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Recruitment
Diversity consultant
CAREER
Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe
invites you to the Diversity
Careers Show where you can
make contacts and receive
advice on applying for your
fi rst job.
MOVES
all the fun of the jobs fair
With unemployment close to two
million and predicted to reach three
million during 2010, this will be a tough year
for the graduate job market. With this in
mind, you may want to consider attending
the Diversity Careers Show, which will be
held at the New Connaught Rooms in
London in November. This is a unique
opportunity for graduates from the LGBT
community to meet leading employers
who believe that individuals perform best
when they can be themselves at work. The
show will connect the most talented LGBT
graduates with top employers from across Britain, in their members. The poll asked graduate recruiters know that they gain competitive advantage from
both the private and public sectors. Free transport how their 2008/09 graduate intake will compare investing in talent that will grow their business in the
will be provided from major student hubs such as with 2007/08. The results show that, despite the future.
Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham and Manchester. economic downturn:
Remember, in these uncertain times, you need to
In this diffi cult economic climate, attending the • 33% of recruiters expect to recruit the same put in that extra bit of effort. Companies will not
show should be a key part of every LGBT graduate’s number of graduates this year bother with applications that contain
strategy for securing a job. This is your opportunity • 29% expect to recruit slightly fewer typos, grammatical errors or display little passion.
to get face-to-face time with potential employers • 26% expect to recruit slightly more Candidates will quickly be rejected if they have not
who understand the value diversity brings to their • Not one AGR member said that they were fully researched the company and the role they are
business. In the current market, it is vital to stopping graduate recruitment altogether applying for. Do your best – and good luck!
network with employers and this is an excellent
place to do so. These fi ndings are backed up by the latest High
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Fliers report, in which a quarter of employers said
Mark
Recent commentary from the BBC predicted a that they plan to take on more graduate recruits
Palmer-Edgecumbe
collapse in the graduate jobs market this year with next year than this year, half said they expect to
only “30,000 jobs for 300,000 graduates.” recruit the same number and nearly every employer
However, the prediction of a downward trend is said they were determined to continue recruiting
based on what happened during the 1980s some graduates. So, whilst graduate jobs will not
recession. When that recession occurred, employers collapse, there will be fewer, particularly in fi nancial
slashed or abandoned their graduate training services, and it is predicted that the number of
schemes in a shortsighted attempt to cut costs, vacancies will contract by about 5% this year.
then paid the price through gaps in their talent and a
loss of credibility on campus. However, all the Some sectors, such as engineering, actually expect a
employers that I have spoken to have learned painful rise in graduate vacancies this year. Indeed, many
lessons from the last recession and know that cutting businesses are seeing this as a great opportunity to The Diversity Careers Show is being held
back on recruitment now will inevitably lead to skills attract high quality candidates who would on Friday 20 November 2009
shortages and wage infl ation once the upturn comes. traditionally have applied to the City. So what will at the New Connaught Rooms, 61-65
this mean for graduates looking for a job this Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5DA
In February 2009, the Association of Graduate summer? Firstly, companies are more likely to be If you are interested in attending please register at
Recruiters (AGR) published the results of a survey of looking for quality over quantity. Wise companies www.diversitycareeersshow.com
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