Gain unrivalled commercial experience in a global family business!
As an Undergraduate Placement Year student on our programme you will be working as either a Resourcer or Account Executive in any one of our UK offices.
The primary purpose of these roles is to source and screen candidates (job seekers) for either multiple clients (as a Resourcer) or for multiple roles with one of our key clients (as an Account Executive or Coordinator for example). Find out more about these types of role here.
In addition to gaining unrivaled commercial office experience in a family-owned British business with a history of innovation and philanthropy, you will have opportunities to network with Co-Members across the REED group to help you decide if you wish to take advantage of the Graduate Training Scheme fast-track option available to you when you finish your studies.
Duration: 12 months (July – July) Salary: £18,000 (up to £22,000 in London)
Other benefits include performance-related bonus (paid every 4 weeks), a busy social calendar, discount club, and much more (see full rewards here).
Roles are office-based with occasional travel (training or client meetings for example). Vacancies are available across a range of UK offices, so it is worth noting that the more flexible you can be on location; the higher your chances of securing a placement.
Undergraduate Placement Scheme
Our Undergraduate Placement Year has been designed to give you unrivalled insight into how a commercial business like REED operates. After a thorough induction at our picturesque Business School in the heart of the Cotswolds, you will spend the year developing skills and knowledge that will make you stand out above the crowd when it comes to graduating.
In addition to receiving industry-leading training for your role from our dedicated Learning & Development team and your own Business Manager, you will also have the support of a peer mentor from the Graduate Scheme and our dedicated Early Talent team to handle any queries you may have.
What does the role involve?
You will be working as a Resourcer or Account Executive in one of our Reed Specialist Recruitment network offices or within one of our larger contracts teams within Reed Talent Solutions. Either way, you will be tasked with sourcing the best candidates to place in our clients’ businesses.
This will involve using new technologies (candidate databases, social media etc.) with a few more traditional methods (telephone, events and face-to-face meetings) to ensure you and your team meet demanding commercial targets to help our business grow.
More than just business!
Did you know that 18% of REED’s profits are re-invested in to charitable causes? Or that our founder Sir Alec Reed also established The Big Give; one of the largest match-funding websites online today?
Working for REED means you will be contributing directly to the UK economy, whilst also benefitting the world-over through the company’s philanthropic activities and dedicated causes such as Ethiopiaid and Womankind.
How to Apply
Applications for the Undergraduate Placement Year are open September – December each year (to start the following July).
Stage 1: Online Application Form
You will be asked for your contact details, education history and eligibility to work in addition to 4 questions around your motivations and attributes in relation to the role.
Stage 2: Situational Judgement Test
You will complete an online SJT which is a realistic job preview of a Recruitment Consultant's job. It asks you to choose the most desirable response to each situation you are faced with. Sample tests are available here.
Stage 3: Telephone Interview
You will have a telephone conversation with a member of the Early Talent Team to delve deeper into your motivation and suitability for a career with REED. Be prepared, as you will be expected to have researched the recruitment industry and REED, whilst also being able to clearly articulate why you are the best candidate for the role.
Stage 4: Telephone Role-Play
At this stage you will be required to play the role of a Resourcer from REED, calling a candidate (played by an assessor). You will be given a detailed brief which will explain what you need to achieve.
Stage 5: Interview(s)
Depending on your location and availability you will be required to attend at least one interview with a Business Manager and/or Area Manager to determine your suitability for their office. If successful, an offer will be made to you with an agreed start date (typically July/August).