First-jobbers - Here's how we can help you start your career

At Bain and Gray, we’re proud to recruit some of the best graduates in London into top jobs in a range of industries. It’s a pleasure to be able to help our candidates start their career in roles that we think will truly suit them and get them off to the best start. We specialise in Personal Assistant and Secretary roles as well as recruiting for Executive Assistants, Office Managers, Receptionists and a range of office support and administration roles.  Whether you’re looking for temporary, part-time or permanent work, we can help you find your perfect first job and start you on the right career ladder for you and your work aspirations.

The Recruitment Process

Signing up to an agency can take the stress out of job hunting.  Becoming a candidate at Bain and Gray is easy and there are several ways you can come to us.  The first is by emailing your CV to info@bainandgray.com.  Finally, you might see jobs advertised on a jobs board such as Secs and the City and apply through them.  Once a consultant has reviewed your CV, if they think you are a suitable candidate for the job you will be invited in to meet the team.  You can of course, always call and discuss your application with any of our consultants on 020 7036 2030

Graduate & First Job Information

Focusing your search specifically on graduate and first jobs straight away puts you in the right market.  Potential employers are looking for you because of the skills and experiences that you have.  The salary will be at the right level and the expectations and opportunities in a role will be pitched at the right level for your experience.  Over the past few years, the market for graduate office jobs has improved considerably and there’s much more out there.  Young innovative companies in the new technology sector and online retail and service platforms are especially keen to recruit and nurture young and hungry talent into their businesses.

Salary Information

Each year, we conduct a salary survey to benchmark earnings across industries. You can find it here.  This will give you a good indication of what you can expect to earn as a minimum and maximum salary relevant to the job you are looking for.  It is important to remember that different industries do command different salaries and you must keep in sight what it is that you really want.  If you are very keen to gain experience in a more creative environment or company you will probably get some great experience, but not as high salary as you can expect to get in the financial and corporate world.  Bain and Gray consultants can give you the right guidance and advice with this as part of your registration process, so you know what is out there and what to expect.

Why Choose Bain and Gray?

We put our candidates first and pride ourselves on looking after them.  

Being a candidate with Bain and Gray comes with many benefits including careers advice such as CV writing tips and interview guidance so you feel confident to get the job you deserve.  Our approach is supportive and we strive to add value and go the extra mile with our service and our industry knowledge.  We stay in touch with our talented candidates throughout their careers, and they come back to us again and again for the best opportunities and because they know they will be looked after, listened to and understood.  We know that finding the right job and next career step, can be life changing and the importance of getting it right maps out the future of our candidate’s careers. 

 

Our quick top 10 tips for first-jobbers:

  1. Be very open on the industries you will look at for your first role.  This is a foot in the door opportunity, and it is worth meeting as many companies as you can to get an idea of what suits you best.
  1. Add as much work experience as you can to your CV.  Employers love candidates who have worked during holidays and have taken on work experience.
  1. Always turn up well prepared to interviews – know your CV inside out, do your research on who you are meeting and know why you want the role!
  1. Take job specs with a pinch of salt – they rarely make the company come alive and you never really know what the culture/work environment is like until you have seen it for yourself.
  1. Do communicate with your consultant - let us know how your interview went, we don’t mind if you don’t think it’s right for you, but it will help your consultant make sure you are being contacted with the right sort of roles for you.
  1. Don’t be afraid to sell yourself at interviews and do smile!  You have one chance to make an impression.
  1. Advice is to turn up 5-10 mins early, no more for interviews.
  1. Give as much of your personality and answer with full sentences and lots of info about what you have been doing and not one word answers. But keep these answers relevant to the job you are interviewing for and not a dream job down the line.
  1. Always keep an open mind and don’t rule the role out if you feel one aspect wasn’t perfect.
  1. If you don’t get a job, don’t be discouraged, see the interview as a practice opportunity, and remember sometimes it won’t have anything to do with you it was just straight up not meant to be. That it can take time to get a job is alright!

 

If you have any questions at all regarding your job search, please feel free to reach out to our consultants who would be happy to help. You can email info@bainandgray.com for assistance.