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ORP/RAV "Job Active Tracking" course

I have just received notification from the ORP that I have to attend a course in August on job search techniques, writing a CV, interview techniques and so on. I did something similar last summer as part of a previous redundancy package, when my employer paid for six hours of sessions with an "outplacement" consultant.

The difference here though is that the ORP course is more or less full-time: six hours a day for three weeks.

I was just wondering if anyone else has attended one of these courses, and how useful it was. Any comments from anybody?
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Re: ORP/RAV "Job Active Tracking" course

Judging by your post it's clear you're able to write a sentence and be reasonably understood. Those courses are kinda useless unless you've never written a decent CV before. Many moons ago I went on such a course and the people running it were lovely but teaching a bunch of well qualified people how to introduce themselves seemed a waste of time.

Interview technique on camera was useful to show you how you present yourself.

I'd imagine it'd be useful if you've not worked in a professional environment or you're young and fresh to the business world. Frankly, it interfered with job hunting although you do tend to meet some interesting folk in the same boat, which is probably the social element they try to encourage. Job hunting can be a very lonesome pursuit: good luck.
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although you do tend to meet some interesting folk in the same boat, which is probably the social element they try to encourage.
It will certainly be a networking opportunity and, I have to say, all credit to the ORP for funding this kind of thing. I found the one I did last year useful because, after 30-odd years of continuous employment, it was a very long time since I had written a CV or a motivation letter. Whether I really need to do another one a year later is something that I am not convinced of, but it may turn out to be very good, who knows....
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Re: ORP/RAV "Job Active Tracking" course

I was on a similar course 2 years ago, but 8-10 days over a 6 week period.

I must say, it was very useful, and I got a job (although it was only a "Zwischenverdienst") before the course was over, so sadly I did not get the days with Interview tips.

The trainer went through our CV's and References, and explained a bit about reference coding and there was some exercises about teamwork and working individually, to help identify advertisings fitting better to our personality.

At that time, I had been unemployed for a couple of months, so it was also very nice to have something to get up for again.

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Re: ORP/RAV "Job Active Tracking" course

I think they also trying to keep you busy.
I was just informed by the RAV that I have to attend
3 months of intensive German language training for
4 hours a day Monday to Friday.

Actually they even pay for your train tickets to the course and
back.Quite nice that.

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I think they also trying to keep you busy.
I was just informed by the RAV that I have to attend
3 months of intensive German language training for
4 hours a day Monday to Friday.
It's a gift; do extra homework. Really.
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At that time, I had been unemployed for a couple of months, so it was also very nice to have something to get up for again.
Yes, that's a very good point. Although technically I have only been unemployed since the start of June, I did not have to work my notice period and had virtually no work to do in the two months before that (hence the layoff...). So in reality, it's almost five months since my mind was subjected to its habitual level of activity. It will do me good, I'm sure.
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