Recruitment Fair – Weds/Thurs This Week

roundaboutThe big Graduate Recruitment Fair is on tomorrow, Wednesday 17th June, and Thursday 18th June at the Armitage Centre, Fallowfield, Manchester from 10.30-4.00pm.

Some of the biggest names in employment will be there, giving the lie to the story that there are no jobs out there now. It might be a tighter recruitment market than we’ve seen for a few years, but we’re still hearing stories of employers who have too few good applications for jobs they’re trying to fill.

Here are my last minute tips for those who can’t decide whether to go or not:

  • Go and talk to employers you’re interested in, even if they don’t have someone at the fair who can talk about the specific job you want. If you’re savvy, you can ask loads of questions to help you figure out if you would fit with the organisation and help you answer the difficult question “so, why do you want to come and work for us?”. You can even do this if you find yourself talking to a very junior new grad who the employer has brought along to staff the stand – try questions like:
    • What training did they get/do they offer?
    • How do they get measured? (If you find out what the organisation values in its employees, could you realistically expect to deliver the results which will result in fast promotion or increased pay?)
    • Do they know any postgraduates working for the organisation, & what jobs are they doing?
    • What’s their boss like? (probably just for the new grads, that one!)
    • What do they think is different about their organisation compared to their competitors
  • Go on Wednesday to the “PhD and Researcher Career Zone” if you’re doing a PhD or are a researcher and want to talk to the following organisations about how they and other employers view PhDs :
    • AMEC Group Ltd
    • AREVA T&D
    • **NEW ADDITION** Astra Zeneca
    • BG Group
    • Cabinet Office (Civil Service)
    • **NEW ADDITION** Detica (“Information Intelligence” – part of BAE Systems)
    • Doosan Babcock
    • **NEW ADDITION** Invitrogen
    • National Nuclear Laboratory
    • National Physical Laboratory
    • Tessella
  • PhDs can also talk to all the other employers in the main fair, and also come along on Thursday, though there will be no PhD Zone that day. More details about the PhD Zone here.

I’ll be in the PhD Zone on Wednesday, and the general careers advice area on Thursday – see you there.