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What Attracts a Graduate to Your Company

what attracts a graduateJob adverts for graduates written by small businesses so often draw a blank. But why?

What is the missing ingredient that attracts a graduate to your company?

Students are keen to join a small business, if the role advertised was attractive. There isn’t a lack of decent students.

Your advert needs to appeal to the qualities they seek from a small business and their career.

The springboard for their career… Continue reading →

5 Ways to Overcome the “Not my Job” Syndrome.

it's not my jobMaybe your staff don’t come out and say “It’s not my job”. But after settling into their role, some will be reluctant to ever move too far out of their comfort zone.

Perhaps they’re naturally insecure and defensive. Maybe the scope of their job has expanded beyond what they feel capable of dealing with. Whatever the reason, skills gaps will develop.

You expect your staff to work hand in glove… Continue reading →

5 Ways to Sort out your Spreadsheets

Sort out your SpreadsheetsYou’re not alone. Every company I’ve worked for uses Excel too much.

Business systems get updated periodically, every 5-10 years and in between times, Excel fills in as an easy quick way of getting an answer. But that quick ad hoc answer becomes the long term solution.

You’d expect integrated systems at a company like Orange. But when I worked there, they used huge complicated spreadsheets to do their budgets.… Continue reading →

Lose Your Graduate in 6 Easy Ways

lose your graduateTaking on a graduate makes you feel good. Maybe it was you in that position once. They can breath new life into your business.

But then they leave. After all that effort to find one, you lose your graduate within a year.

Here are 6 easy ways to keep on losing graduates, not attract quality and fail to get the best out of them.

1. No plan or contract

Recruit… Continue reading →

Be a Stepping Stone for a Graduate

stepping stone for a graduateWhy would a graduate join your company when can you offer no career progression? Sure, you can offer a fantastic variety of work and give them massive responsibility. But then what?

I’ve discussed the idea of a small business being the first stepping stone for a graduate in their career. Universities and graduates are very much in favour. I believe it should be a key part of their marketing message… Continue reading →

Getting Loyalty from Graduates

Loyalty from GraduatesThere’s this idea that getting loyalty from graduates in smaller businesses is difficult. It’s seen by some as a reason not to take on a graduate.

I’ll seek to challenge that view and in doing so perhaps also provoke some thought on the flexibility of working full or part time and the choice of employed v contracted.

Job for Life

a job for life is a thing of the past… Continue reading →

Graduate Business Academy Workshop – Did they Shape up?

Business AcademyI’ve recently completed the BiY Grad Business Academy workshop to prepare 12 graduates for working in a small business. What I found was an unexpected depth of talent and skill.

The 12 graduates at the Business Academy were keen to contribute & open to new ideas. The resultant business cases were of a quality I’d be happy to use to present to a business owner.

We had two groups of… Continue reading →

Running a Business is like Riding a Bike

Running a Business is like Riding a Bike

I recently went on a “Stop Crashing for Beginners” Mountain Biking course. I’d been out with a group of friends and had to get off and push when others rode on through. Strength and stamina didn’t help here. I lacked the skill.

The course was run by Ed Oxley who taught me how to position myself when descending a steep slope. Importantly this meant I wasn’t about to be propelled… Continue reading →

Opportunities for Graduates in SMEs: Why It’s Failing

opportunities for graduates in smesIt’s a myth that graduates do not want to work in a small business.

In a recent report Graduates into Smaller Businesses Research Project 2013 by GTI Media, a tiny c 15% of the permanent jobs were with the blue chip companies. They are the ones active on University campuses.

Not every graduate is suited to joining the corporate world. Many don’t have the grades. So where are the… Continue reading →

Every Batman Needs a Good Robin

every batman needs a good robin

It’s lonely being the business owner. Everyone looks to you for all the answers. You need to be some kind of superhero to keep everyone happy.

But even superheros had help. Maybe the help you need is a young Robin?

Attract talent

If you create a sense of aura around the workplace, you’ll attract young & enthusiastic people who want to work for you.

Out of this pool of talent… Continue reading →