Make a ‘fair’ difference to your chances of success

Wondering whether it’s worth staying in Leeds long enough to go to the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair? In this blog post Grant Sanderson, a recent graduate who now works at Deloitte, explains why careers fairs are so important. See you at the YGRF!

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Why are career fairs important?

The graduate job market is highly competitive. Deloitte recently ranked 2nd in ‘The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers’ so it’s no surprise that we get over 18,000 applicants for graduate positions every year. It’s important to make your application stand out from the crowd.

At career fairs you get the opportunity to speak to members of the recruitment team – whose job it is to assess applications, and new joiners to the company – who have recently been through the application process and been successful. They are both a great source of tips and hints, which could help improve the chances of your application being successful.

How to make the most of a career fair?

Do your research in advance. I made sure to visit the Deloitte website and research the different roles offered by the company (Audit, Tax, Corporate Finance, Consulting) before attending the fair. This allowed me to ask specific questions to the relevant Deloitte representative, and make the most of the opportunity to ask any questions that I had.

I also read about the application process in advance of the fair, which allowed me to ask for hints and tips about the stage of the process I thought I was most likely to struggle with.

Don’t put off attending. Applications open on the 1st July 2014 for the September 2015 intake. All roles are filled on a first come first served basis so you need to apply as early as possible if you don’t want to find out that the job you had your eye on has already been filled.

When I was a student I didn’t even think about attending a graduate fair until I was in my penultimate year. Had I attended a recruitment fair in my first year I wouldn’t have missed out on the opportunity to apply for a place on the Spring into Deloitte first year programme or to do a summer placement with Deloitte. Doing a placement will help you decide if you are well suited to the job, and will be really beneficial for your application to the graduate scheme.

Advice on the next steps of your application

  • Apply as early as possible – Applications open on the 1st July 2014 for the September 2015 intake.
  • Get your application proof read – every year Deloitte reject thousands of applicants because of basic spelling or grammatical errors, don’t be one of them.
  • Good grades are not enough – everyone applying to Deloitte will have an excellent academic record. Stand out from the crowd by developing your ‘soft skills’ through playing for sports teams, participating in clubs, and organising events.
  • Do your research – members of the student recruitment team can spot from a mile off any lazy applications using vague ‘cut and paste’ sentences. There is a lot of information on the Deloitte website, make the most of it.

Grant Sanderson, 2013 Deloitte Graduate – Corporate Finance Transaction Services


Filed under Advice, Career fairs & events, Job Market

3 responses to “Make a ‘fair’ difference to your chances of success

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