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Applicants must 'speak private sector' to secure top graduate opportunities

Published: Tuesday, 01 March 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

University-leavers searching for graduate opportunities in the private sector stand more chance of success if they are "able to speak private sector language," according to Hays.

Graduate opportunities are currently more forthcoming in the private sector, but university-leavers must apply themselves to get the jobs.

Mark Staniland, managing director of career transition services at the recruitment firm, said candidates would have to adjust their ways of thinking compared to if they were looking for work in the public sector.

"Public sector candidates that remember to focus more on outcomes, rather than process, are more likely to succeed during interview stages," he explained.

"The private sector does not encourage cutting corners but it does measure success on the end product. It's advisable for candidates to adjust their use of jargon accordingly."

The monthly Reed Job Index for February painted starkly contrasting pictures of the two sectors, with the private sector seeing record demand for staff while the public languished at less than half the index's base rate. 

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