1,000 jobs on offer at Southampton recruitment fair

Daily Echo: Queues form at last year's popular jobs fair. Queues form at last year's popular jobs fair.

UP to 1,000 job opportunities will be up for grabs as a recruitment bonanza is staged in Southampton.

More than 80 local employers, including major firms across Hampshire, will be setting up stall at the City Cruise Terminal tomorrow in a bid to recruit jobseekers to the roles.

Thousands of people of all ages seeking work, apprenticeships, volunteering opportunities and careers are expected to descend on the fair as unemployment figures continue to rise in the region.

The Solent Jobs Fair, which takes place throughout the afternoon, comes as the latest unemployment figures are set to be released. The dole queue in Hampshire currently stands at 15,923, with 5,425 in Southampton and 2,959 on the Isle of Wight.

Last year 1,800 people packed into the event, which is being held from 3pm to 7pm, and this year organisers are expecting more than 2,000 people to attend.

Costco, the huge cash and carry superstore which is set to open on the former British American Tobacco site in Millbrook next spring, will be among the main exhibitors and offering information about the 160 vacancies set to come up at the site.

Other vacancies include a variety of sales adviser opportunities for Sky TV, foster parents for the Foster Care Associates and HSBC, which needs bank staff. There will also be graduate opportunities with Enterprise Rent a Car and roles with Emerge IT, according to event manager Robin Smith.

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Beaulieu Enterprises and Carey’s Manor hotel will also be among those recruiting, he said.

While employers will not be recruiting on the day, there is the chance to get information and application forms.

There will be a specialist Apprentice-ship Centre and Graduate Fair.

From 9am until 2pm, 2,300 youngsters will pack into the terminal for the Solent Skills Fest giving children and teens the chance to discover the roles and skills needed in various industries.

The Daily Echo will have a stand offering children the chance to try their hand at journalism by creating a front page article.

Primary children will also enjoy a science and technology festival on the site.

The event is sponsored by the Southampton Airport Community fund, Southampton City Council, ABP Southampton and supported by ESF Funding through Skills UK.

Mr Smith said: “There are over 80 exhibitors all offering opportunities of some kind. People will be able to come along and get information about a huge variety of employers. The economic climate continues to be difficult with unemployment figures high so we are expecting this to be a very busy event.”

There will be 250 free parking spaces near the terminal and a free bus service provided by Velvet shuttling jobseekers at 2.45pm from WestQuay Shopping Centre at Portland Terrace to the City Cruise Terminal. There will also be a free student bus from Solent University’s main entrance at 2.45pm.

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11:29am Tue 16 Oct 12

huckit P says...

After searching for a job for the past few months I am often left frustrated by companies requesting an updated CV and then insisting you complete their own form which duplicates everything included in the CV. When you have years of experience - especially contract work - it takes long time to complete each one. People often spend a lot of money taking professional advice before compiling their CV's only to have them binned by such companies. Am I the only one to think this is often unecessary?
After searching for a job for the past few months I am often left frustrated by companies requesting an updated CV and then insisting you complete their own form which duplicates everything included in the CV. When you have years of experience - especially contract work - it takes long time to complete each one. People often spend a lot of money taking professional advice before compiling their CV's only to have them binned by such companies. Am I the only one to think this is often unecessary? huckit P

11:36am Tue 16 Oct 12

sotonboy84 says...

An expected attendance of 2,000 people seems pretty low if there are almost 16,000 umemployed people in Hampshire. Afterall, the job oppurtunities are from firms across Hampshire and not just Southampton... Shouldn't local job centres be promoting this and making attendance mandatory with 1,000 jobs on offer?
An expected attendance of 2,000 people seems pretty low if there are almost 16,000 umemployed people in Hampshire. Afterall, the job oppurtunities are from firms across Hampshire and not just Southampton... Shouldn't local job centres be promoting this and making attendance mandatory with 1,000 jobs on offer? sotonboy84

11:59am Tue 16 Oct 12

likewatchingbrazil says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
An expected attendance of 2,000 people seems pretty low if there are almost 16,000 umemployed people in Hampshire. Afterall, the job oppurtunities are from firms across Hampshire and not just Southampton... Shouldn't local job centres be promoting this and making attendance mandatory with 1,000 jobs on offer?
yes and also preference to English people
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: An expected attendance of 2,000 people seems pretty low if there are almost 16,000 umemployed people in Hampshire. Afterall, the job oppurtunities are from firms across Hampshire and not just Southampton... Shouldn't local job centres be promoting this and making attendance mandatory with 1,000 jobs on offer?[/p][/quote]yes and also preference to English people likewatchingbrazil

12:04pm Tue 16 Oct 12

rich the stitch says...

Nice to see the people in the picture have dressed appropriately for meeting their potential employer for the first time. Come on, make an effort.
Nice to see the people in the picture have dressed appropriately for meeting their potential employer for the first time. Come on, make an effort. rich the stitch

12:10pm Tue 16 Oct 12

rich the stitch says...

huckit P wrote:
After searching for a job for the past few months I am often left frustrated by companies requesting an updated CV and then insisting you complete their own form which duplicates everything included in the CV. When you have years of experience - especially contract work - it takes long time to complete each one. People often spend a lot of money taking professional advice before compiling their CV's only to have them binned by such companies. Am I the only one to think this is often unecessary?
Working in recruitment I see a lot of cv's, and you would be surprised how they can differ, so a company will need its own application form to ensure they have all the details of Health & Safety, CBR checks etc for the HR department. They use your cv as a first indication of your suitability for the role. Complaining about having to take some time to fill a form out says it all really. Good luck with your search.
[quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: After searching for a job for the past few months I am often left frustrated by companies requesting an updated CV and then insisting you complete their own form which duplicates everything included in the CV. When you have years of experience - especially contract work - it takes long time to complete each one. People often spend a lot of money taking professional advice before compiling their CV's only to have them binned by such companies. Am I the only one to think this is often unecessary?[/p][/quote]Working in recruitment I see a lot of cv's, and you would be surprised how they can differ, so a company will need its own application form to ensure they have all the details of Health & Safety, CBR checks etc for the HR department. They use your cv as a first indication of your suitability for the role. Complaining about having to take some time to fill a form out says it all really. Good luck with your search. rich the stitch

12:20pm Tue 16 Oct 12

userds5050 says...

