MORE than 1,500 people are expected to try and find their next career challenge at a jobs fair.
The Get Hired Portsmouth Careers Fair at Fratton Park, organised jointly by The News and our careers service Jobstoday, has been busy since it opened at 11am.
This year was the second year the fair has run, following a successful first event last year, and saw local firms like the Royal Armouries, Portsmouth Football Club, the Southern-Co-operative and Vane Recruitment join national companies such as Lloyds TSB for the event.
It aims to help local job hunters find their next role by giving them a place to meet potential employers face to face as a way to complement their other searches, such as using internet job sites like Jobstoday and traditional newspaper classified adverts.
The organisers also linked up with the National Careers Service to offer seminars in CV writing for people who may have been made redundant after many years in the same job, and interview techniques.
Nigel Hosier, operations manager for Fort Nelson, was at the event on behalf of the Royal Armouries.
He said: ‘The reason we’re here is because there are some exciting developments at the forts – we’re expanding, we’re looking to engage people more and we need people to help with that.
‘The great thing about this event has been its diversity, all the different people through the door.’
Two job hunters at the fair earlier were brothers Charlie and Harry Evans, 17 and 16 respectively, from Fratton.
Harry has just left school and he’s looking for his first job while Charlie has been in and out of employment for a year.
Charlie said: ‘I did get a job as a painter and decorator but I was made redundant. I went to college too but that’s done now.
‘We’re just looking for jobs, really.’
Jo Harwood, group category manager at Johnston Press, parent company of The News, said: ‘A careers fair is a great opportunity for people to learn about a business, find out about job availability, and how they can go about applying.’