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Searching and applying for jobs does take time. You’ve perfected your CV and tailored it to the roles you’re applying for, however, after all this is it really necessary to submit a cover letter as well?

Global job site Monster has reported that only 18% of hiring managers rank the cover letter as an important element of the hiring process and speculate that the age of the cover letter may be dead. However, submitting a cover letter could still help your application to stand out.

Do recruiters read cover letters?

Recruiters and hiring managers have a lot of applications to review and therefore it’s unrealistic to think that they read every CV and cover letter from start to finish. They’re experts and skim reading and picking out important information which is why it’s so important for your CV to have a good format.

We spoke to our Consultants and the vast majority said they do glance over cover letters and pay it extra attention if they are unsure about whether to shortlist a candidate or not.

While there’s no guarantee your cover letter will be read every time, it could still help to sway your application.

What if the company don’t ask for a cover letter

If there’s no opportunity at any point in the application process to submit a cover letter, then you don’t need one. Some companies say that submitting a cover letter is optional, however, when this is the case it is probably better to do one.

A well-written cover letter will set your application apart, tell the employer why you are the right person for the role and address any potential concerns they could have.

Getting your cover letter right

A good cover letter will boost your application, but a poor cover letter could damage your chances so it’s important to get it right. In order to make a good impression, your cover letter should be:

  • Clear, concise and professional
  • Tailored to the role and company you are applying for
  • Well-formatted
  • Well-written with no spelling or grammatical errors

If you’re unsure about where to start with your cover letter, we have a handy graduate cover letter template you can use.

Bringing it all together

When it comes to applying for jobs, you should definitely focus your time and energy on perfecting your CV as this will carry the most weight. While cover letters may not be as important as they used to be, we would still recommend submitting them where you can. Plus, once you’ve written a few it will be easier to replicate the format and tailor it to different roles and companies.


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Many new graduates feel the pressure of kick-starting a career that will make their hard work and university worthwhile. While it’s natural to feel overwhelmed by the challenge of finding a graduate job, if you follow our advice below, you’ll be receiving job offers in no time.

1. Start by deciding what you want

As a new graduate, it’s easy to fall into the trap of starting your graduate job hunt before you pinpoint what you really want to do. While you may feel like lots of your friends have got it all figured out, and some may have secured graduate schemes months ago, there are plenty of graduates who are unsure about what to do next.

If you are unsure about what area you want to go into, think about what you’re good at, what motivates you and what you want to achieve in your career. If you’re completely stumped, we recommend taking a career personality test to help get you started. Once you have some career options that suit you and your ambitions you can conduct further research before narrowing down your choices.

With one or two options in mind, you’ll be in a much stronger position to start your job search.

2. Don’t neglect your cover letters

New graduates know how important it is to create an excellent CV, but some don’t put as much effort into their cover letters. It’s important to remember that every graduate submits a CV, but your cover letter is the perfect opportunity to make you stand out and put your personality across.

In order to make an impact with your cover letter, you should make the content relevant to the role you are applying for and show that you are the right person for the job. Ensure that it doesn’t contain any spelling or grammatical errors and talk about why the company appeals to you.

3. Do your research 

When it comes to finding a graduate job, you can’t do too much research. You should look at the company website you are applying for, follow them on social media, find out about their clients/customers and the industry they operate in. This information will help you to tailor your CV and show that you are enthusiastic at the interview.

4. Sell yourself, not your degree

While earning a degree is fantastic, it’s important to focus on the transferable skills you have learned while at university. Working to deadlines, delivering presentations, analysing research and problem solving are all great skills to include in your CV. Think about what skills the employer is looking for that you have and ensure these stand out in your CV.

5. Gain work experience

Completing work experience or an internship is a fantastic way to ensure you stand out in a highly competitive job market. This can certainly set you apart from your peers and while work experience may be hard to find, it’s worth the effort.

If you need help with finding work experience, we recommend speaking to your university careers department.

6. Network

Take every opportunity to network with people in your chosen field or industry. Look out for events put on by your university and speak to friends and family members to see if they have any connections they can introduce you to. Having the opportunity to speak to someone in your chosen field will help you to find out more about it and they may be able to put in a good word for you when you want to apply for a job or work experience.

