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Attracting top graduates: Strategies for recruitment agencies in a competitive market

BlogFinance • Jun 24, 2024 11:01:03 AM • Written by: Georgia Reynolds

In today's competitive job market, attracting top graduate talent is more crucial than ever for agencies looking to innovate and grow. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the job market for new graduates has seen a significant increase in competition, with employers planning to hire 7.2% more graduates from the Class of 2024 than they did from the Class of 2023. This uptick underscores the need for agencies to differentiate themselves and become the employer of choice for emerging talent.

Current market insights: 

Understanding the current landscape is crucial for developing effective strategies:
   High demand in finance: According to Robert Half’s 2024 UK Salary Guide, finance professionals are in high demand despite economic uncertainties, with nearly 50% of employers planning to recruit finance staff this year.
•   Graduate job search challenges: Recent graduates face significant challenges, with 62% struggling to find relevant positions and 58% describing their job search as ‘extremely difficult.’

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How to get graduates' attention

To get graduates' attention, agencies should be aware of recruitment as a career choice and actively promote it. This involves several key strategies to increase awareness and maintain engagement with potential candidates:

  • University career fairs: Attend university career fairs to directly interact with students, showcase recruitment opportunities, and highlight the benefits of a career in recruitment. These events allow agencies to answer questions, distribute materials, and collect contact information for future follow-ups.
  • Guest lectures and talks: Secure opportunities to give talks at universities to present recruitment as a viable and exciting career path. These talks can cover the skills needed, daily responsibilities, and career progression within the industry.
  • Recruitment open days: Hold recruitment open days at agency offices to let graduates experience the company culture firsthand and meet current employees. These events can include office tours, industry presentations, Q&A sessions, and networking opportunities, helping graduates visualise themselves working at the agency.
  • Internship programs: Offer internship programs to provide hands-on experience in recruitment and give graduates a taste of the job. Internships also allow agencies to evaluate interns' potential for full-time positions after graduation.


Strategies for agencies to attract graduate talent

1. Promote a strong company culture

Graduates today care a lot about company culture and values. Agencies should use social media and blogs to share real employee stories, daily activities, and special events, while highlighting inclusivity and diversity through initiatives, testimonials, and open reporting.

2. Offer competitive and flexible compensation packages

In a competitive market, compensation isn't just about salary. Agencies should offer competitive salaries, flexible benefits like health insurance and wellness programs, and remote work options to attract graduates.

3.Invest in career development

Agencies should invest in mentorship programs for career development by pairing new hires with experienced mentors and providing access to courses and workshops. Clear career pathways within the agency show advancement opportunities and foster long-term commitment from graduates.
4. Leverage technology in recruitment

Agencies should use technology like AI and data analytics to streamline recruitment, identify top candidates, and predict job performance. Utilising social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Instagram, and TikTok for recruitment engages a wider audience and attracts top talent, enhancing the overall candidate experience and making the process more inclusive.

5. Enhance employer branding

Build a strong employer brand to attract graduates by maintaining positive reviews on platforms like Glassdoor and Indeed, and sharing engaging content about employee experiences, achievements, and community involvement. Collaborate with universities for internships, career fairs, and guest lectures to connect with students and highlight career opportunities, fostering a positive reputation and appealing workplace for graduates seeking support and fulfilment.

To attract top graduate talent in today's competitive job market, recruitment agencies must implement strategic approaches that cater to the values and expectations of new graduates. Balancing the hiring of graduates with non-graduates ensures a diverse and effective team capable of thriving in a global market.

Giant Finance+ helps in both matching finance professionals with employers and managing candidates and assignments seamlessly. You can easily onboard candidates and set up assignments with our platform. Our contract management ensures compliance and a smooth experience for candidates, making their journey hassle-free. Need help onboarding graduates? Contact us for more information at hello@giantgroup.com

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Georgia Reynolds

Marketing Coordinator – Content