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The hottest graduates head for Birmingham this summer

25 May 2004

The hottest graduates head for Birmingham this summer

BILLED AS THE HOTTEST in graduate recruitment, one of the biggest days of the year takes place at Birmingham's national exhibition centre (NEC) this summer.

The national graduate recruitment exhibition takes place between 11-12 June, and it offers some sizzling deals for degree holders looking to put their foot on the first rung of the career ladder.

While over sixty of the country's biggest organisations will pack the NEC's pavilion 1 in a bid to find the country's newest talent, they offer some advice on how graduates can make themselves more attractive.

The first is to be prepared: most exhibitors will expect graduates to have checked them out before making any sort of approach.

The next step is for graduates to treat the day as they would a first date, considering the show as a chance to meet a future employer. Make a good first impression by dressing as if attending an interview.

Graduates are also advised to be inquisitive as they won't get anywhere without asking questions. On average, employers reveal, graduates will have less than five minutes to impress. Students therefore need to ask what positions are on offer, what employers are looking for, about company culture, career progression and how the company got to where it is today.

And graduates, don't be too shy to sell yourself. The event is a chance for you to highlight to a potential employer why they should hire you. Ensure you are prepared to tell them why you are interested in the positions offered and why you and their organization would make a perfect match.

Lara Cartwright, head of careers at Aston University said: 'This is a great opportunity for new graduates to meet directly with some of the top recruiters, hopefully leading to that all-important first job. With so many graduates leaving their job-search until final exams are over, there will be real talent out there for recruiters to spot .'

For further information see the exhibitions website: www.gradjobs.co.uk

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For further information please call 0121 204 4549 or email: b.a.l.coombes@aston.ac.uk

This event is sponsored by the Guardian newspaper and GradJobs magazine in association with Birmingham's Evening Mail, Aston University and The University of Birmingham.

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