Bringing it all together

Being a new graduate entering into the working world can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow our tips above, set yourself manageable goals and take things one step at a time and you’ll be starting your career before you know it.


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As a new graduate, choosing a career that suits your personality and natural strengths is important. Playing to your strengths will help you to excel in your field and you’re more likely to enjoy your role.

If you have excellent communication skills and want a career where you can make the most of them, we have some excellent graduate opportunities for you. Take a look and find out more below.

1. Trainee Area Sales Manager – Graduate Programme – Glasgow

This growing company is looking for driven graduates with entrepreneurial spirit to join their established locations across Scotland. You’ll become part of a highly sociable and fast-paced industry where communication skills are key to success.

Find out more and apply here >

2. Graduate Trainee Area Sales Manager – Dundee

This business sells to a huge and varied customer base including government agencies and local authorities, the hotel and leisure industry, building and construction industry, electrical engineering, industrial companies, facilities management, and power generation businesses, to name a few. The opportunity offers quick progression to Area Sales Manager level where you will build strong relationships with key B2B clients and suppliers.

Find out more and apply here >

Looking for a graduate job in Scotland? Discover more excellent opportunities here >

3. Graduate Trainee – Business & Sales – Salford Quays

With this company, you’ll receive a well-rounded training experience as well as completing a fully-funded accredited sales qualification that covers customer understanding, product knowledge, market and competitor insight, rapport building, negotiation, presentation skills, business development and more. It’s an ideal opportunity for a people person to join the company’s biggest location in the North West!

Find out more and apply here >

4. Graduate Training Programme – Business & Audit – Knutsford

This graduate training programme would suit a bright, outgoing and analytical graduate looking for a new challenge in a commercial business environment. You’ll need to pair your communication skills with excellent attention to detail as you travel across the UK to conduct operational visits.

Find out more and apply here >

Looking for a graduate job in the North West? Discover more excellent opportunities here >

5. Graduate Trainee – Sales & Business – Nottingham

With this company, you will gain valuable insight into various areas of the business, receive products and skills training, receive industry sales training and one-on-one mentoring with a senior manager. All of this will prepare you to progress to a key sales role with the potential to move to business management in the future where you will certainly make the most of your communication skills.

Find out more and apply here >

Looking for a graduate job in the East Midlands? Discover more excellent opportunities here >

6. Graduate Sales Executive – Chelmsford

One of the largest names in the electrical & lighting products industry is offering sociable and sales-focused graduates the opportunity to join this exciting sector. A salary of up to £25K + uncapped OTE, quick progression & bespoke training from industry experts are all on offer.

Find out more and apply here >

Looking for a graduate job in East Anglia? Discover more excellent opportunities here >

7. Graduate Sales Manager – Sutton (London)

This graduate programme provides an opportunity to use your commercial acumen, communication skills and drive to build a successful sales career within one of the UK’s largest industries and as part of one of the industry’s market leaders.

Find out more and apply here >

Looking for a graduate job in London? Discover more excellent opportunities here >

8. Graduate Sales & Business Management Trainee – Southampton

This business is built on strong relationships with suppliers, customers, and employees. With over 4,000 employees across 350 branches, you’ll be joining a company with a track record-record of developing graduate talent.

Find out more and apply here >

9. Graduate Business Development Manager – South East

Are you a business-savvy and sales-focused graduate looking for a role where you can make an impact and progress quickly? This is a fantastic opportunity to join a £600 million turnover group of wholesale and distribution businesses who will fast-track you to a role where you will manage your own diary and be rewarded for your success.

Find out more and apply here >

Looking for a graduate job in the South East? Discover more excellent opportunities here >

10. Graduate Trainee – Technical Sales – Bristol

This is an excellent opportunity to join the graduate programme of a leading industrial products distribution business with a large and diverse customer base. You’ll develop an understanding of the business’s vast technical product range, before taking over your own customer accounts and building strong relationships.

Find out more and apply here >

Looking for a graduate job in the South West? Discover more excellent opportunities here >

Not found an opportunity for you? Discover more graduate jobs here >


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There’s an increasing demand for instant hot water taps as today’s homeowners look to save time in the kitchen and consumers expect instant gratification. Electrical wholesalers are in a prime position to tap into and profit from this growing market.

