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Opportunity knocks.

Byline: Marjorie Calder

NEXT Thursday could be a life-changing day should you pop along to the Spring Recruitment Event at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Edinburgh.

Organised by the JobCentre network, the event - which runs from 10am to 5pm - is open to everyone looking for a job or a change of career.

Around 30 employers will also be taking part with hundreds of jobs on offer while recruitment agencies will also be well represented, offering a wide range of clerical and technical posts, both full-time and part-time.

The wide variety of jobs in the hospitality sector is evident since many of Edinburgh's top hotels will be there. The Menzies Belford, Balmoral, Crowne Plaza and Apex are all hoping to attract new talent into the industry.

The spotlight is also on nursing and care sectors, with public and private sector employers all out in force. NHS Lothian Health-care have taken a stand as have Allied Medicare and Careshare.

It's all very informal and jobseekers are invited to come along and chat.

As befits a JobCentre event, there will be advisers there to talk to anyone who may have experienced difficulty finding work for whatever reason.

Edinburgh's retailers have also a huge presence, with several big High Street names taking part, including Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury, B&Q, Greggs, Matalan, Jenners and Costa Coffee.

Other big names include Chubb, GNER, Royal Mail, William Hill, Outlook Housing and Payne & Gunter, who provide stewards for major events.

Financial services are still the major employer in the Edin-burgh area and telephone and internet bank, Intelligent Finance will be on hand to talk about the 800 new posts they have recently created. These are for a new administration and contact centre in Rosyth, which is due to open in June.

IF are actively recruiting now for both customer service administrators and customer service consultants.

Linda Mortimer, IF's HR director said: "We have experienced phenomenal growth and this latest announcement in Rosyth will only add to this growth. We're very keen to take part in this event as having access to jobseekers in one venue will be a major boost to our campaign."

Sharon Telford, business manager at Edinburgh City JobCentre said: "This is an ideal opportunity for people to find out about the vast range of job opportunities in the capital.

"It will also be a good oppor- tunity for people to talk to our own advisers about the wide range of assistance there is to encourage people to get a job."
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Date:Mar 21, 2002
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