Darlington jobs fair 2022

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Please contact: business.support@darlington.gov.uk<br />

For more information<br />

Your next role could be with one of the employers in this newspaper!<br />

Boost your chances by introducing yourself at<br />

<strong>Darlington</strong> Jobs Fair<br />

and make the most of your visit. It could be life changing!

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• Various shift patterns available<br />

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By joining us, we can make our team even stronger.<br />

What you can expect:<br />

• 22 days holiday rising to 25 • Regular subsidised social<br />

• Gym membership contribution: events<br />

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• Company pension • Long service awards<br />

• 24/7 employee assistance • Enhanced family leave<br />

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• Company sick pay • Working hours that are flexible<br />

• Referral programme • Extra holiday days available to<br />

• Discounts and savings available buy up to five days per year<br />

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• Casual dress unlimited refreshments,<br />

• Free onsite parking regular mouth-watering treats<br />

• Loans for travel and healthy snacks each week<br />

• Cycle to work scheme<br />

CDER Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity<br />

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If you would like to learn more, please see our recruitment team at<br />

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or contact us on 01324 469167.<br />

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Call: 01325 406222 and choose option 5

Councillor Marshall welcomes you to our Jobs Fair <strong>2022</strong><br />

Interview Techniques<br />

If you have reached the interview stage of any job vacancy then you<br />

must have already impressed the employer with your application.<br />

But the job could be yours to lose. Below is a useful checklist.<br />

“<strong>Darlington</strong> Borough Council is proud to be hosting this Jobs Fair, full of opportunities for local job<br />

seekers to connect with local employers and offering a chance to progress with a career or find a new<br />

career pathway.<br />

Over 60 exhibitors are taking part including key employers with current vacancies in a range of sectors<br />

including hospitality, Civil Service, transport, health and social care, enterprise, customer services, IT,<br />

retail, professional and business services.<br />

You can drop in and chat to a diverse range of local employers who have vacancies and opportunities.<br />

You can also find out about other opportunities including training, apprenticeships, and self-employed<br />

options.<br />

Amongst the employers in attendance, there will be Aldi, Cummins, <strong>Darlington</strong> Economic Campus<br />

including The Treasury and Department of International Trade, <strong>Darlington</strong> Borough Council, EE, Durham<br />

Police, Royal Navy, NHS and many more. Representatives will be available to provide useful information<br />

on any current and/or upcoming vacancies and helpful advice for applications; a great opportunity to<br />

have a face-to-face discussion with prospective employers, all in one venue and at one time.<br />

Feedback from previous <strong>jobs</strong> <strong>fair</strong>s has been really positive and people who attended have found them<br />

very informative. The <strong>fair</strong> will be in an informal setting and aims to connect key employers with talented<br />

people seeking new work, new skills or a completely new direction in their work journey.<br />

This free event is open to all, and support organisations will also be on hand to offer advice and<br />

guidance on applying and interviewing for job, or starting up a business.”<br />

Councillor Alan Marshall, Cabinet member for Economy, <strong>Darlington</strong> Borough Council<br />

