“You gotta give me one thing. I'm a scary judge of talent.” Al Pacino as Walter Burke in the 2003 action film The Recruit. *The Recruit:  © Touchstone Pictures/Spyglass Entertainment

It is kind of like head hunting but with a first-hand approach.
“You gotta give me one thing. I'm a scary judge of talent.” Al Pacino as Walter Burke in the 2003 action film The Recruit.
*The Recruit:  © Touchstone Pictures/Spyglass Entertainment
 
The quote from Pacino highlights the concept used in the movie of picking talent within the environment of a university or college.
 
If setups like the NFL and NBA have scouts searching for talent at high schools, colleges and universities, why can’t the same approach be applied to seeking talent for businesses? We can fine tune it and call it searching for future CEO’s.
 
In principle, the standard graduate recruitment processes do work. Companies campaign or market themselves while future graduates apply to businesses for a placement or job opportunity. Students go through a battery of screenings, interviews and tests before hopefully being made a contractual offer.

The power of a working generation *Image credit: Shutterstock, Inc © Lasse Behnke

The power of a working generation *Image credit: Shutterstock, Inc © Lasse Behnke

There are three major problems facing the youth around the world today: Unemployment, Student Debt and Education. Whether they’re being called Generation X, Y or something else for that matter, many of today’s youth are defined by these factors. Quite simply, the youth of today could be called ‘Generation Unemployed’, ‘Generation Debt’ or even ‘Generation Uneducated’. So much so that all over the world there are graduates without work and with the added responsibility of massive student loans hanging over their heads.

That competitive edge: The evolution of the good grad **Image credit: Shutterstock, Inc © Sergey Nivens

The world used to be a much simpler place when compared to the hi-tech, on the go multi-media global village we find ourselves in today. Before the Nintendo Game Boy, the rise of the Internet and the growth of graduate recruitment programmes things were, well, just simple.

The worker bee and trying to decipher the graduate employment market

According to the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Global Financial Stability Report, the current global financial status is a balancing act of sorts. This means it’s in the best interest of businesses to generate as much business / revenue as they can, thus creating the ability to employ individuals. Further, it is important to realise that many people cannot afford to quit their jobs. This often means if there’s a large exit of staff, they’re often leaving for reasons out of their control – in other words, retrenchment and retirement.

Contradictory to the popular culture of technology – the physical approach to recruitment is one of the planets biggest methods of sourcing talent.

For many years companies have been talent scouting at various college and university campuses, an ongoing trend that has presented a number of positive results! FirstStep.me discusses this first phase of recruitment with Karen Mudaly of EY (South Africa).
 
Why is the presence of a company at a University or College career day so important and why is it still a positive process? It is an opportunity to meet hundreds of students from a large pool of individuals whom attend with an open invitation. Presenting an excellent marketing and branding strategy for firms, allowing for a sharing of knowledge and a number of service offerings that students are unaware of. Hence, it is a direct point of contact, for an immediate recruitment action - an excellent source of attracting some of the best talent.

Björn Borg and John McEnroe Swedish tennis player Bjorn Borg (right) shakes hands over the net with American tennis player John McEnroe after winning the final of the Men's Singles tournament, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6 to become champion at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London on 5th July 1980. (Photo by Chris Smith/Popperfoto/Getty Images)Featured on OriginalSteps.com
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Swedish tennis player Bjorn Borg (right) shakes hands over the net with American tennis player John McEnroe after winning the final of the Men's Singles tournament, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6 to become champion at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London on 5th July 1980. (Photo by Chris Smith/Popperfoto/Getty Images)