Helping Islanders prepare for work

| November 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

A series of videos providing guidance on interview skills has been launched today to help job seekers of all ages. Careers Jersey have been working with Freedom Media to produce the videos, and sponsorship has enabled them to be provided free of charge on the Careers Jersey YouTube channel.

There are four videos available. The first demonstrates ‘how to’ and ‘how not to’ behave in an interview for an apprenticeship. The second provides guidance to university applicants undergoing interviews and a third illustrates a corporate panel interview for an experienced adult. The fourth video features representatives from local industry providing tips on how to impress and also shows classic mistakes to avoid in interviews.

Jenny O’Brien, Project Manager at Careers Jersey explained the rationale behind the project “After searching for suitable videos to illustrate key interview skills, we found nothing that matched our needs. We therefore saw this as an opportunity to tailor-make a series of resources that are useful to people at various stages of their career.” She continued “With the current employment market we have seen a sharp increase in Islanders of all ages looking for help preparing for interviews, many of whom haven’t been through the job application process for many years, if at all”.

Local property company Le Masurier provided sponsorship for the project as part of their J1 Skills and Training Initiative. Brian McCarthy, Managing Director of Le Masurier said “Le Masuriers J1 Skills and Training framework aims to provide a
breadth of initiatives to support Jersey’s community ranging from education, careers support, work placements and direct local employment. We are delighted to have provided support to this particular project, which we hope will benefit many islanders,
of all ages”.

The videos feature a number of local employers as interviewers and well-known local stars of media and stage, Channel Television and Channel 103FM presenter Jenny Mullin, and JADC performer and current Bird College student Jonny Labey as
interviewees. The third interviewee, Alfie Balston, who demonstrates good and bad interview techniques when applying for university has proven his knowledge of this subject, securing a place to study medicine at King’s College in London.

Hannah Shellswell, Creative Director at Freedom Media said, “Our team have really enjoyed working on this project with Careers Jersey that we have part sponsored. The online videos are packed full of advice and tips that will equip people to succeed at interview and help them to achieve their aspirations. Investing in our Island community is at the heart of Freedom Media and we have enjoyed working on this project with other local companies who are committed to helping people to reach their potential.”

Jeremy Field, Education Liaison Manager at Careers Jersey added “We work closely with the careers teachers from all the Island’s secondary schools and colleges, and have designed the videos to help the next generation of job seekers to communicate their skills and competencies effectively. We are very grateful to all the employers who have supported the creation of these resources, which we hope will be the first of many that offer career and employment information in an engaging format.”

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