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Students warned of graduate job agencies
Monday, 21 September 2009
Sales and recruitment
With the recession still causing some firms to reduce their graduate recruitment schemes, one expert has warned of signing up to agencies which help to find jobs.
According to Katie Taylor, journalist for This is Money, recruitment agencies will be trying to cash in on graduate job hunters' desperation by focusing more on getting them linked up with an employer rather than finding a suitable position.
While some agencies genuinely try to do their best to find a graduate job which will gain the candidate suitable skills, Ms Taylor cited one University of York alumnus who had trouble with a particular, unnamed website.
"They said I had no worthwhile or relevant skills to offer an employer, which completely undermined my confidence, and they even suggested embellishing my CV by claiming that I had specific admin experience, which I hadn't," said 23-year-old Lucy.
FreshMinds Talent managing director James Callander recently wrote in the Daily Telegraph that while temporary work may seem like an easy option, it can provide valuable skills and may lead into a permanent job.