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People looking for graduate opportunities should volunteer at Olympics, says expert

Published: Tuesday, 22 March 2011   Category: Gap year, volunteering and charities

People looking for graduate vacancies but having no luck should attempt to secure a volunteering role at the 2012 London Olympics, as this will be good experience for job-hunters.

That is according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), which says that sometimes job-seekers are just lacking some practical understanding.

Tom Hadley, director of policy and professional services at the REC, said that the Olympics may offer this type of experience.

"The feedback we get from our members and recruitment agencies is that getting the right training is good, but often what people are lacking is just that little bit of practical experience," he said.

"It might even be the case that the volunteer work for the Olympics will help people. It's giving access, you're involved, you get into the habit of contributing and it helps to develop some basic skills like working as a team and communication skills."

The REC is the trade body that supports and represents the UK's £19.7 billion-rated private recruitment and staffing industry. 

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