LIVING THING: At the Red Inc workshops, from left, Terese Van Twest, Carlin Frost, Gisela Hartke, Jacob Staff, Nimali Pathirana, Alanah Ramsay, and Rebecca Young.
LIVING THING: At the Red Inc workshops, from left, Terese Van Twest, Carlin Frost, Gisela Hartke, Jacob Staff, Nimali Pathirana, Alanah Ramsay, and Rebecca Young. Cathy Adams

Living proof of ambition

A GROUP of young people are even more prepared to dive headfirst into the workforce thanks to a creative new approach to gaining employment.

RED Inc (Realising Every Dream Incorporated) have this year begun the Living Resumes Workshop and the Northern Rivers Youth Employment Website.

The project, made possible thanks to a Young Opportunities Grant the organisation received last year, helps young people with varying abilities create resumes and video resumes in workshops that will then be uploaded to a website where local employers will be able to access them, Education, Training and Employment Manager at RED Inc, Gisela Hartke said.

The project will run all year, and Ms Hartke said they are hoping the website will be online by October.

The website will be open to other youth as well, not just those that participate in the workshops.

One of the facilitator's of the workshop, Carlin Frost, said the visual resume gave the employers an opportunity to see the personalities of the workshop participants shine.

He added that with a video resume, you also find out little things about people that don't come out through a traditional resume.

Following the workshops, the facilitators and participants will get feedback from local employers on the newly created resumes and video resumes, and take that feedback on board.

Ms Hartke said that it had been great to see so many young people with many wonderful skills and abilities in the workshops - and obviously motivation too, as they've taken the initiative to even come along.

One of the participants, Nimali Pathirana, said she got a lot out of the workshop.

"They did it in a very professional manner, a very supported manner," she said.

Ms Pathirana graduated from university after studying International Tourism and Business, but has found it difficult to get a job from that, she said, and is hoping the Living Resumes Workshop will be able to help her find a part time job.

Another participant, Alanah Ramsay, already works two shifts a week at a local RSL club, but would like to get more work and experience.

Jacob Staff said he was hoping to learn how to gain more confidence in job interviews and would like to get some work in security in the future.

Another participant, Rebecca Young, who has studied Information Technology at TAFE, was hoping the workshop could help her find work, possibly as a library assistant.