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Hooray, it’s Give A Grad A Go’s 7th birthday! It’s been another successful and enjoyable year of launching Graduate careers (nearly 2,000 is our running total) and on-boarding 132 new businesses across an array of sectors; from SMEs to larger established companies.
Did we also mention we’ve secured 3,300 graduate interviews over the last year? If you can’t brag on your birthday, when can you! These numbers are continuing to grow, as is the company, with lots more friendly faces joining the team.
With an array of awards already under our belts (including, National Business Awards, Recruitment Awards, Institute of Recruitment Professionals Awards, Best Business Awards, Global Recruiter Awards…) we’re delighted to announce we’ve been nominated for 'Best Company To Work For (up to 20 employees)' and 'Permanent Consultant of the Year' in this years’ IRP awards! The award ceremony takes place on Wednesday 7th December - wish us luck!
As we look back over the last 7 years, here’s 7 things we’ve learnt about Graduate recruitment
We’ve been working with graduates for 7 years and have grown with them, learning about their specific requirements and gaining a thorough understanding. All of our staff are graduates which illustrates our belief in junior talent even further; you have to practice what you preach and we’re very well-versed!
When speaking with graduates, we discuss suitable graduate job opportunities, with a goal to point them in the right direction and take them along. Keeping graduates focused on the job at hand (quite literally) will enable them to firmly climb onto the career ladder, and more importantly, onto the right one.
Guiding graduates every step of the way is incredibly important; from advising how to write cover letters, to answering classic interview questions – each part of the recruitment process is just as important as the next.
Having the Give A Grad A Go blog (which currently ranks number one on Google) with accessible and useful information has allowed us to connect with graduates across an array of platforms, including social media, email and working with relevant partners to spread the word even further!
When leaving university, graduates will have an eagerness for trying new things, and will already have a number of skills applicable to the workplace. From time management and meeting deadlines, to absorbing new knowledge – graduates will be ready to dive into fast-pace change and bring new and creative ideas with them.
With great career prospects and development ahead of them, graduates will make the most of every opportunity, make their mark on the company and make their way up the company career ladder. This proves graduates can be nurtured and grow within a company, and may even remain for the length of their career.
With graduates comes bags of enthusiasm and an unwavering eagerness to learn. Their fresh perspective can drive a company forward and bring an array of thoughts to the table - mind mapping sessions or discussions will have fresher eyes on products or services, which could translate into vital improvements.
Here at Give A Grad A Go, we believe unpaid internships are fundamentally unfair to graduates and damaging to businesses, which is why we never offer positions that pay less than the London Living Wage.