“On your marks, sit down, recruit!”: zoom in on this sports job dating that took place in Salon

It seems that the good old CV has become obsolete and that today it means “soft skills”, as Frédéric Kempf, regional coordinator of the “Fête le Mur” association, declared at the initiative of the event. On the 3rd and 4th of October, it was therefore a job dating in a somewhat special format that was introduced at Salon. On Monday, jobseekers could take part in coaching, elocution or sophrology workshops. “I learned how to do breathing exercises that will help me a lot before my oral in November,” we heard during a workshop. On Tuesday, sport was in the spotlight during a morning where recruiters and mixed participants competed in various disciplines, basketball, boxing, tennis, rugby and athletics. “The principle is to break the ice so that the person is not judged solely on the basis of a CV and appearance. This type of job dating gives you the opportunity to be yourself,” says Frédéric Kempf. In close cooperation with the employment actors of Pays Salonais, such as the local Mission or Pôle emploi, the event attracted a hundred motivated people who came to try their luck at the Marcel Roustan stadium.

Varied profiles

“I am a manager in Junior Senior Services, and we are in a difficult period. We can’t recruit so I thought why not. At first I was a bit reluctant, we are leaving our comfort zone, but the experience is positive,” says Eric, between two rugby passes. Between the two teams, perhaps the rare gem is hidden… “It is true that there are some profiles that stand out, but we will see that during the interviews”, he continues cautiously. Sonia, for her part, also hopes to end the day in style. “I have been looking for a job for a while. Since I had an accident at work, I now rely on CAP Empoi for disabled workers. I can no longer carry heavy loads. Unfortunately, I feel like I’m shooting myself in the foot when I talk about my disability during an interview”, she laments, delighted to be taking part in this day. “It clears the head, we disconnect for the good cause”, adds Sonia. Nader is also excited about the concept and wants to change jobs. “I work 30 hours a week for minimum wage. I would like a contract with more hours…”, he blurts out.
After a meal together, employers and job seekers met for a job outside the sports field. Although it will be more formal, the playful moment shared in the morning will give a different rhythm to the interviews. “This is the first time we have organized this type of event, we hope to do it at least until the 2024 Olympics, and why not make it a recurring meeting”, projects Frédéric Kempf, satisfied with these two days rich in encounters.

Journal no. 5445.

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