• Preparation is key Research the company by visiting its<br />

website. Get a ‘feel’ for what drives its senior management<br />

– the company aims and ethos – so take note of the ‘About<br />

Us’ section and the boss’s ‘Welcome’.<br />

• Insight Through your research you will also gain a valuable<br />

insight into working conditions and their culture and language,<br />

so you can use their phrases in the interview and sound<br />

knowledgeable.<br />

• Social media Make sure your social media platforms are<br />

‘appropriate’ as they will research you online.<br />

• First impressions are key They could make a decision on you<br />

within the first 15 seconds and the ‘pre-interview chat’ is very<br />

important.<br />

• Smile you are on show! From the second you enter the room<br />

smile and look interested. Offer your hand for a handshake.<br />

Accept any offers of a drink as it will give you time to relax.<br />

Ask them how they are. Respond to their welcoming<br />

questions which will be non-job related.<br />

• Speak They are desperate to learn as much as they can<br />

about you. Do your best to answer the questions, and if you<br />

struggle with any, throw it back to them with a “sorry, can I<br />

just double-check what you mean”, which gives your brain time<br />

to catch up and may result in them rephrasing the question to<br />

make it clearer.<br />

• Hobbies They might ask you what you do in your spare time.<br />

Try to have something interesting to talk about especially if it<br />

is your passion.<br />

• Tell them what you have done Try and steer the conversation<br />

to extra work you have put into studies, any work experience<br />

completed, any charity or voluntary work carried out, any<br />

awards won.<br />

• Dress code Look smart and well-groomed as it indicates you<br />

have made an effort. A smart shirt, or blouse, with smart trousers<br />

or skirt. Make sure your shoes are clean as well! Feedback from<br />

many local business owners is that jeans are not considered for<br />

interview<br />

• What do you think? They might ask your opinion on any<br />

subject. Try to be balanced, offer a view from both sides and<br />

don’t be too radical or extremist.<br />

• Questions, questions Have at least three questions prepared<br />

to ask them at the end of the interview. A good starting point<br />

is “I noticed on your website…so what is…or how does that<br />

work?” because this shows you have done your research.<br />

• Don’t slip up Interviewers know that candidates relax once<br />

the formal interview is over. So stay on your guard until you<br />

have left the building.<br />

• Follow-ups Don’t be afraid to follow up the interview with<br />

a phone call saying how much you enjoyed the experience<br />

and asking when you are likely to hear back.<br />

• Feedback If you don’t get the job, don’t be angry, there could<br />

be other vacancies coming up at the same place in the future.<br />

Do ask for feedback as it will help you with the next interview.

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Jobs Search Strategies<br />

The most challenging thing about finding a job is deciding what you<br />

would like to do in the first place.<br />

Work dominates life and fills the lion’s share of the day and week. You<br />

can also expect to be at work for the next three to four decades, so a<br />

bit of self-reflection is well worth the effort.<br />

Think about you, your likes and dislikes, when you perform the best<br />

during the day. So, are you a morning person or come alive at night?<br />

Do you want part-time or full-time work, a job or a career?<br />

Are you good with your hands or better with your mind? Do you want<br />

to work inside or out or hit the road as some sort of driver?<br />

The lucky might be able to combine an interest or passion with a<br />

career while many will be working to live rather than the other way<br />

around.<br />

Decision made, it’s never been easier to find a job to go for because<br />

there is an array of help out there, particularly online with information<br />

and vacancies just a click away. Many of the sites lead you through the<br />

process by asking key questions about you and your skills.<br />

Some useful links include:<br />

www.darlington.gov.uk/workwithus<br />

www.darlington.gov.uk/<strong>jobs</strong>-and-careers<br />

www.darlington-<strong>jobs</strong>.co.uk<br />

www.total<strong>jobs</strong>.com/<strong>jobs</strong>/in-darlington<br />

www.gov.uk/find-a-job<br />

www.cv-library.co.uk/<strong>jobs</strong>-in-darlington<br />

www.uk.<strong>jobs</strong>ora.com/<strong>jobs</strong>-darlington<br />

www. en-gb.facebook.com/<strong>Darlington</strong>AreaJobs<br />

www. twitter.com/<strong>jobs</strong>darlington<br />

www. business.linkedin.com<br />

www.<strong>jobs</strong>ite.co.uk<br />

www.county-durham-<strong>jobs</strong>.co.uk<br />

www.<strong>jobs</strong>.nhs.uk<br />

www.durham.police.uk/Recruitment/Jobs/Vacancies.aspx<br />

www.education-<strong>jobs</strong>.co.uk<br />

www.darlingtoneconomiccampus<strong>jobs</strong>.co.uk<br />

www.ddfire.gov.uk/job-openings<br />

www. livingwell.darlington.gov.uk<br />

www.teesvalley.<strong>jobs</strong><br />

www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/apprentices<br />

schools and colleges, police and fire services and the Student Loans<br />

Company. Each one has a <strong>jobs</strong> section on its website.<br />

Civil servants <strong>jobs</strong> have been flooding into the town as the<br />

Government relocates major departments and organisations to the<br />

<strong>Darlington</strong> Economic Campus.<br />

These include:<br />

HM Treasury<br />

Department for International Trade<br />

Department for Education<br />

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy<br />

Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities<br />

Office for National Statistics<br />

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport<br />

Competition & Markets Authority<br />

Have a drive around town and see what is there, particularly on<br />

<strong>Darlington</strong>’s many industrial estates and commercial areas. Match<br />

what you see with your skills and interests, research the company<br />

online and get in touch – chances are they will be delighted to hear<br />

from you as employers are struggling to recruit.<br />

Recruitment is fast moving in hospitality too with cafes, restaurants,<br />

pubs, hotels and the health and fitness sectors always on the lookout<br />

for enthusiastic staff.<br />

Keep an eye out for the many careers <strong>fair</strong>s and <strong>jobs</strong> events that are<br />

regularly taking place in the borough.<br />

Local and national press also advertise <strong>jobs</strong> both in print and online<br />

and there are many <strong>jobs</strong> boards on which vacancies are posted. There<br />

are a host of recruitment agencies around helping employers fill posts<br />

and direct you towards your next career.<br />

So there is plenty to go at when you are looking for a job or a fresh<br />

start and if it all feels a tad overwhelming the National Careers Service<br />

is always on hand to help you out.<br />

Word of mouth, whether that’s in person or via<br />

social media, is also a great way to find a job.<br />

Get the message out there that you are looking<br />

for work using friends, family, colleagues and<br />

associates. Where do they work? Are they hiring?<br />

The public sector is a huge area of opportunity<br />

including <strong>Darlington</strong> Borough Council, the NHS,<br />


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“When I left school, I had no real idea of<br />

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I hadn’t progressed in terms of a career.<br />

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“Fast forward a few years and I was still<br />

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in the home throughout the Covid period,<br />

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and work family strength like this before.<br />

It was an incredible experience to be part<br />

of. Some residents had no family, as their<br />

carer you become their family, their friend,<br />

their shoulder and that it such a rewarding<br />

part of the role. We would all laugh so much<br />

and of course cry so much, it unlike any<br />

other job. I progressed to a senior care and<br />

support worker before deciding to take on a<br />

“<br />

I wish I could<br />

give my 16-yearold<br />

self a shake<br />

and steer myself<br />

down the path of<br />

adult health and<br />

social care<br />

”<br />

sooner.<br />

new opportunity with the council.”<br />

As a reablement coordinator, my role now is<br />

to assess those that have been in hospital,<br />

for short term support, with the aim of<br />

regaining independence, enabling them<br />

to remain in their own homes and where<br />

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support. Every day is different for me, from<br />

writing assessments to understand how<br />

someone is coping at home, to planning<br />

support and working with other teams and<br />

agencies to ensure we can achieve the goal<br />

we have set together.”<br />

“It’s strange when I think back to my<br />

younger years and how I just didn’t have a<br />

clue what I wanted to do or where I wanted<br />

to be. My perception of working in care was<br />

so wrong! I honestly thought I’d be helping<br />

people in the toilet, essentially wiping<br />

bums, and giving bed baths, but caring is<br />

so much more than that. I have built some<br />

incredible relationships with those I care<br />

for, for them I may be the only person they<br />

speak to for a couple of days at a time, I am<br />

lifeline for them.<br />

I wish I could give my 16-year-old self a<br />

shake and steer myself off down the path<br />

of adult health and social care sooner, but<br />

then again, I believe my choices have led me<br />

to where I am now, and I am grateful I’ve<br />

had the journey I have. Yes, it hasn’t been<br />

straight forward, but I have got here, and I<br />

could not be happier.”<br />

“I feel I have learnt through experience,<br />

than I would have at college, which I think<br />

proves that it is never too late for a career<br />

change.<br />

My advice to anyone considering moving<br />

into a new career or starting their in care<br />

would be…Go for it! Don’t be afraid! It’s<br />

really not as scary as you think. Care isn’t<br />

for everyone, but I wouldn’t be quick to<br />

assume that it’s not for you. I was one of<br />

those people and I will hold my hands up<br />

that I was wrong and slightly ignorant to<br />

the world of adult health and social care.<br />

There is so much more to it. It is providing<br />

support, it’s kindness, it’s being there to<br />

listen to someone, holding their hand,<br />

helping someone to feel good and look their<br />

best, helping them feel empowered and be<br />

motivated! It’s also providing the essential<br />

support that some may need in the last few<br />

days of their life, making them comfortable<br />

and ensuring they are not alone. A career in<br />

care is so rewarding, something I feel is hard<br />

to match in other role - we really do make a<br />

difference.”<br />

We have a variety of roles available within<br />

adult health and social care at <strong>Darlington</strong><br />

Borough Council, so get in touch.<br />

www.darlington.gov.uk/workwithus or call the adult contact team on 01325 342111

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Search online and there is plenty of help on how to write a CV but<br />

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Creative CVs should link to an online portfolio, and could contain video<br />

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Depending on where you are in your career, the education history could<br />

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List the employer details, job title and the dates you worked there.<br />

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Always send a polite cover letter with your CV explaining why you are<br />

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