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.

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Calling all Employers!

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

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

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 for further information.

Everyone has their opinions and we want to hear them!

Is government procurement too complex for SME’s?

The Government is reassessing the procurement systems and using e-procurement tools and frameworks to ensure that the procurement processes work more efficiently.

Government procurement regulations are a world apart from the experiences of most small businesses. Larger tenders, which SME’s are unable to participate, present the difficulty of contending. There are not many potential companies who have the availability to complete high quantity tender forms.

The British Government need to implement processes and factors into their procurement methods that benefit SME’s; tendering is a skill and training needs to be considered if businesses are going to benefit, and in this economical climate, many companies and organisations do not have the money or time to spare.

The data, which is collected by a tender process, can help Government agencies create more work for SME’s and create more jobs, therefore tackling unemployment. However, the information remains stagnant meaning that small businesses cannot prosper.

Does volunteering help boost your career?

When it comes to finding work, a lot of employers want a capable and qualified candidate, but one of the most important things they seek in a potential employee is a positive attitude towards their community and evidence of a good and proactive work ethic. There are a lot of people who will be more or as qualified as you are, and when an employer is choosing between two people with the same credentials they often look for what a person has achieved outside of their career.

Volunteering is not only a brilliant way for people to give back to their community; it is also hugely beneficial to the individual and their potential employer.

However, volunteering is indisputably essential in building confidence, skills and character to prepare job seekers for the real world and there are many programs out there both nationally and internationally, however, in order for a volunteer to gain adequate training to present to a prospective employer, a volunteering program needs to be carefully chosen and the training provided should lead to some vocational opportunities.

To get out of this current economical situation, is volunteering or internships necessary? Or do we need to stimulate demand?

Tackling unemployment: The live debate

Tackling unemployment is on top of the agenda for the Government and local Governments. Today, The Guardian hosted a live debate discussing what is required to solve this ever-growing problem. And of course The South London Jobs Fair and 3D Change were on the front line providing our opinions and ideas to fuel the conversation.

We discussed a wide range of topics including initiative programs, incentives, apprenticeships, interns, the economical climate, SME’s, social regeneration and the Government’s Big Society Drive, all of which will be discussed in depth at the Jobs Fair.

From the debate, many interesting comments were made and many questions arose. Apprenticeships were a trending topic as were incentives and recruitment agencies. Volunteering was also a topic, and the one topic not everyone agreed on.

Young people see the disparity between wage versus time and expectation and duty versus ability and rights and this can sometimes limit the jobs that are available. There is no motivation to apply for a job if the wage is less than what the young person is earning on allowances.

Through the debate, we have listed below some important observations:

–        Experience of and exposure to the workplace can significantly reduce the risk of youth unemployment

–        Intermediaries have a very important part to play in tackling unemployment

–        Employability and attitude is important to the business owners that create the jobs

–        The ‘offer’ to young people

–        Not all young people are in the same position – many young people are doing well and deserve some credit

Another important factor, which we emphasised throughout the debate, was that SME’s play an extremely important part in employment. They provide greater opportunities in the sense of internships and volunteering and they provide the most jobs. However, during this economical climate, these companies have been hit the hardest with lack or finances or support.

David Cameron and the Coalition are keen to note how the private sector will pick up where the public sector ended. How is this going to happen? Incentives are needed for both young people and employers in businesses both small and large, which go beyond offering apprenticeships and internships. Young people need support and training before going into employment as well as when in employment. We believe that a mentoring scheme would be beneficial, easy to implement and inexpensive.

South London Jobs Fair has been developed to tackle this ongoing situation and we thoroughly believe that there needs to be more opportunities that place jobseekers in front of perspective employers.

Tackling youth unemployment

Youth unemployment has reached alarming new heights and statistics estimate that over 1 million people aged between 16-24 are now unemployed.

These unemployment rates spread throughout the United Kingdom, with the worse affected areas being in the North East of England, London and Wales.

The Government has offered various solutions to the problem, from investment in training and apprenticeship schemes. However, nothing has been able to cease the dramatic decline. And as the councils are provided with more power, communities are looking to local government for answers to this problem.

The need for support around social and communication skills, and developing knowledge of workplace protocol is extremely apparent. The Government and businesses should be providing volunteer and internship programs and more workshops should be provided to teach young people CV writing and interview techniques,

Many young people come from backgrounds where unemployment is normal and they have rarely had an opportunity to develop their skills. Young people need to be given the confidence to identify their strengths and improve upon their weaknesses and they need to be prepared for rejection.

Apprenticeships are extremely beneficial for both the apprentice and the business. They encourage business development and they provide an exceptional working atmosphere. Also, with employers requesting high levels of experience or a degree, apprenticeships allow training on the job without it being costly to the business and provide young people with recognised qualifications and a platform to launch into their career. Apprenticeships place young people into employment without them having to compete with older, more qualified or disabled candidates.

Internships v Apprenticeship

Getting into work, or back into work can be very difficult. As hard as it is to find a job that suits you, it is just as difficult for companies to find employees that suit them, and if you are hard working and passionate then they do want you, it’s just that getting the opportunity to meet with such great employers is difficult. South London Jobs Fair is giving jobseekers this opportunity and will see a vast range of exhibitors with plenty of jobs with something that will suit you. With such a wide range of sectors available, you could go for an internship or apprenticeship in your chosen field. Internships can help the right candidate gain hands on industry experience, giving them the opportunity to work their way up the ladder. Apprenticeships are also very beneficial as you will earn money whilst gaining a qualification in your chosen area.