Graduate Recruitment

As an established leader in graduate recruitment, 1st Recruitment offers an unparalleled blend of experience, guidance, and client contacts to assist recent graduates find their perfect entry-level or trainee role within the Channel Islands offshore financial services industry and the Civil Service.

We place graduates into leading offshore financial services organisations operating across a wide range of sectors including: Accountancy, Law, Trust and Fiduciary, Funds, Banking, Compliance, Finance, Investments, Human Resources, Project Management, IT, and many more besides.

With access to the best and brightest graduates via our cooperation with leading universities, strong social media presence, and long-standing expertise in the market, our clients understand the value of the bespoke service we offer. Consequently, we are able to refer to the long-term, on-going nature of our client relationships as an indication of our success.

What to expect

Our graduate consultants offer objective, confidential careers guidance based on your individual needs. This guidance can include (but is not limited to):

  • Feedback on CV 
  • Helping you to explore career paths 
  • Latest graduate opportunities 
  • Discussing further study options 
  • Providing sector specific information 
  • Advice on interview preparation and techniques

"Top Tips" for Graduates

So finally all of the hard work you have put in at school has paid off and you are excited to start a new chapter of your life at University!

You are on your way to meet new friends, try new things and have an absolute ball …but remember to spare a thought for your future career.

Act smart and plan ahead!

Most employers undertake what is commonly known as Pre-Employment Screening (PES) on any prospective employee they are looking to hire be it an experienced professional or a recent graduate.

Below are a few "top tips" to consider whilst at university and will be beneficial to you once you embark on a search for employment having just completed your degree. 

  • Make sure you know the address of each house/halls that you lived in whilst at university. Perhaps keep a bank statement/utility bill from each address. 
  • Keep bank statements sent to your home address in a file as you may be asked to provide bank statements to cover gaps where you were unemployed/seeking work. 
  • Keep all of your certificates from school/college/university in a folder so that they are to hand if an employer asks for them. 
  • Keep payslips from previous jobs as in some cases these can be used in the absence of a reference to show the dates you worked. 
  • Keep note of contact emails of past employers if you worked for a company that was not well known, as this will allow a prospective employer to go directly to the correct person for a reference and avoid unnecessary delays. This is more so if you have worked outside of the Channel Islands. 
  • Keep your CV updated as you finish each role so that the dates on your CV do not create gaps, and be sure to record how long you worked at each place. 
  • Facebook now shows your first profile picture automatically and you cannot make it private. Make sure you have a presentable profile picture as employers will sometimes look on Facebook to check on potential employees. The same goes for ‘cover photos’ on Facebook, so do not to post anything you would object to an employer or potential employer seeing 
  • Make yourself a LinkedIn page – this is a good place for employers to find you and looks like you are proactive and professional if you have one. 
  • Review your current email address. What does it say about you? For example, maybe a bit of fun amongst your friends however it may not create a good first impression to prospective employers. Why not just keep it simple and create an address that just incorporates your name? 
  • Personal reference details are useful to have at the bottom of your CV – ask a friend if they are happy for you to use their details? They may not even be asked to provide one, but forms used by some of the larger financial institutions specifically request this information and there is usually certain criteria attached to it. 

Arrange a free consultation

Get in touch with one of our trusted graduate consultants today by calling (01534) 875444 or simply email and take the first step in a long and successful professional relationship.

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