In search of the perfect profession

Acorn Training team in Ripley Marisa Bilbie, Marketing Assistant, Robert Calladine, Marketing Team Leader and Kimberley Millhouse marketing manager

Acorn Training team in Ripley Marisa Bilbie, Marketing Assistant, Robert Calladine, Marketing Team Leader and Kimberley Millhouse marketing manager

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WITH yet more talk of tough economic times swarming in the national press it is easy to feel down about job prospects.

Whether employed and fed up of the daily grind or simply out of work and convinced that you are out of luck – do not despair just yet.

Acorn Training open day in Ripley Kimberley Millhouse marketing manager

Acorn Training open day in Ripley Kimberley Millhouse marketing manager

The perfect job could be just around the corner.

At least that is the message from the 20 firms that were in Ripley on Thursday, October 6, in a bid to attract new employees to their growing businesses.

The home of Acorn Training Consultants at Jubilee House on Nottingham Road saw 500 job-seekers walk through its doors for the town’s largest job fair.

The event witnessed a bigger footfall than the previous fair in March according to Kimberley Millhouse, from West Avenue, Ripley, who is marketing manager at Acorn Training Consultants, which runs the event in conjunction with Job Centre Plus.

East Midlands Airport

East Midlands Airport

“For the job seeker these events are really important,” Kimberley said.

“They give the person looking for work inside knowledge about a vacancy – it almost gives them a head start.

“When you get to talk to an employer face-to-face you can get more of an idea of what they are looking for in an employee – it is so hard to do that by just looking at a job advert on a piece of paper.”

Positions aplenty were up for grabs as hopeful applicants filled the building foyer. Employers such as East Midlands Airport came armed with upwards of 20 positions up for grabs in a variety of different roles.

Beauty firms Avon and Temple Spa looked to recruit new therapists and sales people, while application forms flew off the stalls of voluntary organisations such as Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

In the search for budding front-of-house bar staff, waiters and waitresses were representatives from the Derbyshire Hotel on Carter Lane East, South Normanton.

Manning the stall, HR officer for the up-market hotel and conference venue, Angela Hardy, from Larch Road in Kilburn, said firms benefited from fair events just as much as the job-seekers.

She said: “We need staff more so now as we are coming up to Christmas – it will be very busy from the end of November until December with parties and conferences.

“The last time we did a jobs fair in February we took on six new people and they are all still working for us.”

People from around the area headed to Ripley for the event.

Diane Higgins, 48, of Atherfield Gardens, Eastwood, said meeting employers at the event was far less intimidating than talking to a prospective new boss over the phone.

“They can explain exactly what they have got on offer to your face–- if you’re not suitable they won’t waste your time,” said Diane.