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Degree: English with American Studies
University: University of Nottingham
New Job Title: Assistant Editor
"I worked with Rebecca at the GRB Recruitment Fair in June 2011 - she was smart, on the ball and a great team member! She also helped recruit me for a job that was perfect for my skills and qualifications: I'd happily recommend GRB's services, and would feel privileged to work with them in the future."
Degree: Business Information Technology
University: Bournemouth University
New Job Title: IT Infrastructure Manager
"Rebecca helped me find my ideal job! A great recruitment consultant!"
Degree: Computer Science
University: Kingston University
New Job Title: IT
"I'm writing this message to thanks the GRB team (especially Will and Aleks) for all your endeavours on my behalf in helping me secure a role. Without you guys I would probably still be one of the many CVs floating around the job sphere waiting for someone to notice me. I sent out my CV to a fair few agencies but I can wholeheartedly say you guys were the best at making me feel comfortable and eliminating most of the anxieties involved with the graduate job search process. Will and Aleks, your constant communication advising/informing me about new opportunities and the progress of my application were very much appreciated and helpful. At the moment I am enjoying the role, constantly learning new things and I feel pretty settled."
Degree: Computer Science with Business
University: University of Surrey
New Job Title: Graduate Analyst and Developer
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank GRB for helping me find employment recently. You guys are great. But most importantly, I would like to thank Gen Bell for helping me land my dream job. I've been with a lot of recruitment agencies and recruiters, yet I've never met anybody who took each task personally. That's very rare. She kept me up to date at all times and was always a pleasure speaking with her. There should be more of her. She's amazing!Thank you guys. "
Degree: History and French
University: University of York
New Job Title: Graduate Communications Role
"Really helpful from the beginning. My main contact, Jenny, regularly kept me updated with my application and was very supportive throughout. Would highly recommend this to other graduates."
Degree: Mathematics and Economics
University: University of Exeter
New Job Title: Graduate Econometric Analyst
"GRB helped me to get my first job. I found their whole team to be very helpful, knowledgeable, and efficient. Their great service included interview techniques and CV advice. Would highly recommend."
Degree: Computer Science
University: University of Hertfordshire
New Job Title: Graduate SAP Developer Consultant
"Outstanding communication from the first phone call, very professional and helpful at all stages of the recruitment process. Would highly recommend GRB to anybody seeking their services."
University: Royal Holloway, University of London
New Job Title: Graduate Marketing Executive
"GRB work quickly to place you in a role - they really do have your best interests at heart, making sure they approach you with positions that match your skill set and ensuring you are fully prepared before interviews. I have recommended GRB to many friends and will continue to do so. Definitely the most professional, efficient and friendly graduate recruitment agency I have come across!"
Degree: Information Technology
University: University of Nottingham
New Job Title: Graduate Software Developer
"Excellent service. Provided me with lots of options and helped me to get a job very quickly. Provide advice and interview techniques. Recruitment agent: Gen Bell."
University: University of York
New Job Title: Graduate Nuclear Safety Consultant
"Great friendly service. Great at listening and very efficient."
Degree: Chemical Engineering
University: University of Bath
New Job Title: Graduate Manufacturing Engineer
" Ι struggled a lot over my final year in university to find a place in a graduate scheme. I attended numerous interviews and some assessment centres without being successful. However, when I discovered GRB things changed. My first application through the GRB resulted into an assessment centre in which I was successful and a job offer which I accepted. During the preparation process for the assessment centre, the GRB provided me with significant support and advice which contributed significantly into being successful in the end. Also, they helped me considerably after the assessment centre by sorting out all the necessary issues with my employer's HR team, such as ensuring that I get my contract on time and any remaining details, so that my transition to from student life to work is as easy and smooth as possible."
University: University of Surrey
New Job Title: Graduate HR Assistant
"I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you for everything during this entire period. You have been supportive every step of the way, preparing me fully for my interviews with clear and informative emails, and sometimes even lengthy telephone conversations. I have no doubt that if it wasn't for these efforts I would not have secured this job. Additionally, I would like to add that during these past few weeks of job searching I have spoken to a range of different recruitment consultants, both from the GRB and other companies, and you personally have by far exceeded my expectations in finding a role that suited my exact requirements as a graduate. From end to end I have felt comfortable and secure in the application procedure because of your professionalism and honesty. So thank you.
