Standing out from crowd a challenge for Gladstone youth
A GLADSTONE recruitment company hoping to curb the youth unemployment rate of 13.2% held a workshop and free training sessions on Wednesday.
Adecco Gladstone opened its doors for a Way to Work Day, where it offered hands-on job hunting, career advice and free training workshops to young jobseekers and school leavers desperate for a job.
The workshop told participants youth unemployment was about more than lack of experience.
The issue was further exacerbated by the widespread mismatch between what companies needed in terms of skills and what local labour markets could offer.
Adecco Gladstone recruitment specialist Talitha Wright said she found Gladstone jobseekers struggled most with preparing for job interviews.
"Gladstone is quite a unique market, but not being prepared in terms of their resume set-up and how to present themselves confidently in an interview with the right skills, wearing the right thing, having the appropriate media profile, seem to be the biggest struggles," she said.
Throughout the day she said more than 10 people walked through the doors for the campaign.
"There is valuable information given ... every young person who comes in we talk to them about this, but today we encourage even more people to come through the doors," Ms Wright said.
"It's about the basic skills. Teaching the basic things is the first step."
Adecco Group Australia and New Zealand chief executive officer Neil Jones said young people were hardest hit by job shortages.
Standing out from the crowd a challenge in Gladstone
GETTING noticed has been the toughest part about getting a job in Gladstone, Emily Chalk has found.
She attended Adecco Gladstone's Way to Work campaign on Wednesday to find valuable information on how to find a career.
The campaign was aimed at 15-24 year olds who were looking for a job or work experience.
For the past three months she has searched for work.
"It's very difficult; there is a much bigger pool of people going for one job," she said.
"There might be 500 applicants so it's hard to stand out from a crowd like that."
When Emily first moved to Gladstone she had no struggles getting a job in hospitality.
"Everyone was hiring. I moved here a year and a half ago and a week after I got a job," she said.
She believes professionalism in a resume is important.
"Displaying it (your resume) with nice, easy-to-read font, and easy-to-find information about yourself," she said.
So far she has applied for up to 60 jobs in the admin, hospitality and retail industries.
"There have been a lot of jobs and plenty of walking around too," she said.
Way to work
- Think about what interests you
- Attend professional networking events
- Know how you can add value to the industry before the job interview
- For more visit: adeccowaytowork.com