Job hunters give 'speed employing' a go
Caitlin Stikkelman hopes her rapid-fire skills pitch was enough to win her one of the 11 jobs on offer by retailers looking for staff to work in their stores at The Palms over Christmas and New Year.
The 19-year-old Hagley Community College fashion student was competing last night in a "speed employing" event at the shopping mall in Shirley.
Shopping centre manager Simon Carter came up with the idea after noticing many retailers had signs in their windows looking for staff.
Caitlin said the experience felt "a little bit scary" because there were about 200 other people competing for the retail jobs.
She spoke to Kathmandu, Glasson, Susanne Grae, Farmers and Pumpkin Patch.
Each interviewee was given about five minutes to pitch their skills and experience.
The time was short "but I think it's quite good because it means you don't babble on about anything and everything".
Caitlin said she told the retailers about the fashion course she had been on for three years and her sewing experience.
She had added that she hoped for experience in the selling side of fashion and knew "about body shapes and colours that would suit someone" .
They asked if she wanted a short-term or long-term job, how she would approach a customer who came in, when she would be available and what hours would suit her best.
"I would hate to be on the retail side of actually choosing someone, there were so many people," Caitlin said.
She hopes to hear in a week or so if she has a job.