How the recruitment process works
Graduate recruitment is a “numbers game”. There is what we call a “funnel”. It is wide at the start when it contains many applications but narrow at the end when only one candidate remains.
- 100 applicants will apply for a job
- 80 CVs will be read by the recruiter (late applicants have less chance of being read)
- 10 applicants might have a screening call
- 5 applicants might be invited for interview
- 2 applicants will be told they have a good chance (i.e. they keep a spare)
- 1 applicant will be given the job
The median job seeker will probably make
- 20 applications and get
- 5 interviews and get
- 1 job
So let’s get on with it.
Pathways to success
There are several ways to get a job
- Apply for a graduate entry scheme
- Apply for advertised jobs
- Use Google Job Search or
- Search the internet using Google
- Save Google Searches and get notifications of new jobs
- Register with a “Job Board”
- These services like TotalJobs aggregate all job listing and enable you to search them
- You should always register with the site because
- Recruiters will search CV on the site
- You can set up alerts for new jobs
- Being “found” on Linked-in
- Go to Meet-Ups and events at innovation centres
Actions to set up your hunt (2 days work)
Set up contact details
Make sure your mobile phone has the correct voicemail message – “Hello you have reached <your name>. I can’t pick up just now but please leave a message and I will get back to you soon”.
Tell everyone in the house if strange people call the landline it might be someone contacting your about a job.
Print business cards
- List of cheap printers
- Must include a photo
- Put name on both sides
Profile and CV
- Update and perfect your Linked-in profile, say you are looking for work
- Update and perfect your CV
- You will need at least two CVS
- A “standard one” for general job sites. Make sure you have a wide range of keywords.
- A tuned one that is full of keywords for jobs you are targeting e.g. “Sustainability”, “embedded programming”
Set-up your Google Job Searches
Register with top UK job boards and submit your CV
Register with specialist job agencies/sites
Search for specialist job boards and register with at least 3 of them. eg.
- “Sustainability Job Boards”
- “Embedded Programming Job Agencies”
Register with specialist (Graduate) recruiters
- British Graduate Jobs
- Guardian Jobs
- Guardian Graduate
- Save the Graduate
- Graduate Recruitment Bureau
- Adzuna Graduate Jobs
- Graduate Recruitment Bureau
- Best Graduates
Register with the next rank of Job boards
Register for relevant events and Meet-ups groups.
Daily Actions thereafter
- Keep your phone charged and nearby so you can receive calls
- Check your email AND SPAM for messages from recruiters
- Whitelist any recruiter mail addresses that went to SPAM
- Check emails for job search notifications
- Review searches and search terms
- Apply for jobs (at least 1 a day)
- Search for relevant events and talks and Meet-ups and go to them – remember to take business cards.