rich the stitch wrote:
Nice to see the people in the picture have dressed appropriately for meeting their potential employer for the first time. Come on, make an effort.
Drinking a can of beer while you're waiting is not really appropriate either.
[quote][p][bold]rich the stitch[/bold] wrote: Nice to see the people in the picture have dressed appropriately for meeting their potential employer for the first time. Come on, make an effort.[/p][/quote]Drinking a can of beer while you're waiting is not really appropriate either. userds5050

12:20pm Tue 16 Oct 12

soton1980 says...

huckit P wrote:
After searching for a job for the past few months I am often left frustrated by companies requesting an updated CV and then insisting you complete their own form which duplicates everything included in the CV. When you have years of experience - especially contract work - it takes long time to complete each one. People often spend a lot of money taking professional advice before compiling their CV's only to have them binned by such companies. Am I the only one to think this is often unecessary?
I agree with you on that. I find it annoying that so many companies these days only allow you to apply online using their own forms. A CV is far more personal in my opinion and a better way of selling yourself to an employer.

I remember applying to Waitrose about 3 or 4 years ago for a part-time position whilst studying (I had heard from a friend that they had suitable vacancies). I made an effort to print off my CV and covering letter on good quality paper and placed it in a good quality envelope. I paid great attention to the presentation of all documents.

All I got back was a compliments slip with a note scribbled on the back asking me to apply online. I was very disappointed, particularly considering the ethos of that particular company towards positive interaction.

During the current economic climate, I can only imagine that this sort of attitude is making it harder for people to find jobs.
[quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: After searching for a job for the past few months I am often left frustrated by companies requesting an updated CV and then insisting you complete their own form which duplicates everything included in the CV. When you have years of experience - especially contract work - it takes long time to complete each one. People often spend a lot of money taking professional advice before compiling their CV's only to have them binned by such companies. Am I the only one to think this is often unecessary?[/p][/quote]I agree with you on that. I find it annoying that so many companies these days only allow you to apply online using their own forms. A CV is far more personal in my opinion and a better way of selling yourself to an employer. I remember applying to Waitrose about 3 or 4 years ago for a part-time position whilst studying (I had heard from a friend that they had suitable vacancies). I made an effort to print off my CV and covering letter on good quality paper and placed it in a good quality envelope. I paid great attention to the presentation of all documents. All I got back was a compliments slip with a note scribbled on the back asking me to apply online. I was very disappointed, particularly considering the ethos of that particular company towards positive interaction. During the current economic climate, I can only imagine that this sort of attitude is making it harder for people to find jobs. soton1980

12:30pm Tue 16 Oct 12

sotonboy84 says...

soton1980 wrote:
huckit P wrote: After searching for a job for the past few months I am often left frustrated by companies requesting an updated CV and then insisting you complete their own form which duplicates everything included in the CV. When you have years of experience - especially contract work - it takes long time to complete each one. People often spend a lot of money taking professional advice before compiling their CV's only to have them binned by such companies. Am I the only one to think this is often unecessary?
I agree with you on that. I find it annoying that so many companies these days only allow you to apply online using their own forms. A CV is far more personal in my opinion and a better way of selling yourself to an employer. I remember applying to Waitrose about 3 or 4 years ago for a part-time position whilst studying (I had heard from a friend that they had suitable vacancies). I made an effort to print off my CV and covering letter on good quality paper and placed it in a good quality envelope. I paid great attention to the presentation of all documents. All I got back was a compliments slip with a note scribbled on the back asking me to apply online. I was very disappointed, particularly considering the ethos of that particular company towards positive interaction. During the current economic climate, I can only imagine that this sort of attitude is making it harder for people to find jobs.
But surely if you really want a/the job, you won't mind spending an hour filling in an application form?!! This is a crazy attitude!
I think taking the time to correctly fill in an application form is the minimum that is expected of any potential new employee. I've filled in application forms before and gone through 3/4 separate interviews for the same job. This is something you just have to do, especially in such a competitive environment.
It's very worrying that some people are unemployed but complain about filling in an application form and suggests why the unemployment figures could be so high. If I was employing somebody and knew they complained about filling in an application form, it would speak volumes to me about their attitude and abilities for the job and I wouldn't want them based on that.
[quote][p][bold]soton1980[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: After searching for a job for the past few months I am often left frustrated by companies requesting an updated CV and then insisting you complete their own form which duplicates everything included in the CV. When you have years of experience - especially contract work - it takes long time to complete each one. People often spend a lot of money taking professional advice before compiling their CV's only to have them binned by such companies. Am I the only one to think this is often unecessary?[/p][/quote]I agree with you on that. I find it annoying that so many companies these days only allow you to apply online using their own forms. A CV is far more personal in my opinion and a better way of selling yourself to an employer. I remember applying to Waitrose about 3 or 4 years ago for a part-time position whilst studying (I had heard from a friend that they had suitable vacancies). I made an effort to print off my CV and covering letter on good quality paper and placed it in a good quality envelope. I paid great attention to the presentation of all documents. All I got back was a compliments slip with a note scribbled on the back asking me to apply online. I was very disappointed, particularly considering the ethos of that particular company towards positive interaction. During the current economic climate, I can only imagine that this sort of attitude is making it harder for people to find jobs.[/p][/quote]But surely if you really want a/the job, you won't mind spending an hour filling in an application form?!! This is a crazy attitude! I think taking the time to correctly fill in an application form is the minimum that is expected of any potential new employee. I've filled in application forms before and gone through 3/4 separate interviews for the same job. This is something you just have to do, especially in such a competitive environment. It's very worrying that some people are unemployed but complain about filling in an application form and suggests why the unemployment figures could be so high. If I was employing somebody and knew they complained about filling in an application form, it would speak volumes to me about their attitude and abilities for the job and I wouldn't want them based on that. sotonboy84

12:39pm Tue 16 Oct 12

heathgirl says...

rich the stitch wrote:
huckit P wrote:
After searching for a job for the past few months I am often left frustrated by companies requesting an updated CV and then insisting you complete their own form which duplicates everything included in the CV. When you have years of experience - especially contract work - it takes long time to complete each one. People often spend a lot of money taking professional advice before compiling their CV's only to have them binned by such companies. Am I the only one to think this is often unecessary?
Working in recruitment I see a lot of cv's, and you would be surprised how they can differ, so a company will need its own application form to ensure they have all the details of Health & Safety, CBR checks etc for the HR department. They use your cv as a first indication of your suitability for the role. Complaining about having to take some time to fill a form out says it all really. Good luck with your search.
I agree with Rich the Stitch.

