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University friends used for graduate jobs

Published: Friday, 21 August 2009   Category: Career Advice

A new poll has shown how graduates are using the social links they made at university to help them find a graduate job, among other things.

Conducted by student accommodation supplier Unite, the survey found that 41 per cent of respondents have used a friend or contact from university to introduce them to a potential employer.

Some 24 per cent have even got themselves a graduate job thanks to someone they knew during their higher education course.

Nathan Goddard, sales and marketing director for Unite, said: "In the current climate, a degree alone doesn't always guarantee you a job - it's also the people you meet and the friends you make along the way that could help you get ahead."

Speaking to the Cambridge News, members of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants recently said that graduate job hunters should utilise social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs in order to raise their profile amongst employers.


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