Milkround host first employability training day

Students and graduates benefit from hands-on career guidance.

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Milkround continued to lead the way in graduate recruitment yesterday, hosting their first employability training day to boost career confidence among students and graduates. The market-leading website invited 20 students and recent graduates to their London head office for a day dedicated to providing guidance and support where it is needed most.

Working with a qualified trainer, Milkround created a structure designed to improve the skills and confidence of these young people. With one to one CV clinics, mock assessment centres, interview and covering letter advice, the interactive day was deemed a huge success and something that Milkround will continue to do.

One attendee commented: “The training was extremely useful for me, covering all aspects of the recruitment process in detail. I have identified my strengths and weaknesses so I can improve my competencies ready for my future career”.

Candidate Marketing Manager, Laura Smith commented: “The training day has really supported our vision of helping students and graduates build their confidence. It was a real pleasure to work alongside such talented individuals and see first-hand the commitment and drive these young people have when exploring their career options.”

Milkround and Adzuna join forces to launch Graduate of the Year Competition 2013

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Milkround are extremely excited to announce an exclusive partnership with Adzuna.co.uk to launch the Graduate of the Year Competition 2013.

Competition for graduate positions continues to rise in the UK with over 50 applicants for every available graduate job. Unemployment among 18-25 year olds is the highest it’s been for decades and graduates are finding it tougher than ever to land an entry-level position. But there are glimmers of hope in the market, with top employment companies Milkround and Adzuna teaming up to launch a nationwide campaign to find Britain’s “Graduate of the Year 2013”.

Recent data from job site Adzuna.co.uk shows that there are currently 18,460 graduate jobs currently available in the UK, but more graduates than ever are fighting it out for these positions. There are over 100 applicants per graduate job in competitive sectors such as Finance, Healthcare and Law.  Finance graduates have to fight it out with 118 applicants for every role.

The Adzuna and Milkround competition, open to all recent and soon-to-be graduates, will reward the brightest and best graduates in their field – from academics and student politicians to sports people and young entrepreneurs. Applicants must answer a series of simple questions about themselves and what makes them special, and the winner will be rewarded with the following prize:

  • An internship with a top UK company (including eBay, L’Oreal, Sony & Google)
  • A cash prize of £1000
  • A CV clinic with a top UK entrepreneur
  • The Illustrious Crown of “Graduate of the year”

Applications for Graduate of the Year are open from today and will stay open until midnight on the 1st July 2013. Students and recent university graduates can apply directly at http://www.adzuna.co.uk/jobs/graduate-of-the-year.html and the overall winner will be announced at the Award Ceremony on the 1st August 2013.

Milkround launch new site, bringing quality to the fore of graduate recruitment

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Milkround is excited to announce the launch of its new website and mobile enabled site today, designed to act as a career resource for students and graduates, whilst driving the best applications for clients from job seekers committed to their graduate career.

Looking beyond the realms of the traditional job board, the new Milkround website puts engagement and quality at the heart of graduate recruitment.

For the last five years Milkround has been rated the most widely-used graduate recruitment website by university finalists* and now it has evolved into a social-media-friendly career resource.

Milkround invested in independent research with a leading market research agency who spoke to students and graduates to understand what they wanted from graduate recruitment websites. This project identified key pillars, which are the foundations of this market leading, candidate led site.

The new Milkround aims to drive engagement amongst users, creating a real job community on-site. This supports their vision of providing students and graduates with career confidence.

Milkround continues to lead the way in graduate recruitment with their new site offering an intuitive, site wide search, providing simple information presented in an easy-to-digest format, ensuring candidates have access to relevant information to shape their careers and make informed decisions about their futures.

Taking a multi-platform approach, Milkround are delighted to launch their mobile-enabled site. With their mobile traffic increasing 225% this year, the new site makes it easier for job seekers to view opportunities and read careers advice on-the-move.

To continue with this innovative theme, Milkround have introduced Milkround+, an area on site to support their one million registered users. It offers a personalised experience, including a user dashboard with recommended opportunities, recently viewed jobs, upcoming events, links to saved searches and a wishlist featuring opportunities flagged for application. 

Milkround is excited to announce their users are now viewing an average of five pages per visit, spending over eight minutes on site. Milkround aim to capitalise on these increases with their new site through building a career community, promoting peer to peer communication and enabling students and graduates to build a network of support during their job hunt.

General Manager Jenni Joplin commented: “This is an exciting time for Milkround. Our new site is the accumulation of two years of hard work and investment, cementing our vision of creating career confidence for students and graduates. With a focus firmly on the candidate experience we can now offer a multi-platform and personalised career resource for our members, which in turn provides our clients with better informed and engaged candidates.Watch out for new features and tools appearing over the coming months!”

Visit http://www.milkround.com today to see these new features or contact one of our team on: 020 3003 4000 or at sales@milkround.com

* The UK Graduate Careers Survey by High Fliers 2008 – 2012 

The High Fliers Research predict a promising year for graduate recruitment

High Fliers Research recently published their annual insights into the Graduate recruitment Market in 2013. Their findings are based on the research of the vacancies and starting salaries at 100 of the UK’s best known and most successful employers.