I also work in recruitment and in my experience if a company asks you to fill in their own form they are most likely asking you to input the information which they feel is most important to selecting the correct candidate and will help them filter out the best people for the role.

At the end of the day, if you really want the role, then fill in the paperwork that goes with it. Simple.
[quote][p][bold]rich the stitch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: After searching for a job for the past few months I am often left frustrated by companies requesting an updated CV and then insisting you complete their own form which duplicates everything included in the CV. When you have years of experience - especially contract work - it takes long time to complete each one. People often spend a lot of money taking professional advice before compiling their CV's only to have them binned by such companies. Am I the only one to think this is often unecessary?[/p][/quote]Working in recruitment I see a lot of cv's, and you would be surprised how they can differ, so a company will need its own application form to ensure they have all the details of Health & Safety, CBR checks etc for the HR department. They use your cv as a first indication of your suitability for the role. Complaining about having to take some time to fill a form out says it all really. Good luck with your search.[/p][/quote]I agree with Rich the Stitch. I also work in recruitment and in my experience if a company asks you to fill in their own form they are most likely asking you to input the information which they feel is most important to selecting the correct candidate and will help them filter out the best people for the role. At the end of the day, if you really want the role, then fill in the paperwork that goes with it. Simple. heathgirl

12:39pm Tue 16 Oct 12

rich the stitch says...

soton1980 wrote:
huckit P wrote: After searching for a job for the past few months I am often left frustrated by companies requesting an updated CV and then insisting you complete their own form which duplicates everything included in the CV. When you have years of experience - especially contract work - it takes long time to complete each one. People often spend a lot of money taking professional advice before compiling their CV's only to have them binned by such companies. Am I the only one to think this is often unecessary?
I agree with you on that. I find it annoying that so many companies these days only allow you to apply online using their own forms. A CV is far more personal in my opinion and a better way of selling yourself to an employer. I remember applying to Waitrose about 3 or 4 years ago for a part-time position whilst studying (I had heard from a friend that they had suitable vacancies). I made an effort to print off my CV and covering letter on good quality paper and placed it in a good quality envelope. I paid great attention to the presentation of all documents. All I got back was a compliments slip with a note scribbled on the back asking me to apply online. I was very disappointed, particularly considering the ethos of that particular company towards positive interaction. During the current economic climate, I can only imagine that this sort of attitude is making it harder for people to find jobs.
Can you imagine how many cv’s a company like Waitrose receive? How much time it would take to go through each individual cv and try to put them in to suitability? And the amount of paper saved by doing this online? It’s very worrying when people just can’t bothered to fill out a couple of forms to get a job. What about going to an interview, or is that too much hassle for you as well. That’s the problem now a days, people want something, but don’t want to put any effort in to getting it. Bet you wouldn’t be moaning filling out benefit forms.
[quote][p][bold]soton1980[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: After searching for a job for the past few months I am often left frustrated by companies requesting an updated CV and then insisting you complete their own form which duplicates everything included in the CV. When you have years of experience - especially contract work - it takes long time to complete each one. People often spend a lot of money taking professional advice before compiling their CV's only to have them binned by such companies. Am I the only one to think this is often unecessary?[/p][/quote]I agree with you on that. I find it annoying that so many companies these days only allow you to apply online using their own forms. A CV is far more personal in my opinion and a better way of selling yourself to an employer. I remember applying to Waitrose about 3 or 4 years ago for a part-time position whilst studying (I had heard from a friend that they had suitable vacancies). I made an effort to print off my CV and covering letter on good quality paper and placed it in a good quality envelope. I paid great attention to the presentation of all documents. All I got back was a compliments slip with a note scribbled on the back asking me to apply online. I was very disappointed, particularly considering the ethos of that particular company towards positive interaction. During the current economic climate, I can only imagine that this sort of attitude is making it harder for people to find jobs.[/p][/quote]Can you imagine how many cv’s a company like Waitrose receive? How much time it would take to go through each individual cv and try to put them in to suitability? And the amount of paper saved by doing this online? It’s very worrying when people just can’t bothered to fill out a couple of forms to get a job. What about going to an interview, or is that too much hassle for you as well. That’s the problem now a days, people want something, but don’t want to put any effort in to getting it. Bet you wouldn’t be moaning filling out benefit forms. rich the stitch

12:41pm Tue 16 Oct 12

hays1179 says...

does any one know what date and where this job fair will be held?
does any one know what date and where this job fair will be held? hays1179

12:52pm Tue 16 Oct 12

sotonboy84 says...

hays1179 wrote:
does any one know what date and where this job fair will be held?
http://www.solent-eb
p.co.uk/projects-eve
nts-skills-fest-jobs
-fair.htm

3-7pm, 17th October at the Cruise Terminal
[quote][p][bold]hays1179[/bold] wrote: does any one know what date and where this job fair will be held?[/p][/quote]http://www.solent-eb p.co.uk/projects-eve nts-skills-fest-jobs -fair.htm 3-7pm, 17th October at the Cruise Terminal sotonboy84

12:56pm Tue 16 Oct 12

sarfhamton says...

likewatchingbrazil wrote:
sotonboy84 wrote:
An expected attendance of 2,000 people seems pretty low if there are almost 16,000 umemployed people in Hampshire. Afterall, the job oppurtunities are from firms across Hampshire and not just Southampton... Shouldn't local job centres be promoting this and making attendance mandatory with 1,000 jobs on offer?
yes and also preference to English people
Why not give it to the best candidate?
[quote][p][bold]likewatchingbrazil[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: An expected attendance of 2,000 people seems pretty low if there are almost 16,000 umemployed people in Hampshire. Afterall, the job oppurtunities are from firms across Hampshire and not just Southampton... Shouldn't local job centres be promoting this and making attendance mandatory with 1,000 jobs on offer?[/p][/quote]yes and also preference to English people[/p][/quote]Why not give it to the best candidate? sarfhamton

12:56pm Tue 16 Oct 12

sarfhamton says...

likewatchingbrazil wrote:
sotonboy84 wrote:
An expected attendance of 2,000 people seems pretty low if there are almost 16,000 umemployed people in Hampshire. Afterall, the job oppurtunities are from firms across Hampshire and not just Southampton... Shouldn't local job centres be promoting this and making attendance mandatory with 1,000 jobs on offer?
yes and also preference to English people
Why not give it to the best candidate?
[quote][p][bold]likewatchingbrazil[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: An expected attendance of 2,000 people seems pretty low if there are almost 16,000 umemployed people in Hampshire. Afterall, the job oppurtunities are from firms across Hampshire and not just Southampton... Shouldn't local job centres be promoting this and making attendance mandatory with 1,000 jobs on offer?[/p][/quote]yes and also preference to English people[/p][/quote]Why not give it to the best candidate? sarfhamton

1:03pm Tue 16 Oct 12

-stiv- says...

