I currently teach Blogging as an aid to recovery for the Recovery Learning Community, for the NHS, as a self-employed person. Tomorrow I have an interview to work for the NHS Staff Bank as an employed person. This means I will have two employed jobs and still be self-employed. In effect, I am applying for my own job, but as an employed person. I had to fill out a 15 page application form and provide 12 pages of supporting information. It took me about a week and a half to do this because of working at my full-time day job.
There are 4 key ingredients to having a successful interview, the 4 Ps as I call them. Learn what they are in this video.
If you found this video helpful and you would like to see more videos you can subscribe to my YouTube quirkybooksTV channel by going to http://www.youtube.com/user/quirkybooksTV and hitting the subscribe button. I have 6 subscribers so far, 5 of whom are followers of this blog, thanks so much to Al, Ste, Mike, Mr Lattimer and Ralph. You rock!
Don’t worry if video is not your thing, I will still be writing lots of posts and sharing other bloggers’ fantastic posts.
Don’t miss my written post on Monday 26th of May, I have a treat in store for you, an Author interview with Ian Kane.
I am still working on the final edit of my book and it is taking longer than I expected, but it will be worth the wait.
After a short break, I am working back in my day job again, and I start teaching Blogging as an aid to recovery on Monday 24th of February. I had planned to publish my book in February, depending on how long it took to edit it to a standard that I am happy with. Although I have people waiting to buy my book, I won’t compromise on quality, and I know they wouldn’t want me to. It looks likely I will publish it in March rather than February.
I now own the copyright of the book cover illustration and design, although credit still goes to my illustrator Victoria Warby for creating it. I think she has done a fantastic job.
Please note that the entire book cover is copyrighted and will be revealed in the future – For now, I can exclusively reveal the Book Blurb.
Break Through The Barriers of Redundancy Book Blurb: Copyright Sandra Bellamy/quirkybooks – Cover Illustration created by Victoria Warby
Coming soon to Amazon: My new book – Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy To Get Back Into Work: – An A-Z ‘How to’ guide.
Thanks for your lovely comforting comments during my time of illness. I will get around to replying to each one them when I can. I am still poorly but managed to write a post and publish it on my beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com blog site.
Despite being ill for a while now, in the post, I have focused on both my personal and professional successes for 2013. This includes writing successes.
As you are a huge part of my success, I thought you would like to read it so we can celebrate together. Here it is:
I would like to thank you all for your continued support during 2013.
Not only have I accomplished a lot personally but professionally too.
Personal highlights include:
Receiving a Good Citizens Award from the police.
Meeting and speaking to HM the Queen at St James’s Palace.
Becoming a self-employed Tutor and teaching my first Blogging as an aid to recovery course – How to start a WordPress.com blog.
Professional highlights include:
beatredundancyblues won a Special Recognition FT4G Business Award in February.
beatredundancyblues published a redundancy success story in December about Sherri Matthews fulfilling her writing dreams after the age of 50: Read Sherri’s success story
I couldn’t have done it without you.
I would like to wish each and every one of you a Happy Christmas and a hugely successful 2014.
I would like to reiterate my thanks to you.
As I still have lots of work to do on my book over the next few days and need to get some sleep and rest, I won’t be able to comment, like or post as much. I will write as soon as I am able to, keep smiling, you are awesome.
I published this post recently but it would seem that it has posted in the month that I first started to write it in draft form. This may have caused you to miss it in your reader and so here it is again.
( A huge thanks to Ralph, from bluefish way.com who left a comment on the original post. It will be a huge help to my learners.)
It’s official, amongst everything else I do, I am a Tutor for the RLC (Recovery Learning Community).
I will be teaching my first course, “Blogging as an aid to recovery” on the 18th and 25th of November and 2nd of December.
The RLC provides a range of educational, practical and creative courses, for students with mental health difficulties and their family and friends who support them.
I will be teaching students how to start a WordPress.com blog of their own, that they can continue to use after the course has finished.
