A record-break­ing event

Kyiv Post - - National - BY YULIANA ROMANYSHYN [email protected]

1 A vis­i­tor reads Kyiv Post Em­ploy­ment Fair ad­ver­tis­ing brochure at Ukrainian House in Kyiv on Sept. 22 .

2 Hu­man re­sources team from Danone food prod­ucts cor­po­ra­tion talk with the vis­i­tors of the ca­reer fair.

3 Vla­dyslav Vla­siuk, the di­rec­tor of the hu­man rights de­part­ment at the Min­istry of Jus­tice, gives a speech dur­ing the panel dis­cus­sion with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of sev­eral min­istries.

4 The view from the sec­ond floor of the Ukrainian House at Kyiv Post Em­ploy­ment Fair.

5 Yaroslava Gres, CEO and co-founder of Gres Todor­chuk PR, shares her ad­vice on how to find a dream job with the ca­reer fair guests.

6 The par­tic­i­pants of the job event pose for a photo shoot­ing.

7 ProCredit Bank rep­re­sen­ta­tives talk with the vis­i­tors of the ca­reer fair.

8 The par­tic­i­pants lis­ten to the speeches from the ex­perts.

9 Kyiv Post Com­mer­cial Di­rec­tor Aly­ona Nevmerzhyt­ska takes a photo of a speaker dur­ing mo­ti­va­tional talks at Ukrainian House. (Volodymyr Petrov, Kostyan­tyn Ch­er­nichkin)

The bian­nual Kyiv Post Em­ploy­ment Fair wel­comed over 1,400 job seek­ers, as well as 50 com­pa­nies, at the Ukrainian House in Kyiv on Sept. 22. It is the high­est at­ten­dance that the ca­reer event has seen in its 13-year his­tory.

For the first time, at­ten­dance at the fair was free.

The Em­ploy­ment Fair of­fered guests a chance to meet a po­ten­tial em­ployer, file an ap­pli­ca­tion on the spot, talk to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of com­pa­nies, learn about job op­por­tu­ni­ties and mar­ket com­peti­tors, and ex­pand net­works.

The com­pa­nies rep­re­sented var­i­ous fields, in­clud­ing con­sult­ing, tech, prod­uct dis­tri­bu­tion, law, on­line shop­ping, state bod­ies, and anti-cor­rup­tion in­sti­tu­tions.

To bring more at­ten­tion, some com­pa­nies pre­pared en­ter­tain­ing, work­shops, prod­uct dis­tri­bu­tion and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

The event also held pan­els with dis­cus­sions and speeches from the ex­perts in var­i­ous fields. The speak­ers shared their suc­cess sto­ries and gave ca­reer ad­vice.

Good ad­vice

The first dis­cus­sion on civil ser­vice re­form hosted four speak­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of sev­eral min­istries.

Yaroslava Gres, CEO at Gres Todor­chuk PR, spoke about find­ing a dream job. To suc­ceed, Gres sug­gests start­ing work­ing early. In the of­fice, they have a team of teenagers in the age of 14–18 years, who are work­ing on cre­ative tasks. Their way of think­ing is of­ten dif­fer­ent from older em­ploy­ees, Gres said.

Ihor Sy­rovatko, the client ser­vice de­part­ment head at the in­ter­na­tional OLX clas­si­fied ads com­pany, shared his per­sonal suc­cess path. Com­ing from a vil­lage with only seven houses in Luhansk Oblast in eastern Ukraine, he grew up graz­ing cows. But he was al­ways tempted with big city life.

To­day, Sy­rovatko has three rules in life: to be al­ways happy, work hard, and see and use op­por­tu­ni­ties around.

“Un­happy peo­ple do not at­tract op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Sy­rovatko said. “Don’t com­pare your­self to any­one else. Just be bet­ter to­day than you were yesterday.”

Be­sides them, the speak­ers from Nexia DK au­di­tor and con­sult­ing, Ulich­naya Eda food fes­ti­val or­ga­nizer, and the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram also talked to the au­di­ence.

Meet­ing needs

Among well-known rep­re­sen­ta­tives, com­pa­nies like E&Y, Proc­ter & Gam­ble, Puma, Pep­siCo, Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional, Red Cross, United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram, Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Se­cu­rity and Co-op­er­a­tion in Europe and oth­ers par­tic­i­pated in the ca­reer event.

Not only pri­vate com­pa­nies, but the state agen­cies also hope to re­cruit more can­di­dates as a part of civil ser­vice re­form. The state bod­ies are in need to fill 84 va­can­cies. For many po­si­tions, salary starts at Hr 30,000, which is higher than salaries for other civil ser­vants, in­clud­ing law­mak­ers. To meet the cri­te­ria, job ap­pli­cants need skills, like strate­gic think­ing and plan­ning, risk anal­y­sis and knowl­edge of the field they plan to work in. Around 400 of vis­i­tors were in­ter­ested in the new civil ser­vice po­si­tions. With dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence, skills, and age, the vis­i­tors look for what is called a dream job.

“Dream job is a job that you want to go to — ei­ther it is in the of­fice or a re­mote one — and the one you don’t even want to leave to go on va­ca­tion,” law stu­dent Veronika Yev­tushenko said.

A third-year stu­dent, Yev­tushenko said that youth em­ploy­ment is prob­lem­atic in Ukraine.

“So it’s great there are ca­reer fairs of this kind, where stu­dents can come and be­fore be­ing em­ployed, sim­ply meet fa­mous com­pa­nies, fa­mous brands, and learn about their his­tory and op­por­tu­ni­ties,” she said.

Alisa Vasilyeva hopes to find a job where she can prac­tice English. She is a civil ser­vant but wants to switch to an in­ter­na­tional com­pany to do project man­age­ment in ac­cor­dance with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

Vasilyeva had no time to pre­pare her cur­ricu­lum vi­tae, so she col­lected busi­ness cards and plans to send her re­sume to the com­pa­nies.

“I hope peo­ple who came here will have a plus sign in front of their re­sume,” Vasilyeva said.

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A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Ernst & Young, one of the largest ac­count­ing firms in the world, speaks to a vis­i­tor of the Kyiv Post Em­ploy­ment Fair at Ukrainian House on Sept. 22. The event gath­ered record num­ber of 1,400 guests in its 13-year his­tory. (Volodymyr Petrov)

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