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It’s been a busy summer for hiring at Give A Grad A Go, and we have added 4 new members to our growing team.
Joining us with very different skills, backgrounds and previous work experience, Cameron Hail, Elise Bresler, Luke Owen Edmunds and Luke Willoughby are our newest 3 Candidate Resourcers and Client Services Executive, respectively.
As Candidate Resourcers, Cameron, Elise and Luke OE’s responsibility is to speak to graduates who have registered on the website, find out key information about their career aspirations, skills and qualifications – and decide whether they are a good fit for a role. If they are, they will pass on the information they’ve gathered to the Consultant who is managing that particular opportunity - hopefully resulting in a placement (collectively, these 3 have been responsible for 49 so far!).
Working on a very different side of the business, Luke Willoughby’s role is to bring on new clients for Give A Grad A Go. Day-to-day, Luke explains to potential clients how our service can benefit their business, by helping them grow their teams quickly and efficiently. Once he’s contacted and converted new business, Luke also plays a part in onboarding and managing relationships with our clients.
In the midst of the busiest time for graduate recruitment, our 4 new team members have already been making their mark on the business. So let’s find out a little more about their roles, backgrounds and opinions on working in the graduate recruitment industry...
CH – I studied Ancient History at The University of Birmingham, and then I worked in retail at Sketchers (the best shoe shop in the world, obviously…)
EB – Before I joined Give A Grad A Go, I studied Psychology and Italian at The University of Exeter, then worked for 6 months in the property department of a a corporate PR agency. The company was very set in its ways and a big fan of micromanagement – and to be honest the environment wasn’t for me!
LOE – I attended The University of Exeter, where I studied Biochemistry. Post-university, I was a Project Manager for a marine conservation NGO in Mozambique.
LW – I had been working in recruitment for 2 years, mainly recruiting mid-level and senior roles. I enjoyed it, but the idea of helping candidates fresh out of university find their dream jobs and start their careers seemed too good an opportunity to pass up – so here I am!
CH – Not at all. Post-university, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but I stumbled upon recruitment and found that it fits my personality and career goals down to a tee.
EB – I’d heard mixed things about recruitment so I was unsure about working in graduate recruitment – but when I came into the office I was blown away by the company culture, the friendliness and the simplicity and efficiency of the whole process.
LOE – Not always no, I initially used Give A Grad A Go to help me find a job! When I came in to talk to some of the Consultants here, one of them suggested that I come and interview here. I hadn’t considered graduate jobs in recruitment before, but upon careful consideration I thought that it would be a great match for me and my skill set.
LW – No, when I first started working I could never see myself working in an office all day – but it’s been the best career move I could have made. Every day presents a new challenge, which keeps me on my toes!
CH – My favourite thing about working graduate recruitment is being able to gain an insight into many different graduate jobs and industries. Also, I love getting the chance to talk to many different people from a range of interesting academic and professional backgrounds.
EB – My favourite thing is speaking to a huge range of people from all over the world, all with really interesting backgrounds and stories.
LOE – Working with recent graduates who are obviously passionate about following a particular interest or profession, and being able to give them a jump start in their careers.
LW – I get to speak to new people every day, in a role which allows me connect with new people on a personal basis every day. I’ve also had the chance to meet some of the coolest and largest digital companies on the planet, and the rewards are amazing.
CH – Resilience, time management and confidence
EB – Friendliness, empathy and sociability
LOE – Empathy, attention to detail and drive
LW – Inquisitiveness, competitiveness and the ability to be proactive (rather than reactive)
Having only worked at Give A Grad A Go for a few months, Cameron, Elise, Luke OE and Luke W are already making great headway in their graduate recruitment careers. As we near the end of the year’s third quarter, we are looking forward to seeing what our newest hires do throughout the rest of 2018, and beyond!