Could this be why students fall down in graduate recruitment processes?

I speak to students and graduates day in, day out about making applications and supporting them to develop tools to be more prepared and knowledgeable about how to approach the recruitment process.

Now, let’s be honest, applications can be time consuming and exhausting after a while. So what can you do to get better at them? so you don’t have to spend as much time on them, because you’ll have got your dream job in the bag!

Being self aware, planning, research, tailoring and choosing quality over quantity are some of the ways to help you stand out from the crowd and get to that interview.

But don’t just take my word for it, check out this fantastic article by Mike Grey FRSA, Head of University Partnerships at Gradconsult Ltd on LinkedIn called Could this be why students fall down in graduate recruitment processes? | LinkedIn

I’ll be sharing this with my students from now on: to help them get a wider understanding of the recruitment process; see the recruiter’s perspective; to help them avoid making unnecessary mistakes and understand the value of how being researched and employer focused can make a really difference.

Here are some interesting thoughts to consider:

  • More than half of respondents agree that students are let down in their attempt to get a job by poorly tailored applications.
  • Sending off generic applications and thinking you can then do the research if you get an interview is a mistake. 
  • Assume that the graduate recruiter is skilled, trust that the questions they ask have a purpose and that they are being scored in a methodical way. Respect the process.
  • Being a graduate grants you access to compete, but you still need to run the race. The good news is, making high-quality applications is a skill that can be developed.
  • Candidates need to clearly evidence that they have the required skills through utilising a range of examples…. The strength of your evidence will determine how well you score in relation to a specific skill.
  • You probably wouldn’t submit a poorly researched assignment for your course and expect a high grade, you shouldn’t expect that an employer will progress your application if you don’t do your research and tailor your application.

The ten minutes it takes to read this article will be the most useful thing you will do today so check it out: Could this be why students fall down in graduate recruitment processes? | LinkedIn

And as Mike says

Your university’s careers service are experts in helping you with this process, use them. 

So book in to chat to us about your employability, what stage you are at in your journey and how we can help you be your best professional you, during and after your time at Brighton.

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Katherine Whittaker • 08/06/2022

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