Over the years, graduate employers have frequently complained that they do not feel that the current group of graduates are sufficiently equipped for the graduate jobs market.
It is important to remember that a graduate qualification is not the end of the story for those looking for a graduate position
. After graduating, you still need to keep building your skills in order to land the graduate position that you were looking for.
In a 2011 Adecco Group report - that included input from the TUC, the Federation of Small Businesses, Westminster Kingsway College, Henley Business School, Deloitte, Lloyds Banking Group and Intellect - recruitment leaders discussed ways in which people can increase their chances of getting ahead in the graduate jobs market.
The discussion put a focus on a number of areas that job-hunting graduates could work on. Below are just a few ways that graduates could go that extra mile in the search for that elusive position.
Put a focus on communication and use of initiative - Being punctual and hard working, although undoubtedly important, is not really enough to survive in the job market anymore. You should also be able to communicate clearly to other members of your team, as well as being assertive and using initiative when the situation calls for it.
Demonstrate extra skills/qualities - Employers value candidates that have the ability display initiative and independent thought. Apart from a graduate qualification and some relevant work experience, if you can demonstrate hobbies or a history of volunteering then it could help to present yourself in a more well-rounded light.
Research the position/company before applying - It is vital that any genuine candidate looks into the specific nature of the role they are applying for and the company they are applying to if they wish to be taken seriously. This could be the difference between success and failure in such a highly competitive sector.