Konkan Yuva Dubai holds informative session for job seekers

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Dubai, Jul 9: Konkan Yuva (Youth group of Mangalorean community) in collaboration with YAM (Young Adults Ministry) held Informative session titled 'The Future of Employment in 2020 and Beyond' for job seekers and those considering a career progression for the job seekers on July 3.

The two expert keynote speakers of the session, Avil Pinto, HR and supply chain professional, Frieslan Campina (Rainbow Milk) and a part of ‘Dubai Jobs Hunt’ (Voluntary group) and Valencia Fernandes, a passionate recruiter, took up this session along with coordinator Santhosh D’Souza and Venzil Fernandes.

Farrell D’Souza commenced the informative session by welcoming the participants. Vivian Fernandes, president of Konkan Yuva, welcomed the key speakers of the session. Orlando Fernandes, coordinator of YAM addressed with a few words of encouragement to the participants on job seeking and wished good luck in their careers. Avil Pinto took up the first session followed by the second session by Valencia Fernandes.

In this session, the resource person Avil Pinto shared insights on the career/job search strategy. He explained the key elements and an effective five-step process to be adapted in the job search cycle such as:

1. Positive Mindset: Why it is important and how one could keep themselves positive. He also shared tools such as gratitude, affirmations and to surround oneself with people who are positive and empowering.

2. Plan, Research and Organize: He quoted "If you fail to plan then you plan to fail." It is important to research on the jobs as well as organize oneself by maintaining a task/to-do list, job-specific KPI’s or goals. He also mentioned that job search is a job itself so it is important to focus on the job search rather than telling oneself that "I do not have a job, so let us catch up with sleep or end up watching Netflix."

3. Network, Visibility and Job Lead: If you hear someone saying, I do not know many people in this market or if you feel people get jobs only through referrals; Avil showed how one can broaden their network, who people should network with, identify the person in our network and who do they know in their network. He also explained the importance of creating visibility and personal branding to attract job opportunities than going and knocking doors for opportunities.

4. Apply, Prepare and Present: In this step, one must prepare for job interviews, build confidence and be ready to present themselves any hour of the day.

5. Offer, Negotiate and Accept: Finally, this step concluded with the fruit or reward of the guided efforts if the above four steps are done well.

In the second part of his session, Avil Pinto shared the top 10 trending skills in 2020 and beyond which was an eye-opener and insightful information for job seekers.

In his talk, he shared the importance of up-skilling, continuous learning by referring to one of his favourite quotes from Abraham Lincoln “If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four hours sharpening the axe”. He also shared a few learning platforms where people could opt for free learning programmes and courses.

He concluded by sharing 11 new jobs or opportunities that one could explore in 2020 along with how some individuals have emerged by creating opportunities for themselves. It was truly an introspective, inspiring, insightful session for all attendees irrespective of what stage of career they are in currently.

The session aimed to furnish its audience with tips and tricks that have been tried and tested to maximize their job search in the UAE.

Followed second session by Valencia Fernandes, she covered information on cover letters, CV writing - the do's and don’ts, LinkedIn profile optimization - what looks good, job searches - what works best and interviewing etiquettes - from a recruiter. It was a detailed session that answered every job seekers FAQs, like how to negotiate salaries, how to approach recruiters and how to connect and build a network.

The session served as insight from both the job seeker's and recruiter's perspective and all attendees benefitted from the surprise take away - List of the region’s best recruitment agencies.

Sweeny Maria D’Souza secretary of Konkan Yuva rendered the vote of thanks.

As many as 295 participants took part in the session. Viyon Veigas concluded the session by open round questions. All the participants gave a positive response to the informative session.



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  • Ivan Fernandes, Ashoknagar / Dubai

    Fri, Jul 10 2020

    Kudos to Avil, Valencia, Santosh and Venzil for this initiative at this critical juncture. You nature to support those who have lost their jobs recently is amazing. Thanks to Konkan Yuva for providing this platform. Great going. Keep it up.

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