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It’s been a busy couple of months for new starters at Give A Grad A Go. Our recruitment team is growing quickly - and we’re delighted to welcome not one, but two, brilliant new members on board.
As Graduate Resourcers, Joe and Alex are responsible for speaking to graduates and gathering vital information about their personalities, qualifications and career objectives.
They find out the information that is ultimately going to decide whether or not an applicant is a good fit for the job they have applied for, so they need to be able to assess if a candidate is suitable quickly and accurately.
Both Joe and Alex need to be great listeners, logical and personable – but you might be surprised to know that their paths to coming to work for us were very different.
They’ve been fantastic additions to our team, and to find out a little more about our new starters (and how they’ve been getting on), read on…
Joe – Prior to getting the job here, I studied History at Nottingham Trent University. After uni I worked in retail, sales and hospitality for a little while to save money, and then went travelling for 14 months (slightly longer than I had originally anticipated!) When I returned to the UK, I knew I wanted to find a job that I was extremely passionate about, and that would provide me with a real challenge, so I looked into recruitment. I applied to a few different recruitment agencies, but Give A Grad A Go stood out to me - so here I am!
Alex – I studied English Literature and German at the University of Hertfordshire, and then worked in Executive Search for a while, where I was conducting market research, arranging interviews and attending client meetings. I liked it a lot and it gave me an excellent platform for graduate recruitment, but I was ready for a change.
Joe – I hadn’t really considered recruitment as a career choice during school and university – but I think that perhaps that’s because I didn’t quite know what it entailed. When I started researching and finding out more about what it involved, I realised that the skills required to work in recruitment were actually extremely well-matched to mine - so maybe I should have considered it a long time ago!
Alex – Having worked in Executive Search I wasn’t 100% sure that I wanted to go into mainstream recruitment, but I definitely wasn’t adverse to the idea of it. The interview process for this job definitely won me over – I think that I am really well-suited to the job and my previous job definitely prepared me for working as a Resourcer.
Joe - Definitely – everyone here is incredibly fun and friendly, and the team have all helped me to feel at ease since day one. I knew that the company would be lively but I wasn’t expecting the level of camaraderie and how much everyone genuinely wants to see each other succeed – it’s a great environment to work in and it really motivates me to do well.
Alex – I realised during the interview process that Give A Grad A Go is different to a lot of other recruitment agencies. From then to now, yes, I guess it’s exactly how I expected it to be - lively, welcoming and always entertaining. The culture here is wonderful. Hard work is always acknowledged, and we are regularly treated to lunch delivered to the office - a gesture which is always much appreciated!
Joe – I’m really enjoying my role! Talking to people comes naturally to me, and when I get to speak to exceptional graduates on a daily basis and ultimately help them find a job that’s ideal for them, it’s really rewarding.
Alex – I’m loving it. I look forward to coming to work every day, and my favourite thing about the role is overcoming the many challenges that graduate recruitment brings! Sometimes finding the perfect candidate for a job can be more tricky, and I love tackling a challenge like this – it helps me develop my skills and grow professionally.
Joe – Not really, I guess I’m surprised at just how much I’m enjoying myself! It’s fast-paced and challenging work, but so rewarding and really great fun.
Alex – Although we’re not heavily targeted at Give A Grad A Go, I initially thought I might struggle when working to any form of target. What I’ve found though, is that having targets really motivates me and pushes me to go above and beyond.
Despite having the same job title, Joe and Alex have come to work for us having studied different degrees, and with their own unique skills, backgrounds and interests. We’ve loved welcoming them to Give A Grad A Go, and we can’t wait to see what they do next!