Editor's Choice

24th April 2008

As editor I'm always keeping an eye out for articles which will help unleash the potential of graduates.

With so many decisions facing prospective university students it is no wonder the thought of a job slips under the radar. In this article Boardman and O'Neill look at pay and job prospects and present the below salary guidelines to shed some light on a potential career path.

What are these?

The Independent, 24th April

Starting salaries: What the future holds Before you can say "graduation ceremony", you will be thinking "job". The salary table can help you. Gathered from students six months after leaving university, the figures show that your job prospects vary greatly depending on the degree you choose. It should come as no surprise that vocational degrees give graduates the greatest employment opportunities. Medicine and dentistry have the highest rates of employment - 87 and 83 per cent of students respectively go straight into work and earn more than other graduates. Medics start on a salary of £30,492 while dentistry students can expect up to £28,030 a year.

I have always respected research coming out of Cranfield School of Management. This one in particular, suggests that recruiters are not taking advantage of Web 2.0 technology.

Computer Weekly, 22nd April

Recruiters shun Web 2.0 opportunities
Despite recent publicity about the possibilities offered by Web 2.0, only 10% of recruiters use social networking sites and only a small minority use blogs, videos or other Web 2.0 technology for recruitment. The private sector was significantly more likely than the public sector to use social networking sites for recruitment, said Cranfield. Web 2.0 enables organisations to use interactivity to differentiate their recruitment site from more traditional sites, the report said.

The rise in job seeking on the internet has caused on 'explosion' of online job search portals. Smith of Carlton Resource Solutions points out that registering a CV on a recruitment website 'opens up a wealth of opportunities, exposing the CV to thousands of potential employers and in turn greatly improving a jobseeker's chance of finding employment.' It would be very convenient to use your iProfile for each of these job sites.

Onrec, 18th April

Get Yourself Found - Be Headhunted The explosion in jobseekers' use of the internet for recruitment has fostered the rise of many online job search portals offering themselves as a medium between employers and job-seekers. Industry and discipline specific websites such as oilscareers.com and general sites such as S1Jobs.com are extremely useful to the jobseeker in that they are free, easily accessible and by using them much of the legwork involved in job hunting can be avoided. Hazel Smith of Carlton Resource Solutions (Carlton) advises on such online recruitment sites and explains why, for agencies like Carlton, they can be an effective headhunting tool... ... "Registering a CV on a recruitment website opens up a wealth of opportunities, exposing the CV to thousands of potential employers and in turn greatly improving a jobseeker's chance of finding employment. Those who submit their CV can tailor it to target different jobs and highlight strengths specific to the various roles they are applying for."