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Graduates looking for their first post-study job can feel as
though they are in an impossible situation - many graduate
jobs require experience yet getting that experience in the
first place can prove difficult. However, as Alison Power of
Power Resourcing says, graduates probably already have
more experience than they realise.
Alison said: "Graduates with some work experience behind them are much more
likely to be able to demonstrate their abilities to employers, but that experience
doesn't have to be an official placement/internship - a part time job alongside
their studies, being actively involved with a university club or society, helping a
local group to organise events or undertaking charity work will all look good on a
graduate's CV and mean they are more likely to catch the attention of
Alison added: "But rather than simply list part time jobs and activities on their CV,
graduates need to look at what skills they have developed in each role - most
employers want to see evidence of core skills such as initiative, organisational
abilities, team work and people skills."
The graduate job market is certainly competitive and there are more applicants for
graduate jobs year on year. But, as Alison says: "With a carefully thought out CV,
evidence of work experience and flexibility in their approach, graduates will stand
a much better chance of finding a job that they want."
Power Resourcing reaches final of business competition
Power Resourcing - a new graduate resourcing business
based in Cambridge - has been shortlisted for a place in
the final of South Cambridgeshire District Council's Step
Up competition. The business specialises in placing
graduates with employers in the Cambridge area, working with both small businesses
and large organisations across a range of business sectors.
This exciting venture has been set up by Alison Power and Duncan Allan, who both live
in Cambridge. Duncan said: "Power Resourcing's ethos is to be efficient, effective and
ethical in all our work. We feel that by taking the time to build relationships with our
customers and fully understand their needs we are able to provide employers with
talented, enthusiastic graduates that fit with their organisations ethos, as well as offer
genuinely rewarding career opportunities for graduates."
Duncan added: "Although we have seen a largely employer-led market, finding the right
talent to fill vacancies can still pose problems for employers. Power Resourcing offers a
service that utilises links with graduates across the UK and fills vacancies across a
range of sectors, meaning that employers do not have to deal with several different
organisations or advertise in several different locations in order to find the right
The competition entrants had to submit a written summary of their business plan and
were assessed on their creativity, market awareness, saleability and planning and
research skills. The final event was held on 30th June at South Cambridgeshire District
Council's headquarters in Cambourne and saw the six finalists pitch their business ideas
to a panel of judges in the style of popular BBC TV series, Dragon's Den. The winners of
the competition were Rebecca Chicot and Diana Hill who are developing One Stop Baby
Guides - a series of DVD's to help new parents.
Alison said: "Participating in the Step Up competition has been a very worthwhile
exercise and has helped us to hone our business idea and focus on our objectives. We
are pleased that the potential of Power Resourcing has been recognised and are
absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted in this prestigious competition."
Power Resourcing Ltd. Company number: 7293998. Registered in England and Wales.
Registered office: Cart House 2, Copley Hill Business Park, Cambridge Road, Babraham, Cambs CB22 3GN
Good news for graduates in Cambridge!
Latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that
unemployment has risen to 2.67 million in the three months to January 2012, and
the fact that 1.042 million of these are in the 16-25 age group can seem
particularly unsettling for today’s graduates. However, it needn’t be all doom and
gloom for those looking to work in the Cambridge area – recent research carried
out by recruitment and advertising website Adzuna (www.adzuna.co.uk) suggests
that Cambridge is one of the best three cities in the UK to find work, with an
average of only 1.56 benefit claimants per job vacancy. The other top two cities
were Reading with 1.21 and Aberdeen with 0.88 – which makes Aberdeen the
only city in the UK to have more jobs than unemployed people!
There’s even better news for those looking to work in IT, with Cambridge coming
out as the top UK city for finding work in the information technology sector. Power
Resourcing has a number of new IT vacancies and are currently looking for Web
Developers, Agile Project Managers, Linux System Administrators and Network
Managers. If you would like more information about any of these roles, please get
in touch – email@example.com.
When it comes to writing a CV, most graduates concentrate on their degree,
work experience and skills. These are all important but, as Alison at Power
Resourcing says, this isn’t always what gets you the job: “Some people say that
hobbies and interests are not necessary on a CV. But with large numbers of
applicants for many jobs, this can often be the bit that will stand a candidate
apart from others. “
So can your interests really help you get a job? Yes, says Alison, but candidates
need to make sure they pay as much attention to this section of their CV as they
do to the rest: “A candidate who simply lists reading, swimming and
photography as their interests will not stand out. Whereas a candidate who is
an avid collector of science fiction novels or who has their own website or blog
with photographs they have taken might catch the attention of prospective
It’s also worth bearing in mind that employers are not just looking for a candidate
who has the qualifications or experience to do the job, they are looking for
someone who will fit in with their team – an interests section can be a great way
for a candidate to demonstrate their interpersonal skills and that there’s more to
them than just work. Alison says: “I have placed candidates into roles where they
weren’t necessarily more qualified or experienced than any of the other
applicants, but an interest on their CV caught the attention of the interviewers or
was even shared by one of them. ”