When TheEmployable set out on this wonderful journey from redundancy, unemployment, to self-starting (slightly self-confessed) employability experts, we did not fully appreciate the lack of real career advice that was available…
When I mean career advice, I mean the truth..
We have worked in the recruitment sector for a combined 14 years & to a large degree, had to deal with telling people the truth. Often criticism of commercial recruitment is justified; the old adage that the ‘people are the product’, can be harshly true. If you cannot help someone find a job that day, they may feel a little left on the wayside, until they are needed for a job that you can help them with – that is the reality of the commercial world we live in. Recruitment Agencies do get some unfair criticism – at least the majority of recruitment consultants are trained – be it good or bad to be able to see where someone’s experience may get them a job.
However, again without meaning to cause offence; the provisions for ‘real’ or ‘truthful’ career advice available in the Public Sector in the UK, are at best adequate. If you want to do a psychometric test, to be told by a computer that you would be ‘good working with people’ then I would suggest that the careers service is the best place to go, to get this type of career advice.
The job centre – is at best – a ‘signing here centre’ and having come from a customer facing role, and from working in an HR profession, it is hard to justify the service you are often given. Again, this is a sweeping statement and perhaps there are many good servants out there who offer more than the minimum in terms of career advice. Perhaps if you know of any, you should comment below – as it would be nice to focus on the good things that are going on too. But perhaps the Unemployed would be best served with some element of enthusiasm too.
But there is a big problem with the truth too…
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