Prospects for 2013 are predicted to be bright with graduate vacancies expected to rise by 2.7% year on year. The report suggests that the largest growth is expected within the public and retail sectors and with engineering and industrial companies.

Despite an optimistic forecast for the 2011/2012 recruitment season – entry-level vacancies fell by 0.8% compared with the previous year. The biggest cuts were seen at accounting and professional service firms and also investment banks which were down by 1,200 places.

Three-quarters of the graduate vacancies advertised this year by City investment banks and half the training contracts offered by the leading law firms are likely to be filled by graduates who have already completed work experience with the employer which gives added emphasis on students and graduates to partake in internships.

It’s perhaps no surprise to hear that over four-fifths of the UK’s leading graduate employers have confirmed they are offering paid work experience programmes for students and recent graduates this year – a record 11,387 places are available.

Taking graduates on as paid interns represents a risk free approach to finding suitable candidates to hire as permanent employees. This is something we have noticed here at Milkround. With more graduates willing to accept these positions as the need for industry experience far outweighs the need for substantial wages in such a competitive market.
With the High Fliers Research report predicting an increase in graduate opportunities there will no doubt be added competition in the market from the leading recruiters for the top student and graduate talent. Recruiters will have to move fast to ensure they don’t miss out on the UK’s brightest prospects.

Site traffic increases to The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers table on Milkround

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More visitors to Milkround are checking who has made The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers annual listing year-on-year.

The 2012-13 listing has attracted nearly 95,000 visits since its publication on site in September, compared with 75,000 viewing the 2011-12 listing in the equivalent period last year – an increase of 27 percent.

Some 5.1 percent of all visits to Milkround are to view Times Top 100 pages for the 2012-13 listing, compared to 4.2 percent when the 2011-12 listing was published.

Total pageviews have also increased. The 2012-13 listing has attracted 2.8 percent of all pageviews since publication in September. The 2011-12 listing attracted 2.3 percent of pageviews over the same period the previous year.

Being listed in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers is hugely attractive for candidates, but you can also add your branding to the table page even if you aren’t listed. Speak to your account manager for more information.

You can view The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2012-13 on Milkround here:

http://www.milkround.com/times-top-100-graduate-employers/

Technology focus for final edition of Graduate Career in 2012

The fourth and final edition of Graduate Career for 2012 is free with The Times today (Thursday, November 15th) with a focus on technology.

Produced in association with graduate recruitment website Milkround, the November issue also includes a spotlight on graduate career opportunities in East Anglia along with the usual blend of informative features about student living and the graduate jobs market.

Read about careers in renewable and nuclear energy plus how the European Space Agency’s annual graduate programme needs engineering, physics, biology, medicine and business graduates together with lawyers.

There is also an interview with Professor Stephen Hoskins of the University of the West of England Bristol outlining why teaching design is important for British business, and how recent graduates looking to set up a technology business can get into the industry with funding.

Find out why last year more than one in five first year undergrads dropped out of university and the number is expected to rise further for 2012, which councils are actively working with graduates to help them find work and how to clean up your social media web trail so it doesn’t stop you getting hired by savvy recruiters.

Graduate Career is free with The Times today (Thursday, November 15th) and available online at www.graduatecareer.com.

Milkround ups on-campus promotion with launch of Brand Ambassadors

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Students will be seen on campus putting their marketing skills into practice as Milkround launches its Brand Ambassadors scheme.

Seven students have been recruited by the UK’s number one graduate recruitment website to promote the brand on their campus and register their friends and colleagues for its personalised services.

The role gives students the chance to flex their marketing muscle by joining the promotions team at fairs and campus events, identifying sponsorship opportunities, engaging with their peers through lecture shout outs and career talks and using their contacts to boost brand awareness.

Ambassadors will be encouraged to use their initiative and knowledge of their university campus to arrange additional promotional activities with the full support of the Milkround marketing team.

Activities can even extend off-campus as long as they remain focused on the overall objective of sign up.

Milkround Brand Ambassador Marwa Achour said: “I am looking forward to meeting students and sharing my knowledge about the amazing opportunities available through Milkround! Many students struggle at finding internships or knowing what careers are available for them, and this is where Milkround comes in.”

Fellow Brand Ambassador Noori Muhammed added they wanted “to meet new people and provide them with the information to increase their opportunity of securing an internship, placement or graduate job.”

Milkround Candidate Marketing Executive Laura Smith has overseen the launch of the Milkround Brand Ambassadors. She said: “This is an opportunity for ambitious students who want to gain experience in marketing, event promotion and PR to put their skills into practice. We will provide our Ambassadors with full training and the support and guidance they need to trial their own ideas as well as delivering the core aim of improving our brand on campus and registering users to the site”.

“We want passionate and motivated individuals who are confident communicating with new people and self-motivated towards achieving registration targets, and we expect them to have plenty of suggestions for making the role their own so it really beefs up their CVs.”

Milkround’s Brand Ambassadors will expand in the New Year offering more opportunities for students to promote the most widely-used graduate recruitment website.