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Graduates must start preparation 'very, very early' for top jobs

Published: Friday, 08 April 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

University-leavers looking for the top graduate vacancies should prepare thoroughly and from the "very, very early" stages of application, the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) has advised.

Charlie Ball, deputy director of research at HECSU, said competition would continue to be tight for students entering the jobs market due to the economic downturn, but he emphasised that graduate opportunities will still be available.

"Competition is quite severe, particularly for the type of roles, but last year employers reported unfilled vacancies for a number of reasons and this year is likely to be no different," he said.

"The majority of graduates are still going to get work this summer and over the autumn, it's just that if you want to secure your dream job you need to put the groundwork in very, very early and be extremely well-prepared."

Recent research by Incomes Data Services found that there were 44 applicants for every graduate vacancy in 2010, which is up 25 per cent on 2009.

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