JOBSEEKERS will be starting work on Monday – just four days after landing new roles at a Stadium of Light event.
More than 1,000 call centre jobs were up for grabs at Shine, organised by recruitment and training expert CCP, MAKE it Sunderland and Job Centre Plus.
As well as a drop-in jobs fair, the event featured a talent showcase, giving more than 300 pre-selected people the chance to show off their skills to employers.
“Some of the employers have come in today saying they want people to start on Monday,” said CCP chief executive Shona Harper.
Even those who were not in work so quickly were likely to find themselves off the market within weeks, she added.
“The financial services companies will be employing people over the next few weeks, so it is pretty quick for everybody.
“Some of the candidates will get several offers and have to work out who they want to work for – it’s very exciting.”
Darren Potter was stunned to find himself offered eight interviews after doing his presentation.
The 32-year-old, from Washington, has been actively looking for work since losing his former role as a customer service advisor with Home Group 18 months ago.
“I was very surprised to get so many offers of interviews,” he said.
“I feel a bit numb to be honest – I did not realise I would be in demand so much.”
Laura Jeffries, from Houghton, took part in a previous Shine event in Newcastle and now works for More Than at Doxford International.
She was back at Shine this time to work on the company stand, offering help and advice to other job hunters.
Laura, 21, was offered a number of interviews, but having scoped out the various options at the jobs fair, was in no doubt about which company she wanted to work for.
“I love it, I absolutely love it,” she said.
“Every day is different and the people I work with are amazing.”
Sunderland City Council deputy leader Coun Harry Trueman said the high turnout at yesterday’s event showed how motivated the Wearside workforce was.
“The majority of people don’t want to be stuck on benefits,” he said.
“An event such as this shows you that people want to work.”