Furthermore, based on this experience I will certainly be referring other great graduates to the GRB above any other agencies, and you never know as I have just entered a HR role, in the future if I have to deal with the recruitment needs of the business, again GRB would certainly be at the top my list of point of contact!"
University: University of Bristol
New Job Title: Graduate IT Consultant
"Working together with GRB towards my actual position was not only a way for me to get a job, but it also ended up being a pleasant and rewarding experience. Being born and raised in a non-English speaking country I was terribly afraid of not being able to convey my experience and skills during interviews. People like Ian and Aleks had very long chats with me, during which they tried to understand where would I fit and helped me boost my confidence. As a result I was much more comfortable during interviews and quickly got the job I really wanted to do. As a graduate I would definitely recommend other graduates to get in touch with recruiters at GRB."
University: University of Warwick
New Job Title: Graduate Credit Risk Analyst
"GRB have been very helpful to me in providing me a job and I would strongly recommend others to use their services."
Degree: English Literature
University: St. Andrew's University
New Job Title: Graduate Exhibition Producer
"It's been a mad dash as I've been trying to find a flat (more friends moving to London so we're moving in together!), start the job and set up all my bills so apologies for not getting to you sooner. The office is fantastic and the team are lovely, as you said, and I still can't quite believe I'm here!
I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your help, guidance and support through every stage of this process. You have been absolutely efficient and professional, and I always felt a priority, though I'm sure you have a lot on your plate. In addition, you always listened to my feedback and questions and ensured I felt secure in the process, as well as being encouraging throughout.
I've been contacted by a quite few recruiters since I started searching for a job again and I always felt like a number, but you are far and away the most engaging (and successful, clearly!) I have come across. I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone searching for work, and I wish you every success in this, and anything else you choose to do. You're a credit to GRB and they're lucky to have you.
I'd really appreciate if you could please forward this to whomever is at the head of your team/company as I hope you are being recognised for your work, and would like to commend them for recruiting the best for their team."
Degree: Computing and Business Information Technology
University: King's College London
New Job Title: Graduate Technical Consultant
"The service I received from GRB during my search for graduate employment was outstanding. The recruitment consultants were very professional and had a great knowledge within their respective fields of recruitment. They were always easy to contact and ensured the right preparation was done prior to interviews. I have no hesitation in recommending GRB and the recruitment service I was provided."
University: Queen's University Belfast
New Job Title: Financial Analyst
"Whenever I think of recruitment agencies, I think of negative experiences and a lack of feedback. Upon signing up to GRB I was sceptical at first however this changed almost instantaneously.
I signed up and almost immediately I was provided with several opportunities from a various range of sectors. Initially these were not what I was looking for however I provided Charlotte Renders of GRB with more specific details and within days she had sourced out potential opportunities more so suited to what I was aiming for.
From this point I expected the norm, email in your CV and wait for feedback (which usually you would have to chase up) this is definitely not true of GRB and more specifically Charlotte. She checked over my CV and proactively helped me fine tune it to get the most attention from prospective employers.
I was able to secure an interview with an employer and again loads of help and support was given from Charlotte who walked me through each and every possible scenario that could be asked. I was kept fully informed at every stage of the process which is definitely what differentiates GRB from its competitors.
Thanks to GRB I got the job and my experience of recruitment agencies has changed (for GRB anyway) and I continue to recommend friends to the company and to lookout for Charlotte, as she is definitely one of the best assets of GRB.
Keep up the good work!"
Degree: Business Administration
University: Manchester Metropolitan
New Job Title: Marketing Assistant and Merchandising Team Leader
"GRB placed me in a Graduate Scheme over 9 years ago and I would recommend them to anybody looking for their first role. My consultant took the time to help me perfect my CV, giving me tips and advice on interview technique and eventually the good news that I'd been offered the role. Thanks GRB!"
Degree: Human Factors For Product Designers
New Job Title: Risk Advisor
"Finding a first job is always daunting. In a tough job market it can be quite demoralising applying for jobs with little or no experience under your belt. Apart from setting yourself realistic goals for your first job, it is very important you get the right help. I was lucky I came across GRB. I felt they understood my situation very well and would be in a good position to find me suitable job opportunities, which they did. On top of that they were a pleasure to deal with."
