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UK graduates must be more tech-savvy to get ahead

Published: Wednesday, 04 July 2007   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

Huge technological advances mean that UK graduates must become far more proactive in their job hunts if they are to land the best positions, according to a leading industry expert.

Mass additions to internet search and recruitment techniques in the last decade mean that several of the top companies that appeal to UK graduates are now able to look for new staff in a fully international environment and using a vast range of technologically-advanced platforms.

Accordingly, in an interview with the Times, Alex Lawrie, head of public relations for international property marketing specialists TTA Group, has warned UK graduates that they are falling behind.

"Graduates in the UK need to wake up," Mr Lawrie said.

"Advances in technology mean that they're not just competing with the UK but on the international stage.

"Ten years ago, 90 per cent of our applications came in hard-copy form, such as paper CVs, but now it's 90 per cent electronic. And not just CVs via e-mail but PowerPoint presentations, PDF files of their work ... one graduate even sent in a podcast," he added.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18200337-ADNFCR

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