The Graduate Recruitment market is changing every year. First the internet came along and with it came the amazing concept of an ' Online Job Board', giving grads the opportunity to view a plethora of roles on a single site from the comfort of their slum/ student house. Next came Social Media, Facebook and Twitter allow jobseekers to keep up to date on the latest roles alongside pictures of last night's crazy antics. So what changes are happening right now, that will affect how you might apply for jobs? Here's 4 of the key ones.
Already becoming a large player in the recruitment market, the smartphone is transforming how you will apply for a job. In a recent study, it was stated that 86% of us now use our smartphone to find jobs. Monster, Jobsite and plenty more have designed their own dedicated apps to engage this behaviour. However, there is still a bit of a problem with actually applying on a phone. The bus to Uni isn't a prime location to type out your error-free covering letter to PwC. Hopefully employers will continue to change the way you can apply on a smartphone to make it a bit more 'user-friendly'.
Again, a trend that is already popping-up in graduate recruitment. This takes two forms; 1. A 2-way 'video conference' style chat/ interview 2. A set of pre-written question pop-up on the screen and you have to answer them one by one. These are recorded and then watched by the recruiter at a more convenient time. The video interview offers both applicants and employers a list of advantages. For applicants, it gives you the chance to express your personality much more than the traditional phone interview ever did. For employers, it reduces costs and filters down applications at an earlier stage of application.
This one does sound quite fancy. In fact, it's pretty straight forward. Gamification is the idea of turning a task or exercise into a game. The Graduate Recruitment industry has picked up this idea by transforming the usual (boring) verbal reasoning tests etc into more interactive affairs. KPMG were offering a 2 week internship plus £1000 for the completion of their 'Round the World in 80 Days' challenge. The aim is to 'fly' your balloon around the world in the quickest time possible. Along the way you are given 10 'work' based challenges. You'll be seeing a lot more of this.
4. Blind CVs
Blind CV's are growing in popularity throughout the recruitment world. These are CV's where personal information, such as your name or age, have been removed from the CV before it reaches the recruiter. This is an attempt by large organisations to create more diversity in their workforce. The main impact on graduates could be that some Top 100 organisations start removing University information on applicants CV's. This way, an applicant would be given a fairer chance if they are from a lower ranked Uni. Law firm, Clifford Chance, decided to not look at CV's at all in a recent Graduate recruitment push to try and break the 'Oxbridge' recruitment bias running through the organisation. Admittedly, these concepts aren't quite iRobot, but they are always useful to be prepared for when you're on the Graduate job hunt. Have you come across any of these techniques already? How did you tackle them? Let us know by commenting below…