Meet The Real Me's Outlook for the Class of 2012
As the summer term approaches for final-year university students across the country, careers experts at Meet The Real Me remain positive about the jobs market for the class of 2012.
Dr. Martin Patrick, university partnerships manager, explains: “Even in the face of fierce competition, there is hope for this year's graduates. Recent research shows that almost 50% of employers are actually expecting to increase their graduate recruitment numbers this year, so there are opportunities to be had. Even 25% of those not expecting intake to increase are planning to at least maintain graduate recruitment levels.”*
Marc Fels, director, adds: “As always in times of competition, what's important is finding a way to stand out from the crowd. The recruitment experts at Meet The Real Me agree that this is most often about candidates showing, as well as telling, an employer what makes them the right person for the job. Many candidates think their only chance to do this is face-to-face at interview stage, but this is not the case: job seekers can now get ahead and impress employers far earlier on in the recruitment process.
“Using the latest tools, such as 'e-me,' our unique online video profile, means candidates can shine online and showcase their personality when applying for any job, anywhere in the world. This provides that much-needed edge to beat the competition early on in the application process.”
E-me is completely free to set up and incorporates all the elements of a traditional CV, with the added benefit of a short, structured video interview to highlight a candidate's charisma, communication skills and confidence. Meet The Real Me's new Job Campaign Manager tool then allows each e-me to be shared via its own unique URL link, which can be added to email signatures and social media platforms, all at the click of a mouse.
Brian Michael, director, concludes: “There's no denying that today's environment presents a real challenge to graduate job seekers. With the intense competition and changes to the way employers are interacting with candidates, it is simply not enough for this year's graduates to rely on a traditional paper CV to stand out. We have developed e-me so that candidates can give hirers a real taste of what makes them uniquely employable from the very first contact. With this in mind, we at Meet The Real Me are optimistic about the outlook for the class of 2012.”
*'The Graduate Market in 2012,' High Fliers Research, 2012 (link to: http://www.highfliers.co.uk/download/GMReport12.pdf)