Internship and graduate recruitment has started. If you are new to the game, you may want to familiarise yourself with the process before starting. Even if you have been through the process before, it’s still worth to have a quick refresher before you start. Often, candidates get caught out/kicked out at early stages because they […]

An inescapable fiscal reality facing many countries is that government purses are increasingly likely to contain less with which to finance the public sector, even as the task of delivering services to an aging, less culturally homogenised population with new patterns of employment and unemployment, becomes more complex and more costly. Against this slightly gloomy […]

Since March through May is a heavy recruitment time for summer internships and graduate positions, just about every second student coming into our office is asking for advice on interviews. Louise has written an excellent blog on this earlier in the month, and I thought I would just add a few additional tips. Just as […]

If you have recently been applying for grad roles or summer internships (yes, I know it’s early but companies are starting to recruit NOW for summer interns!) you may have found that in addition to submitting your cover letter, CV and perhaps completing an online application form, you have also been asked to prepare a […]

Getting through recruitment process

Take a deep breath everyone, it’s that time again – Graduate/Internships recruitment time! Like it or not, the battle to earn yourself that ONE job is here! It shouldn’t be that difficult, you just need one job after all. …unfortunately, everyone else is after the one job too! Looking at the stats gathered from Victoria […]

Looking for an internship or graduate role at the end of the year? Then you’ll need to be clued up about what employers are looking for when recruiting. Do you have business acumen? Are you commercially aware? Do you even know what these terms mean? In all of our discussions with employers, time and time […]

Career Expos are one of the best ways to explore opportunities and set the stage for a rewarding career in the future. Since employers have made the time and effort to come and speak to YOU, the hardest part about connecting with employers (for example having to approach an employer from out of the blue) […]

When asked what you plan to do over the summer and you reply “Oh, I want to do an internship”, do you know what you mean? Students seem to think that it will be easy to get an internship because they are studying at University; that they can just look online and miraculously there will […]

Applying for Graduate Recruitment Programme positions and internships has long been a feature of preparing for life after university.  Navigating a path through the process to a successful outcome is a rigorous test of organisation, motivation and stamina. You will be aiming for the high grades that most graduate recruiters expect, as well as attending career expos, employer presentations, career development workshops, and preparing applications for graduate jobs and internships; you may also be in part-time paid work as well as working as a volunteer. It will be an exhausting schedule at times but the prize could be a well-deserved graduate position or internship.

It’s an intensively busy time too for employers, as they set up recruitment and selection processes designed to identify exceptional candidates for their organisation; individuals who will meet their needs, display motivation and adapt to their business culture and values.  The supervision and professional development of new graduate recruits, usually takes around two years; that’s two years before the employer sees a financial return on their investment in each recruit. Robust selection processes comprehensively and objectively assess each candidate to minimise this investment risk.

Naturally not everyone will be offered a place on a graduate programme, but everyone who takes the time to engage with the graduate recruitment will be better-prepared for future job application and selection processes.  So what should you do to win the graduate recruitment game? Here are my 12 tips:

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Employers are recruiting earlier and earlier each year. You wouldn’t think that you would need to  apply now for an internship at the end of the year or a graduate job next year, but that’s the reality for many organisations. Don’t miss out! This is when key employers advertise for their summer internships and graduate […]