Time’s nearly up: let’s get to work

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THERE are only three more days if you want to land yourself the chance to get through the door of some of Wakefield’s top businesses.

The deadline of midnight on Monday October 1 for people to register for the Wakefield Works scheme is fast approaching, and available places are being booked up thick and fast.

It’s first come, first served, so to be sure of getting a time slot with your favoured employer on Thursday, October 4, you’d better act now.

Aimed primarily at 18-25 year-olds, if you’re looking for your first job after college, looking for your next new job or simply wanting to explore a different career path, then Wakefield Works is for you.

The scheme’s website has switched to employee mode - log on to http://www.wakefieldworks.co.uk - there you will find a full list of businesses taking part, together with information about how you can register your interest in taking part on the day, as well as some guidance notes.

Every participating organisation is offering a minimum of a week’s work experience to the best person they see on the day, and some also have bursaries, apprenticeships and future jobs on offer for the right people.

The initiative was set up by the managing director of First Choice Recruitment, Andy Turner, and creative director of Room:97 Marcello Moccia.

Mr Moccia said: “The Wakefield Works initiative can help you prepare for, find and stay in work.

“Now is the time to make contact with one of the 40 participating companies.”

Mr Turner, pictured right, added: “I really hope the young people of Wakefield take full advantage of this incredible opportunity, to be given personal advice from Wakefield’s biggest and most successful employers, this is a chance not to be missed!”

Wakefield Express editor Mark Bradley said: “We’ve been delighted to back this scheme from its infancy, and I can’t believe the day is nearly upon us. If we can get a strong number of young people armed with some work experience for their CVs, and maybe a clutch could get jobs, then the effort will have been worthwhile.”

l Here’s some tips for those turning up on the day:

- Do your research: make sure you know some basics about the company you are visiting.

- Don’t be late: punctuality is key in any job, so plan your journey beforehand. If you can’t make an appointment for any reason, please call ahead.

- Dress smartly: the better presented you are, the more impressive you will be.

- Bring along a CV: update it if you have one, or try and put some basics down on paper to help the employer.

- Think of some questions you want to ask: after all, these sessions are here to help potential employees, so think about what you’d like to get out of them.

- Be yourself: relax and be engaging.

- What you can bring to the party: try and think of one key attribute that you think an employer might be looking for.