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6 advantages graduates can bring to your company

Posted by Harry Picken on 03-May-2016 09:00:00

We’re approaching the end of the academic year and that means one thing, new graduates! As the latest cohort look to take their first step onto the career ladder, we ask ourselves these two questions:

  1. What can graduate employers do to attract the right graduates to their organisation?
  2. Should we be more cautious hiring someone straight out of university?


One thing is for sure, after speaking to graduate recruiters up and down the country, there are common benefits which emerge. So without further ado, here's what we think a graduate can bring to your organisation.


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Topics: Jobs and Internships, Recruitment, Temporary Workers, Recruitment Tools, Graduate Internships

7 top ways to ensure your best people will quit

Posted by Harry Picken on 11-Apr-2016 11:30:39

From graduates to C-level executives raking up 30 years of service, companies around the world make common mistakes that make people head for the hills - most of which could be avoided.

Here are 7 ways to guarantee that your best interns, graduates, and long standing empoyees will quit along with a couple of hints on how these could be tamed.

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Topics: Recruitment, Recruitment Tools, Graduate Internships

Recruiter Insight: the five biggest fears of a grad when starting their first job

Posted by Harry Picken on 16-Feb-2016 16:20:09

Every year, thousands of graduates take the first steps into the wide world of careers. Excitment and nerves flow fast through the veins of every graduate employee, but what really are their biggest fears? In this blog we hear from Lauren Stalker, a media executive and millennial at the content marketing and media agency, Pulse on the workplace fears that she overcame.

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Topics: Jobs and Internships, Recruitment

5 ways to gain major points during graduate recruitment

Posted by Harry Picken on 04-Feb-2016 09:54:00

Working with graduates can be incredibly rewarding and beneficial for your company. You can bring in fresh ideas, while helping a young graduate kick-start their career and training. But attracting the best and brightest graduates to your company is very competitive. Here are some of the best ways to attract some of the most talented and enthusiastic graduates to your company. 

1. Be open to unconventional skills and training

More and more, companies are looking at more than just a candidate’s degree when assessing job applications. Extra-curricular activities, other training, volunteer work and the skills earned from a variety of pursuits, can often provide a good indication of a candidate’s suitability to the role – for example, being active in a local community or playing in a local sports team can indicate a candidate’s ability to work in teams, and a candidate who has undertaken a lot of short-courses could be shown to have initiative.

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Topics: Recruitment, Graduate Internships

The worst advice we've ever heard about running internship programmes

Posted by Harry Picken on 19-Jan-2016 09:36:08

There’s a lot of conflicting advice out there for a company thinking about starting up an internship programme, including the big issue of whether or not to pay your interns. We bust some of the myths surrounding intern recruitment, and give you our top tips for hiring an intern.

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Topics: Recruitment, Graduate Internships

10 incredibly useful websites you need in your life as a recruiter

Posted by Harry Picken on 19-Jan-2016 09:00:00

Always looking to optimise your time? Need to take a break? Fear not! These website are so wonderfully entertaining or functional you'll be left pondering how you used to manage your day. 

We're not saying bookmarking them will change your life, but you might as well give it a go.

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Topics: Recruitment, Recruitment Tools

Insight: Top 10 posts on The Careers Group blogs in 2015

Posted by Harry Picken on 11-Jan-2016 12:14:00

2015 was a busy year in higher education. It saw a higher education Green Paper, the proposal of a teaching excellence framework, and more students than ever seeking career advice from their university. But, let's not forget the hundreds of blogs published by The Careers Group for offering news and career advice for students, graduates, career centres and employers.

2015 also saw us launch a new-look blog platform where you can subscribe to email updates in addition to a new blog dedicated to graduate recruiters.

But which articles had you clicking the most? Here are the top 10 most-read of 2015.


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Topics: Jobs and Internships, Fairs and Events, Recruitment

3 ways to maximise an intern's experience and your time

Posted by Harry Picken on 14-Oct-2015 16:03:00

Taking on an intern can be time consuming, but by following this quick checklist we use when helping organisations set up internships you can ensure you are making the most of the opportunity. 

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Topics: Recruitment, Graduate Internships

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