Missing the buzz of corporate lfe

first_imgMissing the buzz of corporate lfeOn 14 May 2002 in Personnel Today I am a careers adviser considering a move into graduate recruitment in theprivate sector. I find the work in careers very interesting and contact withstudents very rewarding. However, I miss the buzz of corporate life (I havethree years previous non-HR commercial experience). What might be a logicalstep into the private sector? How much would blue-chip corporations (especiallylaw, investment banking and professional services) value my background? Whatcan I do to make myself more employable? Doug Knott, senior consultant, Chiumento In your job applications to blue-chip corp-orations, you need to highlightthe benefits of your experience – how your understanding of the values andcareer aspirations of students could assist the organisation to attract andretain highly-talented graduates. To make yourself more employable, improve your knowledge of the selectiontechniques used by large employers to recruit graduates. It may also be worthobtaining a qualification in psychometric profiling which is often used as partof the graduate recruitment process. Also consider researching recent studies into graduate recruitment andretention. Have a look at the main graduate internet recruitment sites andensure you understand the ‘market rate’ in terms of salary and benefitspackages for newly-qualified graduates. This will improve your ability todiscuss with confidence at interview the issues involved in graduaterecruitment. Philip Spencer, consultant, Macmillan Davies Hodes You obviously find your current role interesting and rewarding. Given yourlack of recruitment experience you may find it difficult to move straight intoa graduate recruitment role. Organisations in the sectors you have mentioned tend to have extensiveformalised graduate recruitment programmes. They typically appoint graduaterecruitment managers/officers who have demonstrable recruitment experience andan understanding of the sector. Options open to you would be to gain direct recruitment experience with aspecialist graduate recruitment consultancy. This would develop yourrecruitment experience while providing the vehicle to return to the privatesector. Alternatively, investigate whether there is scope or opportunity to move into a recruitment role with your current employer. With regards to professional qualifications to make yourself moremarketable, maybe you would consider studying for CIPD qualification. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMS consultancy You have to overcome a number of disadvantages if you wish to move intograduate recruitment. The negatives that will be picked up by prospectiveemployers include your lack of HR experience and your lack of recruitmentexperience. Your current role in the public sector may also be seen as anegative by blue-chip organisations. Organisations are always reviewing their graduate recruitment programmes.While the traditional way was the university milkround, this has been seen bymany as costly and ineffective. They are now looking at innovative ways ofattracting graduates – this is where you may find a niche. Your approach needsto combine business experience with your understanding of what people arelooking for in their career. You should also consider a professional qualification to make yourself moremarketable and show your commitment. The CIPD offers a Certificate inRecruitment, which may be a good place to start. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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