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Graduate job hunters must 'do their homework'

Published: Thursday, 26 November 2009   Category: Career Advice

A graduate jobs specialist has urged university leavers to research every employer they apply to in order to increase their chances of finding work.

Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), said that candidates will have to make sure they know what employers are looking for if they are to stand out from the competition.

Displaying a commitment to the field through previous experience, whether at university or in spare time, is also important to communicate to companies offering graduate jobs, Mr Gilleard added.

"For example if you have an ambition to become a journalist, if you can't point to anything that you have written, for a magazine, or a website then people might question whether you are really committed to that kind of career," he explained.

The AGR recently said that students who apply for graduate jobs in their final year of university will have more success in finding a position than those who wait until they leave.


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