As Barbadians continue to grapple with the effects of the global economic crisis, the Ministry of Labour is offering a glimmer of hope for job seekers.
The National Employment Bureau of the Ministry of Labour will host its popular Job Expo this coming Friday, November 20, at the Grande Salle, Tom Adams Financial Centre, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
It will be held under the theme "Re-fashion, Re-train, Re-tool: Tackling the Unemployment Challenge."
The first Job Expo was held in 2005 and over the years, the event has had a tremendous response from both employers, employees and visitors.
It will provide prospective workers, including secondary and tertiary school students, with a forum to meet and interact with employers from the private and public sectors, service providers from major organisations and representatives of training institutions.
Patrons will also have access to pertinent information on the labour market including job vacancies, hiring practices, options for re-tooling and re-training and to learn about opportunities for self-employment.
Moreover, students will be able to make informed career-focused options when choosing an area of study.
For employers, the job expo will be an opportunity to promote their services and assist patrons in drafting job applications. In addition, it will provide information on career options and new approaches to the recruitment and selection processes, in light of the present economic climate.
Personnel from various training institutions will also be on hand to inform visitors about the opportunities for improving, re-tooling and adapting their skills to meet the changing labour market. They will also focus on the necessary requirements for self-employment.
As part of the day’s activities, training sessions aimed at sharpening the skills of job seekers will be held. Motivational speakers and human resource specialists will also educate visitors about some new and exciting career choices.
Persons are encouraged to "dress for success" and bring along several copies of their r??sum??s.
The National Employment Bureau, coordinators of the annual event, is responsible for providing employment services to employers and job seekers.
These services include job placements, both local and overseas, assistance in preparing r??sum??s, coaching for job interviews, in-house world of work training sessions, vocational guidance and lectures at schools and community-based institutions.
The services of the NEB are also extended to the disabled community.
Further information on Job Expo 2009 may be obtained by contacting Valerie Quintyne or Elon Arthur at 427-4326, 426-1436 or 426-4450.