Thousands queue up for chance at 500 overseas jobs
THOUSANDS of job-seekers have queued for their chance of 500 jobs abroad at an employment fair in Croke Park, which drew long queues of eager applicants.
Jobseekers waited outside the stadium for their chance to meet recruiters at the fourth free Jobs Expo, sponsored by the Dublin-based website nightcourses.ie.
With CVs in hand, they browsed recruitment stands manned by employers, recruiters and career experts from Ireland, the UK and Canada and took part in on-the-spot interviews. They attended free information seminars on securing jobs and visas in Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand.
Another jobs expo at Croke Park in February drew more than 10,000 candidates over two days.
Kevin O'Connor (42) from Co Armagh, already lined up a job during the last jobs expo and attended yesterday's event with his wife Anne (34) and their son Kevin Jr (17) to get some last-minute advice before the family heads off to Alberta, Canada, next week, where Kevin secured a job as a commercial flooring installer.
Mr O'Connor said he has no choice but to emigrate, adding: "I've been doing it all my life but now you'll be lucky to get a week's work in one month."
Kevin and Anne, pictured below, were delighted when Alberta, Canada, firm Jensen Contract Flooring Ltd, offered him a permanent job and helped get him a visa.
Wraine Hunter, the company's project manager, said: "Construction in Canada is so busy right now and the good tradesmen are impossible to find so we're looking in Ireland."
Recent graduate Patricia Alalela (26), originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo but who has lived in Dublin for nine years, said she was hoping to secure employment in the financial services sector.
"At the moment, people are quite happy with my CV but there are so many people looking for a job, so to get an interview is quite hard. I've been waiting three weeks since I had an interview for a position in a company and I still haven't heard anything from them, so it's really challenging," she said.
The fair is on again today from 11am to 4pm while a one-day expo is on at the Silversprings Moran Hotel in Cork on Tuesday.