It is a massive pain having to reformat you CV to fit the application but there's no way around it really. A CV isn't a "one size fits all" document. You should be adapting it for every application anyway.

Make sure you ADDRESS EVERY POINT ON THE APPLICATION. Literally reply to each point on the job spec and person spec.

Bear in mind that these job fairs are usually pretty awful. Definitely concentrate on applying online. But it can't hurt to look around. Just don't get your hopes up.

Highstreet recruitment consultants are never usually very good. They never tend to know what to do with you. So don't get your hopes up there. Remember that they don't care about you they only care about MONEY. You are just a jumble of keywords to them. They never pay well as they skim money off your pay to help pay for all the charming people that work there and the expensive high street property.



Best sites for Hampshire jobs are:

https://www3.hants.g
ov.uk/hampshire-jobs
(for all hampshire council jobs inc Southampton)

http://www.hampshire
jobsonline.co.uk/
for various local jobs.

https://www.totaljob
s.com/
Various.

Make sure you sign up to get the vacancies emailed to you, then you get them when they're recent.


Don't let people mess you around. Gumtree and lots of other places have dodgy ads that promise you the world but never deliver. Don't take a sales job. Make sure your IT skills are up to date.

Sorry if this was patronising, but if it helps one or two people then great. I've been unemployed on and off over the years and I've realised loads of stuff I was doing wrong.

Good Luck!
It is a massive pain having to reformat you CV to fit the application but there's no way around it really. A CV isn't a "one size fits all" document. You should be adapting it for every application anyway. Make sure you ADDRESS EVERY POINT ON THE APPLICATION. Literally reply to each point on the job spec and person spec. Bear in mind that these job fairs are usually pretty awful. Definitely concentrate on applying online. But it can't hurt to look around. Just don't get your hopes up. Highstreet recruitment consultants are never usually very good. They never tend to know what to do with you. So don't get your hopes up there. Remember that they don't care about you they only care about MONEY. You are just a jumble of keywords to them. They never pay well as they skim money off your pay to help pay for all the charming people that work there and the expensive high street property. Best sites for Hampshire jobs are: https://www3.hants.g ov.uk/hampshire-jobs (for all hampshire council jobs inc Southampton) http://www.hampshire jobsonline.co.uk/ for various local jobs. https://www.totaljob s.com/ Various. Make sure you sign up to get the vacancies emailed to you, then you get them when they're recent. Don't let people mess you around. Gumtree and lots of other places have dodgy ads that promise you the world but never deliver. Don't take a sales job. Make sure your IT skills are up to date. Sorry if this was patronising, but if it helps one or two people then great. I've been unemployed on and off over the years and I've realised loads of stuff I was doing wrong. Good Luck! -stiv-

1:25pm Tue 16 Oct 12

userds5050 says...

rich the stitch wrote:
soton1980 wrote:
huckit P wrote: After searching for a job for the past few months I am often left frustrated by companies requesting an updated CV and then insisting you complete their own form which duplicates everything included in the CV. When you have years of experience - especially contract work - it takes long time to complete each one. People often spend a lot of money taking professional advice before compiling their CV's only to have them binned by such companies. Am I the only one to think this is often unecessary?
I agree with you on that. I find it annoying that so many companies these days only allow you to apply online using their own forms. A CV is far more personal in my opinion and a better way of selling yourself to an employer. I remember applying to Waitrose about 3 or 4 years ago for a part-time position whilst studying (I had heard from a friend that they had suitable vacancies). I made an effort to print off my CV and covering letter on good quality paper and placed it in a good quality envelope. I paid great attention to the presentation of all documents. All I got back was a compliments slip with a note scribbled on the back asking me to apply online. I was very disappointed, particularly considering the ethos of that particular company towards positive interaction. During the current economic climate, I can only imagine that this sort of attitude is making it harder for people to find jobs.
Can you imagine how many cv’s a company like Waitrose receive? How much time it would take to go through each individual cv and try to put them in to suitability? And the amount of paper saved by doing this online? It’s very worrying when people just can’t bothered to fill out a couple of forms to get a job. What about going to an interview, or is that too much hassle for you as well. That’s the problem now a days, people want something, but don’t want to put any effort in to getting it. Bet you wouldn’t be moaning filling out benefit forms.
It's very worrying that someone who works in HR doesn't know how to pluralise CV.
[quote][p][bold]rich the stitch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]soton1980[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: After searching for a job for the past few months I am often left frustrated by companies requesting an updated CV and then insisting you complete their own form which duplicates everything included in the CV. When you have years of experience - especially contract work - it takes long time to complete each one. People often spend a lot of money taking professional advice before compiling their CV's only to have them binned by such companies. Am I the only one to think this is often unecessary?[/p][/quote]I agree with you on that. I find it annoying that so many companies these days only allow you to apply online using their own forms. A CV is far more personal in my opinion and a better way of selling yourself to an employer. I remember applying to Waitrose about 3 or 4 years ago for a part-time position whilst studying (I had heard from a friend that they had suitable vacancies). I made an effort to print off my CV and covering letter on good quality paper and placed it in a good quality envelope. I paid great attention to the presentation of all documents. All I got back was a compliments slip with a note scribbled on the back asking me to apply online. I was very disappointed, particularly considering the ethos of that particular company towards positive interaction. During the current economic climate, I can only imagine that this sort of attitude is making it harder for people to find jobs.[/p][/quote]Can you imagine how many cv’s a company like Waitrose receive? How much time it would take to go through each individual cv and try to put them in to suitability? And the amount of paper saved by doing this online? It’s very worrying when people just can’t bothered to fill out a couple of forms to get a job. What about going to an interview, or is that too much hassle for you as well. That’s the problem now a days, people want something, but don’t want to put any effort in to getting it. Bet you wouldn’t be moaning filling out benefit forms.[/p][/quote]It's very worrying that someone who works in HR doesn't know how to pluralise CV. userds5050

1:43pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Subject48 says...

