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Graduates must be 'motivated'

Published: Wednesday, 03 June 2009   Category: Career Advice

Employers are only interested in university leavers who are truly determined to get a graduate job, according to one expert.

Jo Lennon, from the Tyne and Wear Enterprise Trust, which creates links between graduates and small businesses in the north-east, said that those looking to get into industry should have some experience.

Speaking to the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette, MS Lennon warned the 300,000 people graduating this summer that they will find tough competition in the jobs market.

She told the newspaper: "[Graduates] should ideally show they have been doing something like voluntary or charity work, which helps with team work and planning projects. Motivated graduates are what employers want to see."

Professional membership body the Recruitment Society recently warned those who are looking for employment at the moment, such as graduates, that CVs must come across as "different".


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