Cambridge Network's Virtual Jobs & Careers Fair this Thursday 16 July promises practical assistance and support for anyone looking for a job or a change in career.
Virtual fair offers careers insight and help for jobseekers
"The pandemic has – and will continue to have – a dramatic effect on the jobs market," says Claire Angus, head of the Network's Recruitment Gateway. "Our event this week aims to give potential candidates some pragmatic advice to help them navigate the market and also to understand how to present themselves to employers in the best possible light."
Every candidate who signs up to attend the event can benefit from the insights of a free Belbin Self-Perception report, which analyses an individual's strengths and weaknesses in the workplace.
"We are pleased to welcome Jo Keeler, Managing Partner at Belbin, who will explain how to interpret your report, so that you can be sure to highlight your strengths when talking to any potential employer," adds Claire. "The information can also help you identify the roles that might suit you best, which means you could decide to make a change in career direction and perhaps opt for new training or apply for different kinds of jobs."
The agenda (see below) for the virtual fair, which begins at 11am, also includes presentations from local companies and recruiters, and from careers expert and coach Katherine Wiid, whose workshop will focus on careers resilience.
The full agenda
11 am - 11.20 am - Claire Angus, head of Recruitment Gateway at Cambridge Network, will lead a discussion on the current climate, vacancies available right now in the area, and how jobseekers can use the Recruitment Gateway to apply for the latest opportunities. She will be joined by Gerald Carew from interSTEM recruitment, who will talk about vacancies across the region and how to get the best out of your applications.
11.20 am - 11.50 am - Company presentation and Q&A with Arthur Rank Hospice. Due to an exciting time of expansion within the 'hospice at home' service, Arthur Rank Hospice is currently looking for healthcare assistants to join their supportive and welcoming team, going into patient's homes across the county to provide hands-on care at the most precious of times. They will also be looking for colleagues and volunteers to support their new warehouse in Sawston over the coming months.
11.50am – 12.20pm Bridge Partners & Bridge Fibre. A company presentation from Jason Webb, Talent Acquisition Manager at Bridge Partners. Jason will give a company overview and talk through the openings at Bridge. Current Vacancies include IT Service Desk Engineer, Graduate IT Support Consultant, Senior IT Support Manager, IT Support Manager.
12.20 pm - 12.50 pm - Kvasir Analytics. Kvasir is a deep tech AI/ML knowledge management company, creating solutions for the world's unstructured data, to proactively provide the right information to the right people at the right time and so increase business efficiency and reduce cost and risk. Current vacancies include VP Sales, Software Engineer DevOps Engineer, Algorithm Engineer, and Software Application Engineer.
12.50 pm - 1.20 pm - Virtual Lunch break
1.20 pm - 2.20 pm - 1-hour workshop with Jo Keeler, Managing Partner at Belbin, who will talk you through how to read your report, and run a workshop entitled; Exploring using your strengths to project the best you! Put qualifications, job titles, and experience to one side, and start identifying your behavioural strengths using the language of Belbin. In other words, understand more about the way you approach work and how you engage and interact with others, and use this information to project the best you!
2.20 pm - 2.30 pm - Virtual tea/coffee break
2.30 pm - 3.30 pm - We are pleased to welcome Katherine Wiid - Recruitment & Retention, Career Management, and Coach from Career Ambitions who will run the second careers workshop of the day. Katherine's 1-hour workshop is entitled; An unexpected side effect of coronavirus: Career Resilience. During this webinar, Katherine will share the key to having a career that will outlive the coronavirus. We’ll delve into ways to build career resilience:
· adjust if you’re faced with furlough or redundancy
· build confidence in what you can do with what you’ve got
· future proof your career to ensure you are ready to ride out times of change and uncertainty.
3.30 pm - Summary Q&A and event close.
Cambridge Network is a membership organisation based in the vibrant high technology cluster of Cambridge, UK. We bring people together - from business and academia - to meet each other and share ideas, encouraging collaboration and partnership for shared success.