Recruiting graduates is not the sole privilege of large corporate employers. 90% of graduates consider working for an SME as a viable option, there is some great talent out there that can have a fantastic impact on your business. Graduates recognise that SMEs can provide a broader scope of work and responsibility more quickly than is typical at larger employers.
However, before you even think about how you can recruit a graduate you need to ask yourself why you are pursuing this option. Is it to fill a skills gap or to bring new talent into your organisation to succession plan? Both great reasons. Is it because someone has joined the company from another organisation that has an established graduate scheme and wants to replicate their success? Not always a great reason.
Whatever the reason, it is critical that you have management buy-in and have decided upfront how they are going to be utilised and how you are going to measure return on investment.
Once you have established your case for recruiting a graduate; you then need to consider how you are going to attract, select and develop them. Applying the exact same methodologies that you would for an experienced hire and/or mirroring the processes adopted by big brand high volume employers often won’t work and could cost far more in time and money than is necessary.
‘What will work’ I hear you cry! Well, of course, there is no one size fits all approach but, based on our wide range of experience supporting SME’s from an array of sectors, we have produced a handy free Guide to SME Graduate Recruitment & Development, you can grab your copy here
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