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Graduate job hunters 'should establish early links with employers'

Published: Tuesday, 08 June 2010   Category: Work Experience

Britons who are set to graduate this year should move quickly to establish a relationship with potential employers, it has been suggested.

With the UK still struggling to recover from the impact of the recession, many observers have suggested that the graduate jobs market will be extremely competitive in 2010.

Lisette Howlett, managing director and founder of online recruitment community HireScore.com, explained that a fruitful work experience placement could be key to landing a full-time role.

She said: "Graduates should definitely start looking as early as possible and take advantage of internships and holiday employment to build a relationship with their target companies and sector.

"Employers will be less willing to invest in training and development and more likely to be looking for someone who is fully qualified for the work."

Ms Howlett added that firms in the London financial services sector are now increasingly looking towards the top universities again for their graduate recruitment programmes.

Last week, a new study by Advantage Professional suggested that the class of 2010 should look towards finance-based jobs as there is a shortage of appropriate candidates for these roles.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19825300-ADNFCR

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