The National Careers Service, in partnership with Fish4jobs, are bringing the Jobs Bus to Hull between 10am and 4.30pm on Monday 9th September, to encourage, support and inspire people at every stage of their working life.
Queen Victoria Square has been selected as one of the locations for the Careers Roadshow, with unemployment in the area – at 8.4% – notably higher than the national average.
The Job Confidence Index, based on a study of over 4,000 people in England, conducted by ICM, found that 23% of residents in Yorkshire and the Humber feel their confidence in their job or ability to find work has decreased in the last three months, and that people looking for work are especially on the look-out for help.
Furthermore nationally, a quarter 24% of unemployed people do not feel confident about updating their CV, half (52%) would like to meet employers and 18% want more careers and jobs advice.
To meet these needs, the Careers Roadshow will help local people use the right tools and access the right advice to take the right steps in their career or search for jobs. In addition, the Roadshow will also be on hand to provide information on Apprenticeships and other options for 16-18 year olds.
Employers will also attend the Careers Roadshow to share information on local job opportunities, and face-to-face workshops will also be available, covering key topics including: top tips on finding a job, how to build a winning CV or job application and how to impress at interviews.
Anthony McDonald, a National Careers Service adviser from Hull, said:
“The Careers Roadshow is a great opportunity to deliver advice to people who need it as well as raise awareness of the free and impartial service we offer. We support, encourage and inspire people at every stage of their working life, from recent school leavers and graduates to the unemployed and those in work looking to take the next step in their career.
“On the jobs bus we are excited to offer a broad range of personalised advice whether you have just received your exam results, are rethinking your options following redundancy, a parent returning to work, or seeking a fresh challenge in your career.”
History graduate Amy Smith, 23, works for B&Q in Goole, and is someone who has already benefitted from National Careers Service advice. She said:
“National Careers Service offered me friendly, personal and quality advice which gave me the confidence I needed to take my next steps. My careers adviser helped me identify my strongest skills, build a winning CV and talked me through the range of options open to me. The National Careers Service gave me the guidance and tools I needed to make decisions about my career and I would urge anyone seeking advice on jobs or training to visit the Careers Roadshow.”
In addition to the Careers Roadshow, from 9th September 2013, the National Careers Service will be running a weekly online event called CV O’Clock. The event will be held across the online platforms Twitter and Facebook encouraging job hunters to get together for an hour every Monday from 1-2 pm to work on a specific section of their CVs such as formatting, key skills, personal statements and work history. Fully trained careers advisers will be on hand to answer any questions.
To find out more about CV o’ Clock please visit http://jobsbus.org.uk/cvoclock
To find out more about your local Careers Roadshow, or to sign up to a workshop, please visit jobsbus.org.uk.
To talk to a careers adviser and for more information on the National Careers Service call 0800 100 900 or visit nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk