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Rian Thomas shares her top tips on how to land your first HR role as a fresh graduate...

Posted by: Rian Thomas

An exciting opportunity has come up at global media organisation Flamingo for an HR Intern.

Last Wednesday, over 60 “up and coming” talented HR professionals gathered for the first Oakleaf Partnership Academy gathering of 2016.

Graduates are undervaluing the importance of people skills when looking for a new role according to research conducted by management consultancy, Hay Group as reported by HR News.

Posted by: Emily Smoothy

The New Year is starting on a vacancy high, according to the latest survey results, with almost half (47%) of HR Directors planning to add new positions in the first half of 2015.

Over three-quarters (83%) of university careers chiefs believe that the graduate job market improved last year according to the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services’ (AGCAS). These figures demonstrate an encouraging and positive picture for students and graduate in 2015. In addition 58% of careers services enjoyed an increase in engagement and career fairs remain popular despite the rise of social media.

Posted by: Georgina Knowles

The Head of UK Graduate Recruitment for BP; Suzy Style, has revealed hints and tips for graduates looking to apply to one of BP’s graduate schemes. BP manages their talent pipeline by recruiting large intakes of graduates and interns and according to Suzy, all work experience is relevant and variety is key: ‘I often find graduates worry if they haven’t got relevant work experience but they should put all work experience down..it’s really looking for a mixture of experiences, not just their academic performance’. 

Posted by: Emily Smoothy

More than two-thirds (69%) of SME employers consider good communication a key skill for graduates, according to research by Marbella International University Centre (MIUC). The survery of 810 small to medium sized employers suggests that soft skills are generally more valued than technical knowledge when assessing candidates for graduate roles.

Posted by: Georgina Knowles

Employers have rated the top 10 most important skills they look for when hiring graduates. Whilst technical skills are still important the value of strong communication skills and ability to display initiative can also have a big impact.

Posted by: Alice Hamp

The number of graduate vacancies in the UK has increased by 37% year-on-year, with 15,732 entry-level roles advertised in the past month. 

 

Posted by: Zoe Bradley

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