JOBSEEKERS HARNESS THE POWER OF VIDEO
Shropshire Chamber of Commerce is celebrating success after a large number of jobseekers signed up to be involved in its new dedicated video CV service.
The Chamber – along with Telford & Wrekin Council, the Job Centre Plus and local training providers – organised the Partnership for Jobs event which took place at the International Centre on Wednesday 18th March, and which brought together some of the region’s top businesses, apprenticeship scheme organisers, and commercial enterprises to help young people seeking their first step on the career ladder.
Chris Jones, Business Development Manager at Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, explained: “We we thrilled to support the Partnership for Jobs event, which is now in its second year, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to engage with those searching for work across the county.
“We also introduced our new video CV service where individuals have the exclusive opportunity to access valuable business-led training courses and skills and guidance, culminating in a professionally-produced video CV available for employers to view at their own convenience on the www.scocpeopleportal.co.uk website.”
Shropshire Chamber of Commerce recently secured vital funding from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which enabled it to roll out People Portal wider and give 236 local jobseekers the exclusive opportunity to be part of the pioneering programme.
“Our expectations were certainly exceeded as the event alone saw a significant number of spaces for the People Portal programme filled, which was just fantastic. Through the programme, candidates receive skills training to meet what employers are looking for and have the opportunity to establish their own unique selling point – all at no cost. And, the video CVs are all available on the website, enabling employers to get a valuable glimpse into the personality of the candidate before the interview stage. This literally lifts them off the page of a flat CV, which interested many at the event who had previously experienced set-backs due to the use of traditional CVs.”
“I’d urge anyone looking for a job in the county and who is eager to explore other avenues, to visit www.scocpeopleportal.co.uk or contact 01952 208200 for further information and to get involved,” Chris concluded.
A true champion of Shropshire businesses at local, regional and national level, the Chamber of Commerce offers a competitive sliding scale of membership fees based on business size. For more information, please visit www.shropshire-chamber.co.uk.