Covid Redundancies – what next?

We are pretty aware that a lot of you aren’t having the easiest time at the moment with redundancies primarily in the engineering sector that we’ve spotted. Rather than allowing you to give up, we took a look around for the best places for support and we’ve found that the national careers service site has it pretty well covered.. (which saves us some effort!).

This page for example offers:

  • Redundancy advice: explains your rights during redundancy – how to recognise if it’s legal as it may be insolvency and they also share a link to ACAS.
  • Redundancy and furlough: If you were made redundant after the end of February then there are options for companies to rehire and then furlough you which may be worth looking into.
  • Manage your money: It has information on what monies you may be eligible for and financial planning tools.
  • Retrain or improve your skills: Obviously we are big on this with our workshop offerings and are big on apprenticeships and online training which you can find on our previous newsletters and on our training links page here.
  • Look for work: shares advice on where to look – and we agree that using the multiple networks in the area such as the codehub slack or attending the meetups. Also structuring your day to dedicate set times to apply is a great idea.
  • Help and support: They offer help and support – and likewise Women’s Tech Hub is here to support you so if you are interested come speak to us and also check out the jobs on our Jobsboard or send us your details and we can add you to our candidate’s list.

The good news is that companies are starting to hire again so its worth getting your CV together and speaking to us, as while we are working directky with some companies, we have lots of others that we are friends with and are aware that are looking to fill places. Our first priority is always towards our members and helping you all into great careers, so if you are concerned just come and have a chat.

Workshop Wednesday & All the rest

We will finally take a break as the next one falls on Bank holiday week and we are expecting most people to be taking a break. We will be back on the 9th and will be ramping up with presentations too. Girl Geek Dinners and Women Tech Founders as well as a new Monday slot called Manic Mondays to replace Free 3 Fridays will all be coming to an online place near you too, so watch this space while we get on with the organising. In the meantime contact us directly if you want some support or just a chat on info@wthub.org.

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Is your CV making it through the system?

Woman rejecting resumes

We often support our members by taking an independent look at their CV’s and giving them honest feedback on what we would and wouldn’t include. Often this is done as a peer to peer support as many of our members have been interviewers in the past so are relatively experienced in the role.

It’s interesting to see the differences in the CVs that come through – the engineering style is much more pointed and factual and the more creative ones are .. well more creative looking. The issue is that we know that no matter what font or how much time you have spent on your CV, really it’s mainly about the content. The reason being the pesky things called ATS Applicant Tracking System, which essentially read in your CV, strip it out, and put it into a database. That’s right, all your wonderful work and preferred font reduced to Times new roman inside a database, depressing isn’t it!?

However, if you were a company trying to read through 100 CV’s, some which appear to include candidates’ life stories, then you would most likely automate it too. Here’s a piece that Sara price (Thanks Sara) just shared from Top Resume site and worth a share on this point: ‘resume ATS readability‘.

Workshop Wednesday

The next online Workshop Wednesday will be this Wednesday on the 12th of August and will host three workshops :

  • Workshop #1 Bristol Data Science & Machine Learning : “Self-paced peer-supported study session” You can join up on their direct meetup here
  • Workshop #2 WebDev101 You can join here or via codehub here
  • Workshop #3 Kathryn Armistead running the Pyhton beginners course

*Software testing with Donna will come back in the autumn we believe

If you wish to do a talk then please let us know by email on info@wthub.org. We are happy to host other rooms if you want to discuss projects etc and if you wish to sponsor one the details are on our networking page here.

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Workshop Wednesday lineup on the 15th of July

Workshop Wednesdays

The next online Workshop Wednesday will host four workshops and some catch-up time in between should anyone want to share any initiatives they are working on or seeking help with. For this please send us details beforehand and we will share the info on a slideshare.

Join on meetup

Workshop Wednesday lineup on the 15th of July

The next online Workshop Wednesday will host four workshops and some catch-up time in between should anyone want to share any initiatives they are working on or seeking help with. For this please send us details beforehand and we will share the info on a slideshare.

