South London Jobs Fair 2012

Yesterday saw hundreds of people actively looking for jobs in once place, and that place was the South London Jobs Fair.

Taking place at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, the Jobs Fair witnessed consistent crowds of people coming through the door between 10am and 4pm making the first annual South London Jobs fair a huge success.

The South London Jobs Fair was designed and organised by 3D Change to tackle the increasing rise of unemployment. The South London Jobs Fair worked with numerous sponsors and exhibitors from the public and housing sectors and strived (and succeeded) to place the right candidates in front of the right employers.

Exhibitors at the South London Jobs Fair included major companies and organisations within the public and housing sectors as well as local Governments and authorities. Ikea, The Cooperative, Smith and Byford, The Job Centre, Reed, Chequers Contracts, See That, A J Harland, Affinity Solutions and the London Fire Brigade were amongst those in attendance. And with presentations, workshops and CV clinics, which also proved successful, potential candidates, were able to use the event to network, learn new skills and gain access to information and advice that wouldn’t necessarily be available elsewhere. The rate of response from jobseekers was summarised perfectly on Twitter this morning by Chequers Contracts, an exhibitor at the event.

The South London Jobs Fair was also created to help tackle the social housing issue. Social housing is a major topic currently, and housing associations and local Governments are prioritising incentives to get residents out of social housing into permanent residence.

The response from the event has been astounding, and jobseekers were provided with excellent advice and information and are now able to understand what options are available to them. With many companies offering different solutions including direct job opportunities, volunteering, apprenticeships, internships, work experience programs and training, job seekers were able to approach relevant exhibitors and sponsors directly placing them in front of the right employer and providing employers with potential candidates who have a genuine interest in the company and positions, who is willing to work and who is enthusiastic, therefore automatically improving a companies staff retention rate.

The South London Jobs Fair was designed to help people gain permanent residence, and get people get back into work. With the rate of response, the amount of CV’s that were collected and the diligence of the conversations that were taking place, the South London Jobs Fair is tackling unemployment directly and winning!

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Career number: Quality or Quantity?

When job seekers are looking for work, potential employers will take a look at their career history to see where they have worked, what they have done and how long they have done worked at a particular establishment. But how many jobs are too many?

If an employer is interviewing two potential candidates and one candidate has only had two jobs, where the second candidate has had several jobs, which potential employee will have add more value to the business? And what is more questionable; a candidate who has had several jobs, or several positions – all of which are not moving up the career ladder

Having many jobs on your CV can mean two different things. That the candidate has learnt numerous skills and gained lots of experience, or that the person is fickle and gets bored and moves on quickly meaning that employer has a fear that an employee will not benefit the company or move on to work for a competitor. Loyalty is extremely important, as it is so difficult to maintain a high staff retention rate.

And having less jobs and positions on your CV can be just as two sided. It shows commitment in an individual and they are able to cope with the long term. It shows loyalty and dedication to the company and the job. However, it can also show that a candidate doesn’t progress easily up the ladder or that they may not have career aspirations. Many employers do not want staff they want a mogul!

Have your say! Does having a lot of jobs show ambition to climb the career ladder or does it say uncommitted? Does having fewer jobs say committed and hard working or unambitious?

There are two major factors that affect your CV – the job itself that the individual is working in, and the economy. The recent recession is causing companies to go into administration or make large cuts causing redundancies and forcing people out of work. And lack of jobs and high unemployment rates mean that gaps are larger between jobs, and people have no choice but to explore other routes including volunteering, internships and temp work. This means that people are in jobs for a shorter period of time, and they are in several more jobs than people who are settled in their career.

This is why employers conduct interviews. It provides the employer with an insight into the potential employee and if you are open and honest about your CV, you will gain respect and empathy from the interviewer and they will be able to gain a thorough understanding of your career history and you as a person.

For further interview advice, or CV clinics email info@3dchange.co.uk

South London Jobs Fair Thursday 21st June

The South London Jobs Fair is a unique initiative offering multiple and various employment opportunities to residents and business opportunities for companies, particularly SME’s. These opportunities are also crucial for enterprises looking to access the social housing sector.

