Hello CIPD Crew!
I work in H.R. for a Video Games Q.A. Department (yes, they play games for a living). We recently took on around 40 temps for the duration of a particular project. Historically, temps in the video games industry are treated as the "cannon fodder" doing long hours, repetitive work with little reward. I would like to buck the trend though. These guys have been amazing employees - passionate and hard-working. The least we could do is give them a "leg up" in the industry, or at the very least support them in finding alternate employment when their contract ends.
The temps are mainly fresh graduates or college leavers, early 20s and for some this has been their first full-time employment. I know that the weird and wonderful working environment in video games Q.A. is a lot different to any other job I have had, but they have learnt some solid transferable skills and proved themselves to be great employees.
I am arranging some careers advice workshops, CV writing, Interview techniques - a CV clinic to run their C.V.s past us for advice, and some case studies from former employees who have "flown the nest" so to speak.
A few questions for the CIPD gang though, that may help them.
1) Your top tips for job hunting in the current economic climate
2) Common mistakes Gen Y make at interviews / C.V.s
3) How to make yourself super employable
Now, I think "I" know the answer to some of these questions, but I have worked in the games industry for 15 years. It would be great to bring them some broader opinions, from a diverse set of H.R. professionals to give a much more rounded view of how to get a decent job once we let them loose on the world.
Any advice would be great!