Advice for job-seekers at Pop Up Job Shop

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Oamaru people looking for work, keen to upskill or wanting a change are being encouraged to go along to a “Pop Up Job Shop” next month.

A collaboration between the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), Safer Waitaki, Workbridge, Literacy North Otago, APM Workcare, Ara Institute of Canterbury and Tupu Aotearoa, the Pop Up Job Shop is being held at The Business Hive on September 8, from 4pm to 7pm.

The aim of the free event was to help people navigate the different support systems, agencies and people available for job-seekers in the Waitaki district, The Business Hive director Cara Tipping Smith said.

It would also involve some independent recruiters and CV writers who could give tips, advice and support for CV and cover letter writing, as well as interviewing skills.

“It is the latest [information] and it is from the mouths of experts – why would you not take advantage of that opportunity,” Ms Tipping Smith said.

“People can come in, and they can come in with their mates . . . whatever works for them.”

Organisers hoped job-seekers would leave with more confidence.

“That’s the most important thing, in terms of outcome, is that people have confidence about going into the interview, confidence about applying for a job,” she said.

The event was for “absolutely anyone”.

“Young ones looking at their first job . . . ones that are perhaps looking at Covid consequences of their jobs and what can they do next.”

There would be a “jobs board” with listings of vacancies in the district.

“[The jobs board] is literally the length of the room, there are 50-odd jobs that MSD say they’ve got right now,” she said.

“If you want a job, you want to know what’s on offer .. you could come and just walk the wall.”

A similar event was held in Dunedin last year and was a “great success”.

“The thinking up here was, we’ll get in and do it, create something and then see whether or not it’s a success and how far it might be able to go,” she said.

“We know that it was needed before Covid, and we were talking about it before Covid, but now it feels like it actually has to be done.”

If Alert Level 2 restrictions still applied on September 8, the event would be spread across The Business Hive and Literacy North Otago to manage social distancing.