Survey reveals Graduates panic when it comes to finding their first job

An incredible 70 per cent of students feel overwhelmed by job hunting for their first job after graduation according to a new survey.

The results from student social networking site Kloodle also reveal just 18 per cent of graduates feel informed about how to go about finding their first job, while a worrying one in three say the stress of securing that vital first post gets in the way of studying for exams.

Confusion among graduates about where to find their first job and what skills employers expect them to demonstrate are common. We’re always happy to offer job seeking advice to university students, and we recently supported the Graduate Careers Fair at Keele where we were on hand to answer any queries and inform them about the job opportunities available here in Staffordshire.

Nationally things are looking very positive for students, with graduate unemployment now at its lowest level since 2008 but securing the job you want still depends on students making themselves employable by gaining work experience while studying, preparing an excellent CV and covering letter and having a strategy as to where those jobs exist and are likely to be advertised.

Research and preparation are always key to any successful job hunt and subsequent application.

Nuffield Stoke In the Running Event - Stoke 10K

Running a “race” has always been a personal goal of mine so when I was tasked to fundraise for one of our chosen charities the Peter Pan Nursery, participating in this local event seemed like the perfect opportunity to conquer a personal goal as well my objective to contribute towards my teams fundraising target.

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Brampton Recruitment apprentice Ebony Jayne-Washington has made her colleagues at Brampton Recruitment proud as she celebrates her first anniversary with the company.

Ebony joined our nine-strong female team in August 2013 on an apprenticeship through Newcastle College, and proved so enthusiastic to learn that she completed her two year NVQ Level 2 course in Business Administration in just 14 months.

And the 18-year-old’s passion for her new role and ability to learn quickly led her to be nominated in the Apprentice Of The Year category of The Sentinel Business Awards.

Charlotte Walker, Recruitment Team Leader at Brampton Recruitment, said: “Ebony was our first apprentice, and given her excellent performance we’re certainly considering taking on another one. She’s truly a credit to herself.

“She demonstrates great promise for the future, and we’re already training her up in additional duties to take her to the next level of her career such as Payroll, which is a very responsible task within the business.

“We also plan for her to study for the Recruitment and Employment Confederation Diploma in January, which is a professionally recognised award within our sector.”

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Brampton Recruitment is committed to raising a minimum of £1000 for The Peter Pan Nursery as part of the charities corporate Club100. I wondered how I could help to raise some of this? In May I was introduced to the TrekFest Peaks Challenge – a 27 mile walk in the Peak District. Sounded easy and fun. Walking 27 miles – how hard could it be – I walk round the Trafford centre all the time!

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Writing a good CV can be on of the toughest challenges of job hunting

The trend for CV’s is to be short and concise. A little controversial but we completely disagree, in our opinion a more detailed CV allows the employer to truly understand your experience. We’re not talking 11 pages and it goes without saying that the information should be relevant to the role you are applying for.

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