travel more cheaply in London, if you are on Jobseekers Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support.
Money Advice Service
Free, unbiased and indepent information about many things including for those who have lost their jobs or out of work.
They have online tools and services to provide information, for example to help with aspects such as redundancy:
- Take control of your finances
- Know your redundancy rights
- Claim benefits and any overpaid tax you're owed
- Claim on your insurance
- Get help finding a new job
If you want to check out what they have to offer please see their website - https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/?locale=en
Businesses and Self-employed
Information about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you're self employed or a sole trader.
European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
Are you in need of developing your computer skills? If so, you can get help through ECDL
Computers and the Internet are an essential part of everyday life. People who lack the skills to use computers and the Internet miss out on a valuable resource and run the risk of being left behind. ECDL Foundation offers two single module certification programmes for complete beginners and those with limited knowledge of computers and the Internet.
ECDL / ICDL Advanced Programmes are high-level certification programmes made up of modules for those who have successfully reached ECDL / ICDL skills levels and wish to further enhance their expertise in any one, or all, of four commonly-used computer application types: word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations.
ECDL Foundation offers two professional level certifications, the European Certification of Informatics Professionals (EUCIP) & Certifed Training Professional (CTP).
Go to their website to learn more. Sometimes, these course are available for free (terms and conditions apply) and it is worth asking your local Jobcentre Plus or if not signed on there, speak to your local college as they may have ESF (European Social Funding) funding that may allow you to access these courses (again T's&C's permitting)
Enterprise M3 LEP
Want to know what's happening in business in Basingstoke, the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a public/private partnership set up to support and sustain economic growth at a local level.
Take a look at their website for more details EnterpriseM3
If you want to keep up with the economic growth of our region, each month Enterprise M3 publishes an Economy and Business Snapshots. These reports, produced by Hampshire County Council, provide an overview of the local, regional and national economic and business intelligence published that month.
Basing View Business Park Development
Keep abreast of the changes in the Basing View area but signing up to the website and also take a look at the develop plans over coming years.
There is a vast amount of investment going in to the area which is now set to undergo major redevelopment and transformation to create a truly 21st Century business location.
"It is recognised that if Basing View is to successfully fulfil its role as a regional business location new investment is required to improve the quality of the estate infrastructure and the provision of complimentary facilities to support the park now and its future growth. The area offers scope for significant growth of new business premises making the area one of the largest business parks in the south east".
You can find more details on the Basing View website
Basingstoke & Deane Community Leisure
Need a break from searching for that illusive job - take some time out to relax the mind and use the opportunity to work on your health and vitality through exercise.
Concessional prices and membership rates are available at Basingstoke Aquadrome, Tadley Swimming Pool and Basingstoke Golf Centre for residents of Basingstoke and Deane.
For job seekers to qualify you will need to provide your Job Seekers Allowance - card or letter (valid for 3 months).
See their website for more details and some very good discounted rates
4Networking - Free Audio Books
As one of our key business supporters, Brad Burton, MD of 4 Networking has kindly offered M3 Job Club Members a free audio copies of his best selling books, 'Get Off Your Arse' and "Get Off Your Arse Too"!
As Brad puts it: "I've learned some amazing lessons since then, which I shares in these books, along with how 4Networking started and how YOU can get the most from the network for your business.
So please do have a listen on and let Brad know what you thought on their forum or perhaps via Twitter @BradBurton.
To receive your copy please send an email to the Job Club and request the link and for the password required to access the downloads. This is only available to members of the M3 Job Club.
"Basingstoke ’s thriving commercial sector, which encompasses a wide range of businesses - from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to multi-nationals - is testament to its desirability as a business location". Click on the logo for more information...
One of our fine business volunteers, Alan Donegan has video'd a number of presentation tips that you can watch and glean insights for you to use if you are required to do a presentation at interview or anywhere really.
Please see his Top 10 Tips for presenting here for more information.
The Open University provides access to over 600 free online courses of which some may be of value to you in terms f skills development or just to keep your mind sharp and focusses.
http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/ is the web address you need to access the many short courses
Members of the M3 Job Club can gain access to a shared areas filled with templates, tools, documents, ebooks, questions and other helpful information on everything from CV's to Interviews and Starting a Business to Volunteering.
Once you attend the job club and register as a member, we will then send you an invite to access this valuable resource.
What's more it is free for your personal use which has been supplied courtesy of our business partners to help you in your job search process.
If you don't have access yet, send me an email for more details.
Useful Web Links and Documents
You may find some of these links helpful in your job search; all the links that are suggested here are free to access but some do have other links off to other sites that may require you to pay for a service.
A lot of the information that you need, unless you have received or are receiving outplacement support, you will be able to obtain from the Internet, without charge, and therefore save a fortune on costs you can ill afford whilst being out of work.
