Thousands of Hull jobseekers look to find work at Guildhall event
THOUSANDS of jobseekers have queued to meet potential employers as almost 10 per cent of Hull's working age population remain unemployed.
More than 2,000 people attended the city's biggest jobs fair at the Guildhall in a bid to get into work.
The fair, organised by Hull City Council and Job Centre Plus, allowed people to meet employers face-to-face and discuss potential job opportunities as providing them with information about careers in various industries.
Isabel Rowland, 23, of Bransholme, has been looking for work for more than two months.
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She said: "I don't have access to the internet at home so to be able to come down here and meet potential employers and hand them my CV in person is great.
"You can get a lot more information about companies and what jobs are available by talking to someone than you can do online.
"I have applied for countless jobs but got no replies, so this gives me the chance to ask questions and get tips on applying for jobs."
According to the Department for Work and Pensions, 14,873 people in Hull were claiming Jobseekers' Allowance last month, the equivalent to 8.2 per cent of the city's working age population.
Stuart Griffiths, district manager at Job Centre Plus, said the fair highlights the potential opportunities for both employers and employees in Hull.
He said: "The city has a lot of talented and skilled people who are eager and ready to work. By holding events like this, we are hoping to reduce the levels of unemployment in the city and help more people into work.
"The job fair is not just an opportunity for people to meet potential employers, it is about providing them with the confidence and drive to keep searching for jobs.
"Giving people the chance to meet employers face-to-face allows them to develop relationships and contacts."
Companies used the fair to advertise their current vacancies as well as temporary and seasonal work.
Sue Flintoft, 39, of Bransholme, has been looking for work for almost two years.
She said: "Searching for jobs is difficult, especially when you are not getting any feedback on your applications, but having a lot of employers with a range of different vacancies at one event is a great idea.
"You can find out exactly what they are looking for and get advice on applying for positions.
"Having so many employers here shows there is work out there, which is something a lot of people are not aware of."
People also had the chance to enrol onto further education courses at the fair.
Gemma Slater, administrator at YH Training Services Limited, said job fairs are a fantastic way to link education with employment.
She said: "A lot of people find themselves out of work through no fault of their own and therefore require new skills in order to pursue a new career.
"We help people take the next step in their development and us being at job fairs will hopefully inspire them to undertake a career they may not have thought was possible."