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H.C. October 2013
"To say I found the graduate recruitment process daunting is an understatement. Even the idea of calling Barrie for an initial discussion made me nervous. I shouldn’t have worried however, as Barrie has a wonderful way of making you feel at ease, help identify your strengths and enable you to articulate these in the best possible way."
V.F. July 2011

UK language graduates and global mobility

Multinationals looking for graduate hires look at the ability to speak a foreign language as important but not essential, according to a survey of global firms.

Research carried out by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) and research agency CFE shows that UK students are

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Do employers really value degrees?

Whilst recruitment and selection systems often discard graduate applicants who didn’t manage to get a 2.1 this conflicts with what business owners really want according to the findings of recent research. . . . → Read More: Do employers really value degrees?

L’Oreal’s UK graduate business game winner

A team from Newcastle University has won the opportunity to represent the UK in a business game – Brandstorm – in Paris, used by international cosmetics company L’Oreal to find talented graduates. . . . → Read More: L’Oreal’s UK graduate business game winner

‘No Jerk’ Hiring Policies – Do They Work ?

Anyway, how do you recognise a ‘jerk’ when you see one ? Not very easily, it seems, as BarCap, again according to the FT, gets potential new hires interviewed by 15 – 20 different people just to make sure a ‘jerk’ doesn’t sneak in under the radar. . . . → Read More: ‘No Jerk’ Hiring Policies – Do They Work ?

Hope for graduates that have interview skills

Six in 10 employers are going to hire new graduates this year, with 17% increasing the number of graduates they will recruit, according to job site CareerBuilder.co.uk.

CareerBuilder surveyed 100 companies across the UK, also finding that 20% of employers will offer higher starting salaries to graduates than in the previous year.

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Competition for jobs in professional services

Leading professional services firms have already been swamped with graduate applications for 2012.

Ernst & Young has received more than 3,200 applications for fewer than 800 jobs; in practice, and allowing for interns from summer 2011 already offered positions, there are only between 480 and 560 jobs available.

At KPMG they have received 7,200 applications . . . → Read More: Competition for jobs in professional services

Do all the advertised graduate jobs exist?

Have you been busy applying for graduate jobs in banking and financial services? What level of response have you received? I have feedback that suggests the number of actual vacancies is far less than might be expected from the corporate websites.

I’m told that one investment bank has already recruited 90% of the planned 2012 . . . → Read More: Do all the advertised graduate jobs exist?

Law firms cut back on graduate recruitment

More than four-in-ten (43%) medium-sized law firms have reduced graduate recruitment over the last year, according to a recent poll from legal referrals service, Contact Law.

The research also shows 56% of law firms surveyed have seen a rise in job applications from graduates, an overwhelming 76% confirmed they have no plans to recruit graduates . . . → Read More: Law firms cut back on graduate recruitment

Increased Competition for places at PwC

PwC received 5,877 applications for the places, amounting to a 446% increase in applications to the spring entry on 2009 applications, and a 192% increase on last year. . . . → Read More: Increased Competition for places at PwC

Graduate Employment at ‘15 Year Low’

Whilst the economy remains in recovery, the number of graduate positions available cannot cater for soaring levels of students looking to enter employment. Competition is fierce, allowing graduate employers to skim the talent pool for individuals who have completed relevant work experience whilst leaving the majority of students struggling to contend. . . . → Read More: Graduate Employment at ‘15 Year Low’