A Convenient Solution

We’re a nation of people with busy lifestyles both in our work and personal lives. Therefore, if there are any convenient solutions that save time and make our lives easier, we’re all for it!

In the UK, we consume around 60 billion cups of tea a year and then there’s all the coffee too. That adds up to a lot of time that can be saved with the convenience of boiling water taps. Not to mention, they can also be used for preparing food.

Key Selling Points

One of the main benefits for instantaneous point of use products like boiling water taps is that they only heat the amount of water required and in as close proximity as possible to where the boiling water is needed. This saves energy and therefore money as there is not as much waste.

In rental properties, having an electric point of use water heating is beneficial as it negates the need for annual gas checks and gas safety certificates. For many taller buildings where gas-powered heating in prohibited, point of use water heating is an excellent alternative.

More Options

These products are no longer reserved for luxury domestic kitchens or limited to commercial counter-top products, there are many options and aesthetics available. You can now eliminate the need for a kettle with one sleek tap that provides cold, hot and boiling water on demand from a single faucet.

When choosing which products to offer and recommend, there are a number of things to consider:

  • Ease of installation, especially for new installers
  • Health and safety e.g. low water pressure to avoid splash-back
  • Aftercare servicing
  • A brand you can trust

An Opportunity for Wholesalers

The market for boiling water heaters has seen significant growth in the last 5 years and this is due to continue. Boiling water product sales are set to hit nearly £60 million by 2021 and boiling water taps are certainly an emerging trend.

As the market for electrical instantaneous hot water products looks set to continue growing, electrical wholesalers should ensure that hot water mixer taps are present in their inventories.

About Bridgewater Professionals

Bridgewater Professionals specialise in recruitment for jobs within the wholesale, distribution and manufacturing industries, recruiting highly skilled individuals at all levels across the UK and Ireland.

If you’re an electrical wholesale, distribution or manufacturing professional interested in developing your career, get in touch with us today.

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When thinking about which university and what degree subject will get you the highest graduate salary, Oxbridge may well spring to mind with subjects like law or economics. While the course you study can certainly have an impact on your graduate starting salary, many graduates who secure the highest paying jobs come from less prestigious universities.

Having paid thousands of pounds to go to university it’s understandable that graduates want to see their efforts rewarded. While earning a high salary shouldn’t be the only focus of your graduate job search, it’s helpful to know what courses offer you the best earning prospects.

The Highest Paying University Degrees 

Below are the top 20 highest paying degrees in Britain based on the average salaries earnt by graduates 5 years after graduation.

Rank Subject Provider Salary
1 Economics Cambridge £68,600
2 Business Oxford £67,200
3 Economics St Andrews £61,300
4 Economics LSE £61,100
5 Computer Science Imperial £60,000
6 Law Cambridge £58,300
7 Law Oxford £56,600
8 Business Cambridge £56,300
9 Computer Science Oxford £55,800
10 Maths LSE £55,400
11 Economics Oxford £52,200
12 Engineering/Tech Havering College £52,200
13 Economics UCL £52,100
14 Economics Warwick £52,000
15 Economics Bath £52,000
16 Economics Durham £51,700
17 Business LSE £50,800
18 Maths Oxford £50,300
19 Maths Imperial £50,000
20 Economics Nottingham £49,800

Source: Department for Education

The Highest Paying Degree Subjects

When we look at the interquartile range of graduate salaries five years after graduation, we can see that medicine graduates actually command the highest average salaries.

How much of an impact does your course have on your earnings?

While the data above gives graduates an idea about what their course peers have gone on to achieve, there are a lot of factors that determine a graduate’s earning potential.

For example, while Oxford and Cambridge boast graduates with higher salaries, they also select the best students in the country for their courses. It’s therefore difficult to determine how much the university itself had an impact on earning potential.

The career path you choose, where you live and your background can also be influential.

Don’t get too hung up on your salary

Earning plenty of money is great, however, there’s no point in earning £60,000 a year if you dread going to work every day. It’s important to find the balance between what you enjoy, what you earn and the other benefits on offer.

What’s important is different for each of us, so try to make the best decision for you. If you change your mind later, you can always learn from your mistakes and look for a graduate role that is better suited to you going forward.