@ recruitment people

Just please find a tall building...

Yes sadly the HR - health and safety obsessed, nany state generated by-product of modern society, a.k.a. parasites.

They only care how well you can lie and how many hoops you can jump through.

If you are the most dilligent hardworking, commited person who wants the job that will not matter unless you can **** your way through the "HR" process.

True story...

@ Healthgirl and rich the sticth refer to the first line of the post.

You seem to forget that your job exists to find other people a job. The people dont exist to boost your egos and provide you with a job. Be grateful you can be a parasite on the unemployed and those seeking a job.
@ recruitment people Just please find a tall building... Yes sadly the HR - health and safety obsessed, nany state generated by-product of modern society, a.k.a. parasites. They only care how well you can lie and how many hoops you can jump through. If you are the most dilligent hardworking, commited person who wants the job that will not matter unless you can **** your way through the "HR" process. True story... @ Healthgirl and rich the sticth refer to the first line of the post. You seem to forget that your job exists to find other people a job. The people dont exist to boost your egos and provide you with a job. Be grateful you can be a parasite on the unemployed and those seeking a job. Subject48

1:57pm Tue 16 Oct 12

treborc says...

The last fair I went to as a disabled person, we were told 1000 jobs were on offer, and these employers would speak to you, see you, understand what you could do.

Got to the job fair went in and the place was full not of employers but it was Job center, Shaw Trust, Remploy, and a dozen other job providers seeking your signature, it was so bad that two people started fighting over the signature of a disabled person.

I then asked where was the 1000 jobs and they showed me on the job center computer which they set up in this so called fair, 16 of the jobs were in France and a few in Scotland, when I asked how many where within walking distance they said to me you have to look further then your own door step.

When pushed to tell us how many jobs were local turned out they did not know.
The last fair I went to as a disabled person, we were told 1000 jobs were on offer, and these employers would speak to you, see you, understand what you could do. Got to the job fair went in and the place was full not of employers but it was Job center, Shaw Trust, Remploy, and a dozen other job providers seeking your signature, it was so bad that two people started fighting over the signature of a disabled person. I then asked where was the 1000 jobs and they showed me on the job center computer which they set up in this so called fair, 16 of the jobs were in France and a few in Scotland, when I asked how many where within walking distance they said to me you have to look further then your own door step. When pushed to tell us how many jobs were local turned out they did not know. treborc

2:03pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Beer Monster says...

Re: taking the time to fill in application forms - this isn't always an option. I don't own a PC (odd for someone who works in IT, I know!) so when I'm looking for work I have to rely on the local library or a friend's computer, not always an economical use of one's time when you can apply for a job in seconds on an online board such as Jobsite, Monster etc.

I've found that the best online applications have a few pages of standard input (name, address, criminal convictions etc) in the format required by the company to which you are applying, with a CV upload and a space to add any further information.

Some of my former employers use the tactic of keeping you on their database to help speed the process up.

It might sound like I'm lazy, but after pretty much consigning myself to a Desmond (2:2) rather than a 2:1 in my maths degree because I spent so much time filling in 150+ application forms, I rarely hold much truck for them.

p.s. I now work in Edinburgh, whilst maintaining my place in Hythe. You can always think of looking for a job as an opportunity to broaden your horizons.
Re: taking the time to fill in application forms - this isn't always an option. I don't own a PC (odd for someone who works in IT, I know!) so when I'm looking for work I have to rely on the local library or a friend's computer, not always an economical use of one's time when you can apply for a job in seconds on an online board such as Jobsite, Monster etc. I've found that the best online applications have a few pages of standard input (name, address, criminal convictions etc) in the format required by the company to which you are applying, with a CV upload and a space to add any further information. Some of my former employers use the tactic of keeping you on their database to help speed the process up. It might sound like I'm lazy, but after pretty much consigning myself to a Desmond (2:2) rather than a 2:1 in my maths degree because I spent so much time filling in 150+ application forms, I rarely hold much truck for them. p.s. I now work in Edinburgh, whilst maintaining my place in Hythe. You can always think of looking for a job as an opportunity to broaden your horizons. Beer Monster

2:18pm Tue 16 Oct 12

rich the stitch says...

Subject48 wrote:
@ recruitment people Just please find a tall building... Yes sadly the HR - health and safety obsessed, nany state generated by-product of modern society, a.k.a. parasites. They only care how well you can lie and how many hoops you can jump through. If you are the most dilligent hardworking, commited person who wants the job that will not matter unless you can **** your way through the "HR" process. True story... @ Healthgirl and rich the sticth refer to the first line of the post. You seem to forget that your job exists to find other people a job. The people dont exist to boost your egos and provide you with a job. Be grateful you can be a parasite on the unemployed and those seeking a job.
Do you mean the 2nd line of the post?
Saying HR and recruitment consultants are parasites just proves your lack of knowledge about the industry.
I have recruited in construction recruitment for over 12 years, and work for myself. I’m sure my clients would prefer to not to pay me a fee, but also they do not have a time and/ or resources to go in to the market place, approach and head hunt people for their specific roles. It’s not high street recruitment; this is finding specific people for specific positions. Ask my clients of 12 years if they think I’m a parasite, or if I offer a service where I can introduce them to suitable candidates they would not have seen otherwise. Ask the 3-4 people I place in to permanent roles each and every month if they think I’m a parasite. Ask the 5 people I have working for me on a freelance basis (paying their wages) if they think I’m a parasite. Yes you do have to jump through hoops, as you put it, but if that’s company policy and you don’t like it, maybe you were not right for the role in the first place.
Just because you have not secured the position you want within a company, don’t blame HR or the consultant. You were not right for the job, as simple as that.
[quote][p][bold]Subject48[/bold] wrote: @ recruitment people Just please find a tall building... Yes sadly the HR - health and safety obsessed, nany state generated by-product of modern society, a.k.a. parasites. They only care how well you can lie and how many hoops you can jump through. If you are the most dilligent hardworking, commited person who wants the job that will not matter unless you can **** your way through the "HR" process. True story... @ Healthgirl and rich the sticth refer to the first line of the post. You seem to forget that your job exists to find other people a job. The people dont exist to boost your egos and provide you with a job. Be grateful you can be a parasite on the unemployed and those seeking a job.[/p][/quote]Do you mean the 2nd line of the post? Saying HR and recruitment consultants are parasites just proves your lack of knowledge about the industry. I have recruited in construction recruitment for over 12 years, and work for myself. I’m sure my clients would prefer to not to pay me a fee, but also they do not have a time and/ or resources to go in to the market place, approach and head hunt people for their specific roles. It’s not high street recruitment; this is finding specific people for specific positions. Ask my clients of 12 years if they think I’m a parasite, or if I offer a service where I can introduce them to suitable candidates they would not have seen otherwise. Ask the 3-4 people I place in to permanent roles each and every month if they think I’m a parasite. Ask the 5 people I have working for me on a freelance basis (paying their wages) if they think I’m a parasite. Yes you do have to jump through hoops, as you put it, but if that’s company policy and you don’t like it, maybe you were not right for the role in the first place. Just because you have not secured the position you want within a company, don’t blame HR or the consultant. You were not right for the job, as simple as that. rich the stitch

