Temporary work 'may provide extra skills for jobseekers'

01-12-2008

Temporary work 'may provide extra skills for jobseekers'
Jobseekers have been advised that getting a temporary job may help when it comes to finding permanent work.

According to Adecco, the skills and experience that can be gained from temporary employment may help people to build up a CV that will make them more attractive to managers during the economic downturn.

Steven Kirkpatrick, managing director of Adecco Retail, said: "No matter how competitive the market, those with the most sought after skills and experience will always find new roles."

He also believes that taking the time to gain extra qualifications can show future employers that a person is "looking at the bigger picture" and considering how they can expand on their existing knowledge.

Though wider skills demonstrate resourcefulness, a spokesperson at ClickAJob recommends being able to prove it.

All experience acquired 'on the job' is useful, but many employers need convincing that the skills involved are as good as they're claimed to be and not just wishful thinking," he explains.

"Through online testing, as with our ClickATest facility, any jobseeker can provide up-to-the-minute independent proof of capability every bit as authentic as their original qualification back when finishing education."

"Presented with the right skills – and proof of them – any employer should be looking at the applicant with favour," he concludes.

The Trades Union Congress has stated that that in its opinion, the latest government welfare reforms could increase unemployment levels by pushing more people onto jobseekers allowance and putting more pressure on welfare services.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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