I will be teaching students how blogging can make them to feel better and improve their quality of life through:
Building online relationships and friendships.
Communicating with like-minded people.
Improving communication skills.
Building confidence and self-esteem.
Giving them something to focus on.
Giving them a sense of purpose and a reason to get up in the morning.
Plus loads more fantastic reasons.
I would love for my students to know how blogging has aided your recovery. Please leave a message in the comments section so that I can share your story with them.
I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you, that liked and shared my blog article “Have you got the guts to run your own business” on Sage One. It could just as easily have been called “Have you got the guts to run your own writing business.”
For those of you who are currently unemployed and interesting in starting your own writing business, this article explains how the Enterprise Club Start-up Training Course can help you, by finding out if you have got what it takes to start and run a business. At the end of the course you will be able to decide whether or not you have a viable business model with a business plan that predicts a profit. You can use this business plan to apply for the National Enterprise Allowance. With the National Enterprise Allowance (NEA) you get the opportunity to work with a business mentor and the chance of having a loan of up to £1000. I did this course whilst I was unemployed last year and learnt a lot of valuable information, knowledge and skills, that has helped me on my way to turning my writing into a business.
As you can see from the following screen shot, the article has received good feedback and lots of sharing across social media. In particular I want to give a humungous thank you to Louise from Inspire your business, who took the time to comment on the blog post itself on the Sage One website. Louise, you are awesome and your support is greatly appreciated. For anyone interested in running their own business, Louise’s blog offers inspiration and advice. Here is the link to her site: inspireyourbusiness.wordpress.com
Please let me know what you think by commenting below and if possible, by commenting on the blog itself.
Paul Lancaster asked me to write it, he is in charge of the blogging for Sage One and I met him at The Business Show in London in June. He is also an author for Wiley who write the Dummie books. http://www.dummies.com
At present, Wiley have a book proposal from me under their division of Capstone. http://www.thisiscapstone.com Any positive comments I get on the Sage One blog itself, should help towards persuading them to publish me, so I would appreciate any help that you could give me.
Thank you in advance and many thanks for all of the lovely comments that I have received about this blog and about me. I appreciate your support, love and care.
I am mega busy at the moment creating my beatredundancyblues.co.uk website, it will be very similar to beatredundancyblues.com with all of your favourite information pages but with a blog added for much more interaction with you. This way you can let me know what you like and what you don’t and what other help and support you need in your quest to find employment.
I realise not all of you will have been made redundant but when it’s officially launched and no longer under construction, I would still appreciate your feedback on the content.
Watch this space for the official launch of beatredundancyblues.co.uk
My web host who hosts beatredundancyblues.com has decided to stop people from using RVSiteBuilder to build any new website by removing it from their system. As my site is built using this, I now have to get access to my site admin panel through a link. I was informed that eventually the RVSiteBuilder will be dis-continued completely. beatredundancyblues.co.uk was due to be launched at the end of this year but in light of this new challenge, I am creating it now and transferring it’s valuable information over to beatredundancyblues.co.uk. I have to do this manually and re-format it before adding it to the new WordPress.Org site for beatredundancyblues.co.uk
For those of you who are not familiar with beatredundancyblues.com and what is is about, here is an except from it:
This website is designed to give you easy access to a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills needed to survive redundancy and get back into work. No longer do you have to trawl through website after website trying to find the information you want, you can get it all here at the click of a button.
Make your job search easier by getting instant access to these sites at the click of a button. Find an area that interests you and get right to it.
I have to say that using WordPress.org compared to the .com version has been far more challenging than I thought it would be. What experience have you had with the .org version compared to the .com? Have you got any advice or hints and tips on how to get the best out of using the .org version?
To those of you who have given me blog awards recently, I will officially acknowledge them in the future but it will be at a later date that I had originally planned. Thanks in advance, I very much appreciate your support.
On thursday this week, I am going to an awards ceremony by the police to be awarded a Good Citizens Award. I feel honoured and humbled to be getting the award and thought I would let you know.