For members, we also have a Dropbox account that has interview questions, ebooks, templates and a host of other supporing reading to help you in your job search.
Please note: M3 Job Club does not support or recommend any of the organisations or the links supplied nor are we affiliated to any product/service or business listed. Organisations supporting the job club will be highlighted as appropriate. This is for information and research purposes only.
LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com
This site is recognised as the business networking tool. It is recommended that you should only use it in this context to network with other business professionals seeking colleagues or business associates, discuss topics in groups or keep in contact with those you have worked or dealt with in the past and the present. As LinkedIn states, “Your professional network of trusted contacts gives you an advantage in your career, and is one of your most valuable assets. LinkedIn exists to help you make better use of your professional network and help the people you trust in return”.
Please see here for a simple guide to help you set up a LinkedIn profile
Set up your LinkedIn profile? Take a look at this profile assessment to see how your profile fairs
Twitter – www.twitter.com
This site is a being used by many businesses more and more as a tool not only for social prposes but networking, job searching, posting, etc. More organisations are utilising the speed and effectiveness of Tweets that Twitter reaches.
If you don't have an account, sign up for one and start talking as you never know the contacts you may make (if used properly) to make connections.
Follow our Twitter feed to be kept up to date @M3JobClub
Networking in Berkshire - http://www.networkinginberkshire.co.uk/
An independent guide that lists all the networking events that take place within the Royal County of Berkshire.
Meetup - http://www.meetup.com/cities/gb/f2/
Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organise a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. This link takes you to Hampshire and lists many of the towns in the region to get you out and about.
Chamber of Commerce - http://www.northhampshireenterprise.co.uk/
North Hampshire Enterprise is the Chamber of Commerce covering the Aldershot, Fleet, Basingstoke, Andover and Winchester areas. Part of the British Chambers of Commerce, we can give you access to 100,000 other Chamber members across the country, and through the network of international Chambers, across the world.
Federation of Small Business - http://www.fsb.org.uk/
The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has 210,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches.
Connecting Biz - http://connectingbiz.co.uk/
Have you got a business? Are you looking to meet with other businesses locally?
Well, Connecting Biz will help you connect, which could mean more business for you!
Connecting Biz is NOW in Basingstoke! with RADIO ADVERTISING bringing more business people together than any other marketing medium!
This section is aimed at all those organisations that are available to assist you with any employment, legal or monetary information.
Citizens Advice Bureau - http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/index.htm
The ‘Adviceguide’ website is the main public information service of Citizens Advice, providing people with round-the-clock access to CAB information on their rights - including benefits, housing and employment, and on debt, consumer and legal issues.
Acas stands for Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service. They help with employment relations by supplying up-to-date information, independent advice and high quality training, and working with employers and employees to solve problems and improve performance.
Starting or started a new business -
GrowthAccelerator is a service provided by the country’s leading business growth specialists, known for delivering uniquely tailored advice to high-flying businesses – advice that gets hard results. It’s a partnership between private enterprise and government. And it’s affordable.
BusinessLink - Enterprise M3 Business Link Helpline Tel: 0845 600 9006 (9.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday).
Did you know that the Business Link Helpline is still available and continues to provide a quick response service to people with questions about starting or running a business and those who are unable to find the support they are looking for via web-based services.
The Business Link Helpline helps pre-starts, new start-ups and existing businesses to identify advice needs and gain fast access to on-line support and/or access to trusted business experts at the national and local level.
A specialist business advice service also forms part of the Helpline service offer. For businesses that are in need of additional assistance or who have more complex issues this targeted service provides those meeting specific criteria with a more personalised and in-depth advice through a small team of Business Support Advisers (BSAs).
This section contains general web sites or blogs of information that may be of use to read. Some of these sites are American, however, there is a lot of overlap between the experiences of people from the UK and the USA except where it comes to Government advice, benefits, etc. so this needs to be borne in mind
Project Implicit - https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/ - a very interesting site that also contributes to ongoing research. It is well known that people don't always 'speak their minds', and it is suspected that people don't always 'know their minds'. Understanding such divergences is important to scientific psychology. This web site presents a method that demonstrates the conscious-unconscious divergences much more convincingly than has been possible with previous methods. This new method is called the Implicit Association Test, or IAT for short.
What do the different qualification levels mean?: Different qualifications are grouped together into various 'levels'. This can help you (and employers) see how qualifications compare and how one type can lead on to another. To find out about the different levels and where you can get advice on which qualifications to choose see this slide or go to the Ofqual website for more details.
The 'Take-Home' Calculator
Trying to work out what that annual gross salary actually means? Let The Take-Home Calculator tell you what it's worth on a monthly, weekly or daily basis - our tax calculator also considers NI, student loan and pension contributions. Discover what a difference a few hours overtime will make.