2:30pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Subject48 says...

And here the beast comes out... Yes you are a parasite.

Of course all those people should all grovel, me included so you can offer us a job. All hail rich the stich.

I meant the part about finding a tall building.
And here the beast comes out... Yes you are a parasite. Of course all those people should all grovel, me included so you can offer us a job. All hail rich the stich. I meant the part about finding a tall building. Subject48

2:42pm Tue 16 Oct 12

heathgirl says...

Subject48 wrote:
@ recruitment people

Just please find a tall building...

Yes sadly the HR - health and safety obsessed, nany state generated by-product of modern society, a.k.a. parasites.

They only care how well you can lie and how many hoops you can jump through.

If you are the most dilligent hardworking, commited person who wants the job that will not matter unless you can **** your way through the "HR" process.

True story...

@ Healthgirl and rich the sticth refer to the first line of the post.

You seem to forget that your job exists to find other people a job. The people dont exist to boost your egos and provide you with a job. Be grateful you can be a parasite on the unemployed and those seeking a job.
Parasite... Nice

Seems to me you are just bitter from your experience of not being able to *** your way through the HR process as you put it.

Note for the future for you. These days jobs aren't handed out on a plate and sometimes you do have to jump through hoops to differentiate yourself from the 20 other candidates applying for your position. Only you can make yourself stand out - and that needs to be in a good way, not by complaining about what you need to do to secure a role.
[quote][p][bold]Subject48[/bold] wrote: @ recruitment people Just please find a tall building... Yes sadly the HR - health and safety obsessed, nany state generated by-product of modern society, a.k.a. parasites. They only care how well you can lie and how many hoops you can jump through. If you are the most dilligent hardworking, commited person who wants the job that will not matter unless you can **** your way through the "HR" process. True story... @ Healthgirl and rich the sticth refer to the first line of the post. You seem to forget that your job exists to find other people a job. The people dont exist to boost your egos and provide you with a job. Be grateful you can be a parasite on the unemployed and those seeking a job.[/p][/quote]Parasite... Nice Seems to me you are just bitter from your experience of not being able to *** your way through the HR process as you put it. Note for the future for you. These days jobs aren't handed out on a plate and sometimes you do have to jump through hoops to differentiate yourself from the 20 other candidates applying for your position. Only you can make yourself stand out - and that needs to be in a good way, not by complaining about what you need to do to secure a role. heathgirl

2:52pm Tue 16 Oct 12

likewatchingbrazil says...

sarfhamton wrote:
likewatchingbrazil wrote:
sotonboy84 wrote: An expected attendance of 2,000 people seems pretty low if there are almost 16,000 umemployed people in Hampshire. Afterall, the job oppurtunities are from firms across Hampshire and not just Southampton... Shouldn't local job centres be promoting this and making attendance mandatory with 1,000 jobs on offer?
yes and also preference to English people
Why not give it to the best candidate?
thats what i said.
[quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]likewatchingbrazil[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: An expected attendance of 2,000 people seems pretty low if there are almost 16,000 umemployed people in Hampshire. Afterall, the job oppurtunities are from firms across Hampshire and not just Southampton... Shouldn't local job centres be promoting this and making attendance mandatory with 1,000 jobs on offer?[/p][/quote]yes and also preference to English people[/p][/quote]Why not give it to the best candidate?[/p][/quote]thats what i said. likewatchingbrazil

2:58pm Tue 16 Oct 12

rich the stitch says...

Subject48 wrote:
And here the beast comes out... Yes you are a parasite. Of course all those people should all grovel, me included so you can offer us a job. All hail rich the stich. I meant the part about finding a tall building.
I was only pointing out that in many cases recruitment consultants do a very good job in finding people new positions with suitable companies, which they may not have found themselves. Good luck when searching for a job, with your attitude towards HR, recruitment and filling out application forms you’ll need it.
[quote][p][bold]Subject48[/bold] wrote: And here the beast comes out... Yes you are a parasite. Of course all those people should all grovel, me included so you can offer us a job. All hail rich the stich. I meant the part about finding a tall building.[/p][/quote]I was only pointing out that in many cases recruitment consultants do a very good job in finding people new positions with suitable companies, which they may not have found themselves. Good luck when searching for a job, with your attitude towards HR, recruitment and filling out application forms you’ll need it. rich the stitch

3:14pm Tue 16 Oct 12

userds5050 says...

Subject48 wrote:
And here the beast comes out... Yes you are a parasite.

Of course all those people should all grovel, me included so you can offer us a job. All hail rich the stich.

I meant the part about finding a tall building.
Name me someone that’s not a parasite and I’ll go out and say a prayer for him.
[quote][p][bold]Subject48[/bold] wrote: And here the beast comes out... Yes you are a parasite. Of course all those people should all grovel, me included so you can offer us a job. All hail rich the stich. I meant the part about finding a tall building.[/p][/quote]Name me someone that’s not a parasite and I’ll go out and say a prayer for him. userds5050

3:17pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Over the Edge says...

