Centrelink jobs and skills expo co-ordinator Graham Aitken and local employment co-ordinator Garry Davison are gearing up for the skills expo.
Centrelink jobs and skills expo co-ordinator Graham Aitken and local employment co-ordinator Garry Davison are gearing up for the skills expo. Renee Pilcher

Talk face to face with employers

IT’S a one-on-one opportunity for a jobseeker to talk face-to-face with an employer and that’s what makes Wednesday’s Jobs Expo unique.

“A lot of people use the internet to search for jobs but at the expo you can hand over your resume to an employer and tell them that you want to come and work for their company,” Centrelink media advisor Paul Creedon said.

“It’s amazing to see people who don’t have a job, come along to the expo and walk out with a job.

“At Coffs Harbour we met a young man from Lismore who was married with two children and a mortgage. He got a job at the expo.

“When we met him, he was an exhibitor at another expo.

“He came to us to look for an opportunity, got his start and then gave somebody else a start.”

Mr Creedon said the expo was ideal for anyone seeking employment, be it blue or white collar work, part time or full time, re-entering the workforce after a short or long break, wanting a career change or to work more hours.

“Nobody pays – not the exhibitors and not the jobseekers.”

The jobs expo held in Gympie in May this year proved so successful with 150 people “connected with employment and training” and this one promises to fulfil all expectations.

“Gympie is very fortunate to be given two expos where other priority areas have had their expos split between locations,” local employment co-ordinator Garry Davison said.

“The timing of the expo is perfect for school leavers and I anticipate we’ll be well supported by many young people looking to start their working life or who are looking for further training.”

The expo will be held at the pavilion, Gympie showgrounds, on Wednesday, November 24, between 10am and 3pm.

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