The Hourly Wage Calculator
Don't know what your salary is, just the hourly rate? Let The Hourly Wage Calculator do all the sums for you - after the tax calculations, see the annual pay, and the monthly, weekly or daily take-home. Discover what a difference a few hours overtime will make.
The Required Salary Calculator
Want to work it backwards? Wondering what salary will support the lifestyle you desire? Provide the monthly take-home you want, and let The Required Salary Calculator's reverse tax calculator do the rest.
The Mortgage Repayment Calculator
Looking at buying a house? Switching mortgages? Let The Mortgage Repayment Calculator tell you what a difference those interest rates make.
The Debt Consolidation Calculator
Do you have lots of debts mounting up? The Debt Consolidation Calculator can help you see if you could be better off with all those debts in one loan.
Please click here for the website
Please note that the M3 Job Club is not responsible for external links
Talent Retention System
The Talent Retention Solution (TRS) puts skilled individuals looking for work and companies searching for new employees in direct contact with each other. The TRS is a UK wide scheme which aims to retain skills in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Sector, including Aerospace, Automotive, Civil Engineering, Defence, Energy, Marine, Manufacturing, Nuclear, Power Generation and Renewable industries.
What's more, this is a free service and focusses purely on skills matching from the over 1000 companies listed on the system.
Twitter – www.twitter.com
This site is a becoming more recognised as a business tool in addition to its renowned status as a social networking tool. More organisations are utilising the speed and effectiveness of Tweets that Twitter reaches. There is also a site called ‘twitjobsearch’, which is a job search tool for Twitter - http://www.twitjobsearch.com
Twitter Jobs: Many companies are now using Twitter to inform and engage with jobseekers and have specific Twitter IDs set up to direct potential talent to their jobs pages. Jobsite has come up with another approach to get relevant job Tweets as a DM (direct message) to your Twitter account. More details of how to set this up can be found here
CV and Interview Information
Totaljobs has some useful information you may want to take a look at to help you to write a personal profile
Skills: if you are in need of adding in your transferable skills, please see this list to help you.
See this link for some examples of questions for you to practice with some of the big names in business to prepare you for your next interview.
Also please see Interview Preparation Questions to print off and answer to help you focus on how would answer these questions should they arise in an interview
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)
The REC is the professional body dedicated to representing the interests of the UK’s £19.7 billion recruitment industry in Parliament, Whitehall, the European Commission and to press and opinion formers.
We represent 3,750 Corporate Members, with more than 7,700 branches, and 5,550 Individual Members within the Institute of Recruitment Professionals.
We are committed to raising standards and highlighting excellence throughout the recruitment industry and all REC Members must abide by the REC Code of Professional Practice.
Company Information Searches
This section focuses on sites that provide free searches on company information to help you to research you targeted companies or find out details about an organisation for the next interview.
Of course the best sites to go to are the companies themselves but look at their marketing pages or investment links as sometimes these have more details than the rest of their site as they provide information to tempt investment in their business. Download any Annual Results documents that are publicly available for all PLC’s.
http://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm - Glassdoor, is your free inside look at jobs and companies salary details, company reviews, and interview questions — all posted anonymously by employees and job seekers.
Take a look at the many companies and locations in the Basingstoke area as a good starting point to searching jobs directly on their careers/jobs pages - http://www.destinationbasingstoke.co.uk/?page=BusinessDirectory
Apart from the usual big agencies like Hays, Reed, etc., there are a number of specialist agencies around that may provide a more focused and dedicated service to help you find your next role - http://www.basingstoke.co.uk/local/Jobs_and_Recruitment/
This section is aimed at sites that are looking to engage people to volunteer for activities that may or may not be work related but aimed at getting you engaged and meeting people.
Do-it - http://www.do-it.org.uk/. Do-it was launched in 2001 with the first national database of volunteering opportunities in the UK. Do-it is part of the registered charity YouthNet, a non-profit-making organisation. We do not charge people to use the database as we believe that volunteering should be free to the user and so make a small charge to organisations registering their opportunities to ensure this.
Basingstoke Voluntary Services - http://www.voluntaryservices.com/. Basingstoke Voluntary Services - http://www.voluntaryservices.com/index.php Basingstoke Voluntary Services (BVS) is a member of the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) that collectively form a network of local charities offering support and development services to the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) across the UK.
BVS was set up in 1965 as a result of the town expansion. It has been instrumental in starting many of the charities that are now household names in the Borough.
Thinking of going contracting? Need to work out an equivalent rate or have questions about what to do about starting off in contracting?
One of our excellent supporters, ContractorCalculator can help you. Please go to the Contractor Doctor and ask your question
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