From university to the workforce

young workerMaking the transition from university to the workforce is often daunting for young people, though provided they’ve an understanding of what to expect – internships, part-time jobs and volunteer work experience are excellent for gaining insights – making the transition from university to a position that interests them with a company they want to work for needn’t prove intimidating at all.

How ready are you?

The way jobseekers search for meaningful employment has changed significantly over the years and we can expect it to continue changing and evolving at a rapid rate as technology, most importantly social media, plays a larger and more important role in the recruitment process.

Understanding recruitment trends is important for any young person about to enter the bustling, increasingly crowded job market and they also need to understand how to prepare themselves for the challenges that lie ahead.

If you haven’t as of yet graduated from university you’re strongly advised to start preparing yourself for your job seeking efforts with plenty of time to spare before graduation and to utilise the resources at your university.

All universities have a career guidance office or something to that effect and by using their resources you’ll gain a better understanding of what’s required of you to successfully source meaningful employment upon graduation.

Consider interview role playing, CV and application letter writing classes and don’t forget to take note of the recruitment trends discussed below because you’ll need to prepare yourself for these trends also.

Moreover, if you’ve several years of study ahead of you, seriously consider an internship – many employers are more willing to hire a candidate with a relevant internship than one with higher grades and no experience.

2014 Recruitment trends

Recruitment trends in 2014 are both reassuring and worrying, naturally for some more so than others, particularly with regard to the use of social media in the recruitment process which is a reason in itself why you should think twice before uploading information of any kind to Facebook.

Social media

Social media is fast becoming the most important and powerful tool in recruitment and will likely continue to be for many years to come.

Social media has been found by employers and recruitment agencies to be an excellent recruitment tool and means of promoting job vacancies, but it’s also fast becoming a free and insightful tool with regard to performing background checks on potential candidates.

Video CVs

In a survey by online survey firm ‘Your Say Pays’, 94 percent of recruiters have said that video provides greater insights into what candidates have to offer than the traditional CV.

Marks & Spencer, amongst other major companies, have been quick to embrace video as a recruitment and screening tool and many others are following in their footsteps.

Along with role playing interviews and practicing application letter writing, making video CVs is another area in which university students should be preparing themselves. This handy link provides some insightful tips into preparing a CV video.

Recruitment agencies

Another trend that young people can’t afford to take note of is the way in which companies and government bodies are hiring, most notably the increase in outsourced recruitment, which means that companies and government bodies are increasingly outsourcing their recruitment needs to recruitment agencies.

Moreover, they’re not only outsourcing solely with the intention of sourcing permanent employees to work in their office space, but also placing more emphasis on contract work which means you could work for the government but actually be employed by an agency.

The transition from university to the workplace needn’t be daunting; however, that depends on how ready you are.