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Graduates – how to benefit from the best

Friday, August 24, 2012 10:37:56 AM

 Each year, the best graduates do not wait until June before actively searching for employment. Whilst competition for employment remains fierce, few companies hold the all-important brand name that draws applications from the country’s top graduates. Here are our tips to win their interest first:

1) Social recruitment; using social media to frequently interact with candidates on an informal basis allows you to gain an understanding about their personality and communication styles.  Fostering communication also makes you a more attractive and active employer in building your company brand.

2) Visit university campuses on a regular basis; undertaking presentations to undergraduates, sponsoring student societies, hosting workshops and building relations and a reputation on campus. It takes time and a great deal of effort, but it builds your reputation as an expert and fosters trust and communication channels. By supporting careers departments, they will learn your requirements and culture and will be able to point superior candidates to you.

3) Internships for undergraduates; offering non-contractual work to introduce new, flexible and motivated staff is the most reliable method in attracting and assessing new employees. At the same time, they will be given the opportunity to assess your team; understanding your leadership style, procedures and culture that will enable them to hit the ground running if you were to employ them on a permanent basis upon graduation.

Of the three methods, offering internships paid from National Minimum Wage – between £4.98 and £6.19 per hour depending on the age of the undergraduate – is the most effective method of securing suitable graduates, often rendering graduate recruitment programmes redundant. And with the job market so competitive, undergraduates are recognising that they can’t depend on a 2.1 result. Hence, internships are extremely popular with undergraduates; they enable companies to introduce talented, mouldable and accommodating recruits that bring new insights and happily relieve the workload pressure on colleagues as required in the short-term.  Such placements will further allow you to secure ‘first dibs’ on the most able graduates in the long-term!

Get Work Experience has invested a great deal of time in building relationships with universities and affords companies with access to the most talented undergraduates and graduates; from providing short-term support in a paid internship to managing annual graduate schemes or full-time graduate employment positions. We undertake all of the administration in the complete process; from writing the job description to preparing the contractual agreement between both parties we save your time, money and administration efforts when taking on new employees.