It is a tough market for graduates, and many are finding that in the current climate, securing their ideal job without any previous experience isn't always achievable. There are numerous young, talented graduates populating the jobs market - but at a time in which employers are able to cherry pick candidates to suit their specific needs, those without some solid working experience are at a distinct disadvantage. The specific demands of employers, are not only affecting graduates but also the wider market - employers are becoming increasingly demanding as they are able to recruit from a wider pool of talent, meaning that many candidates often get overlooked......a frustrating situation for many.
However, one option for these struggling candidates is to consider temporary work. When our candidates find themselves in a situation whereby they are struggling to secure a permanent position, our advice would be to consider a short term, temporary role, which will provide them with the opportunity to gain experience in their desired field whilst building up their CV. Pursuing this route can be useful in gaining new areas of expertise, developing new skill sets, gaining insight into new sectors ....and can be instrumental in getting your next role.
As a recruitment agency, we are seeing an increase in temporary to permanent recruitment, as many companies look to take on staff on a temporary basis initially with the view of offering a permanent contract further down the line. This can be beneficial to both employers and candidates - for an employer it allows them to see how a candidate actually performs in a working environment before making a permanent commitment. From a candidate perspective, it allows real insight into a role, the company and the people, as well as adding to their CV, building their network of contacts and potentially getting a foot in the door of an organisation.
Temporary work doesn't appeal to everyone but it can offer a sensible short-term solution in order to reach long-term goals.