Jan 9, 2013.
Yes! We have survived 2012 and its extraordinarily soggy swellings, Olympic overexcitement and cataclysmic curiosities. SO…to celebrate the start to a fantastic year, WEXO has made some natty New Year’s resolutions.
Following a survey that we sent out in December to our entire database, in which we sought to understand what it is that you are looking for from your job boards – these are our promises to you. (Winner of the Kindle Fire HD announced below)
‘What do you want to see more of in terms of recruitment companies helping you?’
(Bearing in mind that you were able to tick any and all of the boxes, so the percentages may seem a little confusing at first glance)
1.As above demonstrates, 81.8% of those who responded to the survey wanted recruitment companies to have a more personal touch.
Using our matching algorithms, we not only endeavor to notify every applicant we believe would fit each role posted, but we are also aiming to give every unsuccessful applicant some feedback on why they didn’t make it to interview or beyond that stage within 14 days.
It might be generic feedback on what qualifications and attributes they are missing but we hope that’s a start. Where possible, we also try and take as much time out of our day to speak and meet candidates as well as using our University Ambassadors as a sounding board for what you are all after.
2.The second most important attribute, according to our members, at 63.6% is that, as a recruiter, our responsibility should be to ‘clamp down on unpaid internships and therefore discrimination’.
Our WEXO directors are doing their best – they have previously tried to unite all internship companies into an alliance with such focuses, and have addressed audiences at locations ranging from 10 Downing Street to London Universities. We are also a committed partner and regular attendee of the initiatives and meetings instigated by Martin Bright and his team at The Creative Society. WEXO is always encouraging its clients to pay interns for reasons both legal and moral , yet our stance remains that encouraging and incentivizing our companies to pay is more proactive than naming and shaming those that don’t.
3.The next 2 most popular requirements addressed the need for more jobs. At the end of last year, WEXO was in final round discussions for a paid internship programme with a very large media organization, which represents 250 of the most exciting creative companies in London, but unfortunately this time round, this has not come to anything.
We are however still in discussions with various other types of organizations and are particularly excited about the potential surrounding our ‘How I Made It In’ recruitment events that worked so well for WEXO and Rightster last year. We’re also encouraged to see lots of interest already from companies looking to hire in 2013 and we’re looking forward to increasing what we have on offer for you. It should of course be noted that WEXO continues to believe in its niche within the creative industries and surrounding SMEs, for this reason we have no intention of simply listing graduate schemes and deadlines for all the big-corporates. (Unless that is what you really want !?!)
Interestingly, the least popular option in our survey was the need for careers advice. Initially we found this statistic a little surprising especially given that Tray and Bella (our Recruitment Directors) run a careers mentoring business on the side! On reflection, we feel that candidates often overlook how they are going to get to their destination in the excitement about the destination itself. All too often people fluff applications and interviews when they could have been better prepared – we’re looking forward to doing a Careers Advice session at KCL in a few weeks and this is perhaps something to think about for YOUR NY’s resolutions!
…Aaaannnddd fiiinnnaaaalllly…. the winner is Georgina Ireland – congratulations! (Please message us your address so we can send you your new Kindle Fire HD!)
Ailsa Renton – Marketing Intern at WEXO & University of Leeds graduate.