by Matt Woods, Recruitment Consultant, Temporary and Contracts Team
Yesterday afternoon we had the pleasure of welcoming 13 students and two staff members from John Ruskin College in Croydon to TFPL to discuss job searching and employment for young people.
With youth employment very much in the news, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) keen to encourage Recruitment Companies to engage with schools and colleges to discuss the ways young people can make themselves more marketable in this the most challenging job market for many years.
Amidst the media gloom about the prospects for young people, it was great to meet such an enthusiastic and committed group, some of whom are looking forward to university, some to apprenticeships and others to getting straight into work. It’s common to think about the barriers young people face when looking for work, but the students from John Ruskin College, being well-versed in the use of social media and having been well-guided by their tutors in the importance of networking, have many advantages and opportunities that other job-seekers won’t have. We looked at CVs and interview skills, using the internet and social networks to find jobs and the importance of perseverance.
In the current job market, recruitment companies will need to play their part in helping schools and colleges to prepare young people for the job market. It’s an area we’re expecting to hear a lot more about in the news and an area in which we expect to be working with the REC in future.