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Filling the unfilled vacancies

By Jack Regan, Careers Assistant

graduate job market

For those of you in your final year the end of university life is getting ever closer. All you’re hearing about is how competitive the graduate job market is and there are X amount of people going for one position, making it look like a seemingly tough task to get the job you want.

However, according to High Fliers annual review 2015, the largest growth in vacancies is expected in the public sector, accounting and professional services, as well as banking, finance and retail. More notable however, according to the Association of Graduate Recruiters, is that 23% of employers at the beginning of 2014 had unfilled graduate vacancies. Despite numerous applications for the roles, they could not find the right people with the right knowledge, skills and attitudes for the job. This tells us that regardless of the number of people applying for the same graduate job, there is the possibility that no one will get the job at end of the recruitment process. Certainly a missed opportunity for whoever applied for those roles.

Don’t let that happen! Take your time when writing up an application and completing any online tests. Practise your interview techniques beforehand, research the company and every aspect of the work you could potentially be doing for them. Project the image they want and show why you are the perfect candidate to fill that graduate vacancy. The only person you are in competition with is yourself, so be the best you can be on the day and that unfilled graduate vacancy won’t be unfilled for long.

If you do have interviews coming up CEE can help you with interview practice. You can use our online service, Interview Stream, or you can book an appointment with a Careers Adviser through CareerHub to work on your face to face technique. We can also help with application writing and online tests as well as other careers-related enquiries. Go to CareerHub or drop in to either of our offices (in the Hutton Hub on College Lane and in the Atrium on DeHavilland) for more information.

  1. Jude
    06/02/2015 at 14:09

    Nice post Jack – and if students are clever they will target those sectors that cannot fill their vacancies

    • 06/02/2015 at 15:13

      I agree, too much emphasis is put on the amount of competition between graduates, when there are graduate opportunities in numerous industries going unfilled.

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