Graduates favour going online to find their
Four out of five job hunting students and graduates use
recruitment websites to search for work.
And they regard going online as the most effective way of uncovering the best
Graduate recruitment specialist Milkroud.com asked 100 of its student and
graduate users about their job hunting habits.
A total of 83 percent said they used recruitment websites such as
Milkround.com, edging ahead of directly visiting an organisation's own site,
used by 77 percent. Careers fairs were attended by 61 percent and half (50
percent) used the national press to find work. Just 36 percent had tried jobs
boards and only 26 percent had gone to an on-campus employer event.
Topping the list of the most effective media was recruitment sites with 37
percent rating them as superior to the others, well ahead of company websites
with 19 percent of the votes. Respondents praised websites, claiming they
offer a high volume of jobs, advice and articles as well as emails to users.
Careers fairs were considered the most effective by nine percent and the
national press received seven percent of votes.
Students may want to try to avoid finding work after they graduate due to
fierce competition: summer is the most popular time to look for jobs with 37
percent of respondents on the hunt. It might be better for them to look early:
just 10 percent job hunt in the winter months with 23 percent looking in
spring. The autumn graduate scheme season is favoured by 30 percent.
Part time jobs are becoming crucial to student lives: 90 percent of
respondents have or had one at university. Some 58 percent of those found
their job through word of mouth, with ambient media the next most effective on
16 percent. Newspapers, the job centres and job boards all received less than
10 percent of votes each. When asked what was the least effective medium for
finding a part time job, radio was rated bottom with 37 percent of the vote.
Milkround.com spokesman Mike Barnard said: "These results prove companies
cannot afford not to advertise their graduate jobs online. With so much of a
student's time at university, and life in general, based around the Internet,
young people are very likely to use it for finding work as well. It is
encouraging to see them also choosing to access specific companies directly,
taking the initiative when and being specific about who they would like to
"It is interesting to note that part time work generally comes from less
direct sources such as word of mouth and ambient media. Businesses in student
towns and cities can therefore keep recruitment costs down by spreading the
word about their part time vacancies using these cheaper methods."