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Candidates 'must compete' for graduate jobs

Published: Thursday, 13 November 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Graduate jobs are still obtainable for the right candidates, despite reports of rising unemployment levels, it has been suggested.

Writing for the Guardian, the University of Liverpool's careers and employability service head Dr Paul Redmond has issued a number of tips for those keen to ensure they establish a foothold on the careers ladder.

Applying early for graduate schemes is one piece of important advice he offers, as deadlines for jobs starting in 2009 are already looming on the horizon.

"That way you can be sure that you give yourself a chance of making it to the first cut," he comments.

Employers are likely to be focusing more than ever on the quality of candidates, Dr Redmond suggests, so any spelling and grammar mistakes found on a CV are likely to be to the severe detriment of the applicant.

Graduates should also try and establish contacts in the world of work, he adds, and careers service professionals to their maximum potential.

University of Newcastle director of the careers Nick Keely told the Guardian last week that job hunters need to be increasingly adaptable in the current recruitment market.

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