The first week of September is a vital time of year for anyone in the education sector. Teachers, school pupils and fresh-faced university students will all be returning to their timetables this week; but if you’re a graduate, it might be time to take the first step onto the ladder of employment.
As most current and former graduates are aware of, finding that first job and getting your foot in the door can be extremely difficult. Graduates are faced with having little experience in the field they’re looking to get into, and sometimes the degree itself is not enough for hiring managers to see the full potential of a candidate.
The final year of university is about as easy as skiing down a volcano of lava blindfolded. But finding a graduate entry-level career role? That’s where the real challenge comes into play.
The stand-out silver lining in the typically horrific post-graduate job search that you might be in the midst of at the moment, is the use of recruitment agencies.
The standard way to look for a job is to essentially implore to numerous companies on job websites, online and through the use of social media, by ploughing your CV’s out and writing endless cover letters. The problem with this of course – besides becoming completely monotonous and exhausting – is that all the job positions you’re applying to tend to roll into one and this can result in your final application being a bit of an afterthought.
There’s no shame in having a helping hand when looking for the perfect role. If you’re a graduate who isn’t sure of your next move or simply can’t find the appropriate job listings that suit your degree or match your goals, a recruitment agency can be a lifesaver.
Firstly, recruiters are dab hands at finding amazing job vacancies, finding the perfect candidate, preparing you for all of your interviews, managing your offers and are generally very apt in being your go-to job agent. They can assist in navigating you through the process which can often be pretty gruelling and long-winded.
Arguably though, the most effective trait of a recruiter is the opportunity to be given genuine, honest feedback and receive detailed reports on how you can be directed forward and onwards to something even better.
The million-dollar-question in these situations is: which recruitment agency do you choose to work with?
The general impression of recruitment workers is that they’re slimy, self-involved and only care about their sale – which isn’t the case. The trick is being able to spot when you’re dealing with a great recruiter who is genuinely interested in your success, or catching out a not-so-good recruiter who doesn’t take care of you like they should.
It’s important to not tarnish all recruitment companies with the same brush. There are recruiters out there who want the best for you, and for their clients. Good recruiters are aware they have two individuals to please. One being the company or teams they fill positions for and two being the candidates they are working to secure opportunities for.
Good recruiters will have the skills and the abilities to maintain balance in both of these relationships, whilst never favouring one or the other. This is because they realise that they can’t succeed without communication and compliance from both people. ‘Bad’ recruiters tend to favour one – the client – and make decisions without regard for the other. The candidate can be seen as bait or collateral for their own personal success; which isn’t good business. As a graduate, it’s crucial that you have a good eye for which agency will have your best interests at heart. But it’s your responsibility to highlight to them exactly what you’re looking for and where you hope to end up in your career. A recruiter will need to know every requirement you have including pay expectations, flexibility preferences, preferred environment, level of career progression and the general work conditions you’re happy to adhere to.
The way in which recruiters source and build relationships with candidates is also imperative in terms of the eventual result they’ll get. Recruiters who take pride in matching the right people to the right positions are somewhat held in higher regard than those who don’t. It’s much more effective and beneficial for everyone involved to weigh up the criteria from a candidate’s interest to skill sets when making a decision on whom to put forward for a role.
Submitting sub-standard candidates to available positions merely because they’re free and willing to do the job is not substantial; and will likely see you fall into the ‘disappointing’ category of your recruiter feedback – and this is precisely what you need to avoid.
The added bonus always comes from working with a specialised recruitment agency, such as here at Uniting Ambition. You get to work with consultants who are experts in their particular field. In our case, we specialise in for us IT, Retail and technology; so for instance, finding you a job in Software Development wouldn’t be a problem.
Our job is to find you a job, it’s that simple. But we also want to make sure it’s the best possible job for you. That way, our clients trust us to find valuable long-term employees to work for them and we get to see you secure your dream role. If we don’t do our job properly, it reflects badly on us; so trust us, you’re in safe hands.
Very few students have any experience of receiving a formal job offer, let alone negotiating on the details. Job application processes, interview formats and the offer stage can differ from one company to another. It is likely that you will find each process to be unique and this can make you unsure of what to expect and how to respond to a job offer. We can negotiate with your future employer on starting dates, salaries and just about anything else you can think of to make sure both parties are happy with the finalised arrangements.
Recruiters tend to like talking to people – it’s their job. A good recruiter will be very interested in what you want from a job, what your strongest skills are and what you think you can offer to a company. You can chat through ideas with us, ask us any questions about the market and use us for advice.
Good recruiters are readily available to help or just chat. They love to hear from candidates and clients all the time, not just when they need something. This is the sort of recruiting we like to push through to our consultants at Uniting Ambition.
We like to take the time to create and develop the best possible relationship with our candidates and clients alike, so that we can fully understand their values, future goals and business needs. This is not something that comes lightly to a lot of recruitment companies; which is why we take our internal employees through an in-depth, logical hiring process. We trust our staff with everything; and we believe that their delivery, resourcing and tireless commitment is what makes Uniting Ambition so great.
If you’re an recent graduate looking for your first role, or you’re looking for a new one, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Uniting Ambition. You can find out about all of our available roles here. We have vacancies for a variety of very successful, exciting companies in various locations all over the UK. Your perfect role could be a phone call away! We look forward to hearing from you.