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All you need to know to hire and retain fresh graduates

Hiring recent graduates could be beneficial for your firm in many ways. But as simple as it may sound, onboarding fresh college graduates comes with challenges

It’s proven that recent graduates have skills which many organizations fail to recognize Employers are gradually expecting more from university graduates Today’s forward-thinking leaders will accept a fresh graduate’s sophistication and eagerness to offer bold ideas

By: Rilind Elezaj

Hiring recent graduates could be beneficial for your firm in many ways. But as simple as it may sound, onboarding fresh college graduates comes with challenges as they don’t have a predefined work profile that you can look upon for proper decision-making, as one would with a professional CV.

That said, this article aims to highlight the benefits of hiring fresh college graduates, and provide a proven strategy to retain them.

The benefits of hiring recent graduates

If you’re wondering why you should hire fresh graduates in the first place, there are numerous reasons for it.

First and foremost, recent graduates don’t demand a hefty salary package. If your organization is small and still trying to balance out its finances, fresh graduates could be a great asset for you. They surprisingly come with many organizational and leadership skills which you can leverage without having to shell out large sums of training money.

It’s proven that recent graduates have skills which many organizations fail to recognize. For instance, many fresh grads have voluntarily participated in, or themselves organized different events at their colleges. At these events, they learn valuable management and collaborative skills that could prove crucial during their professional lives.

Skill types of recent college graduates

Employers are gradually expecting more from university graduates, especially those engaged in community services, as well as forums, promotional activities, projects, volunteerism, and other social endeavors. These are good indicators of initiative, dynamism, and unique know-how. For employers, they look for such young and talented generations that enjoy uncluttered minds, are free of prejudices about workplaces and are geared for setting audacious goals and achieving them.

How often do college students become CEOs?

It’s possible for graduates, in a span of a decade, to jump the ladder from trainee to CEO of a company if he/she strives to go beyond their original competencies. Veteran managers agree that leadership, initiative, and risk management are reasons for an increase in wages and rapid advancement in one’s career ladder. Take a chance with some, as you may have a leader with at last one.

Freshness of ideas

Today’s forward-thinking leaders will accept a fresh graduate’s sophistication and eagerness to offer bold ideas, strategies, and solutions to complex situations. Generation Z is ready for everything new. They do not think linearly. Out-of-the-box analysis and creativity are their strengths. Modern companies on the fast track need to embrace those individuals and welcome them with open arms.

Availability of performance data

Differentiating the quality of college graduates is important for employers not only to determine these young people’s potential productivity levels but also to calibrate wages and retain talent. Employers can assess that potential based on specific observable parameters such as the quality of education, academic performance, and work experience while studying.  

Final word: Rely on a recruitment service

An employer of record (EOR) is a third-party organization that can take care of all your recruitment tasks and needs. Identifying hidden talents in recent graduates isn’t a walk in the park. And if you want to excel in doing that, it’s a good idea to get professional help, which is where an (EOR) comes into play.

For a student to make a decision in a company’s favor, organizations need to provide as many touchpoints as possible and be constantly positioned as favorite choices for these students. The EOR will help achieve this. It will become much easier to attract and retain fresh talent, and in turn, accelerate a company’s prosperity.