Recently I attended the Spring Jobs Fair at Newcastle University and found it to be a really useful experience. I went along clutching my CV’s in anticipation of finding an organisation keen to take on a load of students and I wasn’t disappointed.
Jobs fairs are a great way of discovering who is employing in the region and for making yourself known to the various organisations. Don’t just hand over your CV; have a chat. Don’t be afraid to go on your own if your friends are busy because most of you would agree that we prefer going to these events with friends.
I met a number of employers including Barclays Bank who are employing in their call centres in Sunderland, I had a chat and the guy I met explained the role, he asked about me, my experiences (I even mentioned this blog) and I gave him my details and a CV and within 24 hours they emailed me and now I have a full application in progress. Yes that fast! This role is part-time and ideal for combining with University and many of the organisations at the fair offered flexible hours for students.
I also discovered the National Trust were there and many other charities and voluntary organisations. If you have the time and money then take up these opportunities. I spoke to the guy from the National Trust and they said if I was to volunteer then I’ll be able to do activities that fit the experiences I need. This guy from the National Trust started as a volunteer and now works for them! The chat with National Trust staff renewed my faith in volunteering; just a little.
So if you want a part-time job to combine with University; to make yourself known to potential future employers or to volunteer then attend the job fairs.
A quick personal update!
I have an interview at Beamish coming up for a seasonal role next week! Clearly putting this blog on my CV and on applications is having a positive effect.