Job seekers and potential employers connected at a job fair this month put on by the Department of Children and Family Services under its Support Towards Autonomy Retraining and Self-Sufficiency programme.
“We felt it was a good way to help our clients to get connected with potential employers and possibly land jobs following their training under the STARSS programme,” said Cassandra Parchment, programme coordinator.
STARSS, a career development programme run by the DCFS, assists unemployed people prepare for their job search through a self-esteem building programme and training in resume writing, communication skills, customer service, dressing for success, interviewing skills, conflict management, work ethics, budgeting and stress management.
Addressing participants at the fair, DCFS director Deanna Look Loy congratulated the group for taking the initiative to improve their job prospects and making the effort to advance in life.
She encouraged them to use the skills they learned through the STARSS programme to do well on the job.
“It is sometimes easier to land a job than keep it, use the skills you have been taught to resolve any conflict that may arise in the workplace, and always ensure that you observe the dress code of any organization where you work,” Mrs. Look Loy said.
Mrs. Look Loy also asked employers to be patient with the participants as they were just getting back into the workforce and were still engaged in a learning process.
The Department of Employment Relations and six companies participated in the fair: Ritz Carlton, Cayman Distributors Ltd, CL Flowers and Sons, Superior Auto, AL Thompson Limited, and Foster’s Food Fair IGA.
STARSS client Tatiana Ow said she was very grateful for the opportunity to participate in the programme and to have one-on-one sessions with employers.
She also believes that the STARRS programme and the job fair had been very helpful in preparing participants to re-enter the work world.
“I found it of great benefit, simple tips like avoiding the use of excessive jewellery, not wearing too much perfume and selecting the right outfit for an interview. I feel that it can be of benefit to others as well, as not everyone knows how to dress for success,” she said.