The initiative is a regeneration partnership with thirteen Social Housing providers and Croydon based social enterprise 3D Change all of which possess a passionate commitment to support our communities to achieve the best they can for themselves and their families.

Youth unemployment is a big issue that needs to be addressed and the South London Jobs Fair aims to tackle unemployment head on. We understand that there are many talented and hard working people willing and waiting to be placed in employment, and we thoroughly believe that young people are not lost, just undiscovered.

The South London Jobs Fair has been developed to place young candidates in front of the right employers and vice versa, as this is currently a major issue within all industries. We will also be offering presentations, industry leading advice, workshops and CV clinics.

There will be a wide variety of employers all under one roof for you to discuss with and discover potential options. All employers will be ready and waiting with “Action to Work” vacancies.

We are sure that it will be extremely beneficial.

Please visit http://www.southlondonjobsfair.co.uk for further information and to register to attend.

Please email info@3dchange.co.uk for sponsorship opportunities that will place your business in the forefront of the industry.

Can companies survive without Social Media?

If we think about what we see and hear on a daily basis in terms of interaction between people, social media will without a doubt make an appearance somewhere along the line. With half the social scene being online via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and countless other media platforms, can businesses afford not to tap into that source of interaction?

With roughly 100 million people using Twitter and 500 million people using Facebook, the biggest conversations taking place are online. Businesses, both big and small, can really benefit from joining the social media world. The days of Yellow Pages are fading, and social media and word of mouth are replacing them.

Has word of mouth really crossed over to the digital world? And are we playing a global game of Chinese whispers? Starting conversations online is easy. There is no pretense, no awkward silences or conversation starters, just short sharp paragraphs of the current topic.

And the content is available to more than friends. It can be accessed by multiple infrastructures, which is where networking becomes effective. And with icons such as @ and # being used, conversations can be targeted and reach the correct audiences. There is also an essence of permanent. Unless deleted, the conversation can appear once again in future situations and commented on, creating new ideas and interpretations; Chinese whispers for the 22nd century generation.

SME’s can especially benefit from social media as word of mouth and recommendations are of major importance to fuel a company’s revenue. Corporate companies can also effectively use social media to extend and promote their marketing and media campaigns.

Calling all candidates!

Please complete our survey, which has been designed as part of our tackling unemployment campaign.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2CN83QR

3D Change and the South London Jobs Fair are passionate about tackling youth unemployment and we are dedicated to reduce the current statistics within the public and housing sectors. We are striving to place social housing tenants in employment.

The South London Jobs Fair was created to place prospective candidates in front of the right and relevant employers and vice versa. We understand that it is difficult in this economical climate to find the ideal jobs and through the South London Jobs Fair we aim to eradicate this problem!

Once you have completed the survey, please send any additional comments to info@3dchange.co.uk.

Also, for more information on attending South London Jobs Fair please call 020 8657 7168 or visit http://www.southlondonjobsfair.co.uk for further information.

Everyone has their opinions and we want to hear them!

Calling all Employers!

Please complete our survey, which has been designed as part of our tackling unemployment campaign.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/29YTJ29

3D Change and the South London Jobs Fair are passionate about tackling youth unemployment and we are dedicated to reduce the current statistics within the public and housing sectors. We are striving to place social housing tenants in employment.

The South London Jobs Fair was created to place prospective candidates in front of the right and relevant employers and vice versa. We understand that it is difficult in this economical climate to find the ideal candidates and through the South London Jobs Fair we aim to eradicate this problem!

Once you have completed the survey, please send any additional comments to info@3dchange.co.uk.

Also, for more information on attending or sponsoring the South London Jobs Fair and place your company in the forefront of the industry through incentives and hiring fresh and innovative employees please call 020 8657 7168 or visit http://www.southlondonjobsfair.co.uk for further information.

Everyone has their opinions and we want to hear them!