RECRUITMENT firm Adecco's Parramatta branch hosted a hands-on job hunting workshop for unemployed youth on Monday.
With youth unemployment hitting 17.6 per cent in Parramatta, Adecco's Smith Street branch opened its doors between noon and 5.30pm on Monday to young people aged 15-24 to provide career advice.
The initiative, which formed part of the company's global Way To Work campaign, saw recruiters provide professional coaching, free workshops and training, career advice and tips on how to write application letters and resumes, perform in job interviews, manage your digital reputation and secure a job overseas.
Adecco chief executive Neil Jones said the firm hosted the Parramatta open day and similar events to reach out to youth.
"We want to turn what is potentially a lost generation into a loved generation," Mr Jones said.
He said young people were hardest hit by job shortages due to their lack of experience, particularly if they haven't managed to land their first job.
"Governments and companies should work hand in hand to create an environment where education and apprenticeships better prepare young people for what companies need."