New Job Title: Gaming Analyst
"I signed up to the Graduate Recruitment Bureau while I was looking for a job in my final year of studying maths at Glasgow University. I found the site was easy to navigate and the emails I received were tailored to my preferences and so normally always contained jobs I was interested in. With most of my details already uploaded it meant I usually just had to click 'Apply' which was a great help when I was busy working on my dissertation and for my final exams. Furthermore speaking to the individuals at GRB helped me to identify my strengths and how my skills applied to the roles I was interested in, which gave me more confidence and conviction when I was speaking to the companies. I think GRB definitely had a more personal feel than most recruitment agencies/sites and in my experience they managed to match me perfectly to a role and company. I am now working as a Gaming Analyst in London and I know I would never have ended up here if I hadn't joined up to Graduate Recruitment Bureau."
Degree: Mathematics With Computer Science
New Job Title: Technical Consultant
"I was very pleased the service supplied by GRB, I found my Industrial Placement (with Accenture) and my current graduate job through them and found them to be very helpful.
The whole process was very quick and stress free. After posting my details I was contacted by Gen regarding a position and then the next thing I knew I was attending an assessment day. Gen contacted me throughout the joining process with advice about what to research before the day and how to get there. She also contacted me the evening of the day to tell me that the company wanted to offer me a job.
I signed up to multiple recruitment websites and definitely found the service at GRB stood out, the fact that I could contact Gen directly helped; as opposed to being put through to a switch board. "
New Job Title: Team Coordinator
"I graduated from the University of York in July 2012 and thanks to the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, secured a job with a global Telcomms firm by the beginning of August. I now work in London as a Team Coordinator for the Brand & Communications team which is a great first job because I want a career in Brand Marketing.
The service I received from the GRB was outstanding and I was surprised that I received so much support from a free service. It was also a very straightforward process - I saw a job I was interested in, sent over my CV and the GRB called me to discuss my suitability. I really appreciated that Danielle, my consultant, really cared that the job interested me and would enable me to use my skills and experience.
Prior to my interviews, Danielle fully prepared me by sending lots of useful information and tips. We spoke on the phone several times and it was reassuring to be able to contact her and ask questions. I guess the best word to describe the service would be 'thorough.' Danielle thought of everything and I felt I went into the interview in the best possible position. Ultimately, that made me more confident and more prepared which helped me get the job."
Degree: Mathematics And Statistics
New Job Title: Graduate Credit Risk Analyst
"The Graduate Recruitment Bureau really helped me with my search for a graduate job. Throughout my fourth year I applied to many different roles and eventually came across GRB. I uploaded my CV onto their website which was really simple to do and before long I had received phone calls from their staff about possible roles to apply for. They were really helpful and suggested jobs that I hadn't considered before, including the one that I ended up in. Throughout the application process, the woman I dealt with gave me lots of advice and tips for dealing with the interviews and assessment days which I think ultimately helped me secure a job offer.
I have now been in my job for almost 2 months and I am really enjoying it and the people I am working with. I would never have applied for this job had it not been for GRB and may not have a role that I am so well suited for without them!"
Name: Stuart Kemp
Studied: Masters in Physics
University: Durham University
Role: Technology Consultant
The graduate's story...
Q. In what ways have you benefited from attending University?
A. Attending University has provided me with much more than an academic grounding. During my time at Durham I have taken on various roles, such as football club captain and member of my College Executive Committee, which has given me the additional skills that employers look for.
Q. How did the skills and attributes you gained from your degree help you find work?
A. My employer was particularly interested in my fourth year Masters project. The work gave me lots of opportunities to show that I had the skills they were looking for, from the essentials such as programming to the more subtle such as self-motivation and logical problem solving.
Q. What other work experience or courses did you partake in to improve/add to your CV during university?
A. I completed two summer work placements; one at Nottingham University doing astrophysics research, and one in Amsterdam doing optical research. Throughout my time at University I took part in a course run by PriceWaterhouseCoopers that provided me with generic management skills. This was useful as I was aware I had to sell myself as more than a scientist.
Q. Describe your job and your typical working day.
A. My job is in technology consultancy for government agencies. The work will mostly involve programming in C+.
Q. What advice would you give to undergraduates searching for work?
A. Don't get depressed by having lots of rejections (or indeed a lack of responses!). I made about 10 applications to various places, received one interview and have a job I'm looking forward to starting. Keep an open mind as you may find a job you will enjoy in a place you don't expect.
Q. How did The Graduate Recruitment Bureau help you in the process of looking for work?
A. The GRB reviewed my CV and drew my attention to vacancies based on my key skills. This was great as they only sent me details of vacancies they knew I would be interested in, which cannot be said of many recruitment agencies. The GRB run a personal service and it was nice to have a regular person to speak to. The GRB involve themselves at every stage of the process, from first contact through to interview advice and company background.
