Milkround’s new features have arrived, meaning better applications for you

Today we’ve launched a new set of onsite features, which includes a smooth data-led application process to all jobs on our website, to increase the quality and relevancy of applications delivered to our clients.

By improving our knowledge of each jobseeker’s application behaviour, we can now target through both the candidate’s profile data and their onsite behaviour. Following these enhancements, our jobseeker’s will now benefit from:

  • Onsite job recommendations
  • Regular, personalised job emails
  • Instant job match notifications

Alongside these new features, we’ve also launched improved job search technology, which not only understands a jobseeker’s keyword search, but also uses artificial intelligence to generate similar and relevant job opportunities into their search results. Taking a synonym led approach to job results ensures the right jobs are displayed to the best candidates.

Milkround’s Head of Sales, Sarah-Jane McQueen commented: ‘We are continually developing our product to ensure our clients gain the most from their campaigns. By improving our application process and therefore better understanding our candidates, we can deliver the most relevant jobs. We’re really excited about the new features we are launching today, which bring innovation to the graduate recruitment market.’

With a refreshed design and improved user experience, we continue to take a candidate led approach to ensure our platform and technology supports the all-important job search.

For more information please get in touch with us today!

Why does having a socially diverse workforce matter to your business?

The release of recent statistics in the press has pushed social mobility to the top of many employer’s agendas. Deliotte’s Fair Access to Work study in 2016 showed that students from less advantaged backgrounds earn an average of nearly 10% less than their more advantaged peers 6 months after graduating. By raising awareness of this inequality, we can hope to close this gap and make sure all students and graduates are given a level playing field when it comes to the world of work, regardless of their background.

  1. What does social mobility mean, and how does it currently look in the graduate market?

Socioeconomic backgrounds are difficult to pinpoint, but are usually characterised by post code lived in at the age of 14, free school meal eligibility, and parent professions. In 2016, only 10.3% of all UCAS applicants were made by those from most disadvantaged backgrounds, compared to 30% of those from the most advantaged.  Once students have completed university, there is a pay gap of around 10%. Employers are continuing to hire with the influence of unconscious bias, targeting their recruitment drives at elite universities and filtering out candidates who don’t meet high qualification brackets.

  1. Who is championing the change in social mobility?

Deloitte, Accenture, O2, Linklaters, KPMG, Barclays, EY, Baker & McKenzie, Grant Thornton, Teach First and the independent Bridge Group have committed to working with the government to create new national common measures which will help to boost social mobility in workplaces across the UK, in both private and public sectors.

  1. Why should bringing in a diverse workforce matter to me, and how can I tackle it?

There are a multitude of reasons why bringing in a diverse workforce can bring benefits to your business. It firstly widens your talent pool, giving you the chance to recruit potential rather than a tick box of grades and qualifications. Secondly, hiring people from different backgrounds will widen your skill set, bringing in fresh talent and other perspectives. It will also strengthen your employee engagement, opening doors for wider collaboration, development programmes and mentoring schemes.

There are several simpler changes you can make to your business to reduce the barriers for less advantaged candidates joining your organisation.

  • Banning unpaid internships will stop only graduates from privileged backgrounds gaining valuable work experience, opening the opportunity up to all candidates.
  • Look past grades and qualifications when filtering through your applications. Shift your focus towards their experiences and progression to understand where you can find potential.
  • Reimbursing interview travel costs, or hire locally. Less privileged candidates may be unable to attend interviews too far from their home due to high travel costs. Offering a reimbursement or targeting your recruitment drive locally can help to combat this barrier.

We are a long way away from abolishing all the barriers for graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds when entering the world of work. There are a lot of small steps many organisations can take to becoming a much more diverse and inclusive team, bringing with it a multitude of benefits to your company culture and collaboration. For more information on how you can reach out to students from all walks of life, simply get in touch.

 

 

 

 

 

WIN with the 12 Days of Christmas!

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In this very speedy run up to Christmas, we’re offering you the chance to WIN PRIZES when you book your campaign with Milkround.

If this hasn’t already tempted you to enquire, here’s a list of the things we’re giving away…

DAY 1: 1st December: A lovely bottle of bubbly

DAY 2: 2nd December: £50 Odeon cinema voucher

DAY 3: 5th December:  £50 Amazon voucher

DAY 4: 6th December: a Champneys Spa Day with treatments for two

DAY 5: 7th December: Two tickets to A View from the Shard

DAY 6: 8th December: A cupcake delivery

DAY 7: 9th December: Wine tasting for two

DAY 8: 12th December: A festive hamper

DAY 9: 13th December: Hot air balloon ride for two

DAY 10: 14th December: Two night hotel break with dinner for two (various locations)

DAY 11: 15th December: £100 John Lewis voucher

DAY 12: 16th December: A three course meal for two at The Ritz

For every £1000 you spend with Milkround, you’ll get one entry into the raffle at the end of the day (i.e book a £5,000 campaign and you’ll receive five entries, giving you a higher chance of winning!)

