Help is on hand for Southlanders starting out in the workforce or looking towards a career change.
The Southland Pop Up Job Shop, opening on Monday on Tay St, will be a place where job seekers can get free advice on careers, CVs, tips about what employers are looking for when recruiting new staff, and assistance with applying for actual vacancies.
The centre-city one-stop job shop will also offer an old-fashioned jobs board to view vacancies at a glance.
Southland labour market project co-ordinator Therese Doyle said Southlanders might be surprised to learn there were about 250 jobs available across all sectors and skill levels in any week.
“The 2017 Southland Business Survey results showed while confidence had increased within the Southland business community, attraction of staff was listed as the top issue likely to affect 54% businesses in the next three years.”
In conjunction with the Southland Pop Up Job Shop, a centralised online jobs portal will be launched on Southlandnz.com on Monday. This will link job seekers with job vacancy websites. The jobs portal will continue permanently after the pop up job shop closes and will be further developed by Venture Southland (VS).
Ms Doyle said VS and other agencies received regular inquiries from people seeking to relocate to Southland from elsewhere provided they could find the right job opportunity.
“The jobs portal will be an important tool for them as, for the first time, it will allow people to easily investigate all available jobs in the same place within minutes. It will also be an important tool to support the Southland Regional Development Strategy goal of attracting 10,000 more residents to Southland by 2025.”
The pop up job shop was the brainchild of VS chief executive Paul Casson, who said it provided a great opportunity to focus on real jobs, real employers, and the opportunity to get advice on preparing job seekers for employment.
“As a region we need every job seeker to be engaged in work, education or training to maintain our regional productivity for the future,” he said.
Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt will officially open the pop up job shop at 10am on Monday, at 54 Tay St.
The pop up job shop will be open 10am-6pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am-2pm on Saturday, September 9.
The Southland Pop up Job Shop initiative is a collaboration between VS, Southern Directionz Career Consultants and the Southland Chamber of Commerce.