2nd Dec, 2016

Jobscentre spokeswoman states opportunities are there, though work experience is becoming more crucial

Shaun Reynolds 22nd Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

JOBS are out there, it’s about applying experience with transferable skills and belief.

That’s the message from a Jobcentre spokeswoman after statistics revealed that 80 per cent of employees are now on the lookout for work experience as a key factor in preparation for any job interview.

The summer season is often a ‘boom’ time in employment across the city as students returning from university look to take on a seasonal job.

Social networking sites are proving more popular in job recruitment and awareness – something Antonina Robinson of Jobcentre Plus explained as something youngsters should take advantage of.

She told The Observer: “We’re continuing to recruit, offer tips and communicate out to young people.

“We like to know young people are preparing their CVs, listing all transferable skills and qualifications they have and making sure they’re pro-active.

“Being in the know with regards to jobs available is half of it, the other thing is experience – currently 80 per cent of employees look at work experience.

“Whether you arrange it through a school, job centre or simply doing volunteering work – experience is crucial.

“Most importantly though we advise people to be confident and believe in their own ability.”

Although, generally, younger people use Jobcentre Plus, Antonina explained they do offer advice to older people too – and work hard to put their clients into work as soon as possible.

She added: “We see some young people make arrangements before graduating, however those less fortunate students may come to our door where we can sort a job out as soon as possible.

“Summer is a good time for employment, particularly seasonal work – jobs are out there and we’re here to help.

“Whether you’re 16 or 50, our advice to people will generally be the same – work hard and look to gain experience while studying.”