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Sierra Leone News: Salone Job Fair concludes

The Salone Job Fair organized by Careers.sl concluded last Friday at the Radisson Blu gardens in Aberdeen in Freetown. Over 300 private sector institutions were approached but unfortunately only 25 institutions participated and were overwhelmed by job seekers from across the country. The idea was to bring employers and job seekers together. A job seeker, Dawson Kamara, in his mid-twenties, is a graduate of UNIMAK University in Makeni. He graduated two years ago in Development Studies but is yet to find a job. “I brought with me five CVs and have dropped them at the various desks, but I’m hopeful to get employment with Save the Children,” he said. Kamara noted that he used Career.sl to apply because he wants many options to apply for as many jobs as possible. He decided to travel to Freetown to get a feel of what the job fair looked like. Sylvester Johnson, the Business Unit Manager at Careers.sl, explained that the use of social media to share useful information for job seekers has been positive noting that careers.sl have 145,000 monthly website visitors, 24,000 social media followers, 300 plus registered employers, 15,000 updated CVs and 600 plus jobs posted yearly. He added that over the years the recruitment company helped employers to improved quantity, diversity and quality of applications from job seekers. Aminata Kamara is a 25-year-old graduate from IPAM in Applied Accounting. She said she got the job seekers information from a friend via WhatsApp. She did her internship graduate programme at the National Youth Commission (NAYCOM), but is still unemployed. The Deputy Commissioner, NAYCOM, Emmerson Kamara was delighted, over the huge turnout, noting that young people are beginning to take their affairs seriously. He said unemployment is a major challenge for Government and the private sector. The public or private sector cannot absorb the hundreds of qualified young people coming out of universities every year. BRAC is a micro-finance institution working with young people to develop micro-finance among grassroots women. Edwin Jarfoi is the Head of Human Resources and Training and explained that the Salone Job Fair is not new to BRAC. He said the job fair is an opportunity to create a pool of young graduates in the financial sector. He said it makes it easier for his institution to select staff with requisite skills and knowledge when there is a need.

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By Ade Campbell

Monday March 04, 2019.

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