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Hundreds of people flock to Daily Echo Jobsfair
HUNDREDS of eager job hunters packed into the Daily Echo's Jobsfair yesterday to find their ideal job and possibly take their first step on a new career path.
More than 35 recruiters and training providers from major firms across Dorset welcomed the job seekers to the free event at the Premier Inn on Westover Road, Bournemouth.
Angela Boyer, classified manager at the Daily Echo, said: “The fair is always a very positive occasion as people arrange interviews and lots of suitable candidates manage to organise work for the next day.”
The event was sponsored by Bournemouth-based Health-on-Line, a private healthcare company backed by insurance giant AXA, which has also been sponsoring the Bournemouth Balloon.
Sales consultant at Health-on-Line Kenny McAdam, 26, said: “We are on a recruitment drive as the company is expanding rapidly. Most sales companies go for the sink or swim approach with their trainees, but we are much more hands-on as we have a two month training academy where people can learn as they go.”
Best Training were also running workshops on how to write a CV, cover letter and how to prepare for an interview.
Jobseekers were advised to dress smartly, keep an open mind and bring several copies of their CV.
Charles Belhumer, 48, said: “I came here with an open mind as I am looking for a career change. My current job means I travel too much, but I have a diverse portfolio, so hopefully I'll be able to find something today.”
Sabrina Bajawa, 20, said: “It has been really interesting looking around at all the exhibitors today. I'm looking to go into a career in care and I would also like to volunteer.”
THOUSANDS of job opportunities were up for grabs at the Daily Echo recruitment bonanza which saw several new exhibitors from major firms set up stands.
Rock Recruitment, Beagle, Kingston Maurward, the Army and Avon were amongst the new recruiters and training providers who attended to attract jobseekers this year.
Kingston Maurward College, which specialises in education and training for the land-based industries, was looking to recruit youngsters aged 16 to 25.
Butcher assessor Chris Leyland said: “There are loads of jobs just waiting to be filled in a range of industries from construction to game keeping and horse grooming.”
Westover Group and Wireless Data Systems (WDS) were also on big recruitment drives with WDS looking to recruit around 240 new staff between now and Christmas.
Sophie Chatralia from Westover Group said: “It's a really positive time for all areas of the business as we are expanding and looking to recruit a lot more people in Bournemouth and throughout Dorset.”
Utility Warehouse Discount Club was also on hand to help teach people how to build a part-time business whilst keeping a steady job.
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