To jobseeker groups and organisations, Worklink provides experienced mentors who can give support in areas such as:
- CV preparation and support
- effective job search
- preparation for job interviews
- industry specific career information
- and any relevant service required by jobseeker group
Worklink supports Jobseekers directly through quality internships which can be found in the current work placements section as well as information on courses for jobseekers. Worklink also provides a comprehensive list of information resources for jobseekers which includes opportunities for training, coaching and work placement.
Worklink believes in the opportunity a well-designed work placement can offer to a person irrespective of their age, experience or educational qualifications. Read Jasminka's story below to see some of the benefits of a well-designed work placement. You can read more about our approach to work placements here.
"I was made redundant last year and was out of work for about 6 months - attending interviews and going through the rollercoaster of getting excited about a job opportunity and feeling down each time I've learnt my application was unsuccessful.
At the end of April FAS advertised an unpaid work placement with a company I really wanted to work for. The job was related to my previous experience but it was an ideal step forward for me. I was offered the opportunity and I gained an insight into certain area of my profession which I wouldn't have had an exposure to otherwise. The whole team was very welcoming and supportive, and I made some useful connections. The plan I agreed with the employer also included time for me to actively seek work opportunities and to develop skills I specifically wanted to develop.
Four months into the work placement I was offered a role with a leading Multinational organisation. A fantastic opportunity that I was delighted to take to further advance my career. The HR Director said that one of the main reasons why I was called for an interview was because of the work I had been doing in my work placement – and the fact that I had taken the initiative to do it in the first place.
Yes, working with no pay is hard. But I was determined to stay motivated and positive and to choose an opportunity that I could make the most of. When a work placement is designed properly (like Worklink helps to do) it is a win-win for both the host company and the job seeker. It’s about getting as much experience and knowledge as possible so you can improve your CVs and it is also much easier to “get a job from a job” in the current market.
When done properly, this process does work and to prove it I have now signed up as a Worklink Volunteer to help others achieve the same outcome!"