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At Bridgewater Professionals, we specialise in recruitment for wholesale jobs, distribution and manufacturing industries, recruiting highly skilled individuals at all levels across the UK and Ireland.

Take a look at our featured wholesale and distribution jobs for June below!

Branch Manager Opportunities Branch Manager Designate – Construction & Industrial Supplies – North West

We are looking for Branch Manager Designates for a well-established and thriving industrial, construction and engineering products wholesale and distribution business, who are part of a large and reputable group. You will ideally be an existing Field Sales person, Branch Manager or Assistant Manager looking for a step up within the sector.

Find out more and apply here >

Branch Manager – Electrical Wholesale – East Yorkshire

A market leader within the electrical distribution industry is offering ambitious and sales-focused professionals the opportunity to run one of their established operations in East Yorkshire. You’ll be rewarded with a salary of up to £45K plus a lucrative bonus based on your success.

Find out more and apply here >

Branch Manager – Electrical Wholesale – Orpington

We are currently recruiting for a Branch Manager in Orpington on behalf of a market-leading group of wholesale and distribution businesses whose name and reputation in the industry speaks for itself. This is an ideal opportunity for someone with experience in the electrical wholesale sector who is looking for either the next step up in their career or a new challenge.

Find out more and apply here >

Assistant Manager – Electrical Wholesale – Dublin

A market leader within the electrical wholesale industry is offering a proactive and organised person the opportunity to join their successful team in Dublin as an Assistant Manager. As one of the biggest electrical wholesalers in the country, the business is well-respected and roles within the group are sought after.

Find out more and apply here >

Field Sales Opportunities Area Sales Manager – Construction & Engineering Products – Glasgow

Are you looking for a challenging regional sales role with autonomy and fantastic bonus potential? This construction and engineering products supplier is looking for a proactive Area Sales Manager to manage and grow their client-base across Glasgow and the Central Belt.

Find out more and apply here >

Field Sales Executive – Electrical Wholesale – Dublin

A market leader in the electrical wholesale industry is offering ambitious and results-focused professionals the opportunity to join their established and successful operation in Dublin. You’ll be rewarded with a salary of up to €45K (negotiable depending on experience) plus a lucrative bonus based on your success.

Find out more and apply here >

Regional Sales Manager – HVAC Controls – South East

A market-leading manufacturer of HVAC control and associated products is looking for a dynamic and results-driven Regional Sales Manager to take ownership of their South East region. The business sells sensors and controls for building management systems and their customers include wholesalers, OEMs and system integrators.

Find out more and apply here >

Internal Sales Opportunities Internal Sales & Business Trainee – Shefford

A leading distribution business is looking for a confident and driven Internal Sales & Business Trainee to join their successful team. The business sells predominantly to industrial, commercial and public-sector clients as well as resellers and end users – they supply more than 30 million batteries per year!

Find out more and apply here >

Internal Sales/Trade Counter Sales – Electrical Wholesale – King’s Cross

A market-leading group of wholesale and distribution businesses are looking for a proactive Internal/Trade Counter Salesperson to join their growing business in King’s Cross. The group has a division with an existing strong network 25 locations in and around the South East and London, they are specialists when it comes to the distribution and sale of a wide range of branded electrical and lighting products.

Find out more and apply here > 

Haven’t found an opportunity for you? We have plenty of other opportunities that you may be interested in.

About Bridgewater Professionals

Bridgewater Professionals specialise in recruitment for wholesale jobs, distribution and manufacturing industries, recruiting highly skilled individuals at all levels across the UK and Ireland.

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Sales is an exciting and extremely rewarding career where every day is different. When we recruit for salespeople, we look for confident and driven individuals who are money-motivated and enjoy a challenge.

While it’s important to have the right personality if you want to succeed in sales, there are also plenty of sales techniques and tools that you can learn to really boost your success. Take a look at some of our best advice below.

1. Learn to be a good listener

The key role of any salesperson is to listen to and understand their customers’ challenges before offering solutions. Long-term business relationships are built on trust and customers want to trust that you are offering them valuable solutions and strategic advice as opposed to just selling products/services that aren’t necessarily the best fit.

2. Be patient

If you’re just starting out in your sales career, then it’s important to recognise that you have plenty to learn. Take note of how seasoned sales professionals build relationships and don’t overestimate your knowledge and abilities. While you may be keen to hit the ground running, ensure that you are also developing your skills and honing your new craft.

