Graduates urged to reveal 'other achievements'

15-10-2007

Graduates urged to reveal 'other achievements'
Graduates have been urged by an industry expert to flaunt their other qualities besides their education when they search for their future career.

Anne Fairweather from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has said that grads need to make sure they are highlighting their specialist qualities when hunting for jobs so that they set themselves apart from other jobseekers.

Ms Fairweather, the head of public policy at the REC, commented that graduates should point out other achievements and accomplishments on CVs and application forms over their educational successes.

"Not just looking at your education - although obviously that is important - but looking at other aspects of your social life and so on, and other achievements that you have," she remarked.

ClickAJob chief executive Yngve Traberg agrees: "Work experience, charity involvement, sports participation and any extracurricular activities are excellent pointers to a jobseeker's professional attitude and personal drive.

"It is strongly recommended that graduates sit a psychometric test to establish their personal strengths and weaknesses in a work situation."

"Providing psychometric test results with an application sets the candidate apart from the very beginning," he says.

The REC is the trade body for the recruitment industry with over 8,000 corporate members and 6,000 individual members.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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