Need job? Find one at Kyiv Post Em­ploy­ment Fair on Sept. 22

Kyiv Post - - Front Page - BY YU­LIANA RO­MANYSHYN RO­MANYSHYN@GMAIL.COM

The Kyiv Post Em­ploy­ment Fair ex­pects to at­tract around 1,000 vis­i­tors to the Ukrainian House in Kyiv on Sept. 22. The bian­nual job fair will match job seek­ers with a peak num­ber of em­ploy­ers over the last five years – al­most 50 com­pa­nies.

The event, in its 13th year, will have no en­trance fee.

The ca­reer fair of­fers at­ten­dees an op­por­tu­nity to talk to

rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the big com­pa­nies, learn about job open­ings, file ap­pli­ca­tion on the spot, and ex­pand net­work. Plus, it also fea­tures mo­ti­va­tion speeches from the ex­perts dur­ing the whole event.

The com­pa­nies in­clude long-time par­tic­i­pants, namely Brain Source In­ter­na­tional, Danone, EBS, EY, Run­way, ProCredit Bank, and oth­ers. The new­com­ers that will par­tic­i­pate in the fair are Cen­tral City Store, known as TsUM, ad­mi­tad, Nexia DK, OLX, Puma, Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional, and United Nations Of­fice for Pro­ject Ser­vices.

The com­pa­nies are look­ing for can­di­dates for var­i­ous po­si­tions from en­try to man­age­ment level as well as build­ing up a tal­ent pool. Be­sides Kyiv, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of other cities – Lviv and Odesa – will also par­tic­i­pate in the fair.

The speaker panel will fea­ture six talks with an open­ing one at 11 a.m. by the Cabi­net of Min­is­ters on the state ser­vice re­form. It will be fol­lowed by Gres Todor­chuk PR com­pany, Nexia DK au­di­tor and con­sult­ing, OLX on­line mar­ket­place, Ulich­naya Eda food fes­ti­val, and the United Nations De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram.

Mo­ti­va­tion speeches

Yaroslava Gres, a co-founder and CEO at Gres Todor­chuk PR, will be one of the speak­ers at the event. She will talk about how to find a dream job.

“Suc­cess is a path and it is a path of ups and downs,” Gres told the Kyiv Post. “If you never had a fail­ure, then it is a very bad sign be­cause it will hap­pen once, and it will be very painful.”

Gres, 35, has been the youngest chief ed­i­tor of Ukraine’s ver­sion of the Hello mag­a­zine. Be­cause of the eco­nomic cri­sis, the mag­a­zine was shot down in 2009 and she lost her job.

She then switched to PR and opened PR agency Agentstvo, later re­named as Gres Todor­chuk PR, with her brother Olek­sandr Todor­chuk.

Af­ter the EuroMaidan Revo­lu­tion and raise of pa­tri­otic spirit around coun­try, they de­cided the com­pany should switch to cul­tural and so­cial events. Look­ing for the projects like that, they re­launched with a new team and name Gres Todor­chuk PR in 2015.

To­day, Gres Todor­chuk PR is an award-win­ning pub­lic re­la­tions and com­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany with an of­fice in Kyiv’s down­town. The Park of Cor­rup­tion ex­hi­bi­tion in Hryshko Botan­i­cal Gar­den is one of the re­cent events they worked on.

“I re­ally want young peo­ple who are just start­ing their way to know what it means to cel­e­brate fail­ures,” Gres said, adding that young peo­ple of­ten lack re­spon­si­bil­ity and speed to adapt quickly to the mar­ket needs. “Be­cause the world is chang­ing rapidly and quickly, if you do not re­act, you don’t have a chance (to suc­ceed).”

Job match­mak­ing

Ad­vanced level of English is an­other must-have skill, es­pe­cially for in­ter­na­tional and tech com­pa­nies.

“We like that Kyiv Post Em­ploy­ment Fair can at­tract English skilled au­di­ence that we tar­get at the la­bor mar­ket,” said Yuriy Se­menov, the man­ag­ing direc­tor at Run­way BPO.

For Run­way BPO, for­eign lan­guage is the key skill. Will­ing­ness to work is an­other re­quire­ment, Se­menov said.

The com­pany works in a grow­ing sec­tor of busi­ness process out­sourc- ing. They pro­vide re­mote ser­vices, like call ser­vices, ac­count­ing, tele­mar­ket­ing and oth­ers to its cus­tomers abroad. For in­stance, Ukrainian brunch with of­fices in Lviv and Kyiv han­dles ser­vices for Nor­we­gian Air Shut­tle, one of the largest low-cost car­ri­ers in Europe. To­day, they have open­ings for cus­tomer sup­port spe­cial­ists with the knowl­edge of English, Ger­man, and French. Se­menov said they plan to col­lect “as many ap­pli­ca­tions as we can” at the fair. The com­pany first par­tic­i­pated in the fair in the western city of Lviv in 2017 and hasn’t stopped since. Se­menov said that among 100 ap­pli­cants whose re­sumes they col­lected at the event, they hired from 5 to 10 peo­ple. An­other tal­ent seeker, Ukraine’s branch of OLX on­line mar­ket­place, will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the fair for the first time. They are ready to hire a cus­tomer re­la­tion­ship man­ager, a moder­a­tor, and a cus­tomer sup­port spe­cial­ist. OLX pub­lic re­la­tions spe­cial­ist Diana De­my­denko said they don’t have ex­pe­ri­ence in find­ing new tal­ents through a fair yet. “But we of­ten heard from col­leagues about the ef­fec­tive­ness of such events, so we de­cided to try this time,” De­my­denko said.

A GO­LAW firm rep­re­sen­ta­tive talks with par­tic­i­pants of the Kyiv Post Em­ploy­ment Fair on March 31 at Ukrainian House in Kyiv. (Volodymyr Petrov)

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