Salespeople also have to learn to be patient with their clients. This is all part of the trust and relationship building process and if you are patient then the revenue will follow.

3. Be proactive

As a salesperson, you’ll always be aiming to win new customers, boost your revenue and exceed your targets. Don’t be afraid to pick a fight with your biggest competitors. Educate your customers on why your products and services are better and back yourself up with facts, figures and market research.

4. Bounce back

Sales certainly isn’t an easy career choice and you’re likely to face plenty of obstacles and setbacks in your role. To be a good salesperson, you’ll need to be resilient which means bouncing back when times get tough and focusing on turning things around.

5. Don’t sit in your comfort zone

“Comfort is the enemy of progress.” – P.T. Barnum

Salespeople shouldn’t be afraid of a new challenge. If you can see that a certain territory isn’t performing well, volunteer to take it on. Ensure that you are continuously expanding your product knowledge and skills. Recognise your weaknesses and take steps to turn them into strengths.

6. Ensure you have a good boss

There are a lot of sales opportunities available and if you’re a good salesperson you shouldn’t be afraid of turning an opportunity down if it doesn’t feel right.

Having a manager who will mentor, develop and invest in your career is extremely important. Your managers should be able to teach you what it takes to succeed in sales and they should support your career progression. If they don’t, it may be time to move on.

7. Be passionate about your industry

You’ll be a better salesperson if you are genuinely passionate about your industry. You should keep up with current trends and events, read about industry changes, keep an eye on your competitors and look out for new sales techniques.

8. Set yourself clear goals

While you’re likely to be given revenue targets at work, you should make an effort to also set your own goals. We recommend using the SMART method to do this. This will help you to continually improve and measure your success.

Bringing it all together

When it comes to a successful career in sales, you can’t get by with just a smile and natural charm. There’s plenty to learn and many key skills you’ll need to get to grips with if you really want to put yourself on the path to success.


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The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers is an annual guide published by High Fliers Research. It boasts of listing the UK’s most prestigious and sought-after graduate employers.

Now in its twentieth edition, the latest Top 100 employer rankings for 2019 have been compiled from interviews with over 19,000 graduates who left university last year. The graduates were asked: “Which employer do you think offers the best opportunities for graduates?”.

