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Graduate Recruitment Fair

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Event Details:

Date: 2nd May 2017

Time: 11.00am – 3.00pm

Venue: Garden Court and Hartley Suite, Buildings 40 and 38, Highfield Campus

GRF Fair

First and second years – think this Fair is only for final year students? Think again! This is your opportunity to meet with potential employers who have vacancies for 2017 and beyond. You will also have the chance to seek advice from Graduate Recruiters about your CV, on the day.

There will be a wide range of exhibiting organisations for you to connect with. The Fair is an excellent opportunity for you to market yourself to your chosen industry and to build useful contacts for the future.

Graduate Recruitment Fair Brochure

View the brochure below to see which companies are attending and the opportunities they have available.

Find out and Stand Out

The Careers and Employability Service have organised events around the Careers Fair to help you stand out and prepare for your future.  Click on the box of each event and login to book on.

Who Can Attend?

All students are invited to attend, it doesn't matter what you're studying or what year you're in.  Graduates are also able to come in!


Please see the 'Useful Downloads' section to download a copy of the Graduate Recruitment Fair Brochure 2016.

CV Clinics

How confident are you about your CV? It might have served you adequately in the past but competition for graduate positions is fierce. Don`t risk losing out on your dream job because of an average CV!

You can receive expert CV advice provided by exhibiting organisations and Specialist Career Practitioners during the Graduate Recruitment Fair. Take advantage of this opportunity to differentiate yourself from the crowd and learn how to make the very best of your experience and achievements.

The sessions will be held from 12.00-15.00 at the Careers Centre, Room 2001, Building 37

Places are limited - Hurry and Book Your Place Here! 

Jobs Board

The Graduate Recruitment Fair exhibitors will be posting their current opportunities on Careers’ Jobs Board in Garden Court at the Fair. Students are encouraged to use their smartphones to photograph the advertisements and the QR codes will direct you straight to exhibitor websites.

LinkedIn Lab

For many, LinkedIn has become an integral part of the opportunity search. It helps you to network, show off your CV, promote yourself, and more. This Lab will give you the chance to receive feedback on what you need to do to optimise your profile and best leverage your skills and endorsement section.

If you do not already have a LinkedIn account, you will learn how to create one.

The LinkedIn Lab will run for the duration of the Fair. There is no need to book to attend this event, please just arrive early on the day as a limited number of slots will be available.

A professional photographer will be avaialble if you would like a photograph taken for your profile, so remember to dress smartly!

Prepare for the Fair Talk

In order to get the most out of this Fair, it is of the utmost importance for you to come prepared. Preparation is key to success! Whatever your degree subject, we recommend you sign up to attend the Prepare for the Fair session to learn how to make the most of the opportunity to network with employers, and to receive tips on what to research and how you can stand out from the crowd.

The Prepare for the Fair Talk will be held on 27th April.  Book your place HERE!

Top Tips from Exhibitors

In advance of the Fair, the exhibiting organisations have been kind enough to provide you with the following advice:

Come prepared to ask questions! Do your research and identify the top 3 companies/schemes you’d like to work for

Dress for the job you want to create the right impression with employers

Speak with employers, ask questions and look to build a rapport with your preferred company. There will be a room full of business experts, use their time wisely to find out what you want to know about the job market

  • Be selective, don’t grab handfuls of leaflets from every stand as it will appear that you've taken a scattered approach to job hunting
  • Stand out, do you have unique skills or relevant work/extra-curricular experience that would appeal to employers?
  • Consider bringing along copies of your CV - you may have the opportunity to share it with someone

Keep up-to-date

For the most up-to-date information, follow our Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter feeds and look out for employers using #sotoncareersfairs


Graduate Recruitment Fair Sponsor

The Graduate Recruitment Fair is proudly sponsored by the Office for National Statistics. Click on the button below to visit their Careers Website.

ONS Careers

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