Whilst I was hopeful that the event would be well attended, I was totally unprepared for the influx of visitors that rushed into the exhibition hall when the doors opened at 10am. It almost seemed like the Harrods Sale with customers rushing in to grab the best bargains. Amazing.
From just a few minutes after 10am until after the exhibition officially ended at 4pm, I had a constant stream of job seekers all wanting their CVs reviewed. Visitors waited patiently in the queue which at times was 8-10 deep. It was relentless and way exceeded what I'd been expecting.
While the Government constantly talk about people who don't want to work, the people I spoke to all desperately wanted to get into work and they welcomed any advice I could give. They came from a range of ages, backgrounds and disciplines, from school leavers to executives, and they all had a story to tell. I just wish I'd had more time to spend with each of them.
Out of all the CVs I reviewed, however, only a small handful were reasonably well prepared. So there's clearly a need out there for more education on employability and job seeking skills.
I'm working on it!