1,000 jobs up for grabs, the latest number of Southampton residents claiming Jobseekers allowance is 5,362, if every vacancy gets taken that still leaves a lot of people on the rock n roll
1,000 jobs up for grabs, the latest number of Southampton residents claiming Jobseekers allowance is 5,362, if every vacancy gets taken that still leaves a lot of people on the rock n roll Over the Edge

3:46pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Beer Monster says...

rich the stitch wrote:
Subject48 wrote:
And here the beast comes out... Yes you are a parasite. Of course all those people should all grovel, me included so you can offer us a job. All hail rich the stich. I meant the part about finding a tall building.
I was only pointing out that in many cases recruitment consultants do a very good job in finding people new positions with suitable companies, which they may not have found themselves. Good luck when searching for a job, with your attitude towards HR, recruitment and filling out application forms you’ll need it.
Couldn't agree more rich - the first proper job I had was working for a pensions company in Salisbury, an opportunity which was brought to my attention after walking into a financial/accountanc
y recruitment agency on Southampton High Street.

I am for ever thankful to said agency as I worked for said company for five years, and that became the springboard for my career so far.

The system does work - you just need to be prepared to work with it occasionally.
[quote][p][bold]rich the stitch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Subject48[/bold] wrote: And here the beast comes out... Yes you are a parasite. Of course all those people should all grovel, me included so you can offer us a job. All hail rich the stich. I meant the part about finding a tall building.[/p][/quote]I was only pointing out that in many cases recruitment consultants do a very good job in finding people new positions with suitable companies, which they may not have found themselves. Good luck when searching for a job, with your attitude towards HR, recruitment and filling out application forms you’ll need it.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more rich - the first proper job I had was working for a pensions company in Salisbury, an opportunity which was brought to my attention after walking into a financial/accountanc y recruitment agency on Southampton High Street. I am for ever thankful to said agency as I worked for said company for five years, and that became the springboard for my career so far. The system does work - you just need to be prepared to work with it occasionally. Beer Monster

4:58pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Huffter says...

rich the stitch wrote:
huckit P wrote: After searching for a job for the past few months I am often left frustrated by companies requesting an updated CV and then insisting you complete their own form which duplicates everything included in the CV. When you have years of experience - especially contract work - it takes long time to complete each one. People often spend a lot of money taking professional advice before compiling their CV's only to have them binned by such companies. Am I the only one to think this is often unecessary?
Working in recruitment I see a lot of cv's, and you would be surprised how they can differ, so a company will need its own application form to ensure they have all the details of Health & Safety, CBR checks etc for the HR department. They use your cv as a first indication of your suitability for the role. Complaining about having to take some time to fill a form out says it all really. Good luck with your search.
What's a CBR check?
[quote][p][bold]rich the stitch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: After searching for a job for the past few months I am often left frustrated by companies requesting an updated CV and then insisting you complete their own form which duplicates everything included in the CV. When you have years of experience - especially contract work - it takes long time to complete each one. People often spend a lot of money taking professional advice before compiling their CV's only to have them binned by such companies. Am I the only one to think this is often unecessary?[/p][/quote]Working in recruitment I see a lot of cv's, and you would be surprised how they can differ, so a company will need its own application form to ensure they have all the details of Health & Safety, CBR checks etc for the HR department. They use your cv as a first indication of your suitability for the role. Complaining about having to take some time to fill a form out says it all really. Good luck with your search.[/p][/quote]What's a CBR check? Huffter

6:16pm Tue 16 Oct 12

rich the stitch says...

Huffter wrote:
rich the stitch wrote:
huckit P wrote: After searching for a job for the past few months I am often left frustrated by companies requesting an updated CV and then insisting you complete their own form which duplicates everything included in the CV. When you have years of experience - especially contract work - it takes long time to complete each one. People often spend a lot of money taking professional advice before compiling their CV's only to have them binned by such companies. Am I the only one to think this is often unecessary?
Working in recruitment I see a lot of cv's, and you would be surprised how they can differ, so a company will need its own application form to ensure they have all the details of Health & Safety, CBR checks etc for the HR department. They use your cv as a first indication of your suitability for the role. Complaining about having to take some time to fill a form out says it all really. Good luck with your search.
What's a CBR check?
Sorry, CRB (Criminal Records Bureau)check. It's stops pervs working at schools and hospitals....but not at the BBC.
[quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rich the stitch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: After searching for a job for the past few months I am often left frustrated by companies requesting an updated CV and then insisting you complete their own form which duplicates everything included in the CV. When you have years of experience - especially contract work - it takes long time to complete each one. People often spend a lot of money taking professional advice before compiling their CV's only to have them binned by such companies. Am I the only one to think this is often unecessary?[/p][/quote]Working in recruitment I see a lot of cv's, and you would be surprised how they can differ, so a company will need its own application form to ensure they have all the details of Health & Safety, CBR checks etc for the HR department. They use your cv as a first indication of your suitability for the role. Complaining about having to take some time to fill a form out says it all really. Good luck with your search.[/p][/quote]What's a CBR check?[/p][/quote]Sorry, CRB (Criminal Records Bureau)check. It's stops pervs working at schools and hospitals....but not at the BBC. rich the stitch

9:57pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

A total waste of time just keep the rock and roll going you are better off aint you!
A total waste of time just keep the rock and roll going you are better off aint you! Fatty x Ford Worker

