Hello! Some of you may recognise me from your Gradintelligence opportunity matching emails and text messages. I work with our employer customers and help them use our matching engine to find the best student and graduate candidates to join their company. I will be writing a series of posts on our blog, answering some of the regular questions I am asked by students and graduates.
I have a Gradintelligence profile, but the opportunities I’ve been matched too aren’t what I’m looking for. How do I improve my match to opportunities in the future?
Like many things in life, the more you put into your Gradintelligence profile, the more you will get out of it. That doesn’t mean to say this requires hard work, as we’ve developed a system that does most of the hard work for you. We often find that students and graduates who ask us how they can be better matched to opportunities have only completed around 20% of their Gradintelligence profile. Here are some tips for how to make the most of your profile, and get better matches.
1. Personal Profile
We often refer to this as “the extended version of your CV” and that’s really what it is. In the past I’ve struggled to condense my CV into two pages, and I would have loved to have the option to enter as much information as possible about my experiences and skills and use all of it to support my applications to jobs.
What our employer customers look for:
- Work Experience
- Life Experience (Sports teams, Societies, Travelling, Hobbies etc.)
- Language Skills – even at beginner level
- IT Skills – probably more relevant than ever in the new digital age
2. Your Preferences: Let us know what you’re looking for
As our name suggests we’re intelligent, but we’re not psychic! Let us know what interests you and our matching engine will only match you to opportunities that fall within the categories you have specified, such as:
- Opportunity type
- Business sector
Here’s an example below:
3. Online Assessment Centre:
This is the part of our system that makes our students and graduates most nervous. I mean, they’re assessed enough as it is, so why should they voluntarily do more?
Firstly, these assessments great practice for when you are invited to an assessment centre as part of the recruitment process for that job you reeeally want. Secondly, you could be matched to an opportunity suited to your personality and ability as a result of completing these tests in a passive, stress-free environment.
- Personality Questionnaire
- Verbal Reasoning Ability
- Logical Reasoning Ability
- Numerical Reasoning Ability
We can also offer students and graduates who take the Dimensions Personality Assessment a full feedback session to help you understand the results better. If that is of interest to you please email us!
4. Get trigger happy
The final suggestion I have for improving your match to opportunities is to engage with your account and let us know what you’re happy with and what you’re not happy with! If you get matched to an opportunity you don’t like the look of, decline it and let us know why it’s not for you. If you have any suggestions for how our service to you can be improved, please get in touch with any one of our team members and we would be more than happy to chat you about it.