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HRDs blame themselves for failing to offer graduate jobs to best candidates

Published: Friday, 04 February 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

Only a third of human resources directors (HRDs) believe they are good at ensuring graduate jobs go to the best talent available.

That is according to a new study by Alexander Mann Solutions (AMS), which claims that many organisations are risking missing out on growth opportunities due to a lack of flexibility and innovation in their recruitment.

The company's Future Fit Recruitment Report indicated that half of all senior HR staff at top employers around the world have experienced difficulty with their recruitment operations in the past six months.

Interestingly, 70 per cent of respondents admitted they had suffered due to a skills shortage in the candidate pool, an issue that was particularly prevalent for UK directors (76 per cent).

This is despite the fact that the candidate pool is at its largest in some time, suggesting that graduates and other professionals are struggling to properly highlight their relevant skills and merits to potential employers.

"The last 12 months have been difficult for the business community, and as we move into a more positive new year, the war for talent is set to continue," said Rosaleen Blair, chief executive of AMS.

"HR professionals will have a key role to play in identifying and retaining skilled workers."

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