Kyiv Post Em­ploy­ment Fair goes on­line for the first time in its 16-year his­tory

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The Kyiv Post Em­ploy­ment Fair held its ca­reer event for the 16th year and, for the first time, on­line be­cause of the COVID-19 pan­demic.

Usu­ally the fair would gather thou­sands of job seek­ers and dozens of com­pa­nies phys­i­cally un­der the same roof, once in the spring and again in the fall.

But with the ban on large gath­er­ings, the Em­ploy­ment Fair took place on so­cial me­dia from Sept. 22–24.

Nine com­pa­nies and or­ga­ni­za­tions pre­sented them­selves. The sched­ule in­cluded on­line in­ter­views with job seek­ers, on­line sem­i­nars and so­cial me­dia in­for­ma­tional posts.

The par­tic­i­pants were: Amer­i­can Cham­ber of Com­merce in Ukraine, MORIS law firm, Mars, Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Se­cu­rity and Co­op­er­a­tion in Europe Project Co-or­di­na­tor, ProCredit Bank, Vo­lia, Con­trolPay, Na­tional Agency of Ukraine for Civil Ser­vice (NAUCS) and the Kyiv Post.

On­line in­ter­views

One of the fair’s at­ten­dants was Te­tiana Sliusarchu­k. She worked in the bank­ing sphere in Lviv for 10 years and then moved to Kyiv. Sliusarchu­k started a new job in the cap­i­tal but then had to quit soon af­ter.

But thanks to the em­ploy­ment fair, Sliusarchu­k got in touch with the ACC at the event. Dur­ing the on­line fair Sliusarchu­k had an on­line in­ter­view with ACC which is cur­rently search­ing for a pol­icy of­fi­cer on sus­tain­abil­ity is­sues. In to­tal, ACC in­vited two can­di­dates out of the seven of­fered by the Kyiv Post for 30-minute on­line in­ter­views.

“I talked to the HR of the com­pany I’m in­ter­ested in work­ing for. This con­tact, which I suc­ceeded to es­tab­lish thanks to the Kyiv Post Em­ploy­ment Fair, is def­i­nitely valu­able to me,” Sliusarchu­k says.

On­line sem­i­nars

Vo­lia, Con­trolPay and NAUCS chose an­other for­mat to at­tract job-seek­ers — through on­line sem­i­nars that were posted on Kyiv Post’s so­cial me­dia on Sept. 23–24.

Vo­lia is a Ukrainian telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vice provider that has 22 branches em­ploy­ing 2,300 peo­ple.

Nina Kar­maz­ina, head of re­cruit­ment at Vo­lia, told how the com­pany hires em­ploy­ees, adapts them to a new job en­vi­ron­ment and helps em­ploy­ees to be pro­moted. Ac­cord­ing to her, Vo­lia has HR em­ploy­ees who pro­vide psy­cho­log­i­cal help in the com­pany and help new work­ers to adapt.

Kar­maz­ina said that it was the first time when Vo­lia par­tic­i­pated in such an on­line for­mat of an em­ploy­ment fair.

“This is sim­i­lar to a for­mat of a we­bi­nar con­fer­ence where we can share some con­clu­sions and life­hacks with students, with young job seek­ers in sim­ple phrases,” Karaz­ina said.

How­ever, she misses the usual of­fline ca­reer events since the on­line for­mat doesn’t al­low to com­mu­ni­cate di­rectly with students, share com­pany case stud­ies, or con­duct mini-in­ter­views in per­son.

In turn, NAUCS spe­cial­ists told how to get a job in the civil ser­vice sec­tor, what re­quire­ments a can­di­date should meet, and how to ap­ply for a job.

Within three days the Kyiv Post shared dozens of pro­files of com­pa­nies on its pages on Face­book, Twit­ter and LinkedIn. This helps com­pa­nies to de­velop their HR brand or find can­di­dates for open job po­si­tions, ac­cord­ing to Kar­maz­ina.

The Kyiv Post pub­lishes va­can­cies from in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies and or­ga­ni­za­tions on its web­site, in its weekly print edi­tion pub­lished on Fri­days and also sends out a weekly

Em­ploy­ment Di­gest ev­ery Mon­day.

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