Job search advice

Job search advice

How important is a degree for your career?
Recruitment experts from Zen Recruitment talk about the importance of a degree when applying for jobs.

How important is a degree for your career?
There is constant debate about whether experience or a university degree is more important in a job search. Some people argue that experience is more important than a degree; others say a degree provides something that experience can’t. Is one more valuable than the other? We’ve asked a few of our recruitment experts to give us their views on the issue.
So is a degree crucial for your career?
Job adverts will often ask that applicants be graduates or of ‘graduate calibre’. Even at a more experienced level, employers often want to look at a candidate’s degree and grades to see what it may tell them about the person’s ability to win a place, commit to a period of learning, see it through and achieve good results.

However,  employers shouldn’t be too prescriptive about whether applicants must have a degree. Some people want to start their career straight after school instead of going to university and as tertiary education gets more expensive, many school leavers might be put off the idea of accumulating debt. Some employers market specific schemes/training programs to cater for these people. This might entail sponsoring them to do a part-time degree while working. Examples of schemes like this include Barclays Early Careers Apprentice and Sponsored Degree Programmes and KPMG Careers. Another option some employers are going for is enrolling employees in alternate training programmes. This reflects the current pressure on employers to secure talent before competitors do and the way to win that war is by getting people earlier than at the milk round bun-fight.

Spending three or more years in education may be expensive and is not necessarily the key to a promising career but it can provide a great deal more than just an academic qualification; the overall experience is also very valuable. The extra maturity you will have on entering the workplace after three more years of study is a positive factor when starting a career. Being a student also means three more years to figure out what you want to do with your career.

Whether or not you have a degree, Zen Recruitment can help find the right job for you. Submit your CV on our website. For more insight and useful career advice, follow us on LinkedIn. 

Why you’re more likely to find a job with the right recruiter

Recruitment specialist, Zen Recruitment, shares the reasons why you’re more likely to find a job with a recruiter.

For every job advertised, there may be close to a hundred candidates who are fighting for that same job. Your CV might be great, but it’s not easy to tell the difference between a great one and a good one when it’s sitting in the middle of a giant pile of others just like it. You need something that will make you stand out. Something that will put you in front of the hiring manager that says, ‘Here I am!’ That’s where recruiters come in. 

Scenario one: When you didn’t use the right recruiter 

You spend hours online looking at job boards, posting your CV and applying for many jobs without knowing much about them. You send over a generic CV which hasn’t been looked at by a professional and which may be too broad for the roles you’re applying for. If the hiring manager hasn’t put the job ad together very well, you could turn up to an interview that’s very different to what you were expecting. Your experience in these interviews knocks your confidence. 

Scenario two: When you used the right recruiter 

Don’t just go for any recruitment consultant. It’s important to use specialist recruiters. Your recruiter needs to know and understand the industry that you’re in. Good recruiters vet all candidates before interviews because they don’t want to supply their clients with unsuitable candidates. They also don’t want to waste your job searching time by putting you forward for a role you’re not qualified for or suited to. 

Your recruiter has an in-depth conversation with you about what sort of role you’re looking for, where your strengths lie, what sector you’re interested in working in etc. He/she then helps to tailor your CV appropriately. The recruiter gets in touch when a job comes up that’s a good fit for you. He/she knows what the hiring manager is looking for, so briefs you on what to wear, how formal you need to be, what key skills you need to focus on and how to adjust your CV for the requirements of the job. Recruiters know what a good interview looks like and yours gives you some advice on how to perform well and impress the hiring manager. 

Most people don’t want their current employer to know they’re interviewing for another job. By using a recruiter, you don’t have to put your CV up on public job boards and can keep your job search confidential. Good recruiters stay in touch over the years so they can help you at various different stages in your career. 

Once you’ve interviewed for a position, your recruiter will chase the hiring manager for interview feedback and if you receive an offer they will negotiate your salary on your behalf. 

Refine your job search; get in touch with one of our specialist Zen Recruitment Consultant now. 

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We spend a third of our lives at work - it makes sense to find a job that offers challenges and rewards proportional to that investment.