An online recruitment fair linking eligible graduates with some of the country’s top jobs got underway this week.
More than 1900 students and graduates and 72 employers have signed up to the national fair which is hosted by Staffordshire University and continues to run until July 18.
The fair which can be accessed at gradFairZ.com, runs on software designed by Staffordshire University’s Careers and Employability Service and which is being licensed to other universities to allow them to run their own local and regional fairs.
Staffordshire University’s Head of Careers and Employability, Mark Kent said: “The fairs are specifically about vacancies which are either displayed on the fair website or the companies own website.”
“Online fairs enable exhibitors to promote their organisations and vacancies and to engage with students and graduates without physically having to attend a venue. Likewise, skilled students and graduates nationally can search for and identify appropriate employers and vacancies at the fair, enter into quality online dialogues and pass on their CVs.”
Some of the larger exhibitors include the nuclear research organisation CERN, global leaders in IT Services EDS and the Financial Services Authority.
Ian Gordon, Managing Director of Staffordshire based iweb which is exhibiting at the fair, said: “We used gradFairZ.com for the first time last year and were immensely impressed with the number and quality of graduates that applied for the positions we posted.
“We decided to post a number of positions that would suit a variety of skills and found that we got applications on most of the posts. We were able to employ one graduate after a series of interviews and have been extremely happy with his progress in the business.”
He added: “Being a web development company we embrace all web-based recruitment activities as it allows us to speak to candidates direct on opportunities that are available here at iWeb.
As part of its employability agenda, Staffordshire University is launching a new student JobShop in September which is designed to assist students to find part-time, holiday and short term jobs while they study. Students will be able to access jobs via an online database and get personal help with their searching while employers are able to post their vacancies free of charge. The new service can be accessed at www.staffs.ac.uk/jobzone.
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