Degree: Business Studies
New Job Title: Graduate Scheme
"A number of years ago GRB found me a Graduate Scheme with Severn Trent PLC, thanks to this role I am have not changed firm, having worked for Severn Trent and then Biffa following the successful completion of the grad scheme."
University: University of Southampton
New Job Title: Graduate Media Insight Analyst
"I was originally contacted by another lady working for you about a role in based in Surrey, I explained that I couldn't do the commute as I already live quite far the other side of London (Tring) so would rather work in London. She helpfully passed me on to Danielle who found the role I am currently working in now. Danielle was extremely helpful throughout the whole interview process, giving me any extra information she could find and advice on what the employers might ask and what they were looking for. She was also very good with ringing before the interview and after to hear how it went and I thought the chocolate sent to my new office at work was a nice touch. I couldn't recommend GRB highly enough she was great. I love my new job and am so glad I am finally doing something related to my degree after nearly a year of searching and working in a completely dead end job!"
University: University of Brighton
New Job Title: Graduate Trainee Recruiter
"My experience with GRB was great, Owen was extremely helpful. I was unhappy at my job and he called me and pitched recruitment to me. Owen sent over a list of companies and asked me to highlight my favourite ones. I chose a role and then it was a very simple and easy process. Two months after I had my first telephone conversation with Owen I was starting my career! I had a really great experience working with GRB and Owen and I am grateful for the work we did together. I would give my highest recommendation to Owen and to GRB."
New Job Title: Graduate Econometrics Marketing Analyst
"I initially signed up to GRB at the beginning of my first year of University, during the fresher's fair. Soon after I finished my degree I was contacted by Lucy from GRB and we had a brief conversation regarding potential industries and roles I'd be interested in. I wasn't entirely sure what type of job I was after, however she was able to offer valuable advice about what my degree and experience was suited for. In addition, she suggested several opportunities in industries I wasn't even aware existed. Following this I was put forward for several jobs. I was not expecting much to become of this as I had used several recruitment agencies in the past and never heard anything back. However, within several days I was given feedback on my CV and an interview was arranged. A few weeks later I started my new job.
I would highly recommend GRB to anyone looking for employment and am extremely thankful for the help and support Lucy provided."
Degree: Information Management + Business Information
New Job Title: Graduate Sales Associate
"GRB are one of the best recruitment agencies I've encountered, Samantha Start is an excellent example of a GRB employee that possesses a true passion for helping others find suitable graduate careers. I still maintain a friendship with Sam and I'm always pointing friends in the direction of GRB because there are few firms out there that show the level of empathy and patience that GRB show."
Degree: Economics and Social Studies
New Job Title: Graduate Online Advertising Analyst
"I registered my details on GRB at the start of my job hunt and had a look through a few vacancies which appealed to me. I received a call a few months down the line from Sara who asked me about my interests and education. She was really friendly and easy to talk to and she identified that I was a good fit for the job as long as my CV was tailored a little to reflect what I had spoken to her about on the phone. She helped me the same day to get my CV perfect to be sent off to the employer and then told me she would contact me with any further information. Sara rang me and told me that I had been invited for an interview and at this point she told me a lot more about the company and asked whether I was still interested.
When it came to the interview, Sara remained in constant contact and provided me with a lot of materials to help me a prepare and as a result I felt comfortable presenting my ideas at the interview. I received numerous calls helping me with any problems I had and making sure I was on track and still interested in the position. After the first interview she called to ask me how it went and a few days later called and told me I had been invited to the second interview. She helped me prepare in a similar way to the first interview and found out as much information as she possibly could. Once again the interview went well and a few days later I found out that I had been offered a position at the company.
I have settled in great and I owe a lot to Sara who not only helped me through the process but identified me as a potential candidate just from browsing through my CV. I would recommend GRB to anyone and I hope they can help many other graduates as they have helped me."
Degree: Multimedia and Technology Design
New Job Title: Graduate Trainee
"Thank you so much for your help! This job is great, suits me down to the ground. Aleisha was fantastic, she was very helpful and easy to talk to, which is exactly the kind of attitude you want to hear on the other side of the phone to motivate you to carry on and prove to you that there is hope! Being a graduate in this day and age, looking for a job is a very competitive task and GRB made it a lot easier for me by motivating me to carry on."