Bridging the gap: the Importance of job fairs

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Story by Sami (16 years old) with photos by Karina Lax.

Although secondary schools give you knowledge about C.V’s and work skills, work experience, work placements and applying for positions at school, they only include the tip of the iceberg and miss out the majority of what I need to know, transitioning from my childhood to adulthood.

As a young man from a diverse community, I prefer finding support from familiar organisations and groups who understand my culture. Community job fairs are much more catered for your needs as a person. The connections to meet some owners of local stores could possibly land you an interview and many like to work within the area; being educated on what National Insurance is and why we get taxed at the beginning of our professional adult life. It also gives me and my peers a taste of adulthood and normal working life.

After the first ever Reach Up Youth job fair , I am now confident that I can attend interviews and recognize that there is a level of responsibility for what you are saying in an interview. That’s why a few important skills can make a difference in selling your capability for the position you’re applying for

A few things you should remember:

  • Good posture shows confidence.
  • Smiling shows friendliness.
  • Punctuality shows discipline.

Prepare yourself for any question:

  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • Tell us about you?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Are there any questions for us?

Volunteering is attractive for any job, the fact that you give your free time to something you care about is rare nowadays, dedicating your personal time is a good sell for any manager.

Finally, my advice is to always try to apply for a job or a position you like and that can enhance your skills because if you work a job you enjoy, you’ll be happier and more effective.

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