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Job Day in Ireland most popular yet
Jobseekers and job changers flocked to Tallaght, Ireland on 19 and 20 May for a European Job Day. With representatives coming from 16 countries, including Irish and European employers, the event attracted over 6 000 attendees.
“This has been one of the most successful European Job Days in Ireland to date. Previous events have attracted in the region of 2 500 to 3 000 people. There was a broad spectrum of attendees, from operatives in the manufacturing and construction sectors to architects, medical professionals, IT specialists and mechanical engineers, demonstrating the range of opportunities available through the EURES network,” reported Frances Dunne, EURES Job Day Coordinator in Ireland.
“Some employers made job offers at the event. The employers and EURES Advisers present were impressed by the calibre of the jobseekers and job changers both in terms of education and experience. We also offered complementary services at the Job Day such as a one-on-one CV clinic, giving jobseekers an objective critique of their CVs, together with presentations from job training and advice agencies.”
Crisis or opportunity?
Alongside the traditional activities of representing local and European employers, EURES Advisers from Estonia, Latvia and Slovakia , were also present to advise the large numbers of their fellow citizens who had moved to Ireland for work.
According to Līga Baufale, a Latvian EURES Adviser, “there is a large Latvian community in Ireland of around 70 000. We travelled to the Job Day in order to help and advise them. Although there are not many job opportunities in Latvia due to the economic crisis, many people also view the current situation as an opportunity to start their own business and we advised people interested in returning to Latvia to become entrepreneurs.”
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