Since the academic year has just begun, you may be thinking that this is not the right time to be thinking about how to recruit graduate students for your company. However, this assumption is incorrect; it is never the wrong time to think about how to recruit graduate students! Given the current financial climate, and the current job market, beginning the search for a suitable graduate to fill your position could be the best thing you do this year!
Many students want to take a short break after they have finished university, and they should not be begrudged the opportunity to spend one last holiday period with their friends, before they settle down and start their new career. After the summer break, former students will return refreshed, full of new ideas and ready to start. Therefore autumn is a brilliant time to start to recruit graduate students. If you are looking to hire a graduate immediately, September and October are the perfect times to look, as you will face less competition from large-scale recruiters, such as the public sector or big investment banks. This means that you will have thousands of interested graduates who are keen to apply for your positions. These graduates will be able to bring a fresh perspective to your company, and you will be able to train them to work in the ways which are best for your company.
Even if you are looking to recruit graduate students for next summer, then September is a great time to start to start considering your recruitment campaign, as there will be a wealth of talented students in their final year of university, who are looking for inspiration and opportunities about what to do with their future. These students often start looking for a job for the future as early as September or October of their final year of university. If you are planning on a big recruitment campaign, starting your recruitment drive in September will give you enough time to attract the candidates who you want, as well as giving you plenty of time to whittle long lists down into shortlists, and then select the right people for your positions.
In order to get the best candidates possible for the job that you want to advertise, you should put your graduate job advert on a website which specialises in graduate job vacancies. Students and Graduates are more likely to frequent these sites, because these sites specialise in the types of jobs that they are searching for. By actively reaching out to the type of people who you are looking for, you will be able to find the right person or people for the job.
Advertising your position on the internet is also a good, cheap way to reach a lot of people, with relatively little effort. Searching the internet for jobs is one of the most popular ways for recent graduates to find a position so do not let this opportunity pass you by, or you may regret it.