The agenda is :

6pm : Zoom starts – info share and quick hi to everyone

6:15pm: 2 workshops running in separate rooms

Workshop #1 Donna Grimmer presenting:

Join us for a chat and presentations relevant to Software testing and how it plays an integral part of software development.

You can join the group here or pop in from their meetup https://www.meetup.com/Software-Testing-Online-Meetup-Group/events/qczdtrybckbcb/

Workshop #2 Eleanor Stowe

Design in Change Roles

In the world of change, there are numerous roles and job descriptions, most of which share a lot of skills and techniques that can be used across all of them and beyond into business as usual. You even see a lot of change professionals moving seamlessly from one change role to another; from Project Management, through Business Analysis to Product Management. Design roles are also a piece of the puzzle and no matter which change role you’re currently performing, in all change roles, an element of design will need to be utilised.

In this talk I’ll be going through:
• The design process and it’ similarities which other change lifecycles
• What activities design roles, business analysis and product roles share
• Techniques from the design toolkit that can be useful in business analysis, stakeholder management and other areas of change
• Other design techniques which you can use in any role in any business.

*If anyone wants to go work on a web project then we will open WebDev101 from 6.15 – but there will most likely not be hosted by anyone

7:15pm: Coffee/wine/cocktail/beer break – will stay live for any discussions

7:30pm: 2 workshops running in separate rooms

Workshop #3 WebDev101 Rob Squires presents:

How to deploy a static site with Netlify. A great way to get portfolio sites up and running”

Workshop #4 Kathryn Armistead running:

There will also be a Python beginners course at 7:30pm with Kathryn. It is following an online Python Course (https://www.udacity.com/course/introduction-to-python–ud1110), with fortnightly workshops to go over the course material with the opportunity to ask questions, share coursework etc. This week will be on consolidating lesson 4

8:30pm: Central chat and call out for any projects that people want to support etc.

9pm: Close

Notes:

  • Please Join up on our meetup page
  • All genders and ages welcome
  • Please abide by the rules of Women’s Tech Hub
  • We will not take photos or put any images of people attending and will ask attendees also to abide by these rules
  • We may *with agreement* record sessions to build up a resources library for members moving forward .. we are currently looking at the best manner/tooling with which to do this
  • We will be screen sharing and therefore do not expect attendees to share their videos
  • Should any members wish to continue a conversation rather than attending the main workshops lease request in the chat and we can open up a breakout room for you – you can share video in the breakout rooms
  • We would ask members not to speak over one another or the speaker – this is difficult so if possible either raise your hand or ask a question on chat so we can respond or put the question to the speaker at an appropriate time

Workshop Wednesday lineup on the 1st of July

Workshop Wednesdays

The next online Workshop Wednesday will host three workshops and some catch-up time in between should anyone want to share any initiatives they are working on or seeking help with. For this please send us details beforehand and we will share the info on a slideshare.

Join on meetup

The agenda is :

6pm : Zoom starts – info share and quick hi to everyone

6:15pm: 2 workshops running in separate rooms

Workshop #1 Donna Grimmer presenting:

Join us for a chat and presentations relevant to Software testing and how it plays an integral part of software development.

Learn the basic concept of testing and how it is implemented right from the start of a project.

You can join the group here or pop in from their meetup https://www.meetup.com/Software-Testing-Online-Meetup-Group/events/qczdtrybckbcb/

Workshop #2 David Darke presenting:

A beginner’s guide on how to use Git, possible workflows and tools. He’ll also cover why it’s also important for solo developers to use version control.

WebDev101 Breakout room

We will open up a breakout room for the WebDev101 should any members wish to work on web development together. Currently, we do not have a host so this will be on request and we can leave the room open for the full meeting

7:15pm: Coffee/wine/cocktail/beer break – will stay live for any discussions

7:30pm: 2 workshops

Workshop #2 Kathryn Armistead running:

There will also be a Python beginners course at 7:30pm with Kathryn. It is following an online Python Course (https://www.udacity.com/course/introduction-to-python–ud1110), with fortnightly workshops to go over the course material with the opportunity to ask questions, share coursework etc.

8:30pm: Central chat and call out for any projects that people want to support etc. Also time to make suggestions on subjects moving forward .. we are currently putting them together so will show the list and dates moving forward.

9pm: Close

Notes:

  • Please Join up on our meetup page
  • All genders and ages welcome
  • Please abide by the rules of Women’s Tech Hub
  • We will not take photos or put any images of people attending and will ask attendees also to abide by these rules
  • We may *with agreement* record sessions to build up a resources library for members moving forward .. we are currently looking at the best manner/tooling with which to do this
  • We will be screen sharing and therefore do not expect attendees to share their videos
  • Should any members wish to continue a conversation rather than attending the main workshops lease request in the chat and we can open up a breakout room for you – you can share video in the breakout rooms
  • We would ask members not to speak over one another or the speaker – this is difficult so if possible either raise your hand or ask a question on chat so we can respond or put the question to the speaker at an appropriate time

Workshop Wednesday lineup on the 17th of June

Workshop Wednesdays

The next online Workshop Wednesday will host four workshops and some catch-up time in between should anyone want to share any initiatives they are working on or seeking help with. For this please send us details beforehand and we will share the info on a slideshare.

Join on meetup

The agenda is :

6pm : Zoom starts – info share and quick hi to everyone

6:15pm: 2 workshops running in separate rooms

Workshop #1 Donna Grimmer presenting:

Join us for a chat and presentations relevant to Software testing and how it plays an integral part of software development.

Learn the basic concept of testing and how it is implemented right from the start of a project.

You can join the group here or pop in from this join up

*this is a women in software testing group but members of wthub and Codehub are welcome to attend if they are signed up to Workshop Wednesday

Workshop #2 Gabriela Morales presenting:

Tableau & Data visualisation for current Excel users (TBC)

WebDev101 Breakout room

We will open up a breakout room for the WebDev101 should any members wish to work on web development together. Currently, we do not have a host so this will be on request and we can leave the room open for the full meeting. You can join on the codehub meetup seperately here.

7:15pm: Coffee/wine/cocktail/beer break – will stay live for any discussions

7:30pm: 2 workshops

Workshop#3 James presenting his ‘intro to’ series:

An intro to SQL. This was run previously at our live event at Desklodge House and proved extremely popular.

He’ll be presenting some slides on SQL, relational databases and how to use them to store information. Then there will be at least one database server to play with, so please have a laptop available and you can try a few things.

We’ll look at how we create a database, query a database and, if we have time, structure it to optimise for different tasks.

Workshop #2 Kathryn Armistead running:

There will also be a Python beginners course at 7:30pm with Kathryn.  It is following an online Python Course (https://www.udacity.com/course/introduction-to-python–ud1110), with fortnightly workshops to go over the course material with the opportunity to ask questions, share coursework etc.  For the next workshop we will cover lesson 3: there is quite a lot of substance here and all things that you will use over and over again, so if you have time any extra practice will stand you in good stead.

8:30pm: Central chat and call out for any projects that people want to support etc. Also time to make suggestions on subjects moving forward .. we are currently putting them together so will show the list and dates moving forward.

9pm: Close

Notes:

  • Please Join up on our meetup page
  • All genders and ages welcome
  • Please abide by the rules of Women’s Tech Hub
  • We will not take photos or put any images of people attending and will ask attendees also to abide by these rules
  • We may *with agreement* record sessions to build up a resources library for members moving forward .. we are currently looking at the best manner/tooling with which to do this
  • We will be screen sharing and therefore do not expect attendees to share their videos
  • Should any members wish to continue a conversation rather than attending the main workshops lease request in the chat and we can open up a breakout room for you – you can share video in the breakout rooms
  • We would ask members not to speak over one another or the speaker – this is difficult so if possible either raise your hand or ask a question on chat so we can respond or put the question to the speaker at an appropriate time