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How A Recruitment Agency can help students


A big concern for many university students is how you are going to put all your hard work to good use and get your foot on the career ladder. What many of you won’t realise is just how much a recruitment agency could help in that process, both during your time at university and after graduation.

How can registering with a recruitment agency help me while I’m at university?

The long university holidays are a perfect time to get some work experience and temporary work is a great way for you to gain transferable skills, boost your CV and earn some extra money. Using an agency to get temporary work while you’re studying removes a lot of the stress, because you’ll be allocated a Recruitment Consultant who will know your availability and what it is you’re looking for. They’ll let you know of opportunities that fit your skills, which will save you a lot of time.

Temping can give you a good idea of what kind of role you want to do long term, as you can see which aspects of each role you did and didn’t enjoy and get a realistic idea of what will work for you career-wise. Evidence of work experience on your CV will prove to employers that you’re willing to work hard, make you stand out from other candidates, and give you the essential skills that graduate jobs require. A lot of graduate roles will be office-based and so registering with an agency like ( Lawrence Dean Recruitment, which specialises in these sectors, will give you relevant experience.

How can an agency help me after graduation?

 Graduate schemes are extremely competitive, and if you aren’t accepted into your chosen scheme straight away, talking about your options will help you to figure out what to do next. If you have your heart set on a specific scheme, temporary work could be a great way to gain experience in the sector you want to work in. At Lawrence Dean Recruitment we also have a wide range of permanent roles available and in these you may find the perfect role that you hadn’t even considered before!

Why is a recruitment agency better than applying for jobs on my own?

 You will have your own Recruitment Consultant, who will give you a realistic idea of what kind of work you can apply for, based on your skills and experience.  They will also advise you if they think that you have unrealistic expectations. This will not only save you a lot of time applying for jobs that you have no chance of getting but will also mean that you’re more likely to be successful in your applications. At Lawrence Dean Recruitment we like to give candidates feedback even when they’re unsuccessful, so that they know for next time what they can work on and improve to give a higher chance of success in the future!

 Your Lawrence Dean Recruitment Consultant will be able to offer you tailored CV advice based on your career expectations and they will know exactly what employers are looking for and what the role entails. You will get support throughout the whole process, as well as having access to a wide range of jobs and advice on which positions will suit you. This removes a lot of pressure from your job search and means that a lot of the hard work is done for you.

For more information on how we can help you please visit our website at


Are the best jobs only available in London?

London is so close to University of Hertfordshire that you can practically see the glimmer of opportunities.  But should you be starting to think beyond London for your first job?

Is the sector you’re planning to go into doing very well in another city like Manchester, Cambridge or Edinburgh?

Perhaps you’re curious about the concept of a northern powerhouse and have been thinking about opportunities that might open up in the north?

Do you struggle with the idea, that even with a good entry level job, most of your salary will go on rent, never mind saving to buy a house or flat?

Different professions follow different recruitment and progression patterns.  For example, aspiring lawyers and teachers will often relocate anywhere in the country for their first teaching job or training contract.  It’s not surprising if you are starting to think along the same lines.

Key to your next steps is doing your research and bringing your analytical skills into play:

  • Have you looked at the relative percentages of jobs in your industry (e.g. IT) advertised in different cities?
  • Do you know whether large firms are opening up new offices in a new location?
  • Is there large scale investment in a city or are the links to it likely to improve dramatically, potentially bringing bright prospects to businesses in the area?
  • Perhaps it’s not the location but the project – for example, is there an infrastructure project planned, like Crossrail or HS2 that you could see yourself being part of?

There are some excellent Labour Market Information (LMI) resources out there.  Here’s one to get you started: Prospects – Job Sectors.  You could come into Careers, Employment and Enterprise to have a chat with a Careers Adviser about utilising LMI. You never know, start using them now and you could get ahead of the game!

Emma Janes

Careers and Placements Officer

Careers, Employment and Enterprise

What to do if I get a job offer and have other interviews pending?

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First of all give yourself a massive pat on the back, to have successfully been selected for interview, let alone having received a job offer, shows that you are leading the competition when it comes to securing a role.

Now you need to do some serious thinking. You have been offered a job and now need to decide whether to accept the post. Ask yourself some questions: Is this my preferred job? Is it within an organisation I want to work for? Does it provide good training and development? Is the salary what I was hoping for? Is it in my preferred location? Now ask yourself the same questions about the roles you have interviews for. This should help you identify what your first choice job would be.

If your top role is the one you have a job offer for then you can accept the position and call the other companies to politely decline the forthcoming interviews. Should your top choice be one of the other roles you have a more difficult decision to make which often comes down to timing. You can buy yourself a bit of time, let the company who have given you an offer know you remain very interested in the post. You can ask to see a copy of the contract and ask when they need a firm acceptance of the role by. This may in itself buy you enough time to have the next interview and know the outcome.

Should the timings not permit this you need to carefully consider your position. An interview is not a guarantee of a job offer so you may decide a firm offer gives you more security. You may decide that you are willing to pass up the job offer in favour of seeking employment with a preferred organisation or in a different role even if this has some risk attached to it.

Some people decide that they will verbally accept the first offer and still attend the upcoming interviews with the plan to then turn down the first offer should they be selected for a different role. A few things to consider here: Have you signed a contract? And have you started the first role? If yes you will be contractually bound to serve a notice period for that role before starting a new post. Typically during a probationary period this is only a week but beyond this you must consider the repercussions of a decision like this. You will likely be cutting any ties with that employer not only for now but also in the future as this type of behaviour isn’t hugely professional so think carefully before opting for this route. Is the job you are going to one that can offer you everything you want and are you sure you no longer want to work for the current company both now and in the future?

Finally this isn’t a decision process you have to go through alone. You can discuss any aspect of this in a Careers Guidance appointment. This service is available to current students and graduates of up to 2 years. Should you like to book an appointment please call Careers, Employment and Enterprise on 01707 284791 or book directly through CareerHub.

Pre-season: Getting prepped for the job hunt!

We’re well into summer now and with that comes the pre-season preparation for football teams up and down the country. So with your academic term over, what are you going to be doing with your summer? Whether you’re heading into your final year and feeling daunted by what is to come, or your placement search is about to begin, here are some tips for getting you in shape for the season ahead.

Get ahead of the game

Pre-season for most clubs starts earlier and earlier; the top talent are already looking ahead to next season and what they need to do to prepare, so you should do the same. Looking at potential placements for the following year is a great way to get a lot of good applications done. You will find some major blue chip organisations have their placement and graduate scheme’s open for applications in the summertime, so get yours in then. That way you’re not worrying about it when the deadline day comes round.

Travel far and network

A lot of clubs take pre-season in numerous locations, meeting new people and gaining great exposure too. So taking the opportunity to network with as many people as possible can be invaluable for your job search. Sign up to LinkedIn to get your personal brand out there, connecting with people and following groups; it’s also a great way of getting scouted by a top employer. Check out the range of careers events that take place over the summer and get involved. It could be the start of a relationship that gets you that transfer into a dream job.

Compete in tournaments

There are a vast range of diverse and exciting student competitions for you to get involved in and summer is the perfect time. Check out Student Competitions for updates on the upcoming competitions and you could be showcasing your skills, knowledge and experience to the world.

Learn from the best

The best players get support from as many different people and services as possible, from the physios to the coaches, from nutritionists to equipment managers all these people support the player in getting them ready for the new season. Therefore, getting advice and guidance from the people who understand job hunting and what options are available to you is key when job hunting. It is absolutely crucial that you take full advantage of what is on offer. The Careers, Employment and Enterprise service are on hand to offer a wide range of support and resources for job hunters, whether you are looking for a summer job, placement or graduate scheme. Come in and see us for anything you want to know and we can support you every step of the way.

To pay or not to pay? Organisations that charge you fees to work for them

You’ve seen the perfect opportunity, an internship abroad which promises an amazing experience where you will learn a whole host of skills and gain invaluable experience, which will make your CV look like a shining beacon to future employers. You scroll down to the bottom of the vacancy and oh, there it is, ‘The fees chargeable to the student are…’

In the world of work there are many companies who will want to charge you fees to undertake an opportunity with them. Understandably this can be a bit daunting when trying to figure out if you should pay or who you shouldn’t be paying.

What kinds of companies charge fees?

The opportunities come from a wide range of employers which are mostly based abroad, although you may come across some in the UK. The jobs are generally labelled as an internship, grad scheme, summer job or placement and could be for any role working in any sector. The University is now advertising opportunities that have fees attached to them on your online jobs board CareerHub. All of these vacancies and organisations will have the words ‘Fee Based’ in the title, so they are easy for you to identify. They also contain a link to a resource which will help you to check the company before making a decision.

What am I paying for?

Companies normally charge fees for things like accommodation, food, excursions, visas, flights, and airport transfers, social and cultural activities. Each fees will cover different things but its best for you to check out what they cover before parting with your money.

Fee information can be found on the company’s website and could be labelled under ‘Fees’ section or a similar heading. If you can’t find any or all the information you are looking for it’s best to give them a call. Failing that, if you are really worried the Careers, Employment and Enterprise Service are happy to have a look over the opportunity with you. Click HERE for contact details

Protect yourself from EXTORTIONATE fees

There are companies out there who are legitimate and lots of students go to work for them very successfully each year. However, unfortunately there are some that will charge ridiculous fees or have hidden admin charges, that’s why it’s best to do some thorough checks before applying. See resource for further information.

One way to try and safeguard yourself when dealing with these companies, is to do all of the checks we have suggested and ensure you have all communications from the company saved by email or in writing. It can’t ever fully protect you from the unreputable companies but if there are ever any problems, you can provide evidence of any payments made and any information given to you by the company.

Can you afford it?

As mentioned above some companies cover costs for accommodation, food and travel in their fees but some don’t. If you’re having to pay a big upfront fee and the company isn’t offering a decent salary or covering your costs of living, you may want to weigh up if it’s worth paying to work there against the experience you will gain.

Want more information on fee based companies? View our handy resource here.

By Chloe Collins, Careers Officer/Employer Liaison (SME) at the University of Hertfordshire.

Online Job Search

The internet is not just the home of funny cat videos it is also host toOnline Job Search thousands of vacancies and for most job searchers, whether at placement or graduate level, it is the first point of call for finding employment.

But where to start?

Using search engines will provide a multitude of results however it can be hard to know which are reputable and worth spending time exploring. As a starting point you can use our Job hunting website guide which provides links to a number of online jobs boards providing both graduate, placement and work experience opportunities.

When looking at different websites there are a few things to take into consideration. Using a national website such as Guardian Jobs or Prospects will no doubt provide you with a wealth of vacancies all over the country but the results will be accessible by everyone in the country also. That’s not to say that every single person in the whole of the UK will be applying to the same role as you but it is fair to say that the competition for any of these posts is likely to be higher. Don’t be afraid of the competition, if you don’t submit an application you definitely won’t get the job, but find out how to make your submission stand out by seeking feedback prior to submitting. Find out how to book an appointment here.

Careers, Employment and Enterprise has its own online jobs board, Careerhub, which is only accessible to University of Hertfordshire students and graduates. New roles are added daily with some employers offering positions only to UH applicants – meaning far less competition. Whilst Careerhub shouldn’t be your own job search tool it is certainly one to remember and utilise – whether you are looking for a summer vacation scheme, a placement or a graduate role, there are opportunities available to suit.

Social Media has also presented a new channel for job searching with Linkedin providing a fantastic resource for students and graduates to not only create a professional online presence but also to research and find employment. Other sites like Twitter can present a large number of vacancies by searching under hashtags such as #applyhere and #jobsearch. Many recruitment agencies also have twitter handles that you can follow and it is useful to follow employers you may be interested in working for in case they directly tweet vacancy information.

If you are still not sure where to start with your job search or want to find out more why not sign up to our online job search webinar taking place Friday 17th July at Midday.

By Helen Meyer, Careers Adviser

Searching for Graduate Schemes

01/07/2015 2 comments

It’s summer! Which for many of you means the end of exams and the end of your time here with us at UoH. So what next? Whether you have not yet secured employment or have been unsure what you would like to do next, it is not too late to apply to some amazing opportunities.

TARGETjobs are currently promoting a number of graduate schemes from different sectors with deadlines spanning over the summer months, up until the end of August. I have included a variety of examples below:

Public service, charity and social work graduate schemes and programmes

  • MI5 – The Security Service intelligence officer development programme 15 July

Engineering graduate training schemes and programmes

  • Babcock International Group mechanical engineering programme 31 July

Accountancy and financial management and financial services and insurance graduate schemes and programmes

  • Hargreaves Services plc graduate roles in finance and treasury 10 July


These are by no means the only opportunities out there – this is just a small selection. If you continue to use the relevant job search websites, such as Prospects, Graduate-Jobs and of course our very own CareerHub, you will find employment!

As always, the Careers, Employment and Enterprise team are on hand for bookable appointments – whether it’s to sit a mock interview for that all important job, or simply to gain general advice about the next steps in your professional or academic journey.

Keep searching! There could be an amazing graduate opportunity waiting for you at the next turn!

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