Hello, I’m Jay, I work for Jobsite in the HR Department as the Recruitment Manager and am today’s new blogger!
As part of Jobsite’s partnership with Portsmouth FC – we are getting involved with their Back to Work scheme. Portsmouth FC are one of four clubs (Chelsea, Everton & Sunderland) that are working with the Premier League and the Department for Work & Pensions to pilot the Back to Work programme, and we are offering our recruitment expertise to the participants. So guys, here’s my diary for the last two very rewarding and successful days:
As soon as we walked in through the doors of the PFC Study Centre there was such a warm, welcoming, fun aura about the place. The Centre is fully kitted out with books, learning aids and not forgetting the great big pictures of the players up on the walls. It’s so great to see the fantastic work that PFC is doing for youngsters and their local community. I felt so proud to be a part of such a vibrant place.
I got chatting to the candidates whilst they were on a break, from the brief conversations we had, you could see that these candidates were very disheartened, de-motivated and fed up with the downturn in employment market. But they were eager for guidance, support and reassurance to help them back into a job; and a really great bunch to work alongside.
I talked to them about how Jobsite recruit, and gave them an insight into what a Recruiter would be looking for in a candidate. Throughout the talk I was giving hints and tips in regards to applying for jobs, what recruiters look for in a CV and touching briefly on interview techniques. It was such a worthwhile and rewarding session; the attendees were eager to know more and asked questions that related to them and their situation. However most importantly you could see that they listened and took on board what was being said and appreciated the advice they were given. Onwards and upwards guys! Looking forward to tomorrow….
Another day at PFC –The day for Mock Interviews, and they were being recorded too, arghhh, good job I’d combed my hair and put my face on this morning! The purpose of today’s exercise was to conduct mock interviews for positions that the attendees had applied for. I interviewed each attendee, scored them and then provide them with the relevant feedback, which would help them enhance their interview technique.
I was pleased at how interested and keen they were to listen, learn and improve their interview techniques. One of the attendees Edward, shook my hand afterwards thanking me over and over again, and explained how he never knew or felt that such help was available to him and how much he appreciated what PFC and Jobsite were doing – don’t comments like these just make your job that much more worthwhile!
I am so looking forward to going back for the second lot of interviews, it will be interesting to see their improvements and how much the attendees benefited from this great exercise. Time for me to sign out and do some slightly less enjoyable paperwork.
Play up Pompey – keep up the great work!
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