1:12am Wed 17 Oct 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

rich the stitch wrote:
soton1980 wrote:
huckit P wrote: After searching for a job for the past few months I am often left frustrated by companies requesting an updated CV and then insisting you complete their own form which duplicates everything included in the CV. When you have years of experience - especially contract work - it takes long time to complete each one. People often spend a lot of money taking professional advice before compiling their CV's only to have them binned by such companies. Am I the only one to think this is often unecessary?
I agree with you on that. I find it annoying that so many companies these days only allow you to apply online using their own forms. A CV is far more personal in my opinion and a better way of selling yourself to an employer. I remember applying to Waitrose about 3 or 4 years ago for a part-time position whilst studying (I had heard from a friend that they had suitable vacancies). I made an effort to print off my CV and covering letter on good quality paper and placed it in a good quality envelope. I paid great attention to the presentation of all documents. All I got back was a compliments slip with a note scribbled on the back asking me to apply online. I was very disappointed, particularly considering the ethos of that particular company towards positive interaction. During the current economic climate, I can only imagine that this sort of attitude is making it harder for people to find jobs.
Can you imagine how many cv’s a company like Waitrose receive? How much time it would take to go through each individual cv and try to put them in to suitability? And the amount of paper saved by doing this online? It’s very worrying when people just can’t bothered to fill out a couple of forms to get a job. What about going to an interview, or is that too much hassle for you as well. That’s the problem now a days, people want something, but don’t want to put any effort in to getting it. Bet you wouldn’t be moaning filling out benefit forms.
I'd rather fill in application forms than benefit forms, I find application forms to be less work, I found that the marks & spencers online forms are actually easier than the forms you fill in for the job center.
[quote][p][bold]rich the stitch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]soton1980[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: After searching for a job for the past few months I am often left frustrated by companies requesting an updated CV and then insisting you complete their own form which duplicates everything included in the CV. When you have years of experience - especially contract work - it takes long time to complete each one. People often spend a lot of money taking professional advice before compiling their CV's only to have them binned by such companies. Am I the only one to think this is often unecessary?[/p][/quote]I agree with you on that. I find it annoying that so many companies these days only allow you to apply online using their own forms. A CV is far more personal in my opinion and a better way of selling yourself to an employer. I remember applying to Waitrose about 3 or 4 years ago for a part-time position whilst studying (I had heard from a friend that they had suitable vacancies). I made an effort to print off my CV and covering letter on good quality paper and placed it in a good quality envelope. I paid great attention to the presentation of all documents. All I got back was a compliments slip with a note scribbled on the back asking me to apply online. I was very disappointed, particularly considering the ethos of that particular company towards positive interaction. During the current economic climate, I can only imagine that this sort of attitude is making it harder for people to find jobs.[/p][/quote]Can you imagine how many cv’s a company like Waitrose receive? How much time it would take to go through each individual cv and try to put them in to suitability? And the amount of paper saved by doing this online? It’s very worrying when people just can’t bothered to fill out a couple of forms to get a job. What about going to an interview, or is that too much hassle for you as well. That’s the problem now a days, people want something, but don’t want to put any effort in to getting it. Bet you wouldn’t be moaning filling out benefit forms.[/p][/quote]I'd rather fill in application forms than benefit forms, I find application forms to be less work, I found that the marks & spencers online forms are actually easier than the forms you fill in for the job center. Ginger_cyclist

1:24am Wed 17 Oct 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

Fatty x Ford Worker wrote:
A total waste of time just keep the rock and roll going you are better off aint you!
I'd rather get off this knife edge called "Job Seekers Allowance" and out of the Job center's range of fire.
[quote][p][bold]Fatty x Ford Worker[/bold] wrote: A total waste of time just keep the rock and roll going you are better off aint you![/p][/quote]I'd rather get off this knife edge called "Job Seekers Allowance" and out of the Job center's range of fire. Ginger_cyclist

12:09pm Wed 17 Oct 12

davehills says...

Those people in the queue are going to be pleased if they are already employed and are looking to change jobs - their bosses might be reading!!
Those people in the queue are going to be pleased if they are already employed and are looking to change jobs - their bosses might be reading!! davehills

6:43pm Wed 17 Oct 12

MegGriffin says...

rich the stitch wrote:
Subject48 wrote:
@ recruitment people Just please find a tall building... Yes sadly the HR - health and safety obsessed, nany state generated by-product of modern society, a.k.a. parasites. They only care how well you can lie and how many hoops you can jump through. If you are the most dilligent hardworking, commited person who wants the job that will not matter unless you can **** your way through the "HR" process. True story... @ Healthgirl and rich the sticth refer to the first line of the post. You seem to forget that your job exists to find other people a job. The people dont exist to boost your egos and provide you with a job. Be grateful you can be a parasite on the unemployed and those seeking a job.
Do you mean the 2nd line of the post?
Saying HR and recruitment consultants are parasites just proves your lack of knowledge about the industry.
I have recruited in construction recruitment for over 12 years, and work for myself. I’m sure my clients would prefer to not to pay me a fee, but also they do not have a time and/ or resources to go in to the market place, approach and head hunt people for their specific roles. It’s not high street recruitment; this is finding specific people for specific positions. Ask my clients of 12 years if they think I’m a parasite, or if I offer a service where I can introduce them to suitable candidates they would not have seen otherwise. Ask the 3-4 people I place in to permanent roles each and every month if they think I’m a parasite. Ask the 5 people I have working for me on a freelance basis (paying their wages) if they think I’m a parasite. Yes you do have to jump through hoops, as you put it, but if that’s company policy and you don’t like it, maybe you were not right for the role in the first place.
Just because you have not secured the position you want within a company, don’t blame HR or the consultant. You were not right for the job, as simple as that.
Never really seen the point of recruitment agencies. If the jobs are there, why not just advertise them and give them to the best candidate? Why do we have to have the middleman?
Feel free to enlighten me if I've missed something.
[quote][p][bold]rich the stitch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Subject48[/bold] wrote: @ recruitment people Just please find a tall building... Yes sadly the HR - health and safety obsessed, nany state generated by-product of modern society, a.k.a. parasites. They only care how well you can lie and how many hoops you can jump through. If you are the most dilligent hardworking, commited person who wants the job that will not matter unless you can **** your way through the "HR" process. True story... @ Healthgirl and rich the sticth refer to the first line of the post. You seem to forget that your job exists to find other people a job. The people dont exist to boost your egos and provide you with a job. Be grateful you can be a parasite on the unemployed and those seeking a job.[/p][/quote]Do you mean the 2nd line of the post? Saying HR and recruitment consultants are parasites just proves your lack of knowledge about the industry. I have recruited in construction recruitment for over 12 years, and work for myself. I’m sure my clients would prefer to not to pay me a fee, but also they do not have a time and/ or resources to go in to the market place, approach and head hunt people for their specific roles. It’s not high street recruitment; this is finding specific people for specific positions. Ask my clients of 12 years if they think I’m a parasite, or if I offer a service where I can introduce them to suitable candidates they would not have seen otherwise. Ask the 3-4 people I place in to permanent roles each and every month if they think I’m a parasite. Ask the 5 people I have working for me on a freelance basis (paying their wages) if they think I’m a parasite. Yes you do have to jump through hoops, as you put it, but if that’s company policy and you don’t like it, maybe you were not right for the role in the first place. Just because you have not secured the position you want within a company, don’t blame HR or the consultant. You were not right for the job, as simple as that.[/p][/quote]Never really seen the point of recruitment agencies. If the jobs are there, why not just advertise them and give them to the best candidate? Why do we have to have the middleman? Feel free to enlighten me if I've missed something. MegGriffin

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