Firstly, just what do we mean by 'Graduate'?
The term 'graduate', although obvious when taken literally, is often used these days to describe a 'level' of candidate rather than the level of education they've achieved. We've found our clients tend to use the term to refer to the calibre of candidate, particularly with regard to the positive characteristics associated with an individual who has graduated from university: intelligence, articulation, drive, commitment etc. It is important to recognise it is not only graduates who possess these traits and whilst a significant number of the candidates we work with do have a university degree, so do we also work with those that don't but who do demonstrate the required traits just described.
That said, if you specifically require candidates with a particular degree or qualification or any other skill or trait just let us know during our briefing. And through the implementation of our thorough qualification process that is exactly what we'll find for you!
So why hire Graduates?
Let’s start with arguably the most important one; hiring graduates can provide a fantastic return on investment. By comparison to more experienced candidates, if you can provide the support and structure they'll need (we can help here!), hiring graduates is cost effective and an efficient way of increasing resource within the sales function.
Graduates can provide an energy and passion which breathes new life into your team. Their different perspective, train of thought and desire for knowldege can reate opportunities not realised by experienced sales professionals with a set mode of operation.
Graduates respect and value the opportunties given to them by their employers and in return they often demonstrate incredibly loyalty to their employers, adopting the 'tribe' mentality we've seen discussed recently. They are mouldable and fresh, without the bad habits, mental fatigue and failings sometimes seen in more experienced candidates.
Your ability to mould a trainee into the professional you need them to be is not to be overlooked. It's been proven that the lessons we learn in our early career stay with us for life. When you take a fresh graduate and, through your training and support, lead them to success they will become as close to the perfect employee as you can get, living and breathing your values without question.
We know this as we see it every day, where those that used to be our candidates become our clients, responsible for hiring and training the next generation in the business they joined only a short time ago. And nothing makes us more proud!