A record-breaking event
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.
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.
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.
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)