I have used the words ‘first bouncers’ a number of times in the last week so I thought this warranted a blog.
Our clients love:
Candidates who have completed a graduate scheme / at a great company or;
Candidates who have up to a year’s worth of good commercial exposure under their belts who are now looking for their next challenge.
So, this poses two questions, why do candidates move at the 1-2year stage? And, why do Graduate employers love these candidates? At FreshMinds Talent we meet with a great deal of exceptional first bouncers / second-jobbers looking for their next career move. We are seeing an increasing demand for these candidates.
5 reasons why first bouncers move
1 - Candidates will join a particular graduate scheme for the training it offers so they can build a strong foundation of skills.
2 - Candidates may join a larger firm for their first role to get a strong brand name on their CV prior to moving to a smaller company where they can really shine
3 - Candidates may be disillusioned by their initial career of choice and now that they have some commercial experience under their belt, they seek out new and different challenges
4- Candidates may be looking for an increase in salary and a move is the best way to achieve this
The average length of time Gen Y candidates spend in a role is 16 months – there is a culture emerging where bright, ambitious graduates crave change in order to feel like they are progressing
5 reasons why first bouncers are in high demand
1 - They are ‘client ready’ and ‘office ready’ as they will have had the ‘edges knocked off them’. They will have a commercial awareness that sets them apart from fresher graduates with internship experience
2 - These candidates can truly hit the ground running and make an impact in their first month. What I mean by this is that they bring skillsets and learnings from their previous employer and can therefore add value quickly.
3 - These candidates are ‘go-getters’ – they are motivated, dynamic and embrace change. As we re-enter a growth economy, these are the types of candidates you need to help drive your business forward as they will want to progress with your business.
4 - These candidates are self-aware. Many candidates fall into their first role and then slowly realise what they want and don’t want to do.
5 - Finally, these candidates will often require less management time as they will know more of what is expected of them by their manager.