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Graduate job entry requirements get tougher

Published: Thursday, 10 December 2009   Category: Career Advice

Graduate job hunters may need to rethink their application strategies as employers raise the bar for recruitment requirements.

Supermarket giant Sainsbury's, which has increased the necessary degree level for its graduate jobs to 2:1 and now asks for work experience to be conducted before employment, is just one of several major firms to do so.

According to the Telegraph, Vodafone recently boosted requirements for its graduate jobs scheme and financial firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte are now including A-level results in employment criteria.

Aneesha Malik, who is studying politics and international studies at the University of Warwick, told the newspaper: "I'm really making an effort to read up on the companies so I'm not caught off guard in any interviews."

Vodafone also recently announced a boost in vacancies, with the company providing 50 graduate jobs in 2010, despite the fact that others such as BT have closed their recruitment schemes because of the recession.


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