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Pro-active job-seeking 'huge advantage'

Published: Tuesday, 19 February 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Graduates that adopt a pro-active approach to job searching by making the most of work experience opportunities and networking are at a significant advantage, an expert has said.

Job search site ClickAJob has stated that, by pursuing things such as internships, volunteering and work experience, the applicant can create a better match to a potential employer.

Commenting on the issue, ClickAJob chief executive Yngve Traberg, said: "It takes more work, researching the company in the first place, then networking yourself with the right people to get an in. But the advantage it gains is huge."

The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services also advises graduates to consider work experience from smaller companies as opposed to limiting themselves to larger organisations such as 'blue-chip companies'.

The group stresses that such companies offer very valuable experience and that these firms tend to recruit on a "much more ad hoc basis".

In related news, it has been predicted that financial services firms will recruit 15 per cent fewer graduates this year.

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