Youngsters take advantage of employment event in Croydon
More than 50 young people got the opportunity to meet and be interviewed by potential employers last week.
The event, which took place on October 22, was organised by JobCentre Plus who teamed up with the London Borough of Croydon and Croydon Commitment to help young people find work.
About 15 companies took part including Primark, Ikea, The Hilton Hotel and the Croydon Conference Centre among them.
Candidates were able to have back-to-back interviews and get feedback almost immediately on how they had done.
Jo Chesney, the conference centre manager at Croydon Conference Centre, said: “There are not many other events like this.
“One of the reasons why I like this is that seeing someone face to face is much better.
“You can sift through a lot of CVs, but when the person comes in, straight away you think it’s not going to work, they are not going to fit with the team and be good customer facing, which is what our jobs are.”
Miriam Bluie, 23 from South Croydon, said she had applied for hundreds of jobs while unemployed and that events such as Meet the Employer were vital for young people.
“I think this is the best way as you go in and have a chat, and you get to learn about the employer as much as they get to learn about you,” she said.
“A lot more young people need to be a lot more proactive. You can’t just sit back and expect someone to spoonfeed you.
“I have got to that stage when I have thought I am not going to bother anymore, but you really have to pick yourself back up and keep pushing because the more you apply the more you are boosting your chances of getting a job.”
Further Meet the Employer events have been arranged for Tuesday, February 25, 2014, and Thursday, June 12, 2014.
For more on the event, visit, www.meetheemployer.co.uk.
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