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Richard Brown urges graduates to stand out

Published: Thursday, 12 March 2009   Category: Career Advice

The chief executive of the Council for Industry and Higher Education Richard Brown has said that there are graduate jobs available, but students will have to stand out from the crowd.

Writing in the Independent, Mr Brown expressed incredulity at BBC reports indicating a grave lack of graduate jobs for those leaving university in June, and instead insisted that the recession will provide an opportunity for those businesses outside of London to recruit some top talent.

He said that companies have learnt from previous recessions and that investment for the future is the key to competitive advantage.

Candidates for graduate jobs need to make sure the employer knows that they are worth paying attention to, according to Mr Brown.

He added: "Companies will not bother with application forms that display poor writing skills (typos, grammatical errors, etc) or students who can't say why they should be taken seriously."

This advice comes after Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, advised in the Times that graduates should research the roles they apply for in order to improve chances of employment.

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