To be entered into the prize draw, simply quote ’12 DAYS’ when talking to a member of the team!*

CONTACT US HERE

*T&Cs: minimum spend of £1,000 with Milkround. Has to be booked on the day to be eligible to win the prize. Winners will be picked at the end of each day, and be notified by email no longer than 10 days after the competition closes. Competition ends at midnight 16/12/2016.

How do you engage with Career Development Professionals and School Leaver parents?

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We want to find out if engaging with key school leaver influencers is part of your recruitment strategy. We would really appreciate you taking the time to fill out this really quick, two paged survey.

If you leave your name and email at the end, you may also win a £100 Amazon voucher!*

Click here to take part.

*Winner will be chosen at random and contacted on 6th June 2016.

 

Careers Adviser Conference- 16th May

We’re giving you the opportunity to engage with 200 careers advisers and teachers at our conference on the 16th May. Come and meet the people influencing school leaver career decisions.

There will be keynote sessions throughout the day from Katharine Horler (Chair of Careers England) and Yolande Burgess (London Ambitions) speaking about policy.

Tim Miller (Associate at Central London Careers Hub) and Dr Sam Lucy (Director of Admissions, University of Cambridge) will explore exam change and it’s consequences.

The conference will cover a range of topical issues and will include training providers, employers and apprentices.

We have a number of limited sponsorship opportunities available for employers. There will be a small exhibition throughout the conference, with numerous networking sessions. There is also the opportunity for two employers to deliver a presentation or workshop to the delegates.

For more information, contact Charlie Howell:

E: Charlie.howell@milkround.com

T: 02030034008

You’re invited: Opportunities for Women in STEM

Join us on the 18th April to find out the results from our latest research project with SMRS: Opportunities for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Our research, conducted with over 2,400 school leavers, students and graduates, delves into how candidates feel about their opportunities in the STEM industries. The research specifically focused on women and their perceptions of the sector. The results establish:

  • Gaps in school and employer influence
  • Key motivations for school leavers, students and graduates
  • Work related opportunities they received while studying
  • Barriers for those who chose not to pursue a STEM career

SMRS will also be talking through their employer branding research, compiled from a series of focus groups conducted with graduate employers in mind. The focus groups produced some fascinating insights on the best ways to engage female candidates in the STEM space.

The details
When?
18th April 2016
Where?
The News Building, 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF
What time?
9.00am – 11.30am

Please RSVP to confirm your place at the event by 13th April 2016. To RSVP, email Elizabeth.hunt@milkround.com

Latest Graduate Career supplement

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Have you seen our latest Graduate Career supplement?

This supplement was published 4th February 2016 and delves into subjects like video interviews, the 21-month itch, supermarket wars, and much more.

View the full digital edition of The Times Graduate Career Supplement here.

Alternatively, you can find all featured articles below.

The Times Guide to Higher & Degree Apprenticeships

We are pleased to be hosting The Times Guide to Higher & Degree Apprenticeships, originally published in ‘The Times Guide to Elite Apprenticeships’ supplement in The Times on Wednesday, January 27th.

The guide features the 30 organisations that recruited the largest number of sixth form school-leavers in 2015 and offer prestigious training programmes which provide an alternative to going to university.

The BBC offers the highest salaries to its higher and degree apprenticeships, up to £23,000 pa, whilst Civil Service takes on the highest number with 564 Higher Apprenticeships on offer.

To compile the guide, High Fliers Research contacted more than 200 employers of school leavers, graduates and young professionals to research how many Higher Apprentices or Degree Apprentices each organisation recruited in 2015, along with the number of places available on employers’ sponsored degree courses and other comparable 18+ school-leaver training schemes.

The research shows that the UK’s leading employers of Higher or Degree Apprentices together recruited more than 2,800 sixth form school-leavers for programmes that lead to level 4 qualifications or above, the equivalent of a foundation or undergraduate degree.

Check out the content from the supplement here.

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To view the table, please visit Milkround School Leavers: http://schoolleavers.milkround.com/article/the-times-guide-to-higher-and-degree-apprenticeships/

Social Media in the Graduate Space: a Breakfast Insight

Have you ever wondered over the best ways to approach students and graduates via social media? Want to know the platforms that are most popular with this demographic, and the sort of content they engage with?

Milkround and ThirtyThree have conducted a piece of research with over 750 students about their social media usage and the best ways to communicate with this market.

Join us on the 15th February 2016 at our HQ in London Bridge from 9.00am to hear the results. We will also be having a member of the Unruly team join us to talk about the best ways of engaging with your audience using videos.

THE DETAILS

  • When?
    • 15th February 2016
  • Where?
    • The News Building, 1 London Bridge Street, London
  • What time?
    • 9.00am – 12.00 midday

Please RSVP to confirm your place at the event by 27th January 2016.

To RSVP, email Elizabeth Hunt: Elizabeth.hunt@milkround.com.