So, who came out on top? Let’s find out…

The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2019
Rank  Employer Graduate jobs in 2018 Starting Salary
1 PwC 1350 Competitive
2 Civil Service Fast Stream 1500 £25,000-£28,000
3 Aldi 100 £44,000
4 Teach First 1750 Competitive
5 Google No fixed quota Competitive
6 Deloitte 1000+ Competitive
7 NHS 500 £23,818
8 KPMG Around 1,200 Competitive
9 EY 800 Competitive
10 GSK 60+ Competitive
11 Unilever 40-50 £32,000
12 BBC 130 £20,800
13 J.P. Morgan 400+ Competitive
14 HSBC 600+ Competitive
15 Lidl 60 £36,540
16 Rolls-Royce 300+ £28,500
17 Goldman Sachs 450 Competitive
18 Barclays 500+ Competitive
19 Jaguar Land Rover 250-300 £29,000
20 Accenture 400+ Competitive
21 McKinsey & Company No fixed quota Competitive
22 BP 100+ £35,000+
23 Amazon 250+ Competitive
24 Lloyds Banking Group 250+ Competitive
25 IBM 150+ £30,000-£32,000
26 Frontline 452 Competitive
27 Arup 250+ £22,000 – £26,500
28 Army 650+ Over £31,000
29 Shell 38+ Competitive
30 Sky 100+ Competitive
31 RBS 300 Competitive
32 P&G 50 Competitive
33 John Lewis Partnership To be confirmed Competitive
34 Newton 100 £45,000 – £50,000
35 M&S 200 Competitive
36 Clifford Chance 90+ £46,600
37 Tesco 80+ £28,000 – £32,000
38 Allen & Overy 80-90 £45,000
39 BAE Systems 350 £28,000 – £32,000
40 Linklaters 100 £44,000
41 Mars 25-30 £30000-£32000
42 Think AheadApple 100-112 £17,000 – £19,000
43 Morgan Stanley 200+ Competitive
44 Apple No fixed quota Competitive
45 Atkins 400 £26,500
46 AstraZeneca 80+ £29,000+
47 Boston Consulting Group No fixed quota Competitive
48 Herbert Smith Freehills Up to 60 £44,000
49 Microsoft 40 Competitive
50 Dyson 75+ £26,500
51 Airbus 100+ £27,000
52 ASOS No fixed quota Competitive
53 Penguin Random House 200+ £23,000
54 Boots 30-40 £26,000 – £29,000
55 Facebook Unknown Competitive
56 Santander 100 £30,000
57 Virgin Media 60+ £30,000+
58 DLA Piper 70-80 £45,000
59 Bloomberg 450 Competitive
60 Slaughter and May 80-85 £45,000
61 ExxonMobil 30+ £38,500+
62 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Up to 80 £45,000
63 Cancer Research UK 9 £25,000
64 WPP To be confirmed Competitive
65 Baker & McKenzie 30 £45,000
66 Bain & Company No fixed quota Competitive
67 Wellcome 12 £26,000
68 McDonald’s Restaurants 30 £22,000
69 Citi Varies Competitive
70 BT 250+ £28,250+
71 Bank of England 80+ £30,000
72 BlackRock 125+ Competitive
73 ngdp for Local Government 140 £25,295
74 Danone 15-20 £30,500
75 TPP 50+ £45,000
76 Hogan Lovells 50 £45,000
77 Johnson & Johnson 25-30 Competitive
78 Royal Navy No fixed quota £25,984
79 MI5 – The Security Service 300+ £30,000+
80 White & Case 50 £46,000
81 Network Rail 170 £26,500
82 British Airways 50-100 £27,500 – £32,000
83 RAF 500-600 £31,232
84 Aon 75+ Competitive
85 L’Oreal 28 £30,000
86 Grant Thornton 400-450 Competitive
87 BMW Group 20-30 £31,000
88 Deutsche Bank Unknown Competitive
89 CMS 65 £25,000 – £43,000
90 Police Now 350 £29,859
91 Siemens 70-80 Competitive
92 Savills 100 £23,000 – £26,000
93 Mondelez International Unknown Competitive
94 Nestle 25 Competitive
95 Irwin Mitchell 50 £25,000 – £36,000
96 Charityworks 140 £18,000 – £20,000
97 Lloyd’s 10 Competitive
98 Pfizer No fixed quota Competitive
99 Pinsent Masons 68 £23,000 – £41,000
100 AECOM 350 £24,000 – £27,000
Are they really the “top” graduate employers?

The employers that do make The Times’ renowned list are all large corporations that pump thousands of pounds into their employer branding. Why do students and graduates think they are the best? Because these companies have the budget to appear at every university careers fair and they pay to be seen in all the places graduates go.

We’re by no means saying that the opportunities they offer aren’t great. Aldi attracts grads with an impressive £44,000 starting salary and who can complain about that? However, is the list just a glorified popularity contest?

Advice for graduates looking for jobs

If you’re keen to work for a large corporation where you can learn and progress alongside fellow grads then this list may be a good place to start. A few points to bear in mind are:

  • Graduate roles with these businesses are super-competitive so be ready to fight off the competition and to show the employer that you are the best.
  • Deadlines for many of these businesses fall early in the academic year. It’s best to check them out in the first term of your final year to ensure that you don’t miss important deadlines.
  • These really are BIG businesses, so be sure that they are the right fit for your personality. This article might help you to decide.

If you know a large corporation definitely isn’t for you, or you simply aren’t that interested in the roles that the “top 100” have to offer, you still have more than enough choice! Start browsing on these popular job sites and working with graduate recruiters like us and you’ll find graduate opportunities with businesses of all sizes.

What you should look for in your first graduate job

If you want to give your career the best possible start, it’s important to find the right role within the right company for you. There are thousands and thousands of graduate jobs out there; some are great and some are not so great…

Wherever you are looking, there are a few boxes that you should be aiming to tick:

  • Training. You’re just getting started with your career and for you to be able to grow and progress, you’ll need some great training.
  • Mentor. Is there someone in the business that you can learn from and look up to? Learning from your superiors and their knowledge and experience will have a big impact on your own performance and future career.
  • Career progression. Once you’re all trained up and performing well, how can you move up the ladder? You don’t want your first graduate job to be a dead end.
  • Company culture. At the end of the day, you’ll want to be happy at work and the company culture can make or break this.


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The role of a Branch Manager within the electrical industry is far from simple. Their responsibilities are all-encompassing and include areas such as sales, finance, HR, purchasing, customer service and mentoring.

In essence, being a Branch Manager is just like running your own business. However, many of the skills required for a Branch Manager to be successful aren’t taught to them as they climb their career ladder.

Investing in current and future managers

Many Branch Managers are promoted into their position because first and foremost they are a great salesperson. Being a talented salesperson, you would think, puts them in a good position to lead the growth of a business. However, successfully managing a team and driving a high-performance branch, is quite a change from a purely sales driven role.

The electrical industry is becoming increasingly competitive and demanding and taking a sink or swim approach isn’t going to cut it. Companies who invest in developing their current and future managers and equip them with great leadership skills will be more effective and successful.

A business isn’t going to be profitable if it doesn’t have a good Branch Manager who can set the right atmosphere in their branch, motivate their team and set an example for customer service excellence. Additionally, staff retention and productivity will be much higher with a great manager in place.

Succession planning

No one is born a great leader, we all have to develop the skills and knowledge that enable us to grow into one. Business owners and senior managers need to recognise this and ensure they have a structured succession plan in place to secure the future success of their business.

Trying to implement training when you need new managers is going to be an uphill battle. Instead, you should aim to develop a generation of future managers who are ready to step up before they are required to. For example, hiring driven graduates with management potential and offering them leadership training as they progress is a good strategy for developing future managers. Training should also be on-going, and progress should be reviewed and measured.

Bringing it all together

Providing excellent training and continued professional development opportunities for your team is extremely important. Not only will this ensure the future success of your business, but it will also make your employees feel valued and happy.

Branch Managers need to learn a lot including how to delegate and empower their team, how to set expectations and objectives and ultimately how to develop and grow a business.

About Bridgewater Professionals

Bridgewater Professionals specialise in recruitment for jobs within the wholesale, distribution and manufacturing industries, recruiting highly skilled individuals at all levels across the UK and Ireland.

If you’re an electrical wholesale, distribution or manufacturing professional interested in developing your career, get in touch with us today.

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Looking for a new job can be a process that drags on, however new research has revealed that today’s candidates expect either a job offer or a rejection within a mere week. This sends a clear message to employers and recruiters that candidates are expecting much faster responses and those that can shorten their processes have a much better chance of securing the best talent on the market.

What recruiters are saying

Recruiters are recognising that we need to hurry things up, however many believe that if you want to find a candidate that ticks all the right boxes, candidates may have to wait a month from applying to find out whether they have landed an offer. We’d certainly agree that this is a more realistic timeframe, especially for more experienced roles.

The gap in expectation vs. reality

Recent research conducted by the Addison Group revealed that:

  • 45% of jobseekers have been offered a job within a week of applying
  • 54% of recruiters think that realistically a month is the maximum time jobseekers will have to wait for an answer

This is quite a gap in expectation vs. reality with many candidates underestimating the time the recruitment process takes and believing it to be inefficient.

How to manage candidate expectations

With candidates expecting a much shorter process, it is more important than ever for recruiters to keep them engaged by being responsive and transparent. Recruiters and employers must work together to ensure candidates receive regular updates and know when to expect a response and they need to deliver on their promises.

68% of candidates will lose interest in a role if they are kept waiting for longer than a week with no update. Plus, if you keep a great candidate waiting, they may have another job offer on the table before long.

Bringing it all together

As recruiters, we know that it is important to keep the recruitment process moving as swiftly as possible. At the same time, it does take longer than candidates expect but we keep candidates engaged by providing regular updates and answering any questions they have along the way.

We would encourage employers to move quickly with candidates and to provide feedback as early as possible after an interview. In fact, a Talent Board report found over half of candidates who received feedback on the same day as their job interview were far more likely to accept the offer.

Speed is important and we should do what we can to improve the recruitment process, however ultimately finding the right talent for your business is the most important goal.

If you’re looking for a recruitment partner who can source